Today, Rick Perry dropped out, and I had to dig down five pages on USMB to find a thread on it. Not even a gloating thread by CandyCorn. I'm so disappointed. Ahh, so sad, really. I had high hopes that Perry would be the guy who could bridge the divide between the TEA Party and the GOP establishment. But it never came to pass. First, the Establishment has it's heart set on Romney. If they have to lie, cheat, steal or do whatever, that's what they'll do. And they'll blame us when Romney loses. But Perry made mistakes. Much like Fred Thompson four years ago, you simply can't do these things on the fly. You have to build an organization, you have to get used to stumping, you have to get supporters lined up. You have to participate in the early debates with the fringe characters to find your voice and your little corner to base yourself in. I think that there will be people who will declare the TEA Party dead. I don't think so. The thing is, the TEA Movement hasn't really been around long enough to establish solid leaders. It took 16 years between Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan for the modern conservative movement to take hold. After Romney loses, Perry might well be able to take another shot at it. But he should take his time and spend more time introducing himself to the American public.