The Minnesota Governor kicked off his 2012 in Iowa today with the mantra “A Time For Truth” and the promise that he’ll finally level with the people of the United States.

From Wash Post:

“Conventional wisdom says you can’t talk about ethanol in Iowa or Social Security in Florida or financial reform on Wall Street,” Pawlenty said. “But someone has to say it. Someone has to finally stand up and level with the American people.”

The “speak truth to power” idea — and Pawlenty used the word “truth” 16 times in his announcement speech — is an interesting one for the former Minnesota governor who has often been described as too vanilla or too boring to excite the GOP electorate.

Pawlenty appears to be gambling that while no single one of his proposals will be popular in the state at which they are aimed, he will get credit from the Republican primary electorate for addressing them in a serious way.

If he really goes out there and is bold, brash and unafraid…he’ll do well against the more guarded Romney. If not, there’s no way this guy will be the GOP’s nominee.

Is it me, or are the GOP candidates pretty thin for 2012? Even if Palin steps into the race, she’ll be nothing more than a popular sideshow who’s completely unelectable. Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich don’t really have a shot either, so that leaves Romney and Pawlenty. Pawlenty is pretty boring and when’s the last time the GOP nominated somebody they didn’t know very well? So that leaves Romney, who will get destroyed by Obama on the health care argument.

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