Tim Pawlenty, on a third-party ad buy asking voters to remember Christian principles, and vote for the left-leaning parties accordingly:
The DFL apparently believes that you need to be liberal to be Christian. They are simply wrong. Their anti-Christian brochure is a sad new low in Minnesota politics. Where is their coveted political correctness now? Leaders from all faith backgrounds should condemn the DFL’s appalling tactics.
Of course he’s right that it’s reprehensible to tie religion peculiarly to one faith. But how odd to hear it from a Republican, and a fairly radical one at that, when the typical refrain from his lot is that leftism rebuts not just Christianity, but American identity, too. Representative quotes:
- Sarah Palin: “We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation.”
- Representative Robin Hayes: “Liberals hate real Americans that work and accomplish and achieve and believe in God.”
It would be nice if Pawlenty’s comments signaled the death of this particularly offensive talking point. But it’s more likely that this is just another way to feign offense and play the victim, than any new, coherent appreciation of ideological diversity.
30 Rock on “real America”