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Pawlentys.jpgIn laying out the GOP veepstakes appeal of Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty in his WaPo blog, Chris Cillizza relies on former Minn. GOP congressman Vin Weber for the view that Pawlenty’s wife Mary will get the evangelicals right with McCain. Mary Pawlenty, a judge, is apparently close to her pastor, Leith Anderson, the past and present president of the National Association of Evangelicals. “If [Pawlenty] were chosen it would reverberate with the 30 million members of those churches almost instantaneously and very publicly,” said Weber. So let’s get this straight. Evangelicals will flock to McCain because many of their churches belong to an organization headed by the pastor of the wife of his vice presidential choice. I’ll believe it when I see it.