Noted Quote: Perry Sets Off Alarms
There was no election-ending gaffe or singularly disqualifying remark. But his (Texas Governor Rick Perry) second consecutive weak outing set off alarms on the right, where too many cringeworthy moments raised questions about Perry’s durability, his seriousness and ability to compete on a stage with President Barack Obama. Worse, after a near-flawless August rollout fueled his rise in the polls and quieted critics who fretted about the quality of the GOP field, Perry’s nationally televised face-plant revived dormant talk — and hopes — about the possibility of new candidates entering the race. 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. Bill Kristol, the Weekly Standard editor, summed it up with one word: “Yikes.” ~ Juana Summers/Politico.