Republican David Frum this morning on the poor judgment of the average GOP primary voter:
Republicans watched Rick Perry’s stumbling, unprepared performance in last week’s debate – and decided they were watching a president in action.
The latest CNN/Opinion Research poll has Perry at 32% among Republicans nationwide, Romney tumbled deep into second place at 21%. (If Palin entered the race, Perry would still lead Romney 30-18, with Palin drawing 15%.)
Perry’s greatest advantage is his perception as the most electable in the race: 42% of Republicans rate him the most electable, as opposed to only 26% for Romney. . .
Either directly on the debating platform tonight – or through ads and other media in the days ahead – [Romney] must offer Republicans an advance glimpse of the campaign Barack Obama will wage against Rick Perry in 2012.
It won’t be a pretty sight, but Republicans need to know the full measure of their candidate’s vulnerability before they commit to a nominee whose own words (however carelessly and unmeaningly written) will be used as evidence that the GOP wants to repeal Social Security, Medicare, and the theory of evolution.
If Perry’s book was “unmeaningly written,” then why does he keep standing by both the book and his comments that Social Security is a “Ponzi scheme,” a “monstrous lie”?