VP Pawlenty Meter: 10 things you didn't know about T-Paw, and three things you did
T-Paw isn't able to attend this week's Veep barbecue at the McCain homestead, but that hasn't stopped speculation that he's the frontrunner in the veepstakes.
Pawlenty now holds a commanding lead in the political markets, which tracks public opinion like stock picks. Romney owns a point and a half lead over Romney, whom McCain doesn't particularly like, and the rest of the top five is sort of a "fantasy list" that's unlikely to reflect the campaign's actual thinking.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty: 18 percent
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: 16.8 percent
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: 11.4 percent
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: 6.5 percent
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani: 6.2 percent
Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison: 5 percent
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham: 3 percent
(”Field” category given 46.3 percent odds)
Reflecting this convention wisdom, U.S. News & World Reports treats us to a T-Paw primer, called 10 Things You Didn't Know About Tim Pawlenty. Among them:
8. Pawlenty is a fan of rock music, including artists such as Bruce Springsteen. In the fall of 2001 when he kicked off his gubernatorial campaign in South St. Paul, the song playing was Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son."
Three Things We Do Know About Tim Pawlenty