August 14, 2011
THE HILL: Pawlenty Campaign In Trouble After Poor Straw Poll Finish. So much trouble that he’s dropped out this morning.
Pawlenty had woman trouble. He looked weak when Sarah Palin was being blood-libeled over Jared Loughner, which hurt him a lot, and his increasingly shrill attacks on Michele Bachmann didn’t score any points but made him look small. Furthermore, I think that after the McCain debacle, GOP primary voters will look askance at any candidate who seems too interested in harshly attacking fellow Republicans.
UPDATE: A different take from Scott Johnson.