Pawlenty mention of Elin Woods: inappropriate or on target?
February 21, 2010 — 9:19am
Gov. Tim Pawlenty earned himself some Google hits, cheers and arm-chair quarterbacking jeers for his mention, during a Friday speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference, of Tiger Wood's wife's act of frustration when her husband's philandering was clear.
"She said I've had enough. She no more. I think we should take a page out of her playbook and take a 9-iron and smash the window out of big government in this country," Pawlenty said.
He got whoops and cheers from the Washington, DC crowd but some criticism from pundits and fans as well.
The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz tweeted to his nearly 19,000 followers: "Baad metaphor: Pawlenty invokes Elin, saying we should "and take a nine iron and smash the window out of big government in this country."
A Pawlenty Facebook fan responded: "What a stupid comment, Gov. Pawlently (sic). I'm a big fan, but your analogy is just plain stupid."
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."