When I suggested a couple months ago that President Obama might seriously consider replacing Joe Biden as his running mate with Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice hadn't yet thrilled Romney backers with her speech on June 23 in Park City, Utah, and Ann Romney hadn't subsequently said, "We've been looking at [picking a woman], and I love that option as well."Read more
Erin McPike's "close examination of the [Romney] campaign's activity" at RealClearPolitics suggests four leading contenders for Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick—former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, Ohio senator Rob Portman, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, and Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal. McPike's article is an intelligent explanation of why these men seem to be leading the pack, with New Hampshire senator Kelly Ayotte, Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, and Florida senator Marco Rubio as long shots.Read more
Campaigns are populated by hacks and trade in cheap shots. But the hacks are usually paid staffers, and the cheap shots are part of their job description. It's sad to see a respected former governor reduced to low-level staff hackery, acting as an attack dog on behalf of a man he once criticized ("Obamneycare") and now supports.Read more
On a conference call Monday afternoon, a Mitt Romney campaign surrogate—Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor—criticized Rick Santorum for being part of the “big-spending establishment in Congress and in the influence-peddling industry that surrounds Congress,” and for previously supporting earmarked spending.Read more
The boss this morning took the stage with Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire. Smiling, and in good cheer, the boss noted that he and Ayotte had a “tough act to follow—Vice President Rubio and Secretary of State Pawlenty.”Read more
Joel Gehrke: "3,000 more six-figure pensions in Calif."Read more
Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, who dropped out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination last month, has endorsed former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney for president, according to a Romney campaign press release. Here's an excerpt:
President Obama has failed to meet America's economic challenges.
His three years of spending, regulating and taxing have not restarted the economy. Unemployment remains at a shocking 9.1 percent. Economic growth is hovering on the edge of a renewed recession.Read more
Politico reports that Virginia governor Bob McDonnell would be "very interested" in the Republican vice presidential slot:
With solid poll ratings as a swing state governor, McDonnell is already drawing attention as a possible GOP vice-presidential prospect in 2012. And in an extended interview in his office here, the Virginia governor expressed interest in the number two spot on the national ticket.Read more
A reader, inspired, he says, “by the sudden outburst of poesy at THE WEEKLY STANDARD,” sends in this reflection on last night’s debate:Read more
Thursday's Republican presidential debate in Ames, Iowa featured at least a few testy exchanges. Ron Paul and Rick Santorum sparred over the Iranian threat. Newt Gingrich slapped Fox News moderator Chris Wallace for asking about departures of his campaign staff. And Tim Pawlenty jabbed at Mitt Romney for owning more than one acre of land.Read more
Associated Press: "Norway suspect borrowed from Unabomber's manifesto"
New York Times: "Killings in Norway Spotlight Anti-Muslim Thought in U.S."
Jennifer Rubin: "EXCLUSIVE: What Boehner said to the caucus"Read more
Minnesota: "Broken deals, bitter words and a state shuts down"
A reason to vote for Ron Paul: "He’s convincing fast food joints to start selling beer."Read more
In a speech on the Middle East at the Council on Foreign Relations this morning, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty strongly criticized President Obama's "murky policy" of "engagement." But he also took aim at unnamed "parts of the Republican Party" that "now seem to be trying to out-bid the Democrats in appealing to isolationist sentiments."Read more
Tim Pawlenty went on Bill O'Reilly's show earlier this evening to react to President Obama's Afghanistan speech:
Tim Pawlenty is the first Republican presidential candidate to run a TV ad in Iowa. He touts his record as Minnesota governor on spending, unions, supreme court judges, and health care:
Ben Smith notes that Pawlenty's $50,000 TV ad buy is a small and late start compared to 2008. Mitt Romney had spent more than $1 million in Iowa by June 21 of that year.Read more
Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty warned against "the drift of the Republican Party toward what appears to be a retreat or a move more towards isolationism," according to an articlein Politico. Pawlenty also had criticism for President Obama, who's expected to announce a drawdown from Afghanistan.Read more
Tim Pawlenty went on Sean Hannity's TV show last night to express his regrets for not criticizing Romneycare at Monday night's debate:
"I think in response to that direct question, I should have been much more clear during the debate," Pawlenty said. "I don’t think we can have a nominee that was involved in the development and construction of ObamaCare and then continues to defend it."Read more
Peter Wallison: "Finally, the True Story of the Financial Crisis Breaks Through"Read more
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