Highs And Lows

It has been a week of contrasts for Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

It began with him being in the national political spotlight, leading the National Governors Association meeting in Washington, D.C., and fielding questions from national political reporters — as he has from Minnesota reporters — about prospects of him becoming Sen. John McCain’s presidential running mate.

Back home, so much for the good news.

The Democratic-controlled Legislature overrode Republican Pawlenty’s veto of a $6.6 billion transportation funding bill.

And by mid-day today, his transportation commissioner may be booted from her job. Carol Molnau still would remain lieutenant governor, but removing Molnau would be yet another black eye for Pawlenty.