Josh Green is a bit more cynical about Tim Pawlenty than I am. But I've been more of a Maria von Trapp-type than Josh ever was:

It's interesting to see that after his shrinking performance in the New Hampshire debate, where he declined to press his attack on Mitt Romney's health-care plan, Tim Pawlenty has chosen foreign policy, not health care, as the vehicle through which to prove his toughness. This column from Jeff Goldberg is a good illustration both of how Pawlenty is trying to do this and how he remains unwilling to deliver full-throated criticism (in this case, of Ronald Reagan's decision to withdraw from Lebanon).