EVERY PRESIDENTIAL election features at least one candidate who turns out to be a tremendous disappointment. Last time, Rudy Giuliani went from national icon to electoral afterthought in a span of just months. This time, Texas Governor Rick Perry looks poised to take the honors.
After entering the race in August atop the polls, Perry collapsed to single digits after a series of disastrous debate performances. As if to underscore the impression that he’s flailing, he released a bizarre ad last week attacking gay soldiers that drew widespread condemnation, including from many Republicans, some within his own campaign.