VP Pawlenty Watch: More likely to get love from McCain than Mrs. Pawlenty

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, the Star Tribune is front-paging a report in Sunday's Washington Post that Pawlenty tops the field of candidates for McCain's running mate:

"The Minnesota governor remains the single possibility in the Republican vice presidential field who best fits what McCain wants and needs in a VP. Pawlenty has been elected twice in a Democratic-leaning state that is almost certain to be a battleground in the fall. He is liked and respected by both conservatives and moderates, and he gets rave reviews for his political instincts. He has also known McCain for nearly three decades and, at 47, could allay some concerns about McCain's age."

MOST LOGICAL VEEP CHOICES? Here is the Post's list of the "five most logical veeps," assuming McCain and Obama are the candidates, ranked in the order of the likelihood of being chosen.

REPUBLICANS 5. Former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts


4. Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida

3. Former Rep. Rob Portman of Ohio

2. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota

1. Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota

Meanwhile, Bloomberg News names Pawlenty among three frontrunners, but says McCain is keeping a "cone of silence" on VP selection--which for some reason reminds me of the "Circle of Trust" from Meet the Parents:

Campaign Notebook: McCain Keeping Lid on Running Mate Debate

By Joe Sobczyk and Edwin Chen

May 10 (Bloomberg) -- Republican John McCain insists his vice presidential search is ``still in initial stages'' and that he looking at ``a large number'' of potential running mates.

The early betting among Republicans still has Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, former Ohio congressman and Bush administration budget director Rob Portman and onetime rival candidate Mitt Romney near the top of the list.

``There's still no update,'' longtime McCain confidante Mark Salter said when asked this week whether the list has been whittled down. The usually talkative McCain is keeping ``a cone of silence'' on the selection process, Salter said.

Although Pawlenty's chances of scoring a spot on the Republican presidential ticket seem to be good, the likelihood that the governor will get laid tonight looks bleak. Appearing on WCCO radio to celebrate the fishing opener, T-Paw channeled Howard Stern and complained that he's not getting any from his wife Mary Pawlenty:

"I have a wife who genuinely loves to fish. I mean, she will take the lead and ask me to go out fishing, and joyfully comes here. She loves football, she'll go to hockey games, and I jokingly say, 'Now, if I could only get her to have sex with me I'd really have it made.''"

Wonkette is using the gaffe to imply that T-Paw prefers the company of men, which won't go over well with the base:

Hey, maybe the Republican governor of Minnesota is gay enough to run for Vice President after all! It is a scientifically documented fact that many leading lights of the Republican party prefer the company of other gentlemen, and remarks Tim Pawlenty made this weekend suggest he is a member of the Party's elite cabal of well-groomed fellows who happen to know all the words to every ABBA album ever recorded. He told a WCCO radio show host he doesn't have sex with his wife!

This week, the T-Paw VP Meter holds steady at Yellow, but the T-Paw Testicular Meter has been lowered to Blue.