Pawlenty as the next Conan O'Brien?
July 11th, 2011
05:26 PM ET
10 years ago

Pawlenty as the next Conan O'Brien?

(CNN) - After a recent Twitter exchange, Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty may have a new campaign strategy: Conan O'Brien's hair.

O'Brien, late night comedian and host of "Conan" on TBS, poked fun at the former Minnesota governor's personality in a tweet Monday:

"Is it too early to predict that Tim Pawlenty will not be a popular Halloween costume?"

Two hours later Pawlenty jokingly fired back at O'Brien, who's known for his mane of red hair.

"@ConanOBrien Wait until I unveil my Team Coco wig then everyone will want the costume. It might even deliver IA for me #ginger #iacaucus"

O'Brien responded: Hey @timpawlenty – If wearing a Team Coco wig helps you win in Iowa, it’s probably because Iowans think it’s corn silk.

Pawlenty has been the subject of criticism for lacking the charm and charisma expected of a presidential candidate. In an interview on "Fox News Sunday" in June, the Republican said he's unapologetic for his style.

"I'm not running for comedian-in-chief, or entertainer-in-chief," Pawlenty said. "So, if you want the clown-in-chief, vote for somebody else. That's not me."

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Filed under: 2012 • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Sniffit


    It's ok Mr. President. We true democrats know that the very few democrats that will be griping about this are biggotted Dino's that are on their way out."

    Cute. I am not a member of any party, nor do I have any problem with diversity of views. It's when there's a blatant and damaging refusal to operate on the basis of facts, evidence, historical record, or rational, reasonable, pragmatic thought, that I have a problem with the positions people take. The GOP spent the past decade raising the debt ceiling for the Bush administration and itself as an autonomic response to the deadline coming up...SUDDENLY they have an irrational hissy fit about it AND are now claiming that their "concession" was to even consider raising the debt ceiling in the first place? Nonsense. This is purposefully damaging to our economy and the recovery that was taking shape and everyone knows it. They aim to destroy Obama at any cost and every middle-class and poor poerson in this country is an expendable chit in that game as far as they're concerned.

    July 11, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. Dan J

    I like this guy. We can use some boring right now

    July 11, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. Bill Clay

    Tim who? Please get back to real politics, like publishing Sarah Palin's grocery list.

    July 11, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  4. jon

    good comeback.

    July 11, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Conan's got it right, these Republican candidates make great comedy now all they need is Palin to bring down the house.

    July 11, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  6. lou

    pawlenty in my opinion has an acceptable personality for the presidency. i don't necessarily think thats his issue. his problem is that he doesn't act like a true leader. he's apologized for a global warming position, refused to confront romney in the debate on obamneycare which was a brilliant line, and he seems to want to placate the lunatics in his party at any cost. thats not leadership. the republican party needs someone right now to stand up and say do the dang deal! they need someone who has intellectual courage. i don'[t think pawlenty has that.....

    July 11, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  7. Roscoe

    How about Failure in Chief? Ask MN if he'd win that title.....or wait, I forgot Bachman so it would be a close raise but one of them would win.

    July 11, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. seneca

    He sure looked like the clown-in-chief when he attacked Romney on TV but couldn't do it when he was face to face with the man.

    July 11, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  9. jbs

    your soooo right!!!

    July 11, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  10. timz

    With all his flaws, Jesse Ventura out-Governored Slick Timmy by a wide margin. When you're lapped on the governor track by a thin-skinned, boa-clad, professional wrestler you're probably not good Presidential material.

    July 11, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  11. Peter Q Wolfe

    I honestly think these corny jokes aren't all that funny and Conan Obrien has really watered down over the years especially with Tump the Dogg. I'm quite honestly appallled thelack of seriousness that our fellow americans are to the debt, deficit and our lack of comprimise especially of the G.O.P. Honesty our nation deserves to get what it has coming if we have to have a nation without a safety net for the poorest then why don't the poeple revolt for what is the military protecting other than the middle to upper class the minorities in our society. It is plain to see that our american dream is just that a dream like George Carlin said before we died.

    Our nation is screwed up with flat pay for the past wht two decades? Come on read on magazine for the past decade no substantual job increase in terms of job creation even with those tax breaks. We have a service economy owned by a few people called financers and billionaires and millionaires. We are an oligarchy as said in when the Philosopher King's have failed so shall they be austed for failing to live up to their commitments including both parties. Time for another revolution in my opinion to throw the special interest out via grassroot efforts and buy american labor products.

    July 11, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  12. David Fitzgerald

    Obama will be re-elected. There are zero, count them, zero good candidates in the GOP field. 2016 will be a better field.

    July 11, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  13. John c

    Sniffet nails it, in the past I've voted for the most pragmatic candidate, now I cannot afford to vote for to vote r. when did compromise become a dirty word?

    July 11, 2011 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  14. Truthwillsetyoufree

    Well, you would not win entertainer-in-chief EITHER!!

    July 11, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  15. notags

    It seems that todays's GOP doesn't believe there are times when tax increases are necessary.

    Since Ronald Reagan is the "God" of the GOP, if the GOP doesn't believe Ronald Reagan raised taxes 11 times all they have to do is read what Alan Simpson, David Stockman and Douglas Brinkley say in the transcript of a program that aired on NPR on February 4, 2011.

    Google, "Ronald Reagan's Legacy Clouds Tax Record"

    July 11, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  16. Rosslaw

    To set the proper tone, the RNC should have all of the candidates appear at right-wing "debates" in one of those little Ringling Bros. cars where they can all pile out while the crowd is agog at how they squeezed all of those great minds in that little vehicle.

    July 12, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. ART

    This guy is a dud

    July 12, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. Robert

    Clown. And not very funnyyyyyyyyyyyy.

    July 12, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. Ron in California

    Conan O'brien? Isn't he the guy who was kicked off NBC for Jay Leno? I think he now has a show on some backwater cable station that nobody watches? anyway who cares what he says.

    July 12, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. Doug

    LOL, if he said the exact same thing about Obama he would have been fired and never would work in hollywood again. Yeah, what liberal media bias.

    July 12, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. Doug

    Conan is just getting his lib lib approval ratings up, just in case he needs a new gig he will have one wating on HD Net between Al Gore and Octomom, the ultimate lib lib line up, that doesn't include Snooki.

    July 12, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. Kimber311

    I'm not sure if Mr. Pawlenty is aware that #ginger can be taken as an offensive phrase and he may want to refrain from using it as his hashtag. Also, I'm not sure I can take a candidate as serious when he even bothers to respond to a "joke" Conan makes about him...

    July 12, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. Don

    Have you seen Conan's guest lineup lately? I'm waiting for him to interview his plumber. He's just being a bore to try and get more of the Hollywood libs on his show.

    July 12, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. w l jones

    These candidate should be talking about putting American back to work and they talking about jungle hair. Please!

    July 12, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. demetri

    I'm so tired of people using the term libs as though it's a dirty work. I completely understand why they call us Republitards.

    July 12, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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