Tim Pawlenty has put on a brave face sense being passed over for an inexperienced neo-con who has now come to dominate the Republican ticket. City Pages has a great article about the snub:
"I'm really excited and pleased with [John McCain's] selection," Pawlenty said to the gathered reporters at the Minnesota State Fair. "Governor Palin is an outstanding, terrific pick for vice president."
But as he grinned wanly before the cameras, Pawlenty could have been forgiven if he felt just a little bitter. Like John McCain's first wife, Carol, who waited faithfully as her husband endured five years in a North Vietnamese prison camp, Pawlenty stood by his man. And like Carol, his loyalty was not repaid; he was cast aside for a younger woman.
And of course, it had to sting when the RNC official said that the candidate for VP was Sarah PAWLENTY.
And now the man who "jetted across the country" on McCain's behalf won't even attend a rally in Blaine, Minnesota.
Polinaut reports that Pawlenty won't be anywhere near the Twin Cities's suburb.
Pawlenty's public events schedule for Sept. 19 includes a 12:00 p.m. groundbreaking ceremony for the Minnesota Steel plant in Nashwauk. That's the same time McCain and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, are scheduled to appear at the Anoka County Airport.