Tim Pawlenty waited only a month after dropping out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination before endorsing another candidate.
This morning, Pawlenty made his announcement on Fox News, choosing to throw his support behind his fellow Minnesotan, Congresswoman... wait, it's not Michele Bachmann? Whoa, it's not!
On a surprise appearance on""Fox & Friends," Pawlenty revealed that he'd be supporting Mitt Romney, and not his in-state rival. In fact, as has happened too often in the last couple of weeks, Bachmann's name didn't even come up. Pawlenty gave a ringing endorsement to Romney, saying he was the right candidate to turn around the American economy.
"I believe he's going to be our party's nominee," Pawlenty said, "and I believe he's going to be a transformational and great president for this country."
The interview, which, like Fox host Gretchen Carlson's head, was on a three-second delay, found Pawlenty talking in the same way that failed to inspire Republican voters:
"I know all the candidates in the race for president in 2012. I know them, I respect them. But the next president is gonna have to lead on the economy and jobs in a historic way, and there's one candidate in this race who's unmatched in his skills and experience and talent when it comes to turning around this economy and growing jobs, and that's Mitt Romney."Geez, Tim. That sentence lasted longer than your campaign.
Brian Kilmeade asked Pawlenty about the phrase "Obamneycare," Pawlenty's buzz word that didn't buzz, and was meant to link Mitt Romney to Barack Obama's health care plan, which will put all of us in front of Communist death panels any day now.
Pawlenty said he'd spoken with Romney about health care, and that Mitt is on board.
"Look, for Republican primary voters, one of their main concerns is the repeal of Obamacare," Pawlenty said, "and Mitt Romney is a hundred percent dedicated and committed to repealing Obamacare."
Pawlenty said he was willing to help Mitt get elected, but wasn't about to play second fiddle to anyone, saying he wasn't going to be "VP," which either stands for vice president or very popular.
Man, T-Paw. We liked you better when you endorsed Stephen Colbert.