October 4th, 2011
10:05 AM ET
There once was a time when Republicans held orderly, predictable primaries - and the nominee was decided by party insiders long before the race began.
Not this time.
The GOP primary field has been all over the map from day one - bad news for Mitt Romney who has been the defacto, if tenuous, frontrunner throughout the process, but good news for the president, who is banking on the GOP remaining splintered well into 2012.
Meanwhile, the president is facing new questions about what his White House was warned before the approval of a half-billion loan to the now-bankrupt Solyndra. It's all part of the morning briefing, below:
In West Texas, Wagons Circle Around Perry [NYTimes]
Romney Plans Foreign Policy Speech [NYTimes]
Rick Perry slips, Herman Cain rises in bid for GOP nomination, poll finds [WashPo]
A Chris Christie groundswell? Maybe not [WashPo]
E-Mails Reveal Early White House Worries Over Solyndra [NYTimes]
Obama hits new bank card fee [POLTICO]