I hesitate to waste too much time on Gov. Perry as a serious presidential candidate, because Karl rove is already on the echo chamber knocking him down. However, here are some gems from one of my personal heroes: Molly Ivins.
Jan. 11, 2004
I have failed to give sufficient recognition to our only governor, Rick “Goodhair” Perry, who is adding to the old je ne sais quoi in truly impressive quantities.
Goodhair gave such an amazing performance at his end-of-the-year news conference that I was forced to call a perfectly reliable reporter for the Dallas Morning News and ask if it was a joke. …
The guv remains convinced that his greatest accomplishment was not raising taxes, even though fees, tuition, fines and everything else that the Leg could find to jack up without calling it a tax was jacked sky-high. …
You may think the guv’s had a rough year – three special sessions on top of the regular session just to pass that misbegotten redistricting bill, not counting the two bolts by Democrats and such minor unpleasantness as having to hack $10 billion out of the state budget.
For some, the budget-cutting, aimed mostly at services for desperately needy people, was a painful and even tragic exercise. Especially knocking 250,000 poor children off health insurance.
Fortunately, Gov. Goodhair has a firm grasp on priorities, and when asked his biggest disappointment of the year, he replied: “Aggie football.”
check out the rest of the column for more! I miss Molly Ivins.