The field is full, though perhaps not complete, but if any other candidates are thinking of joining the Republican presidential race, they better move quick.

That’s the thinking from the sidelines, where strategists, former candidates or could-have-been contenders are offering their take on the 2012 race.

“It’s getting a little late in the day. If they don’t act within the next couple of weeks, just pragmatically it’s tough,” said former Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., who has often been on short-lists as presidential or vice presidential material.

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