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Is Minn. Governor Tim Pawlenty the GOP's Great White Hope?

Tim Pawlenty addressed the 2009 Values Voter Summit last night, and offered a barn-burner to the GOP base.

Tim Pawlenty addressed the 2009 Values Voter Summit last night (right after Billo the Clown, who for some inexplicable reason refused to allow reporters and news media to attend and listen to his speech to the "Summit"), and he bared his naked Presidential ambitions for all to see. And it was an ugly sight to behold.

Of course, he attacked Obama, personally.

The Minnesota governor elicited a standing ovation by retorting, “I’ll respond by calling out the president ... tonight.”

And it goes without saying that he said that health care reform needs "to get killed" (just like the estimated 45,000 people in America who die each year because they lack health care).

Naturally, he blamed Obama entirely for the enormous debt burden borne by the Federal Government ...

“With all due respect, Mr. President, if we’re out of money, stop spending it,” he ... said.

... conveniently forgetting that it was under George Bush, and his fellow fiscally conservative Republicans' watch, that the National debt exploded to 10.627 TRILLION DOLLARS, an average yearly increase over the eight years of the Bush Supremacy of 612.387 BILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR, an increase of 46% over the last eight years, the largest increase under any President in American history (I wouldn't mention that fact either if I were a Republican running to replace our first non-white President).

But the clearest sign of his willingness to pander to the Christian Right, a mainstay of the Republican base, came when he recited this Bible verse (II Chronicles 7:14) to the crowd:

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Funny that Fundamentalist Christians always like to quote from the Old testament, isn't it? How about some context for that biblical verse he recited to an adoring mob of religious fanatics. Second Chronicles 7 is the chapter where Solomaon dedicates the Temple he built for Yahweh, Israel's God, the first temple in Jerusalem (the one the fundamentalists in Israel wish to rebuild after destroying the Dome of the Rock and evicting all other religious groups from the site) with an elaborate ritual and many prayers and sacrifices. The passage in question is part of Yahweh's direct spoken answer to Solomon. To give it a little context, here's the rest of the speech the Lord God made to Solomon after the feasting and celebrations commemorating the Temple had been completed:

12: And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.

13: If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;

14: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

15: Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.

16: For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

17: And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, and shalt observe my statues and my judgments;

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