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  •  Not good, but the Nomination... (0+ / 0-)

    ...is still a series of Caucuses and Primaries, in which the likely participants are going to cut Perry more slack for his debate performance than they will Romney...or whoever might lurk behind "door #3" (whether it is Christie or Daniels or some "player to be named later", the "White Knight" is a GOP Establishment favorite who does not have the "misfortune" to be an LDS member.)

    The so-called "rising tide" is lifting only yachts.

    by Egalitare on Mon Sep 26, 2011 at 07:17:44 AM PDT

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    •  all true (0+ / 0-)

      but here's a great summary of the state of play from republican matthew Dowd:

      Perry is a very good retail politician and very attuned to the emotional arc of the Republican electorate. However, he has never been under the big spotlight of a national campaign, and he has never had to recover from a big stumble or loss in his political career -- which would have been the real test of his political trajectory.

      I told many folks that if Perry got through mid-October without taking on water or stumbling badly, he would move methodically toward the Republican nomination. Well, it isn’t mid-October yet and the Texan has taken on more water than there has been rain in the state this year, and he has stumbled a good bit -- mainly in the debates.

      Can he recover? Yes, but he needs to do so quickly and he needs to come prepared and ready to win the debate on Oct. 11 at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. If he fares badly there, his fundraising will begin to dry up, he will begin to lose significant support in national polls, and he will likely be on a death spiral. Yes, the pressure is on, and he better be ready to rumble, and not stumble.

      In this case, the CW is correct.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Mon Sep 26, 2011 at 07:51:36 AM PDT

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