VP Pawlenty Meter: McCain uses Google in VP selection process

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.

Today we learned a very important piece of information about the McCain Veepstakes, which at times resembled Lost for the cryptographic musings they inspire: John McCain is using Google in his vetting process.

"You know, basically it's a Google," he said to laughter at a fund-raising luncheon when asked how the selection process was going. "What you can find out now on the Internet -- it's remarkable."

So what does this mean for our man T-Paw?

Here is the Google search for "Tim Pawlenty."


The top link is Pawlenty telling Fox News that he'd accept the VP invitation if asked.

The next link is Pawlenty touring a flood-ravaged version of Minnesota, much like McCain recently did in New Orleans to draw a distinction between himself and President Bush.

Then a link is T-Paw brandishing the "veto pen" and burnishing his bona fides as a fiscal Republican (Mitt Romney supporters, are you listening?).

We'll have to give this round to the Guv. Accordingly, we are raising the VP Meter to Yellow: