Given the abysmal state of the US economy, the current Republican presidential field is just about the only source of hope that Obama has right now. The New Yorker’s Samantha Henig talks through some of the challenges currently facing the Republican contenders with political reporters Lawrence Wright and Ryan Lizza. I’d recommend giving it a listen. On one level, it’s satisfying to think that Rick Perry has a real shot to win the nomination and pull the GOP over a cliff. But it’s terrifying on too many others that a man who has publicly declared prayer the most important response to the country’s problems may well be just a few stock market gyrations away from the presidency.