I haven’t totally jumped on the Rick Perry bandwagon yet, though I do like the man. (I have been muttered admiration for his gutsiness for two years. See my posts here and here.) My reservations about his candidacy have nothing to do with him but rather, about the constellation of social realities in the US in 2012. (Can a white man win a Presidential election in 2012, regardless of qulifications?)
No matter. Rich Lowry beautifully explains things about Perry that lead me to think I just might get on the Perry bandwagon. (Who care what I think, right? )
You could be mistaken for thinking that Perry set out from his infancy to trample on certain eastern sensibilities. Born in nowheresville Texas to a familyof cotton farmers. An Eagle Scout. Attendance at Texas A&M, where he was a “yell leader” — basically a male cheerleader — and in ROTC. After earning a degree in animal science and serving in the Air Force, he entered politics and eventually ascended to the governorship in the wake of another hated Texan — George W. Bush.
Perry makes Bush look like a sniveling elitist, what with his patrician, highly credentialