We have a concession from Politico:
Driving some of the remaining waiting game is the question about how Perry will perform beyond his well-executed weekend rollout.
“People are waiting to see if he blows up,” said one Republican operative affiliated with a potential Perry rival.
If Perry does succeed over the next few weeks, then the window arguably narrows for others—perhaps with the exception of Palin.
Many Republicans believe that Palin could launch a late-breaking candidacy and might simply run what she herself has called an “unconventional” race.
“It’s getting a little late now and I don’t know that there’s anybody out there that has the name recognition and abilities to raise the kind of money” needed, said Donatelli. “The one name I can think of is Sarah Palin.”
Karl Rove told Greta Van Susteren that “Sarah Palin ‘has a schedule after Labor Day that looks suspiciously like a candidate.‘” While Rove is right about her being a candidate, Peter Hamby points out that the “[c]hances Rove knows Palin’s schedule: zero.”
The Daily Kos pollster finds that Governor Palin’s net favorable rating among Ohio McCain/Palin voters has improved by three since May while Mitt “peacetime” Romney’s net favorable rating among Ohio McCain/Palin voters has decreased by fourteen. Palin’s net favorable rating among Ohio indepedents has improved by sixteen points since May while Romney’s net favorable rating among Ohio independents has decreased by nine. Romney’s net favorable rating among Ohio Republicans is down seventeen points since May.