I've been following St. Vincent since I heard "Jesus Saves, I Spend" on All Songs Considered several years ago... I was somewhat taken aback by the tone of this album as well, but it seemed more like the logical next step to me. After Marry Me, Actor was also step in the more dissonant, angry direction.
Personally, I don't have much of a taste for angry, dissonant music, so Marry Me will probably remain my favorite of her albums. I haven't spent too much time with this one yet, so my opinion is subject to change.
Huntsman is the only Republican who doesn't strike me as completely insane. But even in the unlikely event he wins the nomination I'd probably still vote for Obama as the lesser of two evils.
My instinct would be to believe that if Perry beats Romney for the nomination then Obama's chances of winning in 2012 would be pretty good... but I'm from NYC/Connecticut, so my perception of the electorate may be slightly skewed.