The Washington Post recently ranked Minnesota’s Governor Tim Pawlenty first on the list of John McCain’s potential running mates. We’ll have something serious to say about the Vice-Presidential question in due course, but, strictly for entertainment value, we can’t help noting that over the weekend, Pawlenty displayed one quality he has in common with McCain: an irreverent sense of humor.
Saturday was the fishing opener here in Minnesota, and our Governor is more or less required to trek up north to brave the early-season cold in search of walleyes. Pawlenty is an enthusiastic fisherman, and news reports indicate that he caught at least one lunker, so he was in an ebullient mood when he gave an interview to a local radio station.
In the interview, Pawlenty, who is one of the funniest people I know, waxed rhapsodic on the subject of his wife’s enthusiasm for the outdoors and other male-friendly pursuits:
“I have a wife who genuinely loves to fish. I mean, she will take the lead and ask me to go out fishing,” he said.
“She loves football, she’ll go to hockey games and, I jokingly say:
For the punch line, you’ll have to play the clip:
Suffice it to say that John McCain is one politician who will not be put off by Pawlenty’s sense of humor. I’m actually going to introduce Mrs. Pawlenty at a dinner Thursday night. I may have to work a reference to the Governor’s joke into my introduction. Governor and Mary Pawlenty are shown below, with a nice walleye: