People will be talking for years about Rick Perry’s cringe-inducing inability to remember what he thinks (assuming he does) in the Michigan GOP debate. But his campaign has been such a disaster that this particular moment can hardly be called a turning point.

In contrast, Romney has an excellent shot at being the Republican nominee. If he could win Michigan in the general election, President Obama’s electoral map would look very bleak indeed.

But he blew it by saying that he wished that GM and Chrysler had gone bankrupt. Based on my years living in Michigan, I would liken this remark to walking into the Vatican and telling the Pope to go to hell.

Expect some brutal ads featuring his bankruptcy gaffe in the year to come.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

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Keith Humphreys is a Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and served as Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Obama Administration. @KeithNHumphreys