T-Paw’s Curse: ‘Minnesota Nice’

by Robert Costa

“Tim Pawlenty is a Minnesotan. He is an Upper Midwest, competent conservative. But he is cursed with what is called ‘Minnesota nice,’ which is to say, he is not constantly at a roiling boil. The problem is, the driving element in the Republican party right now is the Tea Party, and the Tea Party is always at a roiling boil. So the question is: can he match his demeanor with their passion?” –George F. Will, via ABC News