As Don says, "one candidate after another" went after Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the current front runner, over his comments about Social Security (which he's called "a Ponzi scheme"), his executive order that made vaccinations against cancer-causing infections mandatory for young girls and his support for in-state tuition for illegal immigrants who are seeking to become U.S. citizens.
NPR's Don Gonyea reported earlier on Morning Edition.
NPR's Greg Allen on Tea Party supporters' reactions
Politico, meanwhile, writes that "the fire Perry took from the right at the CNN-Tea Party Express debate ... suddenly seemed more threatening to the Texas governor's chances than [former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt] Romney. ... That might be the Texan's chief vulnerability and his main rival's best hope: that the Republican undercard of [Rep. Michele] Bachmann, [former Sen. Rick] Santorum and [Rep. Ron] Paul remains in the race to bloody Perry so much on his right flank that Romney can consolidate enough of the GOP establishment to eke out a plurality victory."
AndThe New York Times this morning adds that the "GOP elite" is beginning to "look toward Romney" and is trying to "slow the ascent of Mr. Perry — or to push him to explain positions that are considered provocative."