Pawlenty did outsmart the Dem legislature in his state this last legislative session and chalked up a win for taxpayers in an uncertain economy, so he has some conservative mettle. Mainstream liberal journalists like Al Hunt say nice things about him too, and even former tax and spend Dem presidential standard-bearer and fellow Minnesotan Walter Mondale can't help himself:
JimPethokoukisHow helpful. Walter Mondale says Tim Pawlenty loves cutting taxes too much. http://tiny.cc/uFy7w Was this a paid endorsement?