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Critics’ Corner With Tim Pawlenty: Lady Gaga ‘Actually Very Talented’

Here is presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty so excited to talk to some young people about his huge Lady Gaga crush that he interrupts his lady interviewers’ questions to ask them what their favorite Lady Gaga songs are (starts at 1:48). We’re havin fun now, aren’t we, girls? Tim will also review Lady Gaga’s HBO special for you: he loved it, especially when Lady Gaga sings “Born This Way.” Yes, it might be a song about gay rights and tolerance, but Tim “I support a federal amendment to ban gay marriage” Pawlenty won’t let that ruin it for him. 

He just ignores that part of the song. Tim says, “if you had to limit your artistic choices to just conservatives, we wouldn’t have a lot of choices. You’ve gotta be willing to tolerate different politics,” which is usually the same thing Scott Walker says whenever he puts on his Bob Dylan collection. [YouTube via TPM]

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162 comments

          1. Barb

            Thanks! Camping* was a blast. Jeff got us a four pack of Bartles & Shames and we had a huge fight when the plate of s'mores fell off his back, mid boink.

            *I don't go camping and I've never had a fight with Jeff. He knows that the plate of s'more or bowl of M&M's has to stay balanced at all times. The man should be in the Cirque du Soleil. It's like he has no hamstrings.

          2. Gunner Asch

            Never had a fight with your S.O.? Amazing. After 40 years with the light of my life I can truly appreciate the old joke about the woman who was asked if she ever contemplated divorce at a similar point in marriage. "Divorce? Never!" she replied. "Murder, yes."

          3. GOPCrusher

            Yeah. Reminds me of that New York Life commercial about the stages of a relationship.
            1) I like you
            2) I really like you
            3) I love you
            4) I hope you die in a fire

            Been married for 26 years.

    1. SorosBot

      Welcome back; you've been missed. You should be glad to know it appears Spanky2 has finally met the banhammer again.

      1. Barb

        Thanks! I am glad Spanky got spanked. I saw that he posted something rude about my daughters.
        I just got back home from vacay Stopped at a Dunkin Donuts yesterday and a woman demanded a new plastic knife after she complained that "he touched it" She turned around and told me that the 15 year-old boy behind the counter was "a gay" She's from Boston and they don't tolerate gays, lol. She had the nuts to turn around and speak to me.

        I lied and told her that the "gay" was my son. She turned pale and couldn't stop apologizing. The young man hands me a box of donut holes and says "Here Mom, I know how you like all your holes filled with jelly" and I responded "peanut butter makes my zorch itch, ya know"

        On that note, the woman walked out without her coffee.

        1. SorosBot

          Wait, did this idiot believe "the gays" have cooties or something? Why would even the most ardent homophobe care if "a gay" touched the same thing as them?

          Also, why does Firefox's spellcheck not recognize "homophobe" as a word – and suggest as a replacement "homophobes"?

          1. Barb

            She ordered a whole bunch of crap, along with her 3 little rolly-polly little bat faced girls and needed a knife to spread her cream cheese. It was a plastic knife and he held it by the middle and she just had a raging fit because he touched it. My first response to her was "well, it's not like they have trained bears that could fetch it for ya" and I felt dumb for saying something so lame, lol. She made a big production out of handing it back to the manager and bitching.

            There will always be people who get their jollies from abusing people in the service industry. Luckily, there will always be hungover Amazons, like me, who have no internal monologue and will say something even more horrible. LOL It's the real American way.

          2. finallyhappy

            She thinks there are no gheys in Boston- so she is a really stupid bigot- as opposed to stupid bigots- who know that there are gheys everywhere.

            Yes, public bigotry is on the rise- the GOP/teabaggers have made it ok to say anything. Those of us who call others out for this are now in the wrong.

          3. BerkeleyBear

            I have no filter, either – or so the bruises on my arms and legs from where I've been pinched/punched/slapped/kicked by my wife to shut the hell up tell me.

            Of course, my typical reaction is to yell "Why did you do that?" so it winds up becoming a scene no matter what she tries, poor woman.

