Tim Pawlenty: Quick Thoughts

Update: Looks like I got headfaked, like many others. Pawlenty appears to be out. Speculation is on Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Kudos to Steve if this is correct. In part he writes about her:

Not only is she a woman (which, like it or not, is an issue for some voters), but she also puts a fresh, future-oriented face on the McCain campaign. By upending Alaska’s corrupt political class, Palin has actually produced the type of change that Barack Obama can only talk about; and her collar is far bluer than Joe Biden’s ever was. Furthermore, she is arguably the only candidate who has the necessary expertise to address the single most pressing issue in this election: gas prices. As Governor of Alaska, Chair of the Interstate Oil
and Gas Compact Commission (America’s largest interstate organization), and a former Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Sarah Palin can run rings around almost anyone when it comes to oil.

Nothing is official at this point, but all signs point toward John McCain’s vice-presidential pick being Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. In the past few weeks I’ve seen Pawlenty more and more as the likeliest choice to be second man on the Republican national ticket. Once in awhile, my prognostications actually approach something near accuracy. Though I’ve never had a really strong feeling about this one.

In my estimation, John McCain could have done better, but he also could have done a lot worse. Tim Pawlenty is pro-life, has held the line against tax increases, is strong on education reform, and has some other assorted strong points. On the other hand, he’s gone a little too far onto the Green bandwagon and isn’t all I’d like to see from a fiscal conservative point of view. (But then again, we now have FRED PAC to rally around if we need to vent our frustrations and build for the future.)

All in all, the second-term Minnesota Governor is probably the best we could hope for in the current political climate. For those who have been championing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be McCain’s running mate, Pawlenty should be an acceptable second choice.

What are others saying? Red State’s Erick Erickson is happy, and has a good rundown of Tim Pawlenty’s positions and record (H/T Campaign Spot). The Next Right’s Soren Dayton is “excited that Pawlenty will be one of our leaders in this period.”

For now, one overarching question remains: If the Tim Pawlenty “Sam’s Club” Republican is the direction the GOP is headed, how long can I keep my Costco membership?


  1. James Downing says

    What an amazing pick by McCain!! Gov. Palin brings in a distinguished record of executive experience, running a successful and popular Government in Alaska. An ideal ticket is one where 1 person brings in the Washington experience/foreign policy/national security experience and the other brings in executive/administrative experience. This can be seen from all winning tickets in the past few decades. The republican ticket is the perfect ticket now. She has a record of clean governance, bipartisanship and reducing wasteful spending and is an ideal choice for McCain’s VP.

    For all those who wish to raise the ‘experience’ question – do you honestly believe that Gov. Palin is too inexperienced to be President (a post for which, btw, she is NOT running for) despite being the Governor of Alaska for nearly 2 years and a mayor for many years before that, while Sen Obama is experienced enough to be President (a post he is running for)? If you honestly believe Palin is inexperienced, there is now way you could support Obama. Palin brings in executive experience, McCain and Biden bring Washington, foreign policy experience – what exactly does Obama bring in? Neither of the 2.

    Also, it is incorrect to see the choice of Gov Palin as a gimmick to pander to the women voters. While that is a bonus, the most important point is that she would be an excellent person for the role of VP in McCain’s administration, with the executive experience, to help him run the country effectively. None of us know too much about her, but whatever little Ive heard so far is immensely impressive. I request all voters to give her a fair chance, do some research and find out about her, and you will see that her candidacy is no gimmick.

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