Funny-sounding names for presidential hopefuls are not such a liability after Barack Obama’s success. Otherwise, I’d say “President Tim Pawlenty” has a weird ring to it. And “T-Paw,” as he is affectionately known by supporters, sounds even stranger. Expect a sea of foam rubber paws at the Republican nominating convention.
There is plenty of time for substance later on. For now, we’ll examine our first semi-official entrant based upon purely superficial standards that I promise to fairly apply to others as they “explore.”
Trail Mix Glitz Index (1=Guaranteed Loser10=Super Presidential)
Hair (Rating: 7)The hint of a receding hair line costs him a point or two, but dumping the mullet head for a shorter crop was a savvy improvement. Healthy and plentiful hair seems to be a must for White House hopefuls. (We’ve had no bald presidents since Eisenhower, but he got a break for winning a world war).
Height (Rating: 10)An early task for inquiring journalists will be to confirm reports that Pawlenty is an inch taller than Obama.
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