          4. Barb

            Hey Berk! My husband is 100% filter. The man has his party manners on at all times. He stunned me a few days ago when we got on an elevator and a drunk couple stumbled in. The man ordered Jeff to push "23rd floor" for them, despite the fact they were close to and blocking the two button panels. Jeff didn't budge and Mrs. Drunk pipes up and says, "I guess he doesn't want us to go anywhere." Jeff says, "fuck you, I don't work here" I couldn't have been more stunned. I snorted when I laughed.

        2. tribbzthesquidz

          Very nice! I was just wondering this morning when teh Barb'd be back.
          I noticed Spanky has been to my page again. Everyone feel free to click on my link so his stupid icon won't be on my last 5 visitors for the next month.

        3. BerkeleyBear

          That's funny right there, that is! (Sorry, I've got Larry the Cable Guy stuck in my head from watching Cars 2 with the kids – he's actually not terrible as an idiot towtruck).

      2. SexySmurf

        I haven't seen any downfisting lately, either. Maybe Troll-y finally got a life or a World of Warcraft account or something.

      3. bflrtsplk

        Mr. Spanky was whining on Breitbart the other day about getting hammered here, but it appears that he also got the kibosh over at Breitbart as well. Such sad news.

        1. Barb

          Spanky is here somewhere. I've lost an entire p-point rating number today. I don't think he likes me, LOL.

    1. EatsBabyDingos

      If he was on the catwalk hotstepping at the National Zoo's Predators-eating-stupid-prey Exhibit.

  1. freakishlywrong

    “if you had to limit your artistic choices to just conservatives, we wouldn’t have a lot of any choices. "

    1. natoslug

      He'd have all the modern genres!- Toby Keith for cuntry, Pat Boone for whatever the hell it is he does when he isn't dressing in leather and simpering about the blacks, Ted Nugent for the poorly-done kind of rock, and some white guys who aren't Beastie Boys and who have no sense of rhythm, lyrics, or just plain sense for rap.

      1. Terry

        …and what's-her-name* Jackson, but you can't really count her screeching as music I guess.

        * – Can't be bothered to Google her.

        1. finallyhappy

          what, Mickey is a conservative??? I am so glad I forgot to get tickets for their reunion concert.

      2. Ducksworthy

        He actually once claimed to be a Springsteen fan. I wrote a letter to the editor stating that he must have never listened to the lyrics.

      3. BerkeleyBear

        Toby likes to smoke pot with Willie Nelson, though, so he might be less conservative than you think.

        But you do have Sonny Bono's shitty music, too. As well as the crap Orrin Hatch and Ashcroft's crazy quartet warbled.

    2. Buckminster

      Well, roll over Beethoven and give Tchaikovsky the news.

      "T-Paw" needs a gold tooth and some blingee.

    1. Terry

      At each of his stops, people could ask him about stereotypically gay icons or interests. It would make the clips of him more interesting at least.

  2. crybabyboehner

    Oh I don't know Tim, you got your Leni Reifenstahl movies, you got your Amboy Dukes albums, you got your Ayn Rand books and your Ben Stein comedy routines – you could say it's an embarrassment of riches, except being rich is nothing be embarrassed about, amirite?

    1. James Michael Curley

      At first I thought you said Asbury Jukes and I was out the door ready to smack that tan right offa your face.

    2. PubOption

      Add Wagner for classical music. ' The 39 Steps' is pretty racist, so there's more reading material.

    1. GOPCrusher

      Oh I don't know. Saw my first Tim Pawlenty campaign ad on the TV last night. Did you know that he single-handily balanced the Minnesota State Budget by standing firm against the Democrats that demanded tax increases and the public unions?
      Hardly sounds like the work of a boring dick to me.

  3. Serolf_Divad

    if you had to limit your artistic choices to just conservatives, we wouldn’t have a lot of choices. You’ve gotta be willing to tolerate different politics

    And if you had to limit your political choices to just conservatives then U.S. politics… well, let's face it: it wouldn't look very different from how it looks today.

    To analogize wth the current state of U.S. politics: take the music industry and eleiminate all musicians other than Pat Boone & Kenny Chesney. That's basically the choice voters are faced with here in the good ol USA.

    1. V572 [SSAN]

      Lee Greenwood objects to your comment, and seeks inclusion on the list of approved artists in Conservatopia.

      1. GOPCrusher

        And I'd like to take this opportunity to say Fuck You, Toby Keith. If you are a Democrat, you're the worst possible kind, you traitorous piece of shit.

