Sitting here in a warm, dry house as the world outside seems to be ripping in two. I woke up this morning to the flashes of lightning and the sound of thunder rolling all around us, and it has not relented one bit. I heard there are tornadoes in Arkansas and Mississippi, but none in Tennessee (though we are under a watch).
What better time to catch up on political news? Did you hear that Tim Pawlenty is doing a memoir?
The Republican governor of Minnesota has said he won’t decide whether to run for president in 2012 until after this fall’s midterm election. But his book deal announced Friday is another sign he’s gearing up for a run, as publishing a book has become a standard step for presidential wannabes.
Potential Republican candidates Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee have all published books.
Tyndale House Publishers of Carol Stream, Ill., will publish the volume. The company says in a press release it will include Pawlenty’s reflections on his life, career and vision for America.
Of course, this is not call-your-momma news (unless you are Pawlenty’s mom, of course!), but I found it interesting that he’s publishing with Tyndale — a major Christian publisher. According to Wikipedia:
Pawlenty was raised a Roman Catholic Christian. His conversion to an Evangelical Christian faith is largely attributed to his wife Mary, who is a regular member of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
Will this book be his effort to reach out to evangelicals?
This is what I’m thinking of as I sit in this crazy storm…