The GOP is still stumbling about, looking for someone to run against President Obama.
After vastly outspending his opponent, frontrunner Mitt Romney managed to eke out a victory in his home state. And it was over an all-but-demonstrably certifiable opponent. That's not good.
So the "GOP Establishment" is looking for someone to come in and save the party, someone with some electoral momentum.
We humbly suggest they already have their man, as primary results and a cheap chart indicate. While the chart may be low-rent, it's one that strikes fear in Romney's heart.
For it clearly shows....The Rick Perry Comeback.
These are all the post-Iowa primary states -- New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida, Missouri and Tuesday's votes in Arizona and Michigan.
This chart clearly and unarguably shows the scenario that is unfolding.
New Hampshire: A solid, if unspectacular, four-digit showing. Perry supporters are somewhat stunned by the Iowa caucus results, and that affects their work in the Granite State. South Carolina: Perry drops out of the race two days before the vote, but still improves his vote count by more than 40 percent. Florida: The high point (so far!!!) of the Perry campaign, but the bottom drops out after the vote, as people actually realize Perry's not campaigning anymore.
And then: The comeback begins.
It starts innocently enough in Missouri, where Perry snares 2,456 votes -- almost reaching his incredible South Carolina count.
And then came Tuesday's two-state showing. The chart is pointing in only one direction: up, up and away.
And keep this in mind: Super Tuesday is coming, and, even more importantly, Texas has yet to hold its primary. Texans of all stripes have just been burning for a chance to vote for Rick Perry for President. Possibly.
So when you talk "momentum" in the GOP presidential primary, you're talking two words: Rick "Oops" Perry. Okay, three words.