I think that the Old Grey Lady may be a touch worried about the way that former governor Tim Pawlenty is handling his awkward past support of job-killing cap-and-trade schemes:
...Mr. Pawlenty looked right at the camera after the radio ad played, apologized to the American people, and said he had made a “mistake.”
“I’ve said I was wrong. It was a mistake, and I’m sorry,” Mr. Pawlenty told the Fox television audience, presumably filled with potential Republican primary voters. “You’re going to have a few clunkers in your record, and we all do, and that’s one of mine. I just admit it. I don’t try to duck it, bob it, weave it, try to explain it away. I’m just telling you, I made a mistake.”
...particularly since Pawlenty also didn't take the opportunity to deflect the issue by slamming other Republicans, past and present*. That's not exactly what you'd call welcome news for some; which no doubt has nothing to do with the fact that the NYT attempted to compare this behavior with... wait for it, wait for it... John Edwards:
The last politician to try the apology approach was John Edwards, the former Democratic senator from North Carolina, who proudly and repeatedly proclaimed in 2007 that he had made a mistake in voting to authorize the war in Iraq.
Mr. Edwards didn’t win his party’s nomination (though, in part for reasons wholly unrelated to his Iraq war vote.)
...Yeah, that's one way of putting it: I think that 'overly strained, if not actually tortured, analogy' would be another. Unless Tim Pawlenty is currently having an affair and an out-of-wedlock baby behind his dying wife's back, of course.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
*Too busy going after the administration.