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Geraghty: Source says itís Pawlenty for VP
hotair.com ^ | July 28, 2008 | Allahpundit

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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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: 2008veep; election; election2008; elections; mccain; pawlenty; poorpoorrinos; timpawlenty; veep; vicepresidency; vicepresident
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1 posted on 07/28/2008 4:48:25 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This has been a done deal for months.


2 posted on 07/28/2008 4:49:24 PM PDT by trumandogz ("He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and it worries me." Sen Cochran on McCain)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


3 posted on 07/28/2008 4:50:19 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Tracking The "Flyin' Imams" Since 11/20/06)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I had never even heard of him until a few weeks ago.


4 posted on 07/28/2008 4:52:16 PM PDT by dforest (I had almost forgotten that McCain is the nominee. Too bad I was reminded.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Never heard of him! It would be wise to pick someone that people know.


5 posted on 07/28/2008 4:53:56 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (LIBERALS SHOULD BE EUTHANIZED FOR THE "COMMON GOOD.")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

uh duh...

why would the bridge collapse be pawlenty’s fault?

you know the morons in the minnesota highway dept ignored that bridge for decades.


6 posted on 07/28/2008 4:54:16 PM PDT by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Pouting.


7 posted on 07/28/2008 4:54:40 PM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

we haven’t been seeing Mitt on tv lately have we?


8 posted on 07/28/2008 4:54:47 PM PDT by spacejunkie01
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Well, that does it for me - going third party or just not voting for POTUS this year. Pawlenty is a worshipper of AGW.


9 posted on 07/28/2008 4:55:27 PM PDT by Tuxedo (This Species Has Amused Itself To Death)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Pawlenty would be a very safe pick- but I cant see him delivering Minnesota.


10 posted on 07/28/2008 4:56:41 PM PDT by MNReaganite (Bobby Jindal for President)
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To: spacejunkie01

Mitt is even mote liberal than Pawlenty!


11 posted on 07/28/2008 4:56:47 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Well, so much for this country... Obama is a lock now.


12 posted on 07/28/2008 4:56:57 PM PDT by rivercat
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To: Free ThinkerNY

John Bolton would have been a whole lot more fun... And somebody I could of happily supported.


13 posted on 07/28/2008 4:57:30 PM PDT by DB
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To: spacejunkie01; Norman Bates

Let’s be patient,please, and not believe everything we have read. Remember, sources inside the McCain camp was going to announce last week ?


14 posted on 07/28/2008 4:57:31 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: trumandogz

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


15 posted on 07/28/2008 4:58:07 PM PDT by We Dare Defend Our Rights
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To: Free ThinkerNY; All

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.”


16 posted on 07/28/2008 4:58:42 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He said he didn’t want to be VP and would finish his term....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeFyAd1sDAs


17 posted on 07/28/2008 4:58:48 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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To: rivercat
I'll be really surprised of Obama wins. The political version of a pet rock can't go on long.
18 posted on 07/28/2008 4:59:07 PM PDT by DB
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To: DB

I was thinking more along the line of ‘clackers’


19 posted on 07/28/2008 5:00:17 PM PDT by spacejunkie01
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To: Perdogg; Free ThinkerNY
Let’s be patient,please, and not believe everything we have read. Remember, sources inside the McCain camp was going to announce last week ?

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.

20 posted on 07/28/2008 5:02:15 PM PDT by CedarDave (What do Obama and Osama have in common? Both have friends who bombed the Pentagon.)
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To: Tuxedo
The race is between Obama and McCain. Who will afraid to show us his birth certificate? Who will raise your taxes? Who almost never gives a straight answer? Obama or McCain, which candidate do you want to loose the election?
21 posted on 07/28/2008 5:02:41 PM PDT by WellyP (How much does Huma know?)
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To: Tuxedo

AGW? What’s that?


22 posted on 07/28/2008 5:03:14 PM PDT by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1993905/posts)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

How very clever of McCain to pick a complete unknown for VP.


23 posted on 07/28/2008 5:04:02 PM PDT by Rudder
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To: We Dare Defend Our Rights

Agreed. I think it would be a major mistake. All the VP candidate is usually good for is carrying his own state. Pawlenty isn’t going to do that for McCain. So what benefit is he? None, it would seem.

The only exception I’d make to that would be if the selection were a woman or minority. In that case, a selection that didn’t necessarily carry the state might well excite that particular demographic nationwide.

But a white guy from a near-certain Dem state and who is a moderate GOPer at best? Pass. He might be a very safe pick, but safe probably isn’t going to win this election.


24 posted on 07/28/2008 5:04:57 PM PDT by VOR78
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Doownside, he’s a Green-weenie climate change nut...


25 posted on 07/28/2008 5:04:59 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Wanted: A Presidential Candidate I can vote FOR...)
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To: trumandogz
BOO HISS........

Nobody knows the guy.

IMO, he won't help the ticket, but as bad as McCain's campaign has been conducted, this isn't any surprise.

26 posted on 07/28/2008 5:05:08 PM PDT by moondoggie
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To: DB

Barring video footage of Obama molesting a child, or killing someone, he’ll win in a landslide. McCain’s only hope was to pick someone that is exciting (even if that’s a stupid reason to pick someone).


27 posted on 07/28/2008 5:05:28 PM PDT by rivercat
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To: We Dare Defend Our Rights

An acquaintance of mine used to be council for a GOP Senator and has a good friend at the top of the McCain Campaign. The acquaintance is also a friend of a friend of mine but does not know of that connection.

