I got emailed from a few people tonight that I was rather harsh toward Governor Perry’s campaign on CNN tonight. I was.When Rick Perry unveiled his economic plan, he spent the better part of two days talking about Barack Obama’s birth certificate.Now, instead of moving back to the economic plan, we’ve moved on to talking about Rick Perry and debates.Byron York makes a very persuasive case that Rick Perry is actually right on the debates. According to John King tonight on CNN, by the time we get to Iowa, there’ll have been 21 debates — more than either 2004 for the Democrats or 2008 for both the Democrats and Republicans.Remember as well that the calendar is more compressed now than when those debates were set up.But the Perry team should not have raised the issue right now. It makes him look weak. We know he sucks in the debates. We know he wants out of the debates. That is precisely why he should not have raised it himself or had his communications director, Ray Sullivan, raise it.It makes us focus on Perry’s bad debate performances instead of finally, finally focusing on his economic plan and jobs plan.The Perry campaign has a problem. It has nothing to do with bad debate performances. It has everything to do with a lack of message discipline. If they want to turn things around, they need to get on and stay on jobs.
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