Apparently the occupation of Minnesota Governor doesn't pay as well as we'd been led to believe. Given the content of Tim Pawlenty's recent speeches, it's pretty clear that he's taken a side job with Wal-Mart. (At $7.85/hour or whatever they're up to. Hopefully the state gives him health insurance.)
If you're not sure what I'm getting at, consider these recent quotes from Pawlenty, from the summer though this week's Republican Governors' Association meeting in Miami…
* "People who shop at Sam's Club and Wal-Mart want value, which ties into the Republican message of reform, accountability, and limited government." (August 4, 2008)
* "We want to be the party of Sam's Club, not just the country club." (August 6, 2008)
* "[John McCain] understands the concerns of everyday Americans like you and me. What I like to call "Sam's Club Republicans." These voters are on a tight budget. They're looking for value and accountability at the store. And they're looking for value and accountability from their government. John McCain connects with Sam's Club voters." (Republican National Convention (September 4, 2008)
* "I think the best thing that we can do as a party is reach out to Sam's Club voters." (November 13, 2008)
But before you shrug off the governor's one-man Wal-Mart/Sam's Club marketing campaign as just the natural behavior of a guy who hates unions, health care and locally owned businesses, consider an odd fact.
While Wal-Mart/Sam's Club is based in Arkansas, their rival, Target, is based why in Minnesota. Where's the love, Pawlenty? If you love Arkansas' businesses so much, why don't you just go be their governor? (You're certainly white enough.)
Anyway, I could dig up even more examples of the Governor's obsession, but they're almost endless and I don't want to drive up Google's stock price any further.
Besides, Governor Pawlenty suggests we conduct all further web searches at WalMart.com.
Tags: Arkansas, Minnesota, Target, Tim Pawlenty