Truth to power: Tim Pawlenty goes to Iowa, demands an end to farm subsidies

Pawlenty previewed his campaign rollout by saying that he would speak hard truths. And on day one, he has delivered.

He called for a phasing out — albeit gradual — of federal ethanol subsidies, a move long considered a political death wish in a state with such a large agricultural community.

But, Pawlenty didn’t stop there. In his speech he detailed how he will travel this week to Florida — one of the oldest (by age) states in the country — to call for fundamental reform of Medicare and Social Security, to Washington to take on alleged largess in the federal government and to New York to make clear the era of bailouts of the financial industry is over.

“Conventional wisdom says you can’t talk about ethanol in Iowa or Social Security in Florida or financial reform on Wall Street,” Pawlenty said. “But someone has to say it. Someone has to finally stand up and level with the American people.”

Telling the truth. In politics. It's an idea so crazy, so out of the box, that it just might work.