National Review's Ramesh Ponnuru has a solid column up on the kerfuffle in the Republican primary campaign around Governor Perry's views on Social Security.
As I've said before--Perry is right. Social Security is a lie. Perhaps it wasn't always so, but it is today. The question though isn't whether he's right about the lie, but whether he can be elected President SAYING it is. I think not, as does Ponnuru.
Romney knows Perry is right, but he also has a better sense of what can win the White House. One must frame the debate in language that re-assures those who are currently receiving benefits, while giving hope to those who know they are throwing good money after bad at the point of the government's bayonet.
I'm politically intrigued by the courage Perry is showing in the language he uses--he'll certainly set this question up for deeper discussion. I am not however, intrigued by his judgment. Rather, I am dubious.