February 19th, 2010
11:48 AM ET
5 years ago

Pawlenty: Make like Tiger's wife and 'smash the window'

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty jokingly told conservative activists Friday that they can learn a few things from Tiger Woods' wife.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty jokingly told conservative activists Friday that they can learn a few things from Tiger Woods' wife.

Washington (CNN) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty jokingly told conservative activists Friday that they can learn a few things from Tiger Woods' wife.

"At this very hour or very shortly this morning a big event is happening in the United States of America," Pawlenty said in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. "Tiger Woods is holding his press conference at 11 o'clock eastern."

"Now, I think we can learn a lot about that situation," he said. "Not from Tiger but from his wife.  She said, 'I've had enough.' She said, 'No more.'  I think we should take a page out of her playbook and take a nine-iron and smash the window out of big government in this country. We've had enough."

The eyebrow-raising quip was a highlight in an otherwise low-key, morning talk delivered by the potential 2012 presidential candidate. Unlike former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who delivered a polished, rousing speech to the conservative audience on Thursday, Pawlenty opted to speak without a teleprompter and riff off his notes.

Having drawn an early time slot for his speech, Pawlenty spoke to a relatively low-energy crowd with in a ballroom with scores of empty seats. Though his speech likely won't draw rave reviews, the governor – who more often excels working small rooms - is maneuvering behind-the-scenes to endear himself to Republican staffers and activists at the conference.

Pawlenty stayed up late Thursday night at the Marriott Wardman Park at a cocktail reception meeting young Republicans and posing for pictures. And on Friday, his political action committee, Freedom First PAC, is holding a Georgetown fundraiser where the VIP guest will be Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a new star in GOP circles.


Filed under: 2012 • CPAC • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. Steve (the real one)

    Again, These comments are not neccessary! Just lay out a vision a and plan for this country! Real simple!

    February 19, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. ChicagoDB

    Um...you republitards are big government.

    February 19, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. Guest

    I liked Romney's joke about downhill skiing, but this is a pretty contrived reference.

    February 19, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. Lucy, Texas

    I must say the Tim Pawlenty is a breath of honesty. He just wants to take a golf club and smash up big government. I believe that he is suggesting that the Republican campaign promise is to vote for the Republicans because they promise to do nothing when they get to Congress. What a wonderful work ethic. What a shining example of what made America great. I want to take a golf club to work and beat anyone who gets in my way. Excuse me, if anyone said this in your work environment, wouldn't you at least tell you boss or just call the cops yourself. America voted for change in 2009 and what we ended up with is "change over my dead Republican body". Do nothing and nothing changes. Don't forget, the last bill the Republican Majority in Congress voted for was the AIG bailout.

    February 19, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. Steve, New York City

    Pawlenty is good at destroying things . . .but can he or his cohorts actually "create" anything useful?

    February 19, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Liz

    Great! just what we need, another reTHUGlican inciting violence. how much more poisonous can the atmosphere in government get before this country implodes??? and yes, i'm guilty of calling people names, too. but when people do nothing but obstruct and offer no constructive solutions and suggest violence instead of an actual civil exchange of ideas, they need to be called what they are, THUGS!

    February 19, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Ruth

    Pawlenty is a stupid jerk. What has Tiger Woods problem have to do with anything about him? Hey Pawlenty your ignorance is showing.

    February 19, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. no2gop

    Well I guess it's burn baby burn time for the Republicans.
    Nothing like inciting the sheeple towards violence when they are carrying around signs saying "I'll bring my gun next time".
    Nice job Tim.

