Dick Morris thinks last night's debate "was the end of Rick Perry's front runner status."
I admit, I only saw the last 45 minutes last night, and parts of the previous debate with Perry, and, while I like him on many of the issues, and I think he has a great story to tell about Texas vs. Obama, this year I want someone who can sell the American people on Conservatism and the rightness of it.
To me, those people in this field who can do that are Romney, Cain, Gingrich, Santorum, and (grudgingly) Huntsman.
The people who can't make the sell of Conservatism are Bachmann, Paul, Perry and that dope Johnson. Add to that list, Sarah Palin.
The difference between the former and the latter is the former are serious, thoughtful, intellectual conservatives who understand conservatism and can articulate it in a manner that makes sense to people and that advances the cause. The latter group are cult-of-personality politicians, for whom the message is more about them, than it is about the ideology. As Herman Cain would say, we just tried that approach, and how's it working it out for us?
You might argue that we need a retail campaigner with electric appeal to defeat Obama and solidify the House and get to 60 seats in the Senate. I reject that argument. Obama is a deeply flawed president. His ideology is a failed ideology. Anyone with half an ounce of understanding of History or economics knew his policies would fail. I will admit that I didn't think his policies would so effectively stymie a nascent recovery, but....if you set out to do everything possible to screw up a recovery, you couldn't have mapped it any better than Obama has.
Obama's going to lose in 2012. He's probably going to lose by a lot. The Bush red states will return to the GOP, and I think it's highly likely we could see purple states in the Midwest return to the GOP (Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan), and Pennsylvania's Republican legislature and governor are considering awarding electors on a congressional district basis, so this could give the GOP 10 of PA's electoral votes. With redistricting, the Dems are losing 7 electoral votes from Blue to Red states as well. I expect Colorado to return to the GOP and Maine will give at least 1 of it's EV's to the GOP candidate.
2012 is shaping up to be a bloodbath for the Dems, and it really doesn't matter who the GOP candidate is, but it should be one who will run as a conservative and govern as a conservative, not as an everyman.
This country is in serious trouble, and even leftwingers like the Washington Post's Richard Cohen are lamenting the end of America as we know it, brought to you by Barack Obama, even as they whine about Republicans not looking toward Washington to solve the problems. BWAHHHH.