MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2011
Recent history explained: Kevin Drum does a post about Rick Perry’s “spectacular fall from grace.” In a way, this is a case of recent history explained.
Perry has been governor of Texas for ten years. He’s the right age to be running for president. By normal standards, he should have been on everyone’s short list this year.
But he wasn’t on anyone’s short list, not even his own, as became clear when he published the kooky book which has caused some of his problems. Why wasn’t Perry on short lists?
You could imagine it was a case of Bush blowback. No one thought the public would want another governor of Texas in the White House.
Second possible explanation: Perry wasn’t on short lists because nobody really thought he would be up to the task.