We were talking politics at a neighborhood event in Austin and this guy said told me he thinks that Pawlenty will be the VP. He told me this not knowing that I knew of his connection to the McCain Campaign.


28 posted on 07/28/2008 5:05:29 PM PDT by trumandogz ("He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and it worries me." Sen Cochran on McCain)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
...anther trial balloon.
29 posted on 07/28/2008 5:05:59 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: moondoggie

See 28


30 posted on 07/28/2008 5:06:19 PM PDT by trumandogz ("He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and it worries me." Sen Cochran on McCain)
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To: MNReaganite

He couldn’t deliver Republicans in his own statehouse.


31 posted on 07/28/2008 5:06:27 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Tuxedo
Well, that does it for me - going third party or just not voting for POTUS this year.

Come on now. Pull yourself together. I know how you feel but it doesn't matter who the VP pick is. Nothing matters except stopping Obama from demoralizing our troops by winning. We must stop Obama. Just imagine how all the AGW Germans and Frenchies will feel if Obama is defeated.

Lets get drunk and vote for McCain. Do it for our brave fighting men and women.

32 posted on 07/28/2008 5:06:34 PM PDT by Zevonismymuse
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I was a little concerned about this:

3.) Pawlenty has a well-established, if somewhat superficial, maverick/reformist streak, a la McCain. He's a believer in global warming and has expended a lot of rhetoric (if not political capital) taking on oil and pharmaceutical companies. He'd reinforce McCain's appeal as a somewhat unorthodox Republican.

33 posted on 07/28/2008 5:06:41 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Never heard of him. From some of the comments here, not sure I’d like him.


35 posted on 07/28/2008 5:07:44 PM PDT by tob2 (No retreat!)
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To: Tuxedo

thanks for voting in effect for

obama.


36 posted on 07/28/2008 5:07:45 PM PDT by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Another global warming cultist. :-(


37 posted on 07/28/2008 5:08:04 PM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: Parley Baer

I hear Bret Favre is available.


38 posted on 07/28/2008 5:08:21 PM PDT by auboy (Men who cannot deceive others are very often successful at deceiving themselves. Samuel Johnson)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Who??????????????????? Now, that’s a wise pick!


39 posted on 07/28/2008 5:08:28 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: DB

john bolton i like.

but he’s a target of the left.

mccain would lose the election.


40 posted on 07/28/2008 5:08:45 PM PDT by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)
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To: rivercat

If this is true, it’s a disaster. Who ever heard of this guy? He’s prepared to step in should something happen to McCain? He’s a monumental bore who brings nothing to McCain. Minnesota is a must get state? How about Michigan? How about western states with big Mormon populations? How about picking a guy who’s shown he can debate with ease; who’s a proven money raiser; who has some pizzaz. Romney with his strong business background, communication skills, and executive experience is the smartest pick.

If this is McCain’s decision, I am not voting for him. In his first important decision, McCain will have shown he’s more interested in picking someone who won’t outshine him, a true second banana who really is a boring nobody. If this is his decision, it’s a strong indicator of his monumental ego and poor judgment.

Pawlenty could beat a Democrat should McCain only serve one term? Don’t make me laugh.


41 posted on 07/28/2008 5:11:10 PM PDT by WestSylvanian
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To: spacejunkie01

I darn near forgot about those things.

42 posted on 07/28/2008 5:11:21 PM PDT by DemforBush
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To: KavMan

Fine, bury your head in the sand. The MSM will make sure he wins. Besides, this is looking like 1996 all over again, the Pubbies are showing that they really don’t want to win this time.


43 posted on 07/28/2008 5:11:34 PM PDT by rivercat
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I am surprised that many Freepers haven’t heard about him.


44 posted on 07/28/2008 5:13:23 PM PDT by paudio (Like it or not, 'conservatism' is a word with many meanings. Yours may be different from mine.)
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To: WellyP
Who will afraid to show us his birth certificate?

Obama.

Who will raise your taxes?

Both.

Who almost never gives a straight answer?

Both.

Obama or McCain, which candidate do you want to loose the election?

Both.

45 posted on 07/28/2008 5:13:30 PM PDT by roamer_1 (Globalism is just Socialism in a business suit.)
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To: Rudder
How very clever of McCain to pick a complete unknown for VP.

One of the few choices who won't overshadow the top of the ticket.

46 posted on 07/28/2008 5:14:19 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: Parley Baer

**...anther trial balloon.**

which is going over like a .. LEAD Balloon!


47 posted on 07/28/2008 5:15:07 PM PDT by gwilhelm56 (I'll never vote for a LIBERAL ... even if they Do have an (R) after their name.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Too many ‘announcement coming very soon’. Let’s see: Huckabee, Crist, Graham, Lieberman, Powell, and now Pawlenty...


48 posted on 07/28/2008 5:15:39 PM PDT by paudio (Like it or not, 'conservatism' is a word with many meanings. Yours may be different from mine.)
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To: auboy
I hear Bret Favre is available.

Yeah but does he bring enough to the ticket to justify giving up a first round draft choice?

49 posted on 07/28/2008 5:16:01 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: Zevonismymuse
Nothing matters except stopping Obama from demoralizing our troops by winning.

What a ridiculous assertion.

50 posted on 07/28/2008 5:16:13 PM PDT by roamer_1 (Globalism is just Socialism in a business suit.)
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