“With Governor Perry’s appearance, we have now interviewed all of the major Republican candidates in our 2012 one-on-one series except Mitt Romney,” said Wallace. “He’s not appeared on this program or any Sunday talk show since March of 2010. We invited Governor Mitt Romney again this week, but his campaign says he’s still not ready to sit down for an interview.”

The complaint is more a matter of professional obligation than actual hurt feelings, bringing to mind the clock that Fox News ran marking down the time that had lapsed since Barack Obama had done an interview with the network. Indeed, Wallace’s displeasure seems likely to disappear the moment Romney actually steps on his set.

And yet Wallace is now the second established conservative-leaning media voice to poke at him in as many days, suggesting something less than a drama-free ride to the nomination for Romney.