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  • Tweet Untweet: Pawlenty's Secret

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  • Caption Challenge: Tim Pawlenty

    Leave your caption in the comments section of this post.

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  • Tim Pawlenty Also Likes Fun, Practical Jokes

    Ever since Ann Romney announced that Mitt Romney's running mate should be someone "that Mitt will enjoy, with the same personality type… and also competent, capable, and willing to serve this country," veepstakes speculation has flitted between a bowl of cold porridge, the bipartisan option of an Al Gore cardboard cutout and Tim Pawlenty (though there are a few other options).

    Gail Collins points to the Pawlenty's and Romney's similar tastes in what the latter calls "jokes as well as things that are fun…"

    They are also both proud of having a lively sense of humor. In his book, Pawlenty tells readers that once when he was introduced to a man who had just gotten a new hearing aid, he cracked up the room by "moving my lips as if I were talking but without saying anything so he'd think something was wrong."

    He's the perfect partner for someone whose idea of a good time involves impersonating a police officer and forcibly cutting a classmate's hair so it would make like the trees and become the right height. Maybe Pawlenty is already Romney's running mate and we just haven't noticed yet.

    They would make the perfect comedy duo. For their next performance, they'll turn Medicare into a premium support system where medical inflation gradually outstrips the value of the voucher, forcing poorer seniors to do without hearing aids.

    And then we'll laugh and laugh.

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  • The Moderately Smart VP Betting Money Is on Tim Pawlenty

    If you're looking to make a lot of money really fast, then… I don't know what to tell you. I heard those bath salt things are kind of popular these days. Maybe look into that?


    If you're looking to make a not-huge but respectable amount of money in a month or so, then now is the time to put all your money into Tim Pawlenty futures!

    Earlier today, I was working on a different version of this post, in which I had so many hilarious jokes and insightful things to say (you'll just have to take my word for it) about how the GOP vice-presidential race was looking like a dead heat between Pawlenty and Rob Portman on the Intrade online betting market. But in just the time it took for me to write that post, everything changed, and Pawlenty leapt ahead to a near 10 percentage point lead…

    So, what happened? What changed in that short span of time to suddenly make Pawlenty such a more enticing and exciting candidate than Portman? Did he get a haircut? Did he find a $5 bill on the ground outside an Arby's? Did somebody finally get around to reading about his intoxicating "down-to-earth appeal" in the New York times? Who knows!

    All I do know is that you'd be a fool to waste any more time in jumping aboard the Tim Pawlenty train going woot! woot! all the way to the bank! Don't chance it. You could be one pressed shirt away from finding yourself priced out of this golden opportunity.

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    Tags: Rob Portman, Tim Pawlenty, Veepstakes
  • Republican VP List Narrowed Down to Four

    The mystery of which Rand-loving cardboard cutout in a suit will be the next GOP vice-presidential candidate just got more interesting. Which is to say a little bit interesting

    Mitt Romney may be tight-lipped about his vice presidential short list, warning that only he and longtime aide Beth Myers know who is on it, but a close examination of the campaign's activity suggests four contenders have risen through the ranks: Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

    Yeah, but, four years ago, John McCain had snoozey white dudes on his VP shortlist, and he somehow ended up in Minneapolis standing next to Sarah Palin. Is there any chance that Romney will choose a game-changing dark horse candidate at the last second? Like maybe Bain Capitol? Or one of his offshore bank accounts? Someone he can really relate to?

    In this case, though, the presumptive Republican nominee has a reputation for gathering copious amounts of data to make his decisions, and that’s why a pick out of leftfield, like McCain’s choice of Palin, is unlikely. Romney doesn’t rely on his gut; he deliberates. That was true when he was considering this presidential run and asked his team for game plans and each member of his family for their input.

    Okay, so just what is all this data he's he's currently processing?

    [T]here are at least three data points Romney is considering as he mulls his vice presidential pick. The first is readiness for office…

    Which would disqualify any Palin-like candidates. Sorry, Perry, Bachmann and Cain fans.

    The second is chemistry with the candidate and his wife…

    Which would disqualify pretty much everyone else. At least anyone with a pulse. You're still in the race, Pawlenty and Jindal fans!

    And the third is an ability to fly solo — to campaign on behalf of Romney without him being there…

    Unfortunately, it appears that the ability to mimic farm animals is not being considered at this time. Our condolences, Portman fans.

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    Tags: Bobby Jindal, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Republicans, Rob Portman, Tim Pawlenty, Veepstakes