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Are conservatives getting nervous about Rick Perry?

Are conservatives getting nervous about Rick Perry? The Texas Governor hemmed and hawed through his talking points in last night’s debate, while Romney—a seasoned veteran of the campaign train—looked cool and collected. And without a major victory in last night’s showdown, is Bachmann now toast? Tune in for the wrap-up with Florida Republican Strategist Sally Bradshaw and msnbc Political Analyst David Corn.


The nine Presidential candidates weren’t the only ones who had their voices heard last night: Audience members once again jumped into the political conversation, this time with a chorus of “boos” for a question asked by a gay member of the Armed Services. It’s just the latest example of the mob mentally showcased in the GOP debates, right up there with cheers for the death penalty and for letting a person without health insurance die. We’ll discuss with Politico’s Alex Burns, who joins us from the debate site, and msnbc Political Analyst Chris Cillizza.


He was a top counterterrorism agent in the FBI, on the frontlines against Al Qaeda, and some say he was closer than anyone to preventing the 9/11 attacks. Now Ali Soufan tells his story in The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda. Soufan joins us tonight to talk about his experiences in the counterterrorism field, and what he thinks of the latest New York Times report that Pakistan’s spy agency was involved in last week’s deadly attack on the American Embassy in Kabul.

Remember the claims of gender discrimination and disorganization in the White House that author Ron Suskind published in his new book “Confidence Men?” Jacob Weisberg, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of the Slate Group, says don’t believe everything you read. Weisberg joins us tonight as we dig into Suskind’s claims. You won’t want to miss this!