"It's like your ideal candidate is a rare, super-heavy element that can only exist in a particle accelerator, and even then only for a fraction of a second."
I would only add that Rick Perry is still the front-runner, according to a poll released yesterday. He's simply leading by 7 points now instead of 12.
Rick Perry will remain the front-runner as long as he remains the most appealing option for the Lunatic Base. And at this point, who else could usurp that distinguishable position?