VP Pawlenty Meter: Beltway pundits say 'no sex with wife' joke hurt VP chances
The reviews are in, and T-Paw's awkward joke about his wife refusing to sleep with him has not been well received by the chattering classes in Washington.
Although the wounds from the rare-if-ill-timed gaffe by Minnesota's governor are far from mortal, the very fact that Washington pundits are talking about his sex life at all can't be good for him. Since T-Paw is a relative blank slate, pundits have been looking for a phrase to affix to his name, and "doesn't have sex with wife" isn't a good one if you hope to have a political future.
Here it comes buried in Bloomberg's latest article about VP frontrunners:
McCain's list would include former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, even with their frosty personal relations during the presidential campaign; Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty -- if he can avoid silly moments like talking on a radio show about his lack of a sex life with his wife -- and Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman.
And here's Fox News:
John Wodele, a public relations consultant, told MyFOXTwinCities that although it is never appropriate for a politician to discuss his sex life, he didn’t think it would hurt his political future. But, David Schultz, a political science professor, said it can’t help his vice presidential prospects.
This week, the T-Paw VP Meter holds steady at Yellow as the T-Paw Peter Meter remains stuck with Blue.