It seems Governor Goodhair is no longer the Shiny New Tea Party Savior anymore as his poll numbers have dropped like large painted-over rock.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way for Rick Perry.
A hard-talking embodiment of the conservative id, the Texas Governor entered the race in August and quickly shot to the front of the pack on broad appeal to the Tea Party base, and his message on job creation.
But something funny’s happening to Rick Perry on the way to what many expected to be a charge to the nomination: Namely, Rick Perry.
After a series of missteps and stumbles, most of his own making, the latest Washington Post / ABC News poll shows Perry having lost about half of his national support in the last month. The former frontrunner is now staring back up at his chief rival, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, and running neck-and-neck with the surging Herman Cain.
Now let’s keep in mind that these numbers were taken mostly before this weekend’s revelations about the name of Perry’s hunting camp in Texas. The same caveat applies to Herman Cain’s numbers too. Cain attacked Perry over the weekend, by Monday he was running away from his own statements because King Rush told him to know his role and shut his mouth. Everything you need to know about Cain there is that he complied with near neutrino-level speed.
It’s arguable that Perry’s numbers may actually improve slightly thanks to this weekend’s events. As for Cain, I expect we’ll see him back down among the also rans as soon as Chris Christie makes his announcement and becomes the next Shiny New Thing.