It’s an enormous mistake for Rick Perry to skip some of the upcoming GOP primary debates. The answer is not to hide from them, but to perform more impressively at them. It’s not a great mystery what the questions are going to be and the lines of attack his opponents are going to direct at him. So it’s all about preparation and practice.
If you’re not on stage, you’re admitting to voters that you don’t belong there, that you can’t cut it. That’s a fatal admission.
As Alex the Parrot would say, “Try better.”