Perry looked like a jackass last night trying to backpedal on some of his extreme positions. It was a great opportunity for his opponents to play “Pin the tail on the Donkey!”
The Republican debate that was expected to be a showdown between the two heavyweights, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, turned into something resembling a football pile-on with five of the GOP contenders swarming over the Texas governor.
Romney was the clear winner at last night’s debate. As Politico notes, this is Romney’s route to the nomination: Bachmann, Paul, and Santorum bloody Perry from the right. Strikingly for someone who still stands a good chance of winning the GOP nomination, Romney has yet to come under fire for a sustained period of time at any of the GOP debates.