August 15, 2011
RUN, JEB, RUN:
Despite Bachmann's Success, the Real GOP Race is Now Perry vs. Romney (Beth Reinhard, August 14, 2011, National Journal)
Until now, the biggest question looming over the 2012 Republican primary was who would emerge as the leading alternative to the nominal front-runner, Mitt Romney.
We now know the answer to that question: Rick Perry.
Sure, Perry jumped into the race only one day ago and needs to prove he's worthy of the national stage. Yes, Michele Bachmann is the one who boxed Tim Pawlenty out of the race with her triumph in the Iowa Straw Poll on Saturday.
But it is the governor of the great big state of Texas, not the Minnesota congresswoman, who poses the biggest threat to Romney from here on out. That's because Perry boasts that killer combination of assets: the power to grab hold of voters -- which Bachmann shares -- plus a concrete record of creating jobs. It's the rhetoric plus the results, the inspiration layered on top of the perspiration.
The bright side of the current two man race is that both are open borders.
Posted by oj at August 15, 2011 7:39 AM