On August 1st, 2007, the I35W Bridge over the Mississippi collapsed, probably because the Minnesota DOT, run by a crony of the Republican no-taxes (and thus no spending on essential services) governor Tim Pawlenty failed in the areas of inspection and/or engineering. It was a big mess, people died, and we are spending millions to put up what is essentially the same bridge (but not collapsed).
After the bridge collapsed, MnDOT was shamed into inspecting all the other bridges in the state, and several have now been closed because they were also about to collapse.
Even the bridge that graces the Minnersota 150 anniversary postage stamp had to be closed for a period of time.
Yesterday, a giant hunk of concrete fell from a bridge overpass on I 35E in Saint Paul.
Saint Paul is, of course, where the Republican National Convention will be held in a few weeks.
Oh, and don’t forget: Interstate I35 is God’s Highway.
The ironies abound and astound. One would think that these ironies would also weight down …. and sink …. any chances for the Ill Fated John McCain to even consider asking Tim The Bridge Pawlenty to be his vice presidential running mate. But there are indications that this may well happen. Tomorrow. Monday.
Tim Pawlenty has been pulling a disappearing act lately, spending a lot of time at McCain’s Campaign HQ. That makes sense because he is a co-organizer of the campaign. But reporters obviously smelled something two days ago when they grilled him about this. He became visibly disturbed by the grilling and blew the reporters off.
More recently, Jeff Fecke is reporting Noam Scheiber as saying that a source inside somewhere (but we do not know where) indicates that Pawlenty has made a number of sudden changes in his schedule.
This information is very far from certain. But it makes me laugh. I think it is hysterically funny that John McCain would think that Pawlenty would increase his chances of winning in Minnesota. If anything, it would decrease his chances.
And the Republicans had better hope … no wait, make that pray … that no more of Pawlenty’s bridges fall down during the convention. August is the season for it (seriously, it is).