Rasmussen has Rick Perry, who has spent roughly the length of an Obama lunch break campaigning, up 11 points on Romney. This is apparently a Gamechanger! moment, according to the media sources whose promos declare “The Coverage You Can Depend On” while a news chopper circles a glass tower.
That Perry has jumped to the lead, with Bachmann in the neighborhood, constitutes surprising news only to the remaining members of our political class.
Perry is in the lead because he appears to be the most conservative GOP candidate. For the duration of the 2012 campaign — should Marco Rubio or Paul Ryan opt in, and one of them will — and looking backwards even to Trump, the candidate perceived as the most solid conservative (Trump wasn’t, of course) has and will spend some time as the frontrunner.
I wrote the following back on March 21, and I’m reposting it here not because I claim to have some preternatural ability to divine the will of the country, but precisely the opposite: this is a pie-in-the-face obvious observation and the majority of Americans not named F. Chuck Todd have already made it:
The self-evident truth regarding running as a conservative — an identity which overwhelmingly comprises America’s biggest voting bloc — is that conservatives do not care who wins the GOP nomination. They are happy; they are self-sufficient and will fight on their own. If the party gets onboard with the base, good for the party, but the base is aboard with the Constitution first and the GOP second or never.
This has been evident since the Founders; this was demonstrated truth during the 2010 elections. How can you not know this yet?
We want statesmen, not Miramax thugging around for Best Picture. We truly don’t concern ourselves with who you are, your face, your alliances, what state you were raised in. We don’t care about your name. Seriously — don’t even tell us your name. We want John Doe, the vessel of Constitutional originalism, who understands natural rights are the way of nature and not the Founders’ trendy theory, and that natural rights are most threatened now by a weak border, Islamism and Communism, and — above all — the biggest government to ever exist, and that’s what he’s going to spend the next four years working on, and eight if we so honor him.
We’re begging for truth, not Rovian theory. Be American, or keep diddling and lose the West.