Since then, I`ve tried to read the long Wikipedia article on Pawlenty several times. Each time I get through the identity politics basics: he was governor of Minnesota, a nice, respectable Canadian-border state; he`s half German and half Polish (which gets me musing on how that would be nice for Poles who seem like quiet people who don`t make much of a fuss and it would be nice if they got part of a President to claim); so that sounds like he`d be Catholic but he`s actually an evangelical Protestant, which should appeal to Southerners even though he`s from the far North.
So, I get the theory of Tim Pawlenty, but as soon as I start reading about the individual, my eyes glaze over. I`ve never come close to finishing anything about Pawlenty. In contrast, with potential candidate Mitch Daniels, the governor of Indiana, maybe just because I`ve had dinner with him a couple of times, but I can observe themes emerging from the biographical minutiae: like, what a huge role selling drugs has played throughout his life. That`s interesting. But with Pawlenty, I can`t force myself to pay attention long enough to notice patterns.
So, tell me something interesting about Tim Pawlenty.