Establishment logic

As I expected, Rick Perry is rapidly sinking in the polls thanks to the exposure of his radical support for open immigration. He’s lost 20 points and now trails Herman Cain, 28% to 18%. He’s effectively done. So, what is the solution of the Republican Establishment that backed his belated entry? Naturally, it is to encourage a less conservative and even more radical supporter of open immigration to enter the race:

Former New Jersey governor Tom Kean, who has known Chris Christie since he was a teenager and remains an informal adviser, tells National Review Online that the governor is “very seriously” considering a presidential bid.

“It’s real,” Kean says. “He’s giving it a lot of thought. I think the odds are a lot better now than they were a couple weeks ago.”

Christie remains undecided, Kean says, but is listening closely to pleas from party leaders. The chance for a “Jersey guy” to rise, Kean says, is not something Christie has sought. But now, with the field up for grabs, he is actively mulling a late entry.

If he makes the mistake of throwing his hat in the ring, Christie will melt down even faster than Perry did. Conservatives love seeing his fat, bellicose persona attacking the New Jersey teachers unions. They won’t like it half so much when he starts directing his attacks at them in defense of his moderate to liberal policies.