        1. DahBoner

          Keith played at the 2010 Boston Pops show on the fourth.

          Either CUNTry music is popular among college students, or there are a lot of stupid conservatives there…

    2. SorosBot

      Since Chesney is rumored to be a closet case, he'd be perfect for the modern Republican politician.

  4. Goonemeritus

    Well that’s a deal breaker for me, what does the rest of the Republican field listen to?

  5. Monsieur_Grumpe

    T-Paw sez “If you had to limit your artistic choices to just conservatives we wouldn’t have a lot of choices”

    Maybe there is a reason for that. Just maybe the conservative mind set is uncreative. Maybe they’re limited to a narrow range of ideas and thought. Just like you Timmy and the bimbos who are pretending to interview him.

    1. genxr

      "We like your music and your movies and your computer innovations. We just don't like you."

  6. horsedreamer_1

    Is this from Glenn Beck's newly-launched BlazEntertainment?

    (Look at the logo.)

    1. Barrelhse

      Just make sure he keeps those shirt pockets buttoned, all hell could break loose.

    1. V572 [SSAN]

      "You allowed your lawn to grow to more than 1.875" last week. This is in violation of Article VXXII, Chapter 234, §914(a) of the Covenants, Clauses and Restriction of the Happy Valley Homeowners' Assocation. Please be advised that if this occurs again…"

  7. ThundercatHo

    Conservative artistic choices = Pat Boone and The Nuge

    PS: Love the expression on the lady in gray, " Sigh. What a douche. I'm too hot to have this life. I should be interviewing George Clooney."

    1. genxr

      Pat Boone and the Nuge – I would love to see them go on tour together, just like Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.

  8. JoshuaNorton

    Not quite as tone-deaf as the time the Repugs had a wildly homophobic convention with Pat Buchanan as a key note speaker and ended the whole shebang with a song from "Cage aux Folles".

    But kind of like that.

    1. Rosie_Scenario

      And yet with George H.W. Bush on the podium amid the dropping red, white, and blue balloons, the song (and reference) seemed quite appropos.

  9. inapewetrust

    “if you had to limit your artistic choices to just conservatives, you'd be stuck listening to ted nugent and pat boone nonstop, watching movies and tv shows and plays starring only kelsey grammer and victoria jackson. god, conservatism is really bleak, isn't it?"

    1. freakishlywrong

      Isn't Red Eye on fucking Faux supposed to be funny or something? Funny or die, cons, preferably die.

  10. metamarcisf

    It's a poorly kept secret that Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) (Beehive) is an afficionado of the Dead Kennedys

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      He had "Stealing People's Mail" going on the iPod when he voted "aye" to extend the Patriot Act.

  11. LiveToServeYa

    Dull man remains dull. His only ability is to suck the interest out of any subject, leaving it a dull, lifeless husk. If elected, he could destroy America. With dullness.

  12. EatsBabyDingos

    T-Ambien always un-descends my testicles. And only poseurs wear pressed dress shirts with little buttoned pockets.

  13. Oblios_Cap

    I've always believed that politicians – but especially conservatives ones- were the kids that always got the shit kicked outta them in middle and high school and are just in the game to get their revenge on the cooler kids.

    This sort of thing does nothing to change my opinion. But it is cute to watch jackasses when they're trying to be cool.

  14. Doktor Zoom

    Completely OT, but I just watched the last shuttle launch, and the moment that beautiful, cost-overrun-plagued, inefficiently-managed political football left the pad, I found myself, unexpectedly, sobbing like the hopeless nerd I've always been.

    Every bit as lovely as watching Columbia lift off in 1981. I guess the intervening 30 years may have something to do with all the tears this morning.

    1. freakishlywrong

      Felt the same way, Doktor. 30 years ago seems like 3 90 year old's lifetimes, or something.

      1. Doktor Zoom

        I think this sums things up nicely.

        Yes, I'm an American. I sincerely believe that anything really important can be encapsulated on a tee shirt.

      2. Terry

        Apparently, we're going to a life of relying on commerical space transport or hitching a ride with the Russians. Very Rand-ish and sad.

    2. ThundercatHo

      I got to see that shuttle land just after sunrise on a California desert. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life. Thank you for reminding me that my misspent youth wasn't entirely wasted.

