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Worst Republican Governor Ever: Tim Pawlenty

Todd Gitlin:

Nullification (complete with bonus Wilson-Thurmond update): Michael Tomasky nails it: Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's latest excursus into the Republican Dixie suck-up, as he "urged fellow governors on Thursday to more frequently assert state sovereignty over the federal government and suggested that the country may increasingly see states suing the federal government," has a fabulous lineage--the nullification movement of 1832, led (surprise!) by South Carolina, which set forth the doctrine that the states had the right to nullify Federal law. In the run-up to South Carolina's declaration that it was not bound by Federal tariffs, the state had in 1822 passed a Negro Seamen Act, requiring that sheriffs arrest all free black seamen while their ships were docked, lest they join slave rebellions.

This is the proud tradition that today's moderate, nonfanatical northern Republicans embrace...

Ah. The Carolina nullification crisis: wshen Andrew Jackson threatened to hang his own vice president on the South Lawn of the White House if he did what Tim Pawlenty is advocating...

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