After a short-lived presidential bid of his own last year, Mr. Pawlenty is again being considered for the Republican ticket. His fate is in the hands of Mr. Romney, a rival-turned-friend, who is on the cusp of announcing his vice-presidential selection. Mr. Romney has reached a decision, his friends believe, and he may disclose it as soon as this week.
That should raise concerns among postal workers and the mailing industry. While Republicans in Congress have pushed big cuts in the US Postal Service, Pawlenty favors eliminating it completely. Last June, when he announced his presidential bid, Pawlenty announced his “Google doctrine”:
There’s some obvious targets. We can start by applying what I call “The Google Test.” If you can find a good or service on the Internet. Then the federal government probably doesn’t need to be doing it.
The post office — the government printing office — Amtrak — Fannie and Freddie were all built for a different time in our country. When the private sector did not adequately provide those services. That’s no longer the case.
As we suggested at the time, Pawlenty’s comments were ridiculous. Then again, four years ago the Republican Party nominated Sarah Palin for Vice President- obviously the mere fact of being ridiculous is no impediment to winning the GOP VP nomination.