viernes, 10 de agosto de 2012

Axelrod cree que Romney elegirá a T-Paw

National Journal:
“If I were picking, I’d pick Pawlenty,” [senior adviser to President Obama’s reelection campaign, David] Axelrod told National Journal. “You shouldn’t write that, because everybody will think I’m trying to bait [Romney] into picking Pawlenty.”

(...) “That’s my influence,” Axelrod told NJ. “I’ve been saying Pawlenty for four months. The reasoning, as a strategist, would be: He is acceptable to the Right and the evangelicals, but he’s not scary to moderates. He’s good on television. He’s been through this. “

Axelrod sees Pawlenty’s short-lived presidential campaign, which he folded after losing the Iowa straw poll to fellow Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, as a potential asset. 
  
“Even though it was an abortive attempt [at the presidency], he has some sense of what this national thing is like. He’s got a good working-class story, which is probably a good complement to Romney, and he’s been out there defending him. He’s proven his commitment and loyalty. So, for those reasons I expect Pawlenty. He’s not a Washington guy. He doesn’t have the Bush taint that Portman does. “

Axelrod seemed genuine. One can never know the Machiavellian tendencies of a top political adviser to a rival campaign riffing so expansively on this touchy subject. In one aspect of Axelrod’s assessment of Pawlenty, he spoke with apparent conviction – the need for a running mate to cope with the zoo-like quality of a national campaign. Axelrod said that’s a big reason why Obama picked then-Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware.

“I know people laugh because they say ‘Biden, he makes mistakes, and blah, blah, blah.’ The truth is, one of the reasons [Obama] picked Biden is, he had been through it and he wasn’t going to be a shock to [Obama’s] system.  That was really important. Pawlenty has some experience in the national thing, and he’s been in debates.”

Axelrod also seems to have taken stock of Pawlenty’s TV chops and emerged with grudging professional admiration.

“Of all of those you have heard of, he’s got a pretty good TV style,” Axelrod said.  “He’s cool. He’s casual. He can be colloquial. I would be surprised if they didn’t pick him. And I think Romney’s kind of not looking for risk.”