Tim Pawlenty's ads are working so well he's not running them anymore

Moments like this will be missing from Iowa televison.

Moments like this will be missing from Iowa televison.

Tim Pawlenty's campaign ads have made us laugh, they've made us cry. They've confused us, they've scared the hell out of us, they've induced our seizures. Now, they're going away.

In the clearest sign yet that the Pawlenty for President campaign is dead broke, he's going to stop running television ads in Iowa.

Pawlenty spokesman Alex Conant told The Hill that the ad money was being redirected to voter turnout for the August 13 Ames Straw Poll. Reading between the lines, this means there's not enough money in Pawlenty's account to do both at the same time.

At this rate, Pawlenty's campaign will never reach its lofty goal of finishing "sixth or seventh" in the Ames Straw Poll.


Conant's explanation to The Hill is a little disingenuous, in that it doesn't acknowledge any sign of bad finances. In his version, stopping television ads right before the straw poll seems like the obvious thing to do.

Tim Pawlenty: Truth is, I'm pretty much broke.

Tim Pawlenty: Truth is, I'm pretty much broke.

"Ames is all about turnout, so of course in the final few days we're focusing our resources toward getting our supporters to the straw poll," Conant said. "We like the position we're in and the direction we're headed."

Yes, Alex, "of course." This plan is perfect.

America's love affair with Tim Pawlenty ads began with the hugely dramatic first one, where he, Martin Luther King and Muhamad Ali saved the Statue of Liberty from... actually the plot was hard to follow, but what a show!

Since then, other ad highlights have shown Pawlenty smiling for minutes at a time while his wife talks about God, and one where he loved hockey so much it almost got him sued by Disney.

The man behind Pawlenty's campaign ads is Lucas Baiano, a 23 year old wunderkind from Canada, a socialist country, but a hockey-loving one. The Pawlenty campaign paid about $38,000 to Baiano through July 30, according to Federal Election Commission records.


Now, that money will be better spent on T-shirt wearing staffers who will "get out the vote."

This is a sad day for American cinema. And it's a much, much worse day for T-Paw.