Rick Perry, the Iowa x-factor

The Texas governor has largely played a bit part (Lemonheads reference!) in the presidential race in the six weeks (or so) since his disastrous “oops” moment in a nationally televised debate. But he may now be poised to play a bigger role in the contest — if not as a primary contender than as a spoiler.

Perry has two things that make him an x-factor in the final weeks before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses: money and nothing to lose.