Helen of Troy was once described as the woman with a “face that launched a thousand ships.”

Today, Tim Palwenty made the announcement that launched a million yawns, as he formally began his campaign for the GOP nomination in 2012:

“We live in the greatest country the world has ever known,” Pawlenty said in Des Moines, Iowa. “If we want a new and better direction, we’re going to need a new and better president.”

I guess I should be nicer to T-Paw, considering he’s probably one of the best known candidates currently running for the nomination, which doesn’t speak highly of the field. I still just don’t see the appeal.