Advice To Romney: Give Perry Bait

Andrew Sullivan —  Sep 12 2011 @ 1:31pm

And see what happens:

[A]s GOP consultant Alex Castellanos put it: "Perry has not won elections in Texas because he is loved. He has won because he sticks a fork in his opponent’s eyeballs."

There’s nothing at all wrong with having a reputation for hitting hard. However, if I were advising one of his main opponent, Mitt Romney, I’d start trying to test Perry to see just how far he takes it. Can he be baited? If so, his aggressiveness might be very easily turned against him. That is, at some point, an attack-everything candidate isn’t really aggressive, but recklessly reactive.