Rich Galen

which didn't mean much in the context of the Fed but was an acceptable applause line.

Lost in this kerfuffle? Romney, Backmann, Paul, Santorum, Cain, Huntsman and Gingrich.

Compare and contrast Rick Perry's first week as a candidate for President with, say, Jon Huntsman's first week.

Based upon the howls of outrage from Liberals this week, they are taking Rick Perry very seriously. Their charge that too many of the jobs that have been created in Texas are minimum wage jobs has been repeated over and over since last Saturday.

Someone should survey the 13.9 million Americans who are unemployed (and have been for an average of 40 weeks) and ask them if, when their benefits run out, would they rather have a minimum wage job, or no job at all?

On the downside for Perry, if George W. wore his religion on his sleeve then Perry's is in-your-face.

There is nothing wrong with this per se. What becomes problematic is if Perry's religiosity makes those all-important independent voters feel uneasy with a President who will take the intermingling of God and government significantly beyond the opening prayer in the U.S. Congress, or attending the annual prayer breakfast.

If the head-to-head polling shows Romney (or Bachmann) more likely to beat Obama than Perry because independents have been turned off, then a significant percentage of GOP primary voters will back away from him and go with one of the other two.

Life in the spotlight is exciting, but it can be blinding and, therefore, dangerous.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at