Perry for President?

I don’t listen to Rush Limbaugh everyday. I have mouths to feed, after all, and he airs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. His show notes do grace my inbox each afternoon, though they rarely push me to a transcript.

A line from Wednesday’s email caught my eye, however, and hooked me to the complete text of the show.

Limbaugh stated, “If Rick Perry decides to get in this, folks, then you can wipe away all the conventional wisdom that’s out there heretofore and to date, ’cause it’s a brand-new day, and it starts all over again.”

I’ve heard Governor Perry called many things in his ten years at the state helm. “National Game Changer” isn’t one of them. But that is essentially what Limbaugh called him before his umpteen million listeners coast to coast.

Some observers are calling the field of Republican presidential contenders an unexciting collection of has beens and unknowns. Romney and Gingrich represent the former group and carry varying degrees of personal and political baggage.

Pawlenty, Santorum and Bachmann represent the latter and may have difficulty building a national campaign operation. Better knowns (i.e., those with television shows) Trump and Huckabee, have chosen to forego the race. Others, like Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, are still toeing the water.

Limbaugh firmly believes that President Obama is vulnerable next year. He also believes that a feebly principled, Beltway-type RINO won’t get us any closer to defeating Obama in 2012 than McCain came in 2008.

The talk show host is hungry for a candidate who trusts so deeply in the efficacy of conservatism that she doesn’t have to mince words or parse principles. He wants a candidate with a stellar leadership résumé and a 14-inch part in his full-bodied hair. Like him or not, Perry fits the part, no pun intended.

Limbaugh has not endorsed a Perry candidacy by any stretch. He has, however, penned a glowing 117-word endorsement of Perry’s book, Fed Up: Our Fight to Save America From Washington.

Limbaugh likes Perry’s decade-long stand against over-taxing and its evil twin, over-spending. He likes his unequivocal stance for conservative social values and a limited federal bureaucracy.

Many Texans have never thought of Gov. Perry as presidential. They have thought him cocky, perhaps even a bit dim. (He is an Aggie, after all. Hook ‘em.)

But I don’t care how red a state is, you don’t get elected by three landslides to run for 14 years a state called home by 26 million very diverse people without having talent, skill, principle and sense.

And I don’t care how strong the fundamentals of a state’s economy are, you don’t stay at the level Texas has stayed over the past decade of economic tumult without capable leadership at the top.

Two more things Perry has going for him: (1) He is the current chairman of the nationally-networked Republican Governors Association; and (2) he once was a Democrat.

I can hear it now, “I made the switch when my party stopped representing my values. You can, too.”

1 Response to “Perry for President?”


  1. 1 Bennye Waskom June 3, 2011 at 01:32

    Kevin, You missed one point that I think made Trump so popular. Perry has the …..let’s call it backbone…..to stand up against the current administration and call a spade a spade (probably a poor choice of words)….high time a Republican stood up and campaigned with some passion for our conservative values. Perry could be that man.


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