Ordinarily, you'd have a hard time finding any group of people in which Tim Pawlenty could be described as "the most effective" or "well-liked" one. I mean, he even managed to lose a popularity contest to Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum earlier this year. No small feat, to be certain.
So, really, this probably says a lot less about Tim Pawlenty than it does about the GOP vice-presidential short list…
Tim Pawlenty has jumped to the top of the vice presidential shortlist of several Mitt Romney advisers after emerging as the most effective — and well-liked — surrogate for the GOP nominee-to-be, according to several Republicans familiar with campaign deliberations.
The former Minnesota governor has impressed top Romney officials with his winning onstage presence at a grueling roster of Republican events throughout the country and with his low-maintenance personal style that has made him a favorite with the campaign’s tight-knit inner circle at the Boston headquarters…
"Frankly, in a lot of ways, he has been able to make the case for Mitt more eloquently than sometimes he made the case for himself," a former Pawlenty campaign official said.
And, as a bonus, Mitt Romney will certainly look interesting by comparison. So, win-win!
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