The Associated Press, 2/24/8

The Republican and Democratic nominees are certain to come from the Senate. Thus, the nation’s governors seem a ready pool of would-be vice presidential candidates who could provide management experience lacking at the top of each ticket.

“Seven governors have become president of the United States, and four have become vice president,” said Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, the chairman of the National Governors Association opening its winter meeting with such bits of history.

The Republican didn’t, of course, mention that he’s among the many governors who might have the chance to try to increase those numbers. He, like the others, tends to eschew such talk.