Thursday, November 5, 2009

Did T-Paw and Mitch Daniels support the stimulus?

With Charlie Crist taking it on the chin for supporting the stimulus before he was against it, it's helpful to look at a couple guys who might be getting a pass.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, at the National Governors Association meeting on February 24.

"I'm sitting it out [stimulus debate]. I'm rooting for the bill to work. I'm trying to use its funds wisely."

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, at the NGA:

"Almost all the governors will take all the money. This is a time to help unemployed people. Novel thought."

And then there was this beauty from Pawlenty on CNN, also in February.

"We're not going to be bashful about getting our fair share."

Of course, Pawlenty officially slammed the stimulus, but how much can you protest something while working hard to get that same thing?

For example, in Sarah Palin's case, she made headlines for claiming she'd reject $416.6 million of stimulus. One month later, she quietly announced she'd only reject $29 million.

And yet she got a pass from the vast majority of grassroots activists.

Obliviously, Crist's waffle on whether he supported the stimulus is hurting him right now. But at least he was tough enough to own his support when other conservatives were crying wolf while quietly eating up little red riding hood.