Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's new "Courage to Stand" ad, posted below, which is nominally a pitch for his book but is basically a trailer for his presidential ambitions, is chock full of action-movie cliches. Short Form Blog says it "looks like a Michael Bay trailer," though that's a little extreme—there aren't nearly enough explosions or Victoria's Secret models to justify that comparison. But it is odd to see a non-satirical super-patriotic wannabe movie trailer—not Sarah Palin comic book odd, but strange nonetheless. For Pawlenty's next ad, perhaps he can fend off a pack of rampaging demon sheep.
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