Tim ‘Meat-Packing Town’ Pawlenty Will Now Lead a Large Bank Lobby

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CEDAR FALLS, IOWA - APRIL 2:  Former Minnesota Govener Tim Pawlenty speaks to members of the Tea Party at a banquet hall on April 2, 2011 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Pawlenty, a likely Republican candidate for President in 2012 was finishing a six day campaigning trip through Iowa. (Photo by David Greedy/Getty Images)
This Pawlenty photo works for every occasion. Photo: David Greedy/2011 Getty Images

The American Dream is alive and well: Tim Pawlenty — a child of a "meat-packing town," as he reminded us every five minutes during his brief primary run — has just been named the new King Arthur of the Financial Services Roundtable, a lobbying group representing banks and financial corporations such as JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, and Allstate. Reuters reports that, "As the industry's top lobbyist, he will play a major role in the industry's efforts to make new Dodd-Frank rules." In which case, Dodd-Frank is as good as finished. Because when Tim Pawlenty wants something, he gets it.