    February 19, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. josiah

    Unpatriotic Un-American Terrorist – isn't that the type of barrage anyone would have faced for trying to call out Cheney / Bush as they bankrupted Americas coffers and morals? – People wouldn't have dared to speak out as the country was being dragged underwater and held there by the last administration – and that;s part of the problem – the Democrats ceded too much ground that I fear they'll never be on equal footing again – they sat on their hands (and voices). – I get it – it's fairly obvious that many were threatened, such as media outlets and even regular everyday people, they would have been crushed by the last admin – speak up and the next day your audited / targeted / blacklisted.
    Yet what truly is un-American and unpatriotic is the way in which the Republicans have behaved over the last year & the rhetoric from the right. It's time Obama took a similar stance – either shut the fluff up and grow up or be crushed – Obama where's your cahones? Step on these lowlife's and grind them into the salt of the Earth.

    February 19, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Jamie

    Smash the windows? No doubt it'll be yours, Pawlenty, you live in a glass house!!!

    February 19, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. chill

    Nice Governor. Did you give that same speech to the guy who flew his plane intto the IRS office? What the hell is wrong with these people?

    February 19, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. Stop the Nonsense

    Leave it to a conservative to take a personal situation and make it a joke. Oh I'm sorry that's what THEY accuse "liberals" of. Where's Sarah on this one?
    "WAAHHH! They used his family! " The difference here- the guy got it wrong. Had he waited to listen ot the press conference before making fun of it, he woud know that Elin did not attack Tiger.
    At least the jokes about the Palins are based on real fact. Afterall , the truth is funnier than fiction.

    February 19, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. Avi Shlomo

    Moron..why tiger how about all The republican caught with their pants down...Leave Tiger and His family alone for that you have lost decency.

    February 19, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. Jeff

    So much for spousal violence being a serious crime.

    February 19, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. nardofree va.

    please get real, and stop with the silly antics. where the heck was all your outrage during the Bush era? please, please stop crying over losing in 08. it's one silly thing after the other!

    February 19, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. Publico

    Timmy, you are an idiot.

    February 19, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. Emma

    His comments about Tiger Woods are low class and show his limitations of the intelligence it takes to be a US President.

    February 19, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. Michael from Ventura

    These people are disgusting. I notice he didn't mention the human beings going through no jobs, no heath care, and no homes due to republican past policies . Does he want to take a nine iron to them as well, and just hope they go away? The gop obviously does not care about the American people. They care about destroying the Presdient.

    February 19, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. hazel

    Great. This supposed presidential hopeful tells the crowd to act like someone was RUMORED to have acted. By the way, Woods says it ain't true and is indeed just a rumor.

    So Pawlenty then remains an empty suit spouting empty words to an early-morning near empty hall.

    Why is this "news"?

    February 19, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. freda

    Pawlenty should be ashamed of himself. He should not have used his political stage to inflict added pain on Elin Woods. She's going through enough. He should remember what goes around comes around. He should get out of the political arena and dare not entertain the idea of being a comedian because he's not comical at all. Shame on him.

    February 19, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  21. Wisconsonite - Vote for Consumer Protection Regulation of the Financial Industry

    Republicans . . . they're so classy, aren't they.

    February 19, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. Independent One

    Independents this is what you are running too????? We should demand and stand for Independents Candidates....NOT the same crap we got 8 years ago

    February 19, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. T

    What an idiot.

    February 19, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. johnnie w

    Aguy who looks like HERMANS MONSTERS counsin, is cracking JOKES about, the GREATEST GOLFER EVER, and WIFE, and THINKS he can RUN for president. Hey Tim , your comments went 4 NOTHING,and the only CROWD that LISTENS to your DUMB remarks is your Tea BAG, Gop , Rnc BASE,which means FOOLS of NO. Countdown to Feb. 25 ,coming to ALL NETWORKS, Tiger Woods,will be AROUND, when your watching the NO.1 GOLFER WIN,on TV, while you see what you said went 4 what you stand for STUPIDITY..

    February 19, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. normajean

    I guess it's time for me to organize all of my friends and relatives to get out there and start working with our local Democratic groups and make sure that all our constituents get to the polls and vote. No man or woman left behind. With hard work, something the Repubs know nothing about, we just might have a big surprise coming for them on voting day.

    February 19, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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