The Corner

Tee Pawed

Last night’s big loser was Mitt Romney. The runner-up: Tim Pawlenty, the former GOP governor of Minnesota. He just lost the veepstakes.

I like Pawlenty. Last year, when it became clear that Mitch Daniels and a few others weren’t going to run for president, and before Pawlenty himself dropped out, it might have been fair to call me a “Pawlenty leaner.” So I say this with no pleasure: His endorsement delivered nothing. Romney finished third in Minnesota — a distant third, no less. So if Romney wins the nomination, will anybody say that choosing Pawlenty for veep will turn Minnesota from Democratic blue to Republican red? Not after what just happened.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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