The Big Conversation:
Gov. Rick Perry's fundraising numbers may have just pulled him back from the brink.
At the very least, Perry's $17 million haul for the latest fundraising quarter, which his campaign announced Wednesday, proved that despite the pummeling he has taken lately, he's still in the game.
"At this stage in the pre-primary phase, everything is perception, and the guy has had a pretty lousy week and a half," Dennis Johnson, a professor at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management, told the Austin American-Statesman. "What this will do is hopefully reassure people ...