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  • Tim Pawlenty the Most Dynamic VP Candidate Being Considered

    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!

    Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Tim Pawlenty, Veepstakes
  • A Look Back at 2011 with The Daily Show – August

    Hey, remember when Rick Perry got America pregnant with a breakfast sausage and then America had to get a free abortion over on Fox News and Tim Pawlenty was a person who existed?

    The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11/10c.

    Tags: Iowa Straw Poll, Jon Stewart, TDS Looks Back at 2011, The Daily Show, Tim Pawlenty, Video
  • From the Pork Barrel: A Newt for All Seasons

    * Newt Gingrich promises to end divisive politics and be an inclusive president for all like-minded conservative Christian Americans.

    * Gingrich strikes a chord with America's fist-shaking harumphing demographic.

    * Donald Trump opened his mouth and more stuff fell out of it. In all seriousness, don't even bother clicking this link. You'll be mad at yourself if you do.

    * The Scott Walker recall effort already has half the signatures it needs. Guess Wisconsin will be banning pens and pencils any time now.

    * GQ remembers that Tim Pawlenty exists.

    Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Iran, Newt Gingrich, Pork Barrel, Primaries, Recall, Republicans, Scott Walker, Tim Pawlenty, Wisconsin
  • Rick Perry's Famous Last Word: 'Oops'

    It's normally my policy to avoid linking to snuff films, but in this case it only involves the death of a political campaign, and it's hilarious, and um, uh, what's the third thing here, let's see…I can't. The third one, I can't.

    But for the skittish, here's how the Rick Perry campaign went to "a better place." While answering a softball question about job creation during last night's debate in Michigan, Perry turned to Rep. Ron Paul and explained that just like the congressman, he too wanted to eliminate several Cabinet-level departments

    Perry: "It's three agencies of government when I get there that are gone: Commerce, Education and the, uh, what's the third one there, let's see… "

    Ron Paul: "Five….

    Perry: "Oh, five, okay, so Commerce, Education and the … uh … uh."

    Moderator John Harwood: "EPA?"

    Perry: "EPA, there you go."

    Harwood: "Seriously, is EPA the one you were talking about?"

    Perry: "No sir, no sir. We were talking about agencies of government. EPA needs to be rebuilt. No doubt about that."

    Harwood: "But you can't name the third one?"

    Perry: "The third agency of government I would do away with, the Education, the uh, Commerce. Let's see. I can't. The third one I can't. Sorry. Oops."

    There's some good news here. Not for the Perry campaign, which although it's being a good sport about the gaffe as it asks supporters "what part of the Federal Government would you like to forget about the most," faces a potentially fatal exodus of fundraisers. But there's good news for humanity.

    First, if there's any way to bend the space-time continuum, we're going to find out shortly. You just know Tim Pawlenty is in his garage right now, working out quantum entanglement, assembling his time machine. Seriously, he dropped out of this field?

    Second, should Mitt Romney ever donate his body to science, we're going to discover the secret to fortune and dumb luck.  There are jackpot winners who are Gil Gunderson compared to Mitt Romney. This dude is less lucky than Mitt Romney. There hasn't been a politician with better electoral fortune than Romney since…since some guy drew Alan Keyes as an opponent in an Illinois Senate race.

    Finally, imagine it's 2013. The president is in the oval office, calling Benjamin Netanyahu to persuade the Israeli Prime Minister to call off a pre-emptive strike against the Iranian nuclear program. Minutes later, he or she will be on the phone with Vladimir Putin, trying to cajole the Russian leader to support a UN Security Council Resolution authorizing further sanctions against Iran.

    Now, close your eyes and imagine that president is Rick Perry. Then, watch this clip again and be grateful it shall never come to pass.

    Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Debates, Mitt Romney, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Perry, Tim Pawlenty
  • Mitt Romney Suffers Crippling Tim Pawlenty Endorsement

    Aw, man. This has not been such a great month for Mitt Romney. Seems like ever since he slipped up at the Iowa State Fair and found himself defending the personhood of corporations, his campaign — once seemingly unstoppable – has been in slow but steady decline.

    Now, not only has Rick Perry unseated him as the uncontested GOP frontrunner

    [A]ccording to a CNN/ORC International Poll, what appears to be Perry's greatest strength — the perception among Republicans that he is the candidate with the best chance to beat President Barack Obama in 2012 — seems to be exactly what the GOP rank and file are looking for.

    …but he's now been forced to suffer the indignity of an endorsement from former-candidate and fellow sentient lifeform, Tim Pawlenty. What does this guy have to do to catch a break?

    Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty endorsed Mitt Romney for president Monday, praising his onetime rival for his "leadership ability" and the "depth and scope of [his] private-sector experience."

    "I believe he’s going to be our party’s nominee," Pawlenty said on "Fox and Friends," predicting Romney would be a "transformational and great president."

    Ugh! My heart kinda goes out for Romney. What do you do with a piece of bad news like this? Maybe nobody noticed and this terrible unfortunate recommendation will just be forgotten

    Tim Pawlenty, who endorsed Mitt Romney for president Monday, will attend the Republican Tea Party Debate as one of Romney's guests.

    Or maybe not.

    I've seen this before. My Uncle Pete got this weird orange fungus on his foot, and no matter what the doctors tried, it just would go away. Eventually, they had to amputate.

    Unfortunately, I don't think Pawlenty will be quite so easy to get rid of.

    Photo by George Frey/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Corporations, Mitt Romney, Polls, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Perry, Tim Pawlenty