Consider the political plight of Texas governor Rick Perry, who went from leading the Republican pack for president to being the snarky subject of lyrics to a Paul Simon song. You know, the one about slip-sliding away. Yeah, that one.

Anyway, the latest Public Policy Polling results for the state’s April primaries show Perry slipping faster than bald tires on an icy Texas highway.

Back in September, Perry led Mitt Romney by nearly 40 points, 49% to 10%. But, in the poll conducted earlier this month, Perry dropped to third place (18%) behind Romney (24%) and Newt Gingrich (23%), with the other Rick (Santorum, 15%) and Lake Jackson congressman Ron Paul (12%) bringing up the rear.

And in a head-to-head, Perry went from a lead of almost 55 percent in September (72% to 18%) to a virtual tie (45% to 46%).  The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.2%.

Mark Jones, the political science department chair at Rice University, says he thinks he knows why:

'In baseball terms, he couldn`t hit major-league pitching.  He was able to hit Texas League pitching great.  He was an all-star here, but once he got up to the major leagues, he couldn’t compete on a national level.  I think that’s in part a lack of preparation on his part, but it’s also in part due to a very poor campaign team.'

Guess, we’ll have to wait for Saturday to see if Perry goes down swinging in the South Carolina primaries.