A couple of weeks ago, Tim Pawlenty, a past governor of Minnesota and GOP presidential candidate (briefly and humiliatingly), was insisting that he didn't want to be considered by Willard Mitt Romney as a possible vice presidential pick. The Beltway talking heads have nonetheless continued to bring up Timmy in this context.
And could this be a tea leaf? The latest Romney television ad features a clip of Romney walking with Tim Pawlenty - making him the first potential running mate to appear in a Romney general election ad. That may or may not mean anything, but Pawlenty has grown close to Romney and won high marks from the Romney team for his work on behalf of the campaign. He is moving up on the list and should now be considered a top tier candidate.
What's behind all of this, is that Romney has apparently determined that his top priority in this matter is not to repeat the mistake made by John McCain with Sarah Palin. In other words, he'd prefer as boring and uncontroversial a pick as he can possibly manage, and TBag is certainly ground zero for that.
There's no reason to believe that Tea-Paw won't eagerly grab the VP slot, if it's offered. He lives for political power, and I'm sure that he still sees himself as presidential material, someday. Plenty of corporate media "analysts" think he made a huge mistake, dropping out of the GOP race so quickly. And he's undoubtedly, wholeheartedly buying it.