Skip to comments.Geraghty: Source says itís 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.
AGW? What’s that?
How very clever of McCain to pick a complete unknown for VP.
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.
Doownside, he’s a Green-weenie climate change nut...
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.
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).
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.
He couldn’t deliver Republicans in his own statehouse.
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.
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.
Never heard of him. From some of the comments here, not sure I’d like him.
thanks for voting in effect for
Another global warming cultist. :-(
I hear Bret Favre is available.
Who??????????????????? Now, that’s a wise pick!
john bolton i like.
but he’s a target of the left.
mccain would lose the election.
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.
I darn near forgot about those things.
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.
I am surprised that many Freepers haven’t heard about him.
Who will raise your taxes?
Who almost never gives a straight answer?
Obama or McCain, which candidate do you want to loose the election?
One of the few choices who won't overshadow the top of the ticket.
**...anther trial balloon.**
which is going over like a .. LEAD Balloon!
Too many ‘announcement coming very soon’. Let’s see: Huckabee, Crist, Graham, Lieberman, Powell, and now Pawlenty...
Yeah but does he bring enough to the ticket to justify giving up a first round draft choice?
What a ridiculous assertion.