Based on information about the schedule for speakers at the Republican convention, I believe that McCain’s choice for Vice-President has come down to Tim Pawlenty or Tom Ridge. Or possibly Charlie Crist, but I’m pretty sure he’s out of the picture.
If my inference is right–and it’s only an inference–I’m pretty sure Pawlenty will be the choice. Things are going well for McCain right now and he should be optimistic about his prospects in November. If he chooses Ridge, it will cause a huge uproar within the Republican base that will derail, at least temporarily, his surge. Pawlenty, conversely, is a safe choice, and in my opinion a far better one. Given the current economic climate and the unfair attacks on that issue that Obama is launching against McCain, who better than the blue-collar, “Sam’s Club” Tim Pawlenty as a running mate?
Beyond that, Tim has superb political skills. When the country sees him, it will like him.
I believe we’ll see Pawlenty accept the Veep nomination on September 3.
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