Tim Pawlenty sold fewer than 5,000 copies of his book

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Not a lot of buyers.
Not only has Tim Pawlenty's national book tour blitz failed completely to do anything about his non-existent national support for a White House bid among the Republican faithful, it's also barely garnered him any book sales.

What does this guy have to do to find some attention? It's too late to walk out in the middle of his first term as governor. Maybe he could put gun sights over his opponents' names on a map instead.

Nielsen BookScan metrics show that, since he launched his media tour last week, T-Paw has sold just about 5,000 copies of the ghost-written memoir/campaign message "Courage to Stand." (He's currently hawking copies in Texas.)

That's peanuts compared to his supernova competition for GOP support, Sarah Palin. She sold 700,000 copies of "Going Rogue" during its first week in print alone, and sailed past the million mark not long after.

But T-Paw isn't Sarah Palin, and he isn't concerned about sales figures. His spokesman told the Star Tribune that the book gives him an excuse to show up at bookstores and open microphones all over the country.

Like we said yesterday, that attention doesn't seem to be doing anything to raise his standings in the polls.

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mindboggeling
mindboggeling

Shocking!!!! You mean people aren't buying up this page turner? Seriously Timmy, you have been called bland for a reason. The fact that you got higher in the straw poll than bachmann really isn't saying much. You really weren't a great governor and not crazy enough to garner the tea party votes. Give it up!

MeanGuy
MeanGuy

"Courage to Stand?" Puhleeeese. What a JOKE! Time to move back to South St.Paul and open a used car lot!

Treemark
Treemark

The only thing he'll be known for her in Minnesnowta is that he doled out Pawlenty of Pain to the good citizens of this state and that bridges and domes fail on his watch.

vitajex
vitajex

I'm just imagining Tim Pawlenty, touring the country and showing up at "open microphones", performing boring acoustic folk songs or reading from his dream journal.

All I know is, I'm pretty sure I'll NEED that double espresso to stay awake through it...

Gina
Gina

The "Bounty Paper Towel" persona that he's aping on the book's cover could have something to do with it.

Brian Moen
Brian Moen

Not surprised, Republicans can't lead or read

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