Of all of his potential rivals, Pawlenty mentioned only Sarah Palin by name. He pointed out that she might not have to get into the race until later because she's so well-known. That means she doesn't have to spend time introducing herself to people and can raise money quickly. This may be wise analysis, or it may be a trap, if the conventional wisdom is true and voters in early primary states penalize candidates who don't work hard for their vote. A late entrant can be accused of taking the voters for granted.
That's another reason, of course, to attend these Monitor breakfasts: to show reporters that you don't take them for granted. At least on that front, Tim Pawlenty is running ahead of Palin.
Correction, July 26, 2010: This article originally listed Pawlenty's opposition to TARP as a view that was largely indistinguishable from his likely opponents'. However, both Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin stated support for TARP in 2008. (Return to the corrected sentence.)