If tomorrow John McCain announces that
Rick Tim Pawlenty will be his vice president, the Obama camp is prepared to smear him with the Minnesota bridge collapse even though it was a design flaw that led to the disaster. That, however, won’t stop the O campaign from trying:
The Obama campaign signaled a willingness on Thursday to say that the 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse raised management questions for Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) while also maintaining that the populist argument it is building against John McCain will continue even if the presumptive Republican nominee taps the son of a truck driver as his running mate.
MinnPost also notes that the media are questioning Pawlenty quite a bit about being McCain’s running mate. This is one of the questions that came up:
Doesn’t a collapsed bridge cause a bit of a political hazard for the governor?
“The leading theory (for why the bridge collapsed) is related to a design flaw going back to the 1960s,” Pawlenty said.
Back and forth it went. Pawlenty tried to talk about Obama’s political shortcomings. The reporters asked about Pawlenty and his political future.
If Pawlenty is McCain’s choice, be prepared for the Democrats to lay every single death from the tragic bridge collapse at Pawlenty’s feet. (I think it’s pretty clear by the fact that I completely blew Tim’s first name that I don’t know much about the guy.)