With the economy as bad as it is, Obama should be dead as Dillinger in 2012. I’ve got a sick feeling that if Romney gets the nomination, the general election is a toss up at best. That’s why I pray for Rick Perry every day. I just can’t see how this kind of craziness plays outside the south:
The setting here said everything: More than 33,000 people packed into Reliant Stadium, a 71,000-seat arena that also hosts rock bands. Three huge TV screens showed the onstage action to the people who crowded into the stadium’s second level — after they had gathered to wait while organizers opened those stands so everyone could fit. About 6,700 people got chairs on the stadium floor — but spent most of the time standing, hands in the air, moving to the music and prayer coming from the stage. More than 1,000 crammed into an open space that organizers called “the mosh area” right down in front.[….]
Even his fellow Republican governors were wary: While Perry invited all of them to attend, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback was the only one to make a personal appearance. Florida Gov. Rick Scott taped a video message.
I realize the notion of swing voters is constantly changing, but I know this turns off upper middle class suburban voters around where I live, and I suspect it does so in much of the country. Rick Perry may be our last, best chance to hang on for another four years.
Update. I sear Anne Laurie’s post wasn’t up there when I started this one!