Time ponders Perry’s not-so “Inconvenient Truth”


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Did they ask this of Reagan back in the day?

There’s an inconvenient political truth for Texas Governor Rick Perry: he was his state’s 1988 campaign chairman for then U.S. Senator Al Gore’s first run at the presidency.

The way their partnership has dissolved and their paths diverged in the past three decades speaks eloquently to the way American politics has been reshaped. Gore has sailed left, while Perry’s political odyssey has seen him tack in the other direction — and to the opposing party.

That ’88 election helped shape Perry:

A decade later, Perry said the 1988 presidential primary election helped push him to his party switch. In the fall of 1988, he voted for Bush over his party’s nominee, Dukakis. “I came to my senses,” he told the Austin American-Statesman in 1998.
Indeed. After that sharp tack to the right, Perry became the longest-serving governor (more executive experince than say, oh, the President) with the nation’s best job-growth. Rumor has it that he’s boning up on foreign policy with former GW aides. Evangelicals are lined up and ready. Perry and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley voiced the need for common sense governing in the Washington Post yesterday: Break the spend-and-borrow cycle. A snippet:

Just like most businesses and families, states have a limited amount of money on hand with which to build their balanced budgets, and when times are hard states have to prioritize, make sacrifices and figure out how to best provide essential services to residents.


Washington’s ability to continuously vote itself more fiscal breathing room may help Congress — at least in the short term — avoid making the kinds of tough decisions made by states, businesses and families. But ignoring economic realities will lead to even more painful choices down the road and increases the potential for a financial collapse that could permanently cost America its role as the world’s leading economic power.

Unfortunately, the system in Washington makes it easier for elected officials to bury their heads in the sand, avoid responsibility and make the easiest choice of all: borrow more, plunge our nation deeper into debt and allow this generation to punt the tough decisions to our children and grandchildren.

Oh my. He makes this so easy. Real leaders make tough decisions rather than vote present. Exit question: Perry/Haley?


4 Responses

  1. Well, I’m ready and waiting!

  2. And…he’s something of a federalist. What a pleasure it would be to have someone who even kinda-sorta understands the proper relationship between the federal government and the states.

    Perry could come out of nowhere, become the anti-Mitt and take the GOP nomination. I could live with Perry.

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