So, Not Pawlenty, Then?
by Todd Beeton, Wed Aug 06, 2008 at 12:53:48 PM EDT
CW has held that Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is on John McCain's VP shortlist but he may not be for long. Maybe he knows something we don't know. Check out who Pawlenty praised today, and, by extension, who he criticized.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, often mentioned as a possible running mate for Republican presidential candidate John McCain, said Wednesday GOP candidates would do well to adopt a positive tone like that of McCain's Democratic rival Barack Obama.
"Say what you will about Barack Obama," the Minnesota Republican told a conservative group, "people gravitate when you have something positive to say." He added that McCain has been positive as well.
"People want to follow hopeful, optimistic, civil, decent leaders," Pawlenty said in a speech to GOPAC, which helps recruit Republican candidates. "They don't want to follow some negative, scornful person."
Gee, who might that negative scornful person be? Talk about off-message. Sounds like Pawlenty is giving McCain a big F-you, doesn't it? Could get awwwwkward in St. Paul next month. I'd put money on Romney, although the CW theory right now is that McCain's ultimate decision will likely be informed by Obama's decision. I still think Pawlenty is toast, though.