    3. GOPCrusher

      I too was at Edwards when she landed. If I only knew then what I know now, I'd have walked off into the desert without food and water.

    4. BerkeleyBear

      We had a mini shrine to the shuttle growing up (Papa Bear was a satellite engineer and had several products launched out of them, so it was personal) – a full set of framed lift off and touchdown pictures in the hall. For all its myriad flaws, that was a pretty cool craft. Should have led to something bigger, but still cool.

      1. Doktor Zoom

        Who knows…maybe something like the VentureStar may yet fly. Or maybe Richard Branson or SpaceX will get us there. In the meantime, there's still plenty of science fiction to read.

        Rats.

  15. SorosBot

    Who cares if T-Paw likes Lady Gaga; I'm voting for whoever can prove themselves to be the biggest Katy Perry fan. My guess would be Mittens, who definitely does change his mind like a girl changes clothes.

    1. SexySmurf

      With the possible exception of Bachmann, I don't think any of them have ever kissed a girl and liked it.

  16. SayItWithWookies

    I don't even believe Pawlenty likes Lady Gaga — if he listens to anything more rocking than The Eagles (and none of that Joe Walsh stuff, either) I'm a monkey's uncle.

  17. notreelyhelping

    He especially liked Bruce's 80s, pumped-up phase. With the darling little cutoff denim jacket and all the sweat. Downbound train, dude.

    1. Oblios_Cap

      I always thought T-PAWs interests ran more along the lines of Freddie Mercury's.

      Not that there's anything wrong with that.

  18. WhatTheHeck

    “Born this way in the USA” will be his special song which will make him all tingly inside.

  19. orygoon

    We all have (we middle-aged folks) conservatard friends who are/were major Deadheads, or own everything Led Zeppelin. T-Paw's right, in the broad sense, but when it gets down to the particulars, he could certainly make better choices.

    btw: regarding conservative rockstars–remember Dartmouth rapper boyz? oh my.

  20. Arken

    Tim says, “if you had to limit your artistic choices to just conservatives, we wouldn’t have a lot of choices."

    Uh-oh. Ted Nugent is putting you on his 'murder with crossbow' list now, Timmy.

  21. iburl

    “if you had to limit your artistic choices to just liberals, we would still have almost all the choices. You’ve gotta be willing to stop listening to Pat Boone, Alice Cooper, Charlie Daniels, Ted Nugent, and a few other closeted Country stars, so no problem.”

    1. genxr

      Alice Cooper? Really? And this whole time I thought Under My Wheels was a plea for universal health care and progressive taxation.

  22. franco_pinyon

    If he's going to try to out-straddle Mitt Romney on cultural issues he is going to have to try a LOT harder.

    1. tcaalaw

      Please, never again plant the image of Pawlenty straddling Romney in my mind! =8-0

  23. Redhead

    Sadly, this will probably be the most substantive interview of the Republican primary.

  24. smitallica

    "I'm into New Country now."

    Thank you for confirming that I was right in declaring that I am incapable of voting for you, ever.

  25. Mumbletypeg

    This is bad news for ABBA. They guessed incorrectly: even if you're perpetually cited amongst also-rans' voiced preferences, the winner doesn't take it *all.*

    1. smitallica

      Or my favorite gay porn title (so I've heard): "Whorrey Potter and the Sorcerer's Balls."

  26. Buckminster

    AAGH! Yet another boneheaded, boring candidate who doesn't understand the lyrics. As in Michele Bachmann and "American Girl." As in previous Repug candidates and "Pink Houses," "Born in the USA," etc., etc.

  27. gurukalehuru

    Tim says, “if you had to limit your artistic choices to just conservatives, we wouldn’t have a lot of choices…"
    On the other hand, if you limit your artistic choices to just liberals, you'd do just fine. You'd miss out on Ted Nugent, but I could live with that.

  28. ttommyunger

    OK, so he's hot for Lady Ga Ga. Does that mean I should click on this video to watch him try to conceal his tiny boner? I think not, Sir!

  29. bflrtsplk

    There simply must be a video somewhere of the "good governor" sleepwalking his way across the dance floor. Get down!

  30. NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    Ani DiFranco loves Dennis Kucinich
    Patti Smith loves Ralph Nader
    Aimee Allen loves Ron Paul

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