Originally Posted by rcocean
Rove is like Tom Ridge, except for a few elite Republicans and liberal reporters, no one gives a damn about them.
I think Noah is totally off-base calling Rove the de facto leader of the GOP, but if you think of Rove and Perry as two guys who come from the same political milieu and have bad blood you can see how Rove MIGHT be able to cause Perry some headaches with raising money, building coalitions and convincing conservative opinion-makers that he is electable. Rove may not be a Wonder Boy anymore, but he is certainly not powerless.
That said, Lowry made good points about the respective strategies of Perry and Romney. For Perry, win big-time in Iowa; for Romney, poll nationally better against Obama than Perry. The outcome of these strategies is what i think will matter most in the end.