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Perry has taken a lot of hits this week, perhaps the hardest of which came from GOP rival John Huntsman. Most of them won’t matter. Why? Because the criticism of Perry occurred in the context of a Republican primary race, which Perry is well situated to win. He passed Romney and Bachmann in the polls before he was officially a candidate. Bachmann has no chance to beat Perry, although she could slow him down in Iowa. Romney can still win if he can persuade voters that Perry is not electable. Most of Perry’s off-the-kuff commentary would be problematical only in a general election context.

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