With the USA in such a poor state, you might think President Obama would be in danger of losing the White House. But the Republican party is incapable of offering a coherent and sensible alternative.
The most interesting candidates are Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul, but they don't seem to stand a chance. Huntsman is too popular among liberals and Paul is too radical a libertarian. Last night, when Perry tried to out him as a Reagan critic – sacrilege! – he stood by his argument that Reagan's economic policy was not as conservative as some conservatives might think. This was in the Reagan library. He also talked about abolishing airport security as he stood under the wingspan of Air Force One. Lots of Americans won't like that. Yet if Paul can carry on exposing Perry as a fraud – he keeps pointing out that Perry endorsed Al Gore for president in 1988 – his campaign will not have been wasted.
The weirdest moment of the evening, as others have noted, was the whooping and hollering when one of the questioners pointed out that the state of Texas, under Perry's governorship, had executed 234 people. Bit disgusting, that.