VP Pawlenty Meter: Condoleeza Rice says she wants the job

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.

Recently, T-Paw's frontrunner status seems to be slipping away. There was McCain's recent off-hand mention that he had at least 20 names on his not-so-short list. There's also been rumblings of making a devil's bargain with Mitt Romney, enough so that conservative Christians have come out against it.

Now comes the most devestating blow of all to T-Paw's chances: A top Drudge Report headline suggesting that Condoleeza Rice is interested in the job.

ABCNews’ Mary Bruce Reports: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is actively courting the vice presidential nomination, Republican strategist Dan Senor said.

“Condi Rice has been actively, actually in recent weeks, campaigning for this,” Senor said this morning on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

Rice could make a potent and tempting ticketmate, not least because she simultaneously neutralizes the "historic" nature of the Democratic ticket regardless of whether its Obama or Hillary--indeed, she trumps both!

All things considered, Pawlenty is looking dead in the water. VP Pawlenty Meter puts his current odds of winning the job at 1/60.