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Red State says it’s Pawlenty, and shares some pro-Pawlenty talking points. http://www.redstate.com/diaries/redstate/2008/aug/28/mccains-vice-president-tim-pawlenty/

Bob Geraghty of The Campaign Spot says he’s being told by a source that Pawlenty is indeed McCain’s choice, but is skeptical. http://campaignspot.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NTAyYWU0MmVhNGUzMzhiNjhjZDQ2ZGIwNWZiMzhlODM=

Tim Pawlenty

Tim Pawlenty

A number of other commentators have predicted, either supportively or plaintively, that Pawlenty is likely to be announced as McCain’s running mate on Friday.  (I predicted that it would be Pawlenty two days ago, and along with everybody else I’m either going to look pretty smart tomorrow…or I’m going to look pretty foolish.)

Those who support the choice of Pawlenty point to his background, his achievements, and his personality.  Those who oppose seem to fall into two camps: those who are farting sour grapes because they wanted Romney, and those who don’t like the pick because they don’t know anything about Pawlenty.

The Romney-ites get their answer first: Romney lost to McCain, he was a bad candidate, McCain doesn’t like him anyway, so get over it.

To everyone else I say this: It doesn’t matter what you knew about Pawlenty yesterday or today.  It only matters what you will learn about him tomorrow, and how his presence helps the McCain campaign from now till November.  John McCain has known Pawlenty for twenty years, and McCain likes and trusts him.  Some of the virtues that matter the most to McCain, loyalty and honor, have been cultivated in Pawlenty for these twenty years.  Ultimately, being the independent spirit he is, McCain will need someone he trusts to be loyal, to be honorable, to be trustworthy, and to be competent.

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