The Current Narrative is not Going Rick Perry’s Way

The Politico has an overview:  Web verdict on Perry: Brutal

his second consecutive weak outing set off alarm bells on the right, where too many cringeworthy moments raised questions about Perry’s durability, his seriousness and ability to compete on a stage with Barack Obama.


With almost no one willing to defend a performance marked by meandering or inaccurate answers, botched canned lines and the damaging adoption of the left’s critique of conservatives on immigration, it’s hard to imagine how things could have gone much worse for Perry Thursday night.

It is clearly far too soon to count Perry out, although he does appear to have damaged himself (the next round of polls should be interesting.  However, I think this does underscore that running for the presidency is harder than it looks.  Further, Perry’s entry into the race (big splash in the context of a field that no one loved) meant that he had to perform at a very high level or else have no where to go but down.

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter