Vetting

English: Official photo of Governor Tim Pawlen...

English: Official photo of Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tim Pawlenty knows how it is to be vetted as a VP candidate. He was vetted by John McCain in 2008 and again by Mitt Romney in 2012. In his campaign autobiography entitled, Courage to Stand, Tim went into great detail about the hours that he and his wife spent gathering all the paperwork that the McCain campaign demanded. I am not at home this week, so I cannot check the book to see if he mentioned how many years of tax returns he submitted. This morning, he was asked by George Stephanopoulos how many returns he submitted to the Romney campaign. His answer was “several.” When is it proper to vet a VP candidate in greater detail than the person at the top of the ticket?

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Vetted

'Vette

‘Vette (Photo credit: cindy47452)

It is Tim Pawlenty‘s turn to run for VP on the GOP ticket. He was vetted in 2008 and then passed over at the last-minute for Sarah Palin. Go T-Paw. If Mitt passes you over for a second time, maybe you could ask him to let you campaign for the GOP ticket in Mitt’s vintage Vette that I saw in his garage, a 1956 model I believe.

Boring white guy

Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Gr...

Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan, receiving a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tim Pawlenty was on MSNBC moments ago with Andrea Mitchell denying that he wants to be Mitt Romney‘s running mate. He certainly is qualified if they indeed do pick a boring white guy.

I am surprised that some reporter has not asked Andrea about her husband, Alan Greenspan. Like how does it feel to be married to the person most responsible for the Great Recession? Reporters are always asking stupid questions of victims of disasters about how it feels. One would think that some reporter would put the question to her.

10 little Republicans

GOP Presidential Debate June 13, 2011 in New H...

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10 little Republicans
Standing in a line
Tim Pawlenty withdrew
And then there were 9.

9 little Republicans
Swinging on a gate
Chris Christie backed out
And then there were 8.

8 little Republicans
Praying to heaven
Sarah Palin declined to run
And then there were 7.

7 little Republicans
Playing tricks
Ron Paul tripped up
And then there were 6.

6 little Republicans
Shopping online
Newt Gingrich at Tiffany
And then there were 5

5 little Republicans
Entering through a door
Rick Perry let out a snore
And then there were 4.

4 little Republicans
Criticizing Barack
Rick Santorum sneezed
And then there were 3.

3 little Republicans
Out in a canoe
Michele Bachmann overboard
And then there were two.

2 little Republicans
Herman Cain and Mitt Romney
One lost out
And then there was one.

One little Republican
Standing all alone.
Will vote for himself in 2012
Results: 130 Million to one.

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Mitt Romney

Cover of "No Apology: The Case for Americ...

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No Apology by Mitt Romney, published in March, 2010, is the book I was looking for in the fall of 2008 so that I could evaluate the Romney governship of Massachusetts. He is a good writer and the book is filled with the detail I require when making a political evaluation. Unfortunately, Romney seems to be on every side of every question. I do think that his opinions and experience in Massachusetts on education and healthcare are important and deserve consideration when the discussion is about improving education and healthcare. I do not agree with everything he says, but I think that his opinions and experience are valuable.

Like Tim Pawlenty in Courage to Stand, Romney wants the GOP base to select him as their candidate. Unlike Pawlenty, he offers details and his own views that occasionally conflict with the party line from the GOP and the TEA Party. This book has increased my respect for Mitt Romney. My respect for him would be even higher if he had given stronger voice to his own views and less support to what the GOP base requires in its candidates. There are even occasional words of praise for Barack Obama.

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