Money quote: “I’ve come to realize that Barack Obama is the tattoo president. Like a big tattoo, it seemed cool when you were young. But later on, that decision doesn’t look so good, and you wonder: what was I thinking?”
Pawlenty’s speech showed why he was a two-time finalist in the Republican veepstakes–and maybe why he’s never landed the job. His criticism of Obama was biting and his praise of Romney was effusive, but Pawlenty used too many zingers and failed to inspire the crowd. He fulfilled his role as a surrogate ably and no more.
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