Here's how this sort of thing plays out. The Washington Post fashions a smear (and calls it news). And the rest of the media play it. The Post did its part. Now ...
“Can a candidate recover once they've been associated with a controversy over the word n-gger?”
Guilt by association. Under other circumstances you'd hear this same bunch of gutter slime denounce the tactic as being McCarthyism.
But a conservative Republican is involved, so it's acceptable.
Just as the Washington Post - to its shame - invented the word macaca to ruin another Republican back in 2006, so it's conjured a story about Rick Perry that has no basis in fact here. And fellow travelers in the media take up the charge and drive it home.
On Saturday the Post launched its plot to stop Perry's candidacy with "At Rick Perry’s Texas hunting spot, camp’s old racially charged name lingered." Picking up the signal, CNN came through with ... can Perry recover from being associated with this controversy?
See why you never want to trust these sunsabitchas?.