Which means I drank the right glass of Kool-Aid in 2008.
“Some will argue we shouldn’t even consider raising taxes, even if only on the wealthiest Americans. It’s just an article of faith for them. I say that at a time when the tax burden on the wealthy is at its lowest level in half a century, the most fortunate among us can afford to pay a little more. I don’t need another tax cut. Warren Buffett doesn’t need another tax cut. Not if we have to pay for it by making seniors pay more for Medicare. Or by cutting kids from Head Start. Or by taking away college scholarships that I wouldn’t be here without. That some of you wouldn’t be here without. And I believe that most wealthy Americans would agree with me. They want to give back to the country that’s done so much for them. Washington just hasn’t asked them to.”
Cue heads of Conservatives exploding.
Pawlenty Says ‘I’m Running;” Campaign Downplays It
I didn’t know T-Paw had such commitment issues. Come on. Don’t lead your party on for weeks, only to say, “I’m not ready” for us just yet. It’s not fair. Remember, you have no right to be angry if the attention is on those who actually committed like Mitt. He will get more coverage.
If you start to get jealous, even though you were the one who got scared, you’ll have to take that leap. Embrace your party. Declare your dedication to the relationship, but be prepared to show it. Roll up your sleeves – literally. It looks great for the camera. More importantly, it is a subconscious signal that you are ready to fight with everything you have to defeat that evil Marxist/Socialist/Communist Kenyan/Indonesian-in-Chief.
It would be a good idea to formally announce that you will run before Newt does. His huge circus, filled with extramarital affairs and gaffes, will overshadow your little sideshow of fiscal responsibility. Don’t be afraid. You have a lot to bring to the relationship, and it’s only fair to share it. You’re young, fresh, and don’t have the stigma of infidelity or Romneycare.
The time is now. Stop dipping your toe into the GOP nomination pool, and take the plunge. Don’t be the guy full of regret, daydreaming about what could have been. Your party is waiting.