Gov. Tim Pawlenty is getting some favorable attention this morning in the wake of the budget deal he struck with the DFL-controlled Legislature.
Politico and the Wall St. Journal said Pawlenty's accomplishment will burnish his image as a conservative who succeeds at resisting tax hikes and enforcing spending cuts.
Politico's Ben Smith said that "Pawlenty appears to have run the table on the Democratic majorities in both of the houses of the legislature."
He added: "His success gives him the accomplishments to match his conservative rhetoric, and set a high bar for other ambitious governors facing budget crises of their own in this lean year."
The budget deal is "likely to be centerpiece of a national campaign should he choose to run for president..." Smith wrote. "His success gives him the accomplishments to match his conservative rhetoric, and set a high bar for other ambitious governors facing budget crises of their own in this lean year."
Here's the full Politico piece (including the incorrect reference to Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold).
The Wall St. Journal headline called the budget deal a "prize for Pawlenty."
The story said: "The budget deal is an achievement for Mr. Pawlenty, a potential presidential candidate in 2012, in two ways: It doesn't raise taxes, and it ratifies most of the budget cuts he made single-handedly last year."
Here's the full Wall St. Journal article.
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