I was discouraged from finishing former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty’s interview with The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart because for the first 10 minutes of the video Stewart does 80 percent of the talking while trying to get Pawlenty to agree with him that Tea Partiers are hypocrites.
The Weekly Standard‘s Jay Cost, however, powered on through to the end of the interview, and gleaned a worthwhile observation from the experience:
So, Stewart comes across as quite pompous, but what is really interesting is that Pawlenty gives him nothing on this front. They talk for twenty minutes and Pawlenty doesn’t say a bad word about the base. And even though he doesn’t cede an inch, at the end Stewart still says, “You know what’s crazy? I don’t think you and I disagree that much…” Ha!
Maybe T-Paw is the GOP’s secret weapon. He really isn’t a RINO, but the media thinks he is!