Skip to comments.Geraghty: Source says itís Pawlenty for VP
Posted on 07/28/2008 4:48:25 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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I think he’s withstood a week of Obamamania fairly well, and I’d rather have him save his veep thunder (hoping there’ll be some thunder!) for the end of the summer when people pay more attention.
My biggest issue is that I want to see Obama painted as the laughably and frighteningly far-leftist that he is. That should be the base to the Obama jokes and that should really get put across while McCain simultaneously comes out proactively with a strong energy and economy issue. (I’m with you on the proactive bit!)
I think McCain had to ding Obama on his supposedly heroic trip, and he’s done that. I don’t even really mind that he was seen dowdily tooling about a supermarket while he was at it. But I really want to see a double-barreled message than contrasts McCain’s strong energy and economic solutions with the whacked out radical socialism of Obama.
Just a little arm-chair campaign managing here, but it’s somehow therapeutic!
Yuck! A global warming moron.
Yuck! A global warming moron.
Yuck! A global warming moron.
Nobody votes for VP.
He won’t hurt McCain.
Stop bawling, people! Goodness sake.
Hmmm could Rush with his “high connections” found out about this?
Rush was very upset when talking about the elections today.
Rush goes “we’re screwed”
Another white male ain’t gonna do it for him.
Dan Quayle is still available and would be more popular than Pawlenty.
“Nobody doesn’t like Dan Quayle.”
If I had a dime for every person who claimed to have the “insider knowledge” of whom McCain was gonna pick...
I think Romney or Ridge would be stronger picks than Pawlenty.
Pawlenty is a bit of a snooze.
It has not worked for over 20 years. Every time we vote for the lesser of two evils, the Republicans give us an ever greater liberal the next time. The Senate passed the Mortgage Bailout with only 13 Republicans voting against it. Republicans keep going along with Democrats with the assumption that Conservatives have no other place to go.
I could make the argument that voting for RINO Republicans, simply because they are better than the socialist Democrats, has given us the Mortgage Bailout, Out of Control Spending, No Permanent Tax Cuts, Open Boarders, Amnesty in 09, No Energy Plan, Cap & Trade 09, Prescription Drugs, Falling Dollar, Ethanol, $48 Billion Aids Bill...
The Republicans take Conservatives for granted and continue expanding government once elected. We gave them the power in 2004 and they did nothing. McCain was a major force in opposing anything Conservative getting done. Why should I think this time will be any different?
but always passed...If it had not passed the bridge would have been shut down. Problems exist in every bridge, it’s the level of problem that was, unfortuntely, misdiagnosed.
I’m not saying the DOT did a great job, but the bridge was deemed safe to travel as I did hundreds of times over the past 10 years prior to it’s collapse.
At the very end of the show he kind of got emotional.
He goes “Somedays I come in and think we’re gonna win and somedays.. like today I think.. we’re screwed folks”
He said it right before the last break.
McCain needs someone like a Carly Forina. Someone outside the box.
Your post appears to be lifted from one of their incessant anti-Romney articles from the last couple of years or so.
my state, right or wrong.
hey! my nuts are not connected to california.
if the place goes to hell, and it is, fine.
McCain needs Michael Palin’s sister, or he’s McDole!
I suspect the democrats pulled out all the stops during the republican primary season to get McCain nominated, because they knew what an awful campaigner he would be, thus assuring the democrats a victory in November.
McCain is toast, he just does not know it yet. He has his head buried in the sand, listening to all his 'yes' men, ignoring the dissent within his own party, just like George Bush Sr did.
Good-bye McCain, get ready to drink your sorrows away with Hillary!
You and me both. I am putting up a brave front. Any of the three you mention would be a great VP, especially Thompson or Romney....only because I don't know what sort of skeletons Palin might have in her closet. I've read a bit about her 'Troopergate' and I would hate to have any distractions. VPs never really help but they often hurt the candidate. I am worried about Pawlenty for the same reasons I am worried about Palin, but at least Palin brings some good conservative cred to the ticket.
I understand what you are saying...I live in California and there is not a chance in hell that Obama won't win big here, but I am still spear-heading Coulter's Get Drunk and Vote for McCain here because it gives me a chance to show the kids the way. We play the hand we are dealt. I know what every conservative who I respected and loved would tell me to do in this situation and it isn't quit. There are two parties and I'm not helping the evil one. My party is off track right now but I know what Ronald Reagan and my Dad, may they both rest in peace, would want me to teach my kids right now.
You nailed it. That said, the reason I have disdain for McCain (I wrote a poem!) is because he can't be trusted.
Gallup has him up over Obama in likely voters. What are you talking about?
I’m glad I missed it...I would’ve been sad all day. ;)
Yep, Palin would add the necessary zip to the ticket. This election will come down to turn out, and the Libs have much more incentive to turn out this year. It seems that the majority of the conservative base has already decided to sit this one out in protest against McCain’s nomination. Once we get to the conventions, the MSM and their allies are going to make Obama look the answer to everything. Then, they will make McCain and Pawlenty look like tired old Bush/Cheney/Haliburton/War-mongering/baby/elderly-kickers. We need something new and exciting...and Pawlenty ain’t it.
