It was going to be different for Rick Perry this time around.
As a tough-talking, varmint-shooting contender for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, the Texas governor was painfully inarticulate in televised debates during the fall of 2011. He staggered into Iowa and New Hampshire in January 2012, winning 10% and 1% of the votes, respectively (and we use the word "respectively" loosely here). Perry dropped out of the race soon after.
Less than four years later, and Perry has saddled up for a new presidential campaign. On the plus side, he has new glasses designed to make him look like a "smart feller" and take some of the edge off his appalling lack of knowledge. On the minus side, as a now-former governor of Texas, Perry no longer has the luxury of being able to sign off on executions to bolster his credentials with GOP primary voters.
On the double-minus side, Perry chose the unfortunate tactic of being Donald Trump's fiercest critic among the 16 other GOP contenders. Sample quotes about Trump:
"Let no one be mistaken — Donald Trump’s candidacy is a cancer on conservatism, and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised and discarded."
"Attacking veterans, Hispanics and women demonstrates a serious lack of character and basic decency."
"I bet that varmint on Trump's head has rabies." (OK, we made that up.)
Sample Trump Twitter response to Perry:
@GovernorPerry failed on the border. He should be forced to take an IQ test before being allowed to enter the GOP debate.”
From the Washington Post:
Former Texas governor Rick Perry's presidential campaign is no longer paying its staff because fundraising has dried up, while his cash-flush allied super PAC is preparing to expand its political operation to compensate for the campaign's shortcomings, campaign and super PAC officials and other Republicans familiar with the operation said late Monday.
Of course, a felony charge for abuse of power in office also might be a disincentive for donors to open their purse strings to the Perry campaign. Donors are weird that way.
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