That punditocracy can be pretty fickle. Seems like they spent the month of May building Tim Pawlenty up as the likely chief challenger to Mitt romney for the Repub nomination, then the month of June tearing him down, with an astonishingly large part of the focus being his one bad anwer in the New Hampshire debate.
Now they are starting to write him off. On Politico, Ben Smith notes a couple of pieces enumerating his alleged failures as a candidate that have a tone of tentative obituaries. Maybe his candidacy is in a death spiral, but I’ve seen too many rises and falls to think I can see the end from here.