Political analysts should never say something like “Perry can’t recover from this” — but I’m going to. Perry can’t recover from this. No one in a presidential race has ever jumped to a lead after a couple of days, only to lose more than half his support in just seven weeks…
The bar was set very low for Perry. He had to perform credibly and with energy in the three debates, and to find graceful and plausible ways to explain the reasons for his deviations from Republican orthodoxy.
If he’d managed to accomplish these relatively simple tasks, Perry could not only have survived the kinds of hits he was taking from other Republicans and from the press, but used them to his advantage.
It would appear that is not in him.