Friday, July 4, 2008

Carleton Professor on Pawlenty

You already know my opinion about Minnesota's governor, especially as a candidate for Vice-President. However, there is now an interesting piece on about Mr. Pawlenty's bid for VP. Most interestingly, it quotes Carleton Professor (among Jill and my favorite professors) Steven E. Schier. His paragraph reads:

Moreover, if McCain is hoping that selecting Pawlenty as his running mate would help shift Minnesota's 10 electoral votes his way, that may be a stretch. Since he took office, Republicans lost their majority in the state House, and the DFL picked up a veto-proof majority in the Senate. "He's not been a political magician with the public," said Steven Schier, a political science professor at Carleton College, in Northfield, Minn. "He's won narrowly twice, but his party has in fact marched backward." Recent polls in Minnesota show Obama way ahead of McCain anyway, and the state may not be much of a priority for the GOP by November.

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