Posts Tagged ‘Tim Pawlenty’

My ten favorite posts of 2011

December 31, 2011


There were 112 Ethics Bob  posts in 2011, and 14,000 page views. Here are my ten favorites:

  • Ex-Auburn Prof Jim Gundlach gets a mythical Sam Goldwyn award* for speaking truth to power—to Auburn football
  • Turks trust strangers, and the trust is repaid
  • Drew Brees: ethics hero and football hero. He lives by “If not me, who?
  • Tim Pawlenty announces for President, grabs third rail of Iowa politics, earns mythical Edmund Burke Award.
  • Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) defends Muslim judge Sohail Mohammed, calls opponents “crazies.” Hooray for an ethics hero
  • Three cheers for Bret Baier, Chris Wallace, and Byron York of Fox News, and for Rachel Maddow of MSNBC
  • Ethics: I’m giving it away
  • LSU Tigers Coach Les Miles gets a mythical Chip Kelly Award* for suspending three stars for the big game with Auburn
  • Report from Zuccotti Park, and what’s next for Occupy Wall Street
  • Rose Bowl, BCS Bowl, Ethics Bowl
  • The lesson from Penn State



Did Obama betray Israel? Or is the Republican outrage manufactured hypocrisy?

May 20, 2011

Has the President “thrown Israel under the bus,” as Mitt Romney said yesterday? Has he “once again betrayed our friend and ally, Israel,” as Michele Bachmann raged? Made a “mistaken and very dangerous demand,” as Tim Pawlenty accused? Or has he “given the Palestinians a huge break,” per Newt Gingrich?

Here’s what the President said:

“I believe that any peace agreement between them will require mutually agreed adjustments to the armistice lines of 1949 to reflect current realities and to ensure that the Palestinian state is viable and contiguous.”

Oops. That wasn’t this President, it was President George W. Bush, speaking in Jerusalem on January 11, 2008.

Here’s what President Obama said yesterday:

“We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.  The Palestinian people must have the right to govern themselves, and reach their full potential, in a sovereign and contiguous state.”

Get the difference? No? That’s because there isn’t any. The 1949 and 1967 lines are the same. The only difference is that Republican politicians will scream in opposition to anything that President Obama says, even if George W. Bush said the same thing without any complaint.

Politics doesn’t stop at the water’s edge any more.


Thanks to Michael Smerconish and Hardball for the quotes used here.