by Ken Feltman
The Perry brain trust’s decision to become tougher with Mitt Romney is the wrong one. Republican voters – and independent voters, too – are not expressing concern that Rick Perry is not combative enough. They worry that he does not know the issues. They whisper the unthinkable: Maybe, just maybe, he lacks the intellectual capacity for the job. They are nervous that – like Romney – Perry is not easy to like.
They realize that President Obama has a reservoir of good will in the country. He is liked even by many who can’t stand his politics. When the general election campaign begins and the chattering class concentrates on all the other things, Obama’s likability will add a few votes here and a couple of percentage points there, narrowing the Republican challenger’s margin for error. That is why GOP voters have such anxiety about their current frontrunners.
also published in Politico