Pawlenty is my hero. He balanced a $4.3 billion deficit he inherited from Ventura without raising taxes and gave us conceal carry. I believe he is a lot more conservative than he lets on and since he has no baggage he is a safe bet for McCain. I picked Pawlenty back in January because I am great, aint that right NS?
I personally would be fine with Pawlenty, but would definitely prefer Mitt.
Why don’t you think Pawlenty could put McCain over the top in Minnesota? Polling in Minnesota has been all over the place... there was just a poll recently that had McCain down by only 3 points or something like that. A popular governor could be worth 5 points, couldn’t he?
No evidence whatsoever that this is happening.
I think I disagree... Ridge is pro abortion. I don’t know if I could deal with that, a lot of people couldn’t. It sounds like the only thing wrong with Pawlenty is that he’s a global warming sort of guy, but McCain already is too, so that’s not making the ticket any worse, IMHO. Adding a pro abortion politician to it would make it a harder pill to swallow. Pawlenty at least should not drive any voters away. I would be willing to give him a chance.
I don’t think McCain will ever catch up to Obama in the “excitement game,” I think he just needs to not say or do anything else stupid or risky and stop blurring the lines between him and the Democrats, and then people will come back and vote for him after Obama flames out (which I think he will.) If he does something idiotic like picking a Democrat for his VP then he’s toast. Picking a slightly boring Republican governor with no scandals doesn’t sound too awful to me.
That having been said (and I've pointed this out in previous posts), there's nothing wrong with Pawlenty other than his recent conversion to the Global Warming hoax.
He fought (unsuccessfully) for the death penalty and parent notification on abortions, and (successfully) for concealed carry; all in a state that is so blue it's damn near purple.
He's not a lib.
My biggest concern about the guy is that he supported McCain back when most figured McCain didn't have a prayer.
Pawlenty would be a good pick for conservatism in general, but he's not going to put MN in the Republican column.
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I think I just threw up in my mouth after reading that headline!
Pawlenty is a phony! He’s nothing more than a younger version of John McCain.
I had (and have) a hell of a lot more respect for Bob Dole than I do for John McCain.
The problem is CM.
If you have paid any attention to MN politics, you know what I’m talking about.
Browsing through the polls over at RCP, I just see WAY too many 13-17 point leads for Obama in the last couple of months to make me feel comfortable with it.
And then there’s the state’s history. It hasn’t gone Republican in almost 40 years.
The majority? You've got to be kidding me. The majority of conservatives never miss an election. It is how you can spot us; we make up the minority of the registered voters but we still win a good part of the time because we always do our duty. We are responsible by nature.
And to be honest, he won’t even bring anything to the ticket anyway. He’s bland and from a state that garners only 10 electoral votes. 2 killers.
Also, did I mention his bland demeanor? (I think I did). That bland, milktoast demeanor may work in outstate Minnesota. He motivated the troops here and did a good job of it, but the rest of us spicy food eating, nightlifing, mind speaking Americans, the guy would be about as motivating as Ben Stein in a DMV line.
That being said, I don’t feel safe with this man being VP nor would I walk on fire to vote for him.
McCain’s people are putting tons of false rumors out. Likely he hasn’t chosen yet.
I really don’t see what advantage Pawlenty has over Romney. Romney is a much better campaigner.
I would be OK with Romney too, but I’d be a little concerned that there are a good number of Republicans who really hate him. McCain is already on thin ice and if Republicans who are disgruntled with him see him pick a VP they really dislike, it might be the last straw for them. I think Romney has more enemies than Pawlenty does.
But he’s also better-known and has important business connections. He probably wouldn’t be a bad choice. It sounds like Pawlenty is more conservative than he is though.
For the uninitiated, what the heck is CM?
That said, Pawlenty is a fairly good guy. I know I'm in the minority on that too but I think center right is accurate. His worst position is his Climate change idiocy but he really didn't jump on that bandwagon until he started lobbying for McCain's VP position, which started about two/three years ago.
Pawlenty is a bit of a snooze.
Conservative Republican governors were not supportive of Pawlenty's presentation on clean energy to the governor's association, which he gave in cooperation with Ed Rendell, who is the governor of Pennsylvania and the NGA's Democratic vice-chairman. With Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, Pawlenty is co-chairman of the association's energy committee. The effort received "adamant opposition" from governors of oil producing states.
Pawlenty won the governor's race by just 21,000 votes in 2006, down from the 180,000 he won by in 2002. It looks like he doesn't wear well.
Get ready to start saying “yes, Commissar” as you use your rationing coupons to buy food and fuel
Tim Pawlenty, like Walter Mondale before him, has that charisma, or “Minnesota Magic” that really lights up a room whenever he is around.