The GOP establishment is uncomfortable with Rick Perry. Few have openly attacked him, with the notable exception of Karl Rove, but it’s pretty obvious that most Republican insiders would rather have Romney than Perry as the GOP standard-bearer in 2012. Nonetheless Charles Krauthammer takes him very seriously:
[Perry] has a simple message, which is: ‘Smaller government, I made it work, I created jobs’ … I think that could be a winning message, in the primary and even in the general election.
And, by the way, Perry has not merely succeeded in creating jobs (Texas has been the number one job creator among the states). He also has a better record than Obama (or Romney) on health care. Among other things, his state passed genuine tort reform.
[via Daily Caller]