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December 10, 2010

Pawlenty's First Excerpt

The first excerpt released from Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's forthcoming book, Courage to Stand, compares governing to vomiting.

"I think I was about twelve when my dad picked up a side job to earn a few bucks one weekend - a side job that required my help... The 'side job' included yanking meat hooks from large wooden bins that were stashed in a couple of truck trailers... Hundreds of thick, heavy meat hooks, covered with discarded raw remnants of sinew and fat, all rotting in the blistering heat... You could smell that rotting meat as soon as we opened the doors of those trailers."

"My dad reached in and grabbed the first hook, and I held my breath and leaned in through a swarm of flies to grab mine -- and I lost it. I tossed my cookies next to one of the bins, only adding to the mess and the stench. My dad didn't say much to me. I looked up at him, hoping for an out. He isn't really gonna make me keep doing this, is he? My dad's face was steady. He wasn't having an easy go of it either. But he looked at me and said quietly, 'We have to do this.'"

"It's impossible to count how many times I've applied that lesson in my life, especially in the political arena, where the tangled mess often seems insurmountable."


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