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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

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To: frankiep

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!


101 posted on 07/28/2008 6:35:44 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Yuck! A global warming moron.


102 posted on 07/28/2008 6:39:20 PM PDT by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Yuck! A global warming moron.


103 posted on 07/28/2008 6:39:52 PM PDT by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Yuck! A global warming moron.


104 posted on 07/28/2008 6:40:00 PM PDT by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Rudder

Nobody votes for VP.

He won’t hurt McCain.

Stop bawling, people! Goodness sake.


105 posted on 07/28/2008 6:41:44 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (Democrats still want to Impeach Pres. Bush and/or VP Cheney; keep your eye on these House hearings.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

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”


106 posted on 07/28/2008 6:51:01 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Another white male ain’t gonna do it for him.


107 posted on 07/28/2008 6:51:45 PM PDT by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: marajade

Dan Quayle is still available and would be more popular than Pawlenty.

“Nobody doesn’t like Dan Quayle.”


108 posted on 07/28/2008 6:54:47 PM PDT by WilliamReading
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To: Free ThinkerNY; Norman Bates; Clintonfatigued

If I had a dime for every person who claimed to have the “insider knowledge” of whom McCain was gonna pick...


109 posted on 07/28/2008 6:55:34 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I think Romney or Ridge would be stronger picks than Pawlenty.

Pawlenty is a bit of a snooze.


110 posted on 07/28/2008 6:56:45 PM PDT by WilliamReading
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To: frankiep
"I will never understand the kind of logic and attitude you just articulated here. What exactly is stopping you from voting for McCain, if only to stop the most radical left wing marxist candidate this country has ever seen from becoming president, AND working to build a massive grassroots conservative movement?"

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?

111 posted on 07/28/2008 6:59:12 PM PDT by Anomoly99 (Anomoly (sp) - Sorry, A product of Public Schools)
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To: ConservativeMan55
I didn't hear him upset...I thought he was just slamming the Dems. I just checked the transcripts and couldn't find that...do you remember?
112 posted on 07/28/2008 6:59:24 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: ken21

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.


113 posted on 07/28/2008 7:01:21 PM PDT by phatus maximus (John 6:29...Learn it, love it, live it...)
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To: Miss Didi

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.


114 posted on 07/28/2008 7:04:25 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: WilliamReading

McCain needs someone like a Carly Forina. Someone outside the box.


115 posted on 07/28/2008 7:05:41 PM PDT by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: marajade

oops Fiorina


116 posted on 07/28/2008 7:06:45 PM PDT by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: 9YearLurker
I think that you likely get all of your so called “News” from the Boston Herald.

Your post appears to be lifted from one of their incessant anti-Romney articles from the last couple of years or so.

117 posted on 07/28/2008 7:06:57 PM PDT by Radix (Think it is bad now? Wait until you have to press "2" for English!)
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To: phatus maximus

my state, right or wrong.

/s

hey! my nuts are not connected to california.

if the place goes to hell, and it is, fine.


118 posted on 07/28/2008 7:09:18 PM PDT by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

McCain needs Michael Palin’s sister, or he’s McDole!


119 posted on 07/28/2008 7:10:07 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Are you ready to pray for Teddy?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
McCain is running one of the most inept campaigns, ever, for president, and I thought Bob Dole's campaign was the worse. The republicans sure messed up bad this year.

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!

120 posted on 07/28/2008 7:10:42 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: Tuxedo
I’d rather have Palin, Romney, or Thompson.

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.

121 posted on 07/28/2008 7:13:49 PM PDT by Zevonismymuse
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To: dinoparty
Obama cannot win this election unless McCain REALLY screws up. McCain’s pick should be a safe, conventional one.

You nailed it. That said, the reason I have disdain for McCain (I wrote a poem!) is because he can't be trusted.

122 posted on 07/28/2008 7:18:43 PM PDT by Zevonismymuse
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To: rawhide

Gallup has him up over Obama in likely voters. What are you talking about?


123 posted on 07/28/2008 7:19:13 PM PDT by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: ConservativeMan55

I’m glad I missed it...I would’ve been sad all day. ;)


124 posted on 07/28/2008 7:21:12 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: BIV

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.


125 posted on 07/28/2008 7:23:46 PM PDT by rivercat
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To: Free ThinkerNY; Non-Sequitur

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?


126 posted on 07/28/2008 7:36:43 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: Miss Didi
Good point about the cash. McCain will be at a big cash disadvantage against Barack. Mitt could help make that up.

I personally would be fine with Pawlenty, but would definitely prefer Mitt.

127 posted on 07/28/2008 7:52:17 PM PDT by comebacknewt
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To: VOR78

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?


128 posted on 07/28/2008 7:55:38 PM PDT by CatherinePPP
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To: rivercat
It seems that the majority of the conservative base has already decided to sit this one out in protest against McCain’s nomination

No evidence whatsoever that this is happening.

129 posted on 07/28/2008 7:55:57 PM PDT by comebacknewt
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To: roamer_1
Obama or McCain, which candidate do you want to loose the election?

