"Over the past week, my colleague in Austin and Andrew Sullivan have been discussing whether there is a Rick-Perry-sized hole in the race. With respect to Mr Sullivan I side with E.G.; while Mr Perry might choose to enter the race and might do quite well, there is no sizable bloc of Republican voters who would be unrepresented or left without a choice should he decide to remain in Texas. The hole in the race is now perfectly Pawlenty-sized: mainstream Republicans need a port in the storm, and it looks like he's the only port available." – Economist blogger J.F. His mea culpa here.