At first, we we dreaded it and then we began to embrace it: A developing condition that was the result of being so vehemently opposed to the policies and politics of the sitting President that we were considering going squishy on some previously-thought-to-be-ironclad litmus tests regarding GOP candidates.
So, this is what pragmatism feels like!
Such was the case with ethanol subsidies and though ethanol is perhaps the worst energy idea of all-time, its Iowa caucus-bound sway appeared to prevent any in the current GOP field from speaking out against them.
In announcing his candidacy for President in Iowa yesterday, Tim Pawlenty, also declared for the phasing out of energy subsidies including that of ethanol.
Click here to hear that portion of the speech where he also calls out the thuggish antics of the NLRB who are attempting to block Boeing from opening a plant in South Carolina which happens to be a right-to-work state.
"The truth about federal energy subsidies, including federal subsidies for ethanol, is that they have to be phased out,"
We're far from throwing our hat in the ring for anybody but it is encouraging to hear a mid-westerner address the third rail of Republican primary politics in Iowa of all places.