It is hard to know if this weekend saw a fatal implosion of the Perry campaign,or even the beginning of new elements in the Republican race.It is clear, that Perry was not prepared for the debates with well-thought-out approaches to immigration,social security and foreign policy among other issues.
IT IS ONE THING TO BE A TOUGH GOVERNOR,AND ANOTHER TO BE AN INSTANT FRONT-RUNNER BEING HAMMERED BY 9 OPPONENTS AND THE MEDIA.
While conservatives are not happy with Romneycare,and its role in formulating Obamacare,they are not pleased with Perry's approach to illegal immigration.
For the state to grant thousands of dollars in grants to attend in-state colleges (to the children of illegals),while not granting such "mercy" to US citizens from out-of-state is crazy.For Perry to call his opponents on this "heartless"is way off base,and insulting. To be against E-verify makes no sense.
The Caine victory in the Forida straw poll speaks to the unease of the Repblican voters with their cast of candidates.
Personally I would not be suprised if these events will precipitate Palin and possibly Christie as well as Giuliani from entering the race.
The lessons of Perry,underline the importance of a candidate spending a long time before announcing their candidacies in order to make themselves educated on the nuances of each issue.
Romney has been criticized as following the results of polls with his talking points-like Obama.Republicans would like someone who speaks from the heart-thus a Caine victory.
A note to Peggy Noonan, who in her column noted tha the editorial page of Haaretz criticized Perry for being too right-wing.
She should know this is the most left wing-anti- nationalistic paper in Israel.