One down, 57 to go.
OK, maybe that's an exaggeration, but it's certainly nice to see the first of what will be many begin dropping out of the GOP race for President in 2016.
It's not as if half of them had a snowball's chance in Hell of getting the nomination, anyway. This positioning oneself for a potential VP pick later in the process by putting yourself in the race has simply morphed into a circus sideshow, or worse yet, a bad carnival act.
But back to Rick Perry. On the plus side, the guy has no trouble making decisions when they need to be made, as witnessed by his using National Guard troops to monitor / guard the Texas border a year or so ago. Like the decision or not, it was made and he stuck to it. But let's face it:
The former Governor of Texas just doesn't come across as a very bright guy.
That is not so say he's not a bright guy (I don't have enough history with his career to be able to make that judgement), but he doesn't SEEM as if he's very bright. Not the most articulate person on the planet. Speaks in folksy, simple terms, even when discussing complex policy issues. Never says anything in a tone which makes you believe he's passionate about the subject under discussion. In short, he's pizzazz bereft.
You've got to give voters a reason to vote for you. You've got to show a passion for your quest. If the voters don't see it, what reason do they have to follow you in that quest? Rick Perry had none of that.
In a country filled with dogs waiting for that next squirrel to run into view to get their attention, Rick Perry (and a few others) are just another cow in the pasture, doing nothing but chewing on grass and dropping cowpatties.
After Wednesday's CNN debate, I expect a few others to drop out as well. George Pataki (who never should have gotten into it in the first place) and Lindsey Graham are likely to head back home. Bobby Jindal will probably stay, given his recent attack on Donald Trump, and Rick Santorum will hang on for a while, simply because he (wrongly) hopes for the religious right to keep him in the race. The problem for Santorum is that Mike Huckabee and he are going for the same voters, and Santorum never had the personality to get his own show on a major cable news network.
But I'm afraid we'll have to put up with at least 10 candidates through the first couple of primaries. (sigh)
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