Both.

Worth repeating.

130 posted on 07/28/2008 8:02:19 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: WilliamReading

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.


131 posted on 07/28/2008 8:08:55 PM PDT by CatherinePPP
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To: MplsSteve

Minnesota ping!


132 posted on 07/28/2008 8:18:27 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (If Islam conquers the world, the Earth will be at peace because the human race will be killed off.)
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To: CatherinePPP
As a resident of the People's Republic of Minnesota, I'm pretty sure NOTHING will tilt the state to a Republican presidential candidate, no matter who he is (the only state to vote Mondull in '84).

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.

133 posted on 07/28/2008 8:20:22 PM PDT by daler
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134 posted on 07/28/2008 8:29:49 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

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.


135 posted on 07/28/2008 8:32:27 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: 2nd Amendment

I had (and have) a hell of a lot more respect for Bob Dole than I do for John McCain.


136 posted on 07/28/2008 8:36:27 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve

The problem is CM.

If you have paid any attention to MN politics, you know what I’m talking about.


137 posted on 07/28/2008 8:39:49 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Fight Crime. Shoot Back.)
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To: CatherinePPP

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.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2008/president/mn/minnesota_mccain_vs_obama-550.html#polls

And then there’s the state’s history. It hasn’t gone Republican in almost 40 years.


138 posted on 07/28/2008 8:42:31 PM PDT by VOR78
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To: rivercat
It seems that the majority of the conservative base has already decided to sit this one out in protest against McCain’s nomination.

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.

139 posted on 07/28/2008 9:41:09 PM PDT by Zevonismymuse
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

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.


140 posted on 07/29/2008 1:26:27 AM PDT by TypeZoNegative (" ." - Barack Obama.)
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To: trumandogz

McCain’s people are putting tons of false rumors out. Likely he hasn’t chosen yet.


141 posted on 07/29/2008 3:31:41 AM PDT by Impy (Spellcheck hates Obama, you should too.)
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To: Diogenesis; All
Gov. Palin is Sen.McCain’s biggest opportunity to win.
If he wants to win.
10 million women will crossover and oil from Alaska will stoke the imagination of another 60 million Americans on the edge.
If he wants to win.


Governor Palin's experience is not much greater than Obama-lama-ding-dong's himself. She hasn't even been Governor for 2 years (elected December 2006), and her experience before that is hardly the stuff that builds national political mettle:

*Two terms on the Wasilla City Council, '92 to '96

*Two-term mayor/manager of Wasilla, Alaska. '96 to '02
(I can hear that campaign slogan "She tamed Wasilla, she'll tame the Senators on the Hilla!")

Oh and not to forget: Palin was elected President of the Alaska Conference of Mayors, and appointed Ethics Commissioner, spent another 2 years at that job before resigning.

She's a pretty face for sure, and no doubt a bright lady but presidential or vice-presidential material?

No way. She's not ready.
142 posted on 07/29/2008 4:16:58 AM PDT by mkjessup
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To: CatherinePPP

I really don’t see what advantage Pawlenty has over Romney. Romney is a much better campaigner.


143 posted on 07/29/2008 4:39:51 AM PDT by WilliamReading
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To: WilliamReading

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.


144 posted on 07/29/2008 5:02:53 AM PDT by CatherinePPP
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

For the uninitiated, what the heck is CM?


145 posted on 07/29/2008 5:11:07 AM PDT by MortMan (Those who stand for nothing fall for anything. - Alexander Hamilton)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The VP question gives the blabbers something to blab about but I cannot believe any votes hinge on who gets the VP slot. I know I'm in the minority on this but the arguments I hear about the importance of VP just don't impress me. I think a bad pick can hurt but a good pick really isn't that important.

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.

146 posted on 07/29/2008 6:41:46 AM PDT by DManA
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To: WilliamReading
The Pres candidate doesn't want someone who will outshine him. With McCain that is a pretty low threshold.

Pawlenty is a bit of a snooze.

147 posted on 07/29/2008 6:44:50 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Minnesota has mandated a 10% mixture of gasoline and ethanol (gasohol) since 1997, while most cars are designed to safely handle 15%. Pawlenty signed into law in May 2005 a bill that will raise the minimum mandated mixture to 20% in 2013. Pawlenty has also lobbied the Governors' Ethanol Coalition to mandate higher ethanol use nationwide.

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.

148 posted on 07/29/2008 6:51:19 AM PDT by kabar
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To: WilliamReading
A ham sandwich is a better choice than Pawlenty.

Get ready to start saying “yes, Commissar” as you use your rationing coupons to buy food and fuel

149 posted on 07/29/2008 7:00:21 AM PDT by We Dare Defend Our Rights
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To: We Dare Defend Our Rights

Tim Pawlenty, like Walter Mondale before him, has that charisma, or “Minnesota Magic” that really lights up a room whenever he is around.


150 posted on 07/29/2008 7:08:06 AM PDT by WilliamReading
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