Herman Cain has moved into the top three . . . clearly gaining on Perry's stumbles both with his record and his mouth. Romney is steady . . . the media can clamor for Christie all they won't it won't matter. The race is to be won the right, that is where the majority of voters are and where these is flux right now. FoxNews poll:
- Romney: 23%
- Perry: 19%
- Cain: 17%
In addition, there is a tumbling down of both Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul. Paul, I think, was getting a serious look by Tea Party conservatives who don't necessarily share all of his values but have been put off by his foreign policy positions and taken by Mr. Cain's debate performances. Bachmann should have known better, she jumped in the polls thanks to Tim Pawlenty swinging at her wildly, and she tried the same trick on Perry and made to look ridiculous. Two things stand out . . . both Romney and Cain have been very steady in their approach and their messages. They haven't wavered, defended what they have done, and kept on it. Perry and Bachmann, the previous two conservative saviors that were suppose to take down Mitt Romney, have not been so steady.
This is not to say that Rick Perry can't recover. Perry has been in this game a long time, and he just needs to stop looking so dear-in-a-headlight when his opponents attack him and take him off script. Apparently he never really had any prep in his career, and it shows. Perry needs coaching on getting out what he wants to say coherently. This nomination is still his for the taking if he can get the train back on the tracks. But its a small window . . . conservatives are starting to fall for Cain and because he has no political record, he isn't forced to defend himself. Romney has figured out how to talk back the Romneycare in Massachusetts, and Perry needs to do it too.