Tactically, Pawlenty’s mistakes are too numerous to count. But strategically, Pawlenty had the right idea: Be the most electable candidate to the right of Romney.

Because right now, electable is turning out to be a pretty high bar.

Bachmann’s done, even if she doesn’t realize it yet. Her campaign never recovered from the entry of Rick Perry, which, oddly, is something you can say about the Perry campaign as well.

Perry was ill-prepared substantively, psychologically and politically for front-runner status, and it showed. He seemed to think that all he needed to say was “No need to worry anymore. I’m Rick Perry, and I’m from Texas.”…

Now back to Pawlenty. His problem stemmed from the fact that he’s a vanilla guy who thought he needed to convince conservatives he was a more exciting flavor. He should have waited, because vanilla may not be anyone’s first choice, but it’s almost everyone’s second choice.