Pawlenty: I’ll be in Minnesota at the state fair tomorrow; Update: Pawlenty headlines “Meet the Press” this weekend

posted at 4:14 pm on August 28, 2008 by Allahpundit

We’re on 24-hour VP watch now so might as well throw up a post about this. Drudge is red-fonting the fact that he’s mysteriously canceled some public appearances — but then how to explain this?

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, on the short list of possible GOP vice presidential picks, said he plans to be home at the state fair for a radio show appearance Friday, when Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is expected to announce his running mate.

Pawlenty was the main attraction at a press conference to highlight Republicans’ argument that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is “not ready” to be president. Pawlenty referred all questions about the ticket to the McCain campaign.

“On issues relating to the vice presidency, that’s obviously Sen. McCain’s decision,” Pawlenty said. “The McCain campaign will be making those announcements [Friday] presumably.”

Roll Call doesn’t specify when he said that so maybe he got the call from McCain after the press conference. Or maybe it’s a head fake coordinated by the campaign to throw the media off the trail. Or maybe it’s a Bidenesque “I’m not the guy” bald-faced lie before the announcement. All theories welcome!

The closer we get, the more I find myself in the same boat as Ross Douthat. I crave an exciting pick, but the only excitement available is Jindal or Palin and they’re both simply too green for McCain’s message (as is, er, Pawlenty). We’re bound to be disappointed. Pessimismania!

Update: Sounds like the presser at which he made the state fair comment happened before he canceled his appearances, so maybe he did get the call late:

Pawlenty, in Denver to criticize Democrats on McCain’s behalf, canceled without explanation an afternoon roundtable interview with the AP as well as other media interviews. Questioned about the vice presidential selection earlier, Pawlenty would only say that he is to be in Minnesota on Friday for the state fair. He had cautioned during a series of morning TV interviews that while speculation might be fun, “most of it turns out to be inaccurate.”

Update: Meanwhile, more whispers of Secret Service sweeps at Romney family homes.

Update: Hold the phone. The Secret Service says the Romney rumors are indeed just rumors.

Update: Hmmmmm.


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Mitt will be attacked like no other.

lansing quaker on August 28, 2008 at 4:22 PM

True. They always get desperate when their back is against the wall. Go Mitt!

thecountofincognito on August 28, 2008 at 6:49 PM

I would love to see McCain on stage with Mitt on one side and Huck on the other. He could then turn, shake Romney’s hand and say, Mitt, thanks for your work on the campaign. I’m glad we put the past behind us. I’m afraid you’re not the man for the job at this time.” Then he turns to Huck. “Mike, I’d like you to be the first to welcome my running mate, Orrin Hatch!”

Then they do a closeup on Huck’s face. Then McCain says “Just kidding. Welcome aboard, Mitt!” Then someone dumps pig’s blood on Huck. Everyone is laughing and pointing. Suddenly, all the doors slam shut by themselves. Huckabee gets an intensely crazy look in his eye and the cameras fizzle out.

Or Palin would be OK I guess.

thecountofincognito on August 28, 2008 at 7:02 PM

Resident Evil: RNC?

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on August 28, 2008 at 7:24 PM

Based on the Drudge headlines, it’s quite obvious that the pick is Pawlenty

Illinidiva on August 28, 2008 at 7:38 PM

thecountofincognito on August 28, 2008 at 7:02 PM

I think I’d prefer pig’s blood and mass carnage than VP Orrin Hatch.

Could just be me though.

sulla on August 28, 2008 at 7:39 PM

Illinidiva on August 28, 2008 at 7:38 PM

Yep. David Gregory said earlier on MSNBC that McCain’s VP “could appear on Sunday programs.” He’s a panelist on MTP, he should know. Andrea Mitchell said that all signs point to Pawlenty and she’s also a panelist on MTP.

terryannonline on August 28, 2008 at 7:40 PM

Resident Evil: RNC?

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on August 28, 2008 at 7:24 PM

If it stars Milla Jovovitch, count me in.

sulla on August 28, 2008 at 7:41 PM

Arg. Now Chris Matthews just said John McCain and Tim Pawlenty could possibly draw large crowds. They know who the VP and they can’t keep their mouth shut!!!

terryannonline on August 28, 2008 at 7:42 PM

Andrea Mitchell said that all signs point to Pawlenty and she’s also a panelist on MTP.

I’ve never trusted anything Andrea Mitchell has said before today, so I’m not exactly taking it as gospel.

If it’s Pawlenty, onward and upward.

If it’s someone else, onward and upward.

“Lighten up, we have a planet to save.”

sulla on August 28, 2008 at 7:44 PM

sulla on August 28, 2008 at 7:44 PM

I have no problem with Pawlenty. I’m starting to get irked that it appears that nobody at MSNBC can keep their mouth shut. What John McCain thinking?

terryannonline on August 28, 2008 at 7:48 PM

Anyone but Pawlenty, PLEASE! This would be a huge mistake. A disaster for McCain. You cannot possibly get more boring than Pawlenty. And that’s the last thing the old fart McCain needs.

If McCain picks Pawlenty, all conservatives should instantly come on over to Libertarian Bob Barr and Wayne Root.

ericdondero on August 28, 2008 at 7:52 PM

terryannonline on August 28, 2008 at 7:48 PM

Good question.

Perhaps one attempt is to distract the media with a candidate most folks don’t know much about during the Night of the Living Ego.

Whether or not it’s Pawlenty, they’ll all be talking about him today.

sulla on August 28, 2008 at 7:57 PM

If McCain picks Pawlenty, all conservatives should instantly come on over to Libertarian Bob Barr and Wayne Root.

Why? I’m definitely not.

terryannonline on August 28, 2008 at 7:58 PM

Intrade has Romney tanking today (dropping from 70 earlier in the day to 10 right now) and Pawlenty jumping from 20′s all day to 65 now.

Someone either knows something, or is gaming the system. If you think it’s Romney, buy now! :)

Ludwig on August 28, 2008 at 7:58 PM

btw, terryannonline, I wasn’t pointing to you with the “lighten up” comment.

I just like using Pelosi’s stupid words against her.

sulla on August 28, 2008 at 7:59 PM

Someone either knows something, or is gaming the system. If you think it’s Romney, buy now! :)

The folks over at MSNBC have basically given it away. If people want to waste their money buy Romney.

terryannonline on August 28, 2008 at 8:01 PM

ericdondero on August 28, 2008 at 7:52 PM

SO

not gonna happen.

sulla on August 28, 2008 at 8:02 PM

terryann – T-Paw’s kind of settling in as the uncontradicted guy, so everyone can talk about him as though it’s a done deal without coming out and saying so. The Brit Humers had also pretty much settled on T-Paw, doing a round of “well if it is T-Paw… then…”

If it’s not T-Paw, then Mav & Co have done an amazing job of misleading people. Just the massive Intrade shift tells you that the conventional wisdom has been unable to settle.

…and, oh yeah, I’d rather chew tin foil then spend more than a sentence on Bob Barr and whoever…

CK MacLeod on August 28, 2008 at 8:08 PM

if he can help turn Minnesota red (Kerry won it by just 100,000 votes) it’s a solid pick.

Noneya on August 28, 2008 at 8:11 PM

Its Mccain against Osama everybody chill, we are gonna do this thang.

Marines for Mccain on August 28, 2008 at 9:32 PM

United we stand, divided and we’re ruled by Obama for the next few years. Save all your savagery for the Dems, brothers and sisters. At this point it’s pointless to point out strengths and weaknesses of presumptive veep picks. Go to bed and wake up to a refreshingly Republican news day!

Doug on August 29, 2008 at 12:50 AM

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