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Posted at 3:27 PM ET, 01/25/2011

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Tim Pawlenty!

By Stephen Lowman

Tim Pawlenty’s book trailer lasts only 75 seconds but its imagery spans the course of American history: the West is settled, marines battle at Iwo Jima, Martin Luther King Jr. rallies for civil rights, the Cold War crumbles along with the Berlin Wall. Intermingled with this pageant are shots of children looking cute and flags waving. It’s the story of America, starring Tim Pawlenty, super-action-hero in-waiting, or dare we say, presidential contender?

The trailer isn't so much a book advertisement as a campaign commercial — in the form of a movie tease for a thriller like “Mission Impossible” or “Inception.” The book? Oh, that's mentioned in the last five seconds.

Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, increasingly looks like a potential GOP presidential candidate in 2012. But judging from the soft sales of “Courage to Stand” he'll need to leap some tall buildings to get some serious attention.

Do you think the trailer is effective or over the top? Let us know by commenting below.

By Stephen Lowman  | January 25, 2011; 3:27 PM ET
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Every day, Tim Pawlenty becomes a more outrageous, desperate, right-wing-boot-licking joke.

Just when you think he can't sink any lower, can't self-aggrandize beyond what he already has, can't scrape any more to attract even the tiniest attention from the farthest of the far right, he manages to surprise us again.

Gah. How long until Iowa puts this second-most-embarassing Minnesotan politician out of his (and our) misery?

I suppose I should be grateful that at least he's not our governor anymore.

Posted by: pdqwp | January 25, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

It seems like ridiculous pap but you have to remember T-Paw's audience. Every Teabagger seems to see him or herself fighting at Washington's side against the foreign tyrant. They'll eat this up.

Posted by: light_bearer | January 26, 2011 2:46 AM | Report abuse

I thought it was the perfect description of what has motivated and inspired this man as he moves through the political world. I have always admired his principles and most of what he has done for Minnesota. If he does run for president....I would most definitely vote for him.

Posted by: voice_of_many | January 26, 2011 12:28 PM | Report abuse

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