Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) has surpassed former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) in the most recent Gallup Poll released Wednesday. I welcome this development. Not because it puts the GOP in a stronger position, quite to the contrary. Perry is essentially a encore of George W. Bush, a hard right conservative, fundamentalist Christian Texas governor. For as much as people aren’t happy with President Obama’s performance, were Perry to snag the nomination, electing him would be akin to electing Barry Goldwater in 1964. Ideologically rigid and pure, yes, but nearly guaranteed to lose in the general election, and not only lose, but lose in a landslide. Basically, he takes second place in terms my dream candidates to square off against the President, right after nutso Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN). So, mazel tov to the GOP. The way it looks now, you’re doing the heavy lifting for us Democrats. Many thanks. Keep up the good work.