There’s still a sizable contingent of religious right activists in the Republican Party base, especially in Iowa, and Tim Pawlenty wants to impress them. That includes, apparently, making stops at the studios of the Christian Broadcasting Network.

GOP Presidential Candidate Tim Pawlenty appeared live on “The 700 Club” today with Pat Robertson.

Can he resonate with evangelicals? He talks about how his wife Mary “led him to the Lord.”

The former governor, talking about his wife’s religiosity, emphasized to Robertson, “She believes what we believe,” suggesting that as far as Pawlenty is concerned, he and Robertson are on the same page.

That’s a problem.

As best as I can tell, Pawlenty’s appearance on “The 700 Club” generated almost no attention at all from the political world, but perhaps some enterprising campaign reporter can ask the presidential candidate if he had any qualms about palling around with a hateful TV preacher who blamed 9/11 on Americans.

Indeed, Robertson is one of the most hateful people in American public life. So why is Pawlenty palling around with him?

There is no one comparable on the left for Robertson-style radicalism, but if there were, and a Democratic presidential candidate was cozying up to him, wouldn’t that be a news story?

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