With Rick Perry's entry in the race, Karl Rove's ingenious plan to inject as many certifiably batshit crazy candidates as possible to dilute the "crazy vote" from consolidating on a single crazy candidate and allowing an establishment choice (i.e., Pawlenty or Romney) to win is failing. The former Mayor of Saskatoon has already bailed on the race, so that means Willard Milton Romney is it.
This afternoon, Gallup released its new national poll, showing support from the GOP presidential candidates among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. Here are top four candidates:
1. Rick Perry -- 29% (up from 18% in July)
2. Mitt Romney -- 17% (down from 23%)
3. Ron Paul -- 13% (up from 10%)
4. Michele Bachmann -- 10% (down from 13%)
All of the other candidates are below 5%. Herman Cain's support has slipped badly from the early summer, as has Newt Gingrich's. Jon Huntsman remains wildly popular with the D.C. media, but he's still running a distant eighth among GOP voters nationwide, and his support is down to just 1%.
This clearly won't do.
There are a lot of moving parts in Operation Batshit. To start it off Mitt Romney needs to keep his head down and not draw any unnecessary attention. So far so good for Mitt, but his vote total falling under 20% is troubling; it can't fall any farther if he gonna have a shot at this.
Next Newt Gingrich and Hermann Cain need to step up their games to get a bigger share of the crazy vote. Both should be ashamed of their inability to grab more of the tea bagging base. Clearly something really crazy is in order from each of these poor losers. Also Santorum; there is no reason he can't be crazy enough to pull 5% of the vote.
Ron Paul is serving as a useful idiot as he usually does and Michele Bachman is holding her own. Clearly it would be better if Michele were to come up with some bizarre new plan to steal some voters away from Perry. And word on the nets has it that just such a plan is in place. She'll introduce an imaginary universal healthcare plan which is sure to confuse the hell out of most tea partying folks and may bump her up in the polls. This needs to be executed and effectively.
And the need couldn't be greater now for the 10 Commandments Judge. Karl Rove needs to throw some GPS cash his way to get Roy Moore up and running and on his way to stealing 2% of the GOTP primary vote hopefully from Perry. But assuming Karl is able to execute all the above, it still doesn't look like it'll be enough. Perry will still have the numbers. And this will pit a secession talking, states right loving, George Bush impersonator and southern governor against the first African American President on the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Oh, and the George Bush Impersonator will be casting Health Insurance as the 21st century equivalent of African American chattel slavery. This is not good from Karl's perspective.
This leaves Karl with one choice only. He needs more craziness in the Race to salvage Operation Batshit from ruin. To make it happen this can mean nothing other than Sarah Palin. Nobody is more batty than Sarah. Karl needs Sarah to come forward to rescue Operation Batshit. The more craziness in the race the better and the more confused GOTP primary voters will be. This will be all the better for Mitt Romney to allow him to appear as the last sane man standing. But for now, Operation Batshit appears to be in trouble.