Skip to comments.Geraghty: Source says it’s Pawlenty for VP
Posted on 07/28/2008 4:48:25 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
Announcement coming “very soon.” Geraghty notes that Pawlenty’s still scheduled to give a routine speech on Wednesday, but TNR noted over the weekend that he’s already pulled out of one event and his plans for this week are suddenly and suspiciously hazy. See this recent item from Marc Ambinder, too, passing along a rumor that McCain was planning to meet with his inner circle about VP yesterday. And then of course there’s that CNN item claiming an attendee at a fundraiser heard McCain say conservatives are “really going to like” Pawlenty. Put it all together and today’s scurrilous veep du jour meme seems a tad less scurrilous than usual.
Here’s a bullet-point argument, again from TNR, about why Pawlenty is a “slam dunk” pick. His working-class pedigree is all to the good, but between the lack of name recognition and the “boring old Republican white guy” effect, I’m underwhelmed. He doesn’t even have serious religious cred to reassure antsy evangelicals. Let’s hope the report’s wrong, although given the general savviness of McCain’s campaign these days, it probably isn’t.
Update (Ed): Well, I live in Pawlenty’s state and have met him on a couple of occasions, and this pick would not make me too glum at all. Pawlenty has a good center-right track record, especially on holding the line on taxes with a hostile Legislature. He demonstrated real leadership during the bridge collapse and its aftermath, keeping the gas-tax-increase advocates at bay and convincing the rest of the state to ignore them. He’s also pro-life, and a humble but telegenic man who will inject a little vigor into the campaign.
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This has been a done deal for months.
I had never even heard of him until a few weeks ago.
Never heard of him! It would be wise to pick someone that people know.
why would the bridge collapse be pawlenty’s fault?
you know the morons in the minnesota highway dept ignored that bridge for decades.
we haven’t been seeing Mitt on tv lately have we?
Well, that does it for me - going third party or just not voting for POTUS this year. Pawlenty is a worshipper of AGW.
Pawlenty would be a very safe pick- but I cant see him delivering Minnesota.
Mitt is even mote liberal than Pawlenty!
Well, so much for this country... Obama is a lock now.
John Bolton would have been a whole lot more fun... And somebody I could of happily supported.
Let’s be patient,please, and not believe everything we have read. Remember, sources inside the McCain camp was going to announce last week ?
He can not even carry Minn for McCain. An unknown from the woods. Oh, wow. What a ticket this would be. At least he’d be better than light foot Lindsey Graham
The statement continues to say......
“So I urge skepticism. Maybe Pawlenty is the choice, and it’s coming later. Or perhaps this was just an overreaction to the news that Pawlenty is going to Iowa Saturday for the state Republican party.”
He said he didn’t want to be VP and would finish his term....
I was thinking more along the line of ‘clackers’
If he picks a running mate now, it means McCain continues to defy conventional wisdom and outside advisors who say he should let Obama pick first and then counter with the best person who could counter that pick. Even Rove said over the weekend he should wait until after the Rat convention, even if it means announcing just before the Pub convention.
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