The rising presidential candidacy of Gov. Rick Perryof Texas is stirring excitement for many Republican voters but is creating unease in some quarters of the party’s establishment, particularly over his views of Social Security, which are at the root of an intensifying competition with Mitt Romney.
The decision on Monday by Tim Pawlenty, a former Republican presidential rival, to support Mr. Romney’s campaign signals the beginning of an effort by some party leaders to try to slow the ascent of Mr. Perry — or to push him to explain positions that are considered provocative.
As the race for GOP Presidential hopefuls narrows down to two men (especially in the eyes of the media), the NY Times posits that GOP elite question Perry’s ability to win moderate and independent voters in swing states. Despite his double digit leads in some new CNN polls from last week, these leaders think Perry still might not be able to appeal to suburban voters in the same way that Romney does.
Part of me agrees with them from a purely strategic viewpoint: Perry is a force to be reckoned with in elections. However, he may be too far right of center to win in this increasingly embittered country of ours. That said, heaven forbid he actually does beat Obama and we have to settle in for the “Dubya: the Sequel.”