GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry (Getty Images)

In his Washington Post column, Eugene Robinson checks in on the Republican Party's search for a presidential nominee after Texas Gov. Rick Perry's disastrous debate performance led to a defeat in the Florida straw poll.

Here's my question for the Republican Party: How's that Rick Perry stuff work­in' out for ya?


You'll recall that Sarah Palin asked a similar question last year about President Obama's "hopey-changey stuff." Indeed, hopey-changey has been through a bad patch. But now the GOP is still desperately seeking a presidential candidate it can love. Or even like.

That Perry was crushed by Herman Cain — yes, I said Herman Cain — in the Florida straw poll Saturday confirms that the tough-talking Texas governor's campaign is in serious trouble. He's the one who put it there with a performance in last week's debate that was at times disjointed, at times disastrous.

Perry was supposed to be the "Shane"-like Western hero who brought peace to the troubled valley that is the Republican presidential field. A month after he rode into town, however, increasingly frantic GOP insiders are begging New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to saddle up and save the day.

Read Eugene Robinson's entire column at the Washington Post.