Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's Colbert Report, poked fun at former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's dramatic ad for his biography "Courage to Stand." In case you haven't seen it, the 1 minute 30 second video had the feel of a trailer for a blockbuster action film and got plenty of attention. You can see it here.
On his show last night, Colbert poked fun at the dramatic video for Pawlenty, who has not yet announced whether he will run for president in 2012.
"Tim Pawlenty may not be running for president of the United States, but he is clearly running for president of the next Transformers movie," Colbert said.
The comedian then created his own video modeled after Pawlenty's. You can see it here.
The increased media attention on Pawlenty comes on the heels of some big appearances by the former governor in the key election states of Iowa and New Hampshire. Minnesota Public Radio has a story about how Pawlenty has picked a seasoned team of political experts that could make him a key contender if he does run for president.