During the presidential primary campaign, until the debates started, I thought Perry was the only candidate on par with Romney.
Michelle Bachmann was too much of a rookie
Newt and Herman had enough personal baggage to sink the Titanic.
Santorum had lost re-election to his Senate seat then moved to DC to become a lobbyist.
Ron Paul and Gary Johnson were running in the wrong party.
Tim Pawlenty was simply unknown.
Rick Perry was therefore the logical alternative to Romney....then came the debates...Romney won by default. There was really no one there to challenge him.
Perry was recovering from back surgery and was medicated. Maybe this time he can remember the 3rd agency he would eliminate.
I like him but Perry was his own worst enemy in the debates. Hope that’s different next time.
I agree with your statements but it played out a bit different than your storyline. In desperation many went with Gingrich near the end despite his personal problems. There were few choices at that point so Santorum and Gingrich split the conservative vote. Conservatives were splintered all over the place in that election which allowed Romney to slide in.
I was good with Perry until I saw him debate. Deer in the headlights with no antlers. There are some who didn’t like Perry because of the corridor or dislike Texans or other reasons. Understand. Conservatives are like cats and hard to herd. I just hope conservatives can unite behind someone to stop Rubio.