Christian Coalition of America founder, televangelist and 1988 Republican presidential candidate Pat Robertson, who beat then Vice President George Bush in the Iowa primary, thinks the current crew of GOP commander-in-chief wannabes is “unelectable” if they continue to mouth the positions of the party’s right-wing base.

During an appearance yesterday on his “700 Club” cable network, Robertson read the riot act to the GOP Oval Office contenders. “These people in the Republican primary have got to lay off of this stuff. They’re forcing their leaders, the frontrunners into positions that will mean they will lose the general election,” he said. Though the narrow hard core base applauds the tough talking candidates, when “you hit the general election and they say ‘no way’ and the Democrat, whoever it is, is going to just play these statements to the hilt. They’ve got to stop this. It’s just so counterproductive.”

Perhaps on cue, Rick Perry today dropped the birther line, saying that President Obama certainly was born in the U.S. Maintaining his degree of nuttiness, Perry now wants to see Obama’s college transcripts because everybody knows the Texas Governor received a bevy of Cs and Ds at Texas A&M. One wouldn't think it would be wise for Rick to match report cards with Obama, the pride of Harvard.

Perry now says he was just having a little fun in demanding Obama’s birth certificate. He sees a need for candidates to lighten up.
Perry really needs to rise up, not lighten up. In the latest CBS News/New York Times poll, Perry ranks No. 5 behind Ron Paul. [The Texas Congressman is a very articulate and thoughtful guy. Unfortunately, he will never be president.]

Herman Cain, whose flip-flopping on abortion triggered Robertson’s warning, is riding on top of the polls for the moment. That’s probably troubling for Pat, who endorsed “moderate” Rudy Giuliani in the 2008 GOP race.