VP Pawlenty Meter: 10 things you didn't know about T-Paw, and three things you did

Will Governor Tim Pawlenty become our nation's next vice president? It's hard to keep track of all the many factors at play. Each week, the VP Pawlenty Meter (TM) provides an odds sheet to ensure you make your best bet.

T-Paw isn't able to attend this week's Veep barbecue at the McCain homestead, but that hasn't stopped speculation that he's the frontrunner in the veepstakes.

Pawlenty now holds a commanding lead in the political markets, which tracks public opinion like stock picks. Romney owns a point and a half lead over Romney, whom McCain doesn't particularly like, and the rest of the top five is sort of a "fantasy list" that's unlikely to reflect the campaign's actual thinking.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty: 18 percent

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: 16.8 percent

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: 11.4 percent

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: 6.5 percent

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani: 6.2 percent

Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison: 5 percent

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham: 3 percent

(”Field” category given 46.3 percent odds)

Reflecting this convention wisdom, U.S. News & World Reports treats us to a T-Paw primer, called 10 Things You Didn't Know About Tim Pawlenty. Among them:

8. Pawlenty is a fan of rock music, including artists such as Bruce Springsteen. In the fall of 2001 when he kicked off his gubernatorial campaign in South St. Paul, the song playing was Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son."

Three Things We Do Know About Tim Pawlenty

1. His wife won't sleep with him. 2. He disagrees with McCain on the cause of the 35W bridge collapse. 3. He and Carol Molnau were the cause of the 35W bridge collapse.

VP Pawlenty Meter: 10 things you didn't know about T-Paw, and three things you did

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