I believe if he had been able to stay in the race, his appeal would have grown as you got closer to the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary and people are actually thinking about choosing a candidate. We’ve seen that in the past, on the Democratic side, with the historic case of Howard Dean leading in the polls for many months and then in the end, John Kerry overtook him when Democrats decided Kerry had the greater ability to win.
I don’t underestimate Michele’s political abilities at all, but she has yet to demonstrate an ability to appeal beyond the party’s base, and I would say the same thing about Gov. Perry. I think maybe they will; that’s what campaigns are all about. But I think they’ve got to demonstrate that appeal or the electability argument becomes a very real one.
We have to wait for a while to see how the Perry candidacy develops — it’s too new, he’s got the buzz of being the new guy in the field. Let’s wait a month or so and see what that looks like. I think Gov. Romney is doing the right thing: he’s building a campaign that can credibly claim to be able to defeat President Obama and so far I think he’s the only one doing that in this race.