Rick Perry Running For President?
I don't feel that I have to remind the public about the rule against voting for former Govs of Texas for Prez, but I think that I'm going to anyway.
DON'T SUPPORT FORMER GOVERNORS OF TEXAS! That state doesn't get to send another person to be prez. And if Republicans have a problem with that, I would cite Jimmy Carter. You want another Georgia Peach heading to DC? No? Good... now Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich should drop out any time now...
But most pertinently to the case of Governor Perry is that he said specifically that he didn't want to be Prez. What does it say when he says something very specific like "I don't want to be President of the United States." and then goes to "I'm going to think about it."? I mean, for a group of conservative intellectuals (I use the term loosely) that don't allow for ambiguity or shades of grey, this is showing some depth.
It's not that I think that Perry shouldn't run for president. I mean, he shouldn't but that's not the point. The point is when you are specific with your constituents about a campaign promise, you have to follow through. There are some cases when these things change. A guy running for president usually says that the system is broken and that they are going to change it and, once elected, rarely get to affect the change that they want (at least in Obama's case, he tried.) You have to go back and talk to the people that put you into office and rationalize everything that happened in the interim (between when you were elected and what happened once you got there.)
But there are certain promises that are EASY to maintain! "I'm not going to run for President." is a gimme! Just don't run for president.
Also, I'm not entirely comfortable with a guy who thoughtlessly talked about Texas' "special" case re: secession. Because I thought that the Civil War settled the whole thing. And the answer was "No."
But is it just me or is Perry a little boring? I mean, he doesn't have the colossal fuck-up comments like W. and everyone in TX seems to be pretty happy with him. Feel free to correct me.
And here I go correcting myself. This is a guy that has invited all the other govs. of the nation to get together in TX and have a big prayer pow-wow so that Jesus will come off his Moon Base and help the rest of the country... even though we have God on our side... WAIT, Jesus isn't on the Moon, that's what Mormons think...
But, joking aside, there's no fire in the belly, there's no passion for the office of the presidency, not like when he was running for Gov. of TX. I don't think that he's actually going to do it, in the end. After all, he'd have to fight for the Xian vote in the GOP with Bachmann (I almost wrote Palin), but honestly, he doesn't seem like the kind of guy that wants to fight head-to-head with Craaaaazeeeee.