Last night was another poor debate performance by the one time darling of the right, Rick Perry. He admitted as much at a fraternity house after the event saying, "Debates are not my strong suit." In the same talk, he noted that our founding fathers "fought the revolution in the 16th century." His deer-in-the-headlights appearance and well hidden intellect have already worn thin on the campaign trail. He is an embarrassment.
Personally, I hope he hangs in there and spends his war chest softening up Romney for the general election. To the extent that Mitt has to protect his right flank, it will benefit President Obama. It will create great video to insert into attack ads. The GOP establishment is well aware of this and must be troubled. As the likes of Chris Christie, Dennis Hastert, and Judd Gregg quickly endorse the front runner, won't the money guys soon follow? Won't Perry's own contributors warn him off now that his place in the sun has so quickly passed?
The Texas governor may well get out before the first primary. It's already shaping up as Obama/Biden vs Romney/Rubio, which would be a great race if they were the only ones on the ballot. I expect the Tea Party will have something to say about that.