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Rick Perry doesn't want to debate anymore. Wow... Perry is really killing that whole tough Texan persona...guess we know why they needed all those Tennessee volunteers to come help out at the Alamo.
The only thing that Perry is rock-solid sure of is killing people. He came out with a bold plan for tax reform (filing your taxes on a comment card, like you had a bad meal at an Olive Garden), but then saying you can also file traditionally. If the tax code is that evil and job killin', wouldn't you insist on killing it?
Guess we have to wait for the IRS to knock off a liquor store in Lubbock. Falling in the polls, guv? Then let's reach into the Republican quiver and pull out...the birther angle?! Doesn't Mr. Perry remember the president releasing his birth certificate...then days later smoking Osama Bin Laden?
It is cowardly to skip the debates. Yes, there are too many of them (hell, American Idol isn't on this much), but he wanted into this dance, and that's the price of the band.
I think the real issue is that Rick Perry and America are realizing that he doesn't have the chops to be president. The good people of Texas have elected him numerous times. He is obviously popular in his home state. But even if a person is the ugliest soul to ever walk the earth, they have a mama that thinks they are beautiful. In honor of the World Series, running for the presidency is the big leagues, not the Texas league. Hitting the pitching in the show means being able to articulate your points of view and engage in discussions of the highest importance. If you cannot do this, or do not have the passion to do it, sit down and let those who want to lead the world do the big work it takes to be there. This is the bottom line worry for Gov. Perry: he could make it through the primary by refusing to debate Mitt Romney (there's no one else up there). But if he gets the nod in Tampa next year, he will have to face off with the cool Ivy League- educated president who has killed more terrorists than the Bible got Psalms. He won't be able to beat him. He won't be able to dodge issues on stage with dog whistle statements. He will have to think on his American flag boot-clad feet. Transcripts or no, Barack Obama will show why intelligence is not something to run from, and is a key component to being leader of the free world. And at the end of the debate, the president will have owned Perry so thoroughly that the governor will have to write Obama a rent check.