“I think Mitt is finally recognizing that the Massachusetts healthcare plan that he passed is a huge problem for him, and yeah it was not almost perfect,” Perry said on the Laura Ingraham Show Thursday. – Rick Perry Calls Mass. Healthcare Plan a “Huge Problem” for Mitt Romney

Nate Silver provides the analysis that dismantles slick Mitt’s best laid plans.

It was quite an impressive booking for Ingraham. It’s not every day that the chick gets the biggest gun first on wingnut radio.

Maybe somebody on Rick Perry’s team knew it was “Women’s Equality Day.” nah… That’s not something on the Republicans’ radar.

But Perry’s surge is real, because the fragile frontrunner is not beloved by anyone, but also because the heat Perry brings is exactly the kind of battle the GOP is looking for in 2012.

Republican primary voters don’t want a policy debate, they want a brawl with Obama and Rick Perry can provide it, even if the President ends up the last man standing.