While I can't fathom why Mitt Romney's campaign would want a dud like former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty on the ticket, rumors swirl that suggest Timmeh is on the list.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels are apparently being vetted, but here's what NPR says about Pawlenty:
Tim Pawlenty, 51
Current job: Romney campaign co-chair; paid speaker represented by Leading Authorities agency (typical fee about $24,000, according to a 2011 FEC filing); serves on several corporate boards
Past posts: Governor of Minnesota; member and majority leader of Minnesota House of Representatives; vice president of software company Wizmo Inc.; Eagan City Council member; lawyer
Upside: Comfortable, "Joe Six-Pack" balance to businessman Romney; two terms of executive experience as governor; evangelical Christian
Downside: Referred to Romney health care overhaul in Massachusetts as the blueprint for "Obamneycare"; taint of failure after missing the vice presidential nod in 2008 and his short-lived, lackluster 2012 presidential campaign
They forgot about Pawlenty's anti-charisma.
And that he couldn't deliver Minnesota.
And that teabaggers, e.g., the party base, hate him.
And that he flip flops quite a bit, but maybe that's a good thing cuz Mittens does that a lot?
Other than that, he's a great choice.