Ames Straw Poll
Yes, Texas governor Rick "The Refrigerator" Perry has joined the race to see who can pander to the Tea Party the most. I've animated some of the actual audio from his announcement in South Carolina on Saturday.
The exclusion of Ron Paul from discussions of Republican front-runners is not a sign of the mainstream media's blindness, but rather of their competence in serving, finally, as an adequate filtering mechanism.
You don't still think CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, plus all the others with less familiar initials, are in the News Business, do you? They -- and all of commercial television -- are in the Advertising Business.