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It’s one thing to stand by principles and fight to the end over how to fund government, and quite another to celebrate its collapse. Tim Pawlenty, who left behind a budget deficit that contributed to Minnesota’s government shutting its doors today, celebrated another shutdown that took place under his watch in 2005 and even said he wished it had lasted longer:

“I think it was nine days (of shutdown) at that time, and I think we could have gotten a better deal if we had allowed that to continue for a while and the people of Minnesota would have seen the issues play out a little longer,” the Republican presidential wannabe said last night at a press conference at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport.

This continues Pawlenty’s unabashed appeal for the far-right orthodox conservative vote, but it’s hard to see how being on board with the government shutting its doors in Minnesota doesn’t suggest Pawlenty would be one to bring the U.S. government to a halt, should voters decide to put this guy in the White House.

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From left Reps. Paul Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, and Louis Gohmert

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and three other “Sedition Caucus” Republicans held a press conference Tuesday allegedly to decry the conditions at the D.C. jail, which is housing accused suspects awaiting trial for actions during the January 6 Capitol riot. But Greene and her three co-members used the event primarily to further false far-right claims about the insurrection, while wrongly claiming they are being “persecuted” by the government – a talking point Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly used.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir.

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