GOPers Sharpening Their Knives On Mitt Romney

Over the past few days, Mitt Romney has had to weather a storm of increasingly sharp criticism.

First, he had Newt Gingrich's soundbyte-friendly attack on Romney's "pious baloney":

Then, Jon Huntsman lent his voice to the fray regarding Mitt's lack of "putting his country first".

Now we have Texas Governor Rick Perry piling on for Romney's comments about his pink slip worries:
“Now I have no doubt that Mitt Romney was worried about pink slips — whether he was going to have enough of them to hand out because his company Bain Capital with all the jobs that they killed, I’m sure he was worried that he’d run out of pink slips,” Perry told the crowd at Mama Penn’s restaurant.

Perry laid into Romney for heading a company which Perry alleged eliminated hundreds of South Carolina jobs.

“There is something inherently wrong when getting rich off failure and sticking it to someone else is how you do your business and I happen to think that’s indefensible,” said Perry. “If you’re a victim of Bain Capital’s downsizing, it’s the ultimate insult for Mitt Romney to come to South Carolina and tell you he feels your pain, because he caused it.”
Two things are clear:

1) Mitt Romney is in for a tough spring of primaries if these candidates continue to attack in this manner.

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2) Mitt Romney is the CLEAR front-runner. In politics, if your opponents are ganging-up on you, you have something that they want. Usually, it's power. If nothing else, Romney can feel good that he is clearly leading the pack of GOP candidates.