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No VP predictions this time around

No prediction here

Nope. Not doing it. I’m not going down that vice presidential prognostication path again. Four years ago I predicted in a Dispatch editorial that then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty “will follow in the footsteps of DFLers Hubert H. Humphrey and Walter Mondale as the latest Minnesotan to be named to a national ticket.”

My editorial outlined the all the pluses the Minnesota governor would bring to the McCain ticket. Choosing Pawlenty just made sense, I argued at the time.

Well, it didn’t happen. Republican nominee Sen. John McCain chose a self-described hockey mom from Alaska and Pawlenty left the governor’s mansion after two terms and launched his own ill-fated presidential run in this election cycle.

Now the drum beat is starting again. Both Politico and the Wall Street Journal reported that attention is increasingly turning toward the former South St. Paul resident. The Wall Street Journal took note that Pawlenty has shifted from asking that his name be taken off the V.P. list to saying that anyone would be honored to serve, if asked. Politico reported that Mitt Romney and Pawlenty have developed an easy bond when they travel together but their wives “have developed a genuine friendship.”

My 2008 prediction had been fueled by a brief conversation with Pawlenty when he visited Lakeland Mold in Brainerd just days before his 2006 re-election as governor. While he waited to be introduced at the event he talked about his admiration for McCain and recommended his autobiography “Faith of My Fathers.” Recalling that bit of small talk, I figured these two political figures were simpatico and would be raising their arms up in the air together at the Xcel Energy Center when the 2008 Republican ticket was nominated.

So, unless and until “Romney-Pawlenty in 2012” bumper stickers are plastered on the vehicles of Republicans you’re not going to get a prediction out of me.

— Mike O’Rourke

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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