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Tim Pawlenty Gets Glitter-Bombed by Gay Rights Protester: VIDEO


At an appearance today in San Francisco, GOP presidential-hopeful Tim Pawlenty was glitter-bombed by a protester with Code Pink, who shouted:

"Where's your courage to stand for gay rights and women's reproductive rights, Tim Pawlenty? Welcome to San Francisco. Home of gay hero Harvey Milk!"

The protester was then escorted away by security.


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  1. Fabulous!

    This may seem like a small action to some, but it takes lots of guts to pull it off and it shows that we won't take these idiots lying down.

    Go Code Pink!

    Posted by: David R. | Jun 16, 2011 8:04:47 PM

  2. This is one of those times that I am really proud to be from San Francisco.

    Posted by: Louis | Jun 16, 2011 8:09:30 PM

  3. Yay! Man I wish more people did this. Let's off some steam so I don't go effing crazy from American hypocrisy.

    Posted by: X | Jun 16, 2011 8:10:29 PM

  4. awesome!

    Posted by: me | Jun 16, 2011 8:22:20 PM

  5. Yeah for her.

    The Land o 10000 lakes is the place full of flakes, with the most whacked republicans Bachman and Pawlenty.They have no chance unless they rig it, but their threocratic wishes are still scary.

    However, not sure if I understand the "courage" word since I think Pawlenty is so firmly anti-gay... and lack of courage is not what's holding him back from endorsing gay rights or women's reproductive rights. He's not on the fence.

    Posted by: William | Jun 16, 2011 8:39:57 PM

  6. I wish in any of these glitter bomb attack things the bomber actually got glitter on the bombee. What's the point of pink glitter on the table?

    Posted by: Jon B | Jun 16, 2011 9:07:04 PM

  7. This kind of "political engagement" is no way to draw support from our adversaries for the cause of gay or reproductive rights. In Pawlenty's case, courage is not the issue. He's a bigot. And his glitter attacker is an idiot.

    Posted by: Joe in CT | Jun 16, 2011 9:21:15 PM

  8. Funny, I was sure that I'd see just a large a groundswell of people calling her an attention whore and spoiled brat like they did with Dan Choi ripping up an Obama pamphlet handed to him by a someome who stated to him that he doesn't believe in marriage equality and instead believes in "um, civil...unions?" because Obama hasn't gone on the record for it.

    If he's a bigot, glitter bombing won't convince him, but it will hopefully shame him. And if he's a bigot, no amount of pleasant discourse is ever going to move him. He's in the thick of it now. If all the other pleasant discourse floating around and our appeals to decency and our own right to live our lives in peace haven't worked, you think more of it will suddenly budge him? Will a clumsily worded Gaga song suddenly coming on the radio do the trick?

    Posted by: luminum | Jun 16, 2011 9:35:45 PM

  9. Wingnuts disrupt Nutroots = bad
    Moonbats disrupt Pawlentey = good

    Ok, got it.

    Posted by: Max | Jun 16, 2011 10:10:54 PM

  10. Way to give the wingnuts a clip they can use for fundraising and hate ads for years to come. "The homosexuals don't believe in debate and freedom! They are inherently violent and will kill you in your sleep if you don't vote against their entire agenda". Those achingly stupid women sure don't speak for me.

    Blah blah blah been marching and protesting since 1975 blah blah blah credentials.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Jun 16, 2011 10:16:36 PM

  11. Why are gay rights and abortion connected? I don't get it.

    Posted by: Johninbr | Jun 16, 2011 10:34:21 PM

  12. @JOHNINBR: it's about self-determination. Is that so confusing?

    Posted by: David R. | Jun 16, 2011 11:01:39 PM

  13. Glitter-bombing = peaceful civil disobedience with a sense of humor. I hope this thing catches on.

    Posted by: Jester | Jun 16, 2011 11:30:42 PM

  14. great he's so creepy

    Posted by: Stephen | Jun 16, 2011 11:43:44 PM

  15. Its puerile and gives the target press coverage that he may not have gotten otherwise. Hardly effective but I guess it made some one feel good about themselves for a few minutes.

    Posted by: Diogenes | Jun 17, 2011 1:02:03 AM

  16. Boring!

    Posted by: DAVID | Jun 17, 2011 1:20:41 AM

  17. @Jester, yeah. Peaceful and funny looking yet serious issues.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 17, 2011 3:48:38 AM

  18. the LGBT community should distance themselves form abortion, murdering your own child and sending its soul to rot and cry in hell, is selfish
    it's unborn, but it has a soul and a fate on earth and wants to live like their parents

    Posted by: love | Jun 17, 2011 8:08:29 AM

  19. @love the lgbt community should distance themselves from foolish religious notions.

    Posted by: The Iron Orchard | Jun 17, 2011 8:40:33 AM

  20. I want bad, embarrassing things to happen to him left and right. Next, someone please dig up a gay scandal from his past. Anyone who doesn't live here in MN does NOT understand what it was like putting up with this neo-conservative d0uche for 8 years. He vetoed gay death benefit rights!! He's reprehensible!

    Posted by: AJ | Jun 17, 2011 9:30:53 AM

  21. This is bullying. It's no different than being slushied - or however the heck you would spell that (lol)!

    Besides it's just kinda elementary school-ish. (or however the heck you would spell that!

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Jun 17, 2011 12:32:46 PM

  22. WORK!

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Jun 17, 2011 12:35:52 PM

  23. My favorite thing is how articulate she seemed to be.

    I mean, guys, yeah, no one wants to get arrested. But it's true that folks like this feel it's the only way to get heard by someone like Pawlenty. I get it.

    For the guy above who presumes "women's reproductive rights" are about killing fetuses... ummm, please. No one encourages killing fetuses. And most sperm+egg (pre-viability)combinations are naturally flushed out of a woman's body anyway.

    Plus, reproductive rights is also about teaching sex ed and sexual self-respect to young women in schools. And teaching them that they can control their own bodies, instead of their husbands (and the "church"-driven state) controlling what might amount to the very CORE of their existence and personal identity.

    I think it may already be the law that a woman's very LIFE is less important under the law than a few Supreme Court justices (and their religio-fascist influencers) views about the disgust involved in X otherwise-legal (if unfortunate) abortion proceeding.

    @JakeinLove: You go ahead and be polite to your oppressors. I agree that diplomacy has a place. But please don't call those regular folk who just don't have that in them somehow themselves "bullies." Is that honest?!

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Jun 17, 2011 3:51:33 PM

  24. Just A Guy, your lack of logic in talking about "sperm+egg (previability) combinations is laughable. Oh, and great way to coin a new euphemism for an unborn human baby... did your grandparents work for the Third Reich's eugenics program, by any chance? But to get back to your logic about most fetuses getting naturally flushed out of a woman's body, that's true. But injecting the fetus with poisonous chemical or hacking it to death are not "natural" processes. That's like saying, "Well, all people in a hospice are going to die, anyway, so let's inject some of them with poison or hack them to death." So please, go take a course in Basic Logic so that your posts will make more sense.

    Posted by: FARLEY | Jun 17, 2011 5:55:44 PM

  25. "The Land o 10000 lakes is the place full of flakes, with the most whacked republicans Bachman and Pawlenty.They have no chance unless they rig it, but their threocratic wishes are still scary."

    Minnesota is still a pretty liberal state overall, both of our Senators, Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar march in our Pride parade every year. Pawlenty only became governor because Paul Wellstone died and there wasn't time to get a suitable candidate to replace him.

    Posted by: testintgon | Jun 17, 2011 5:58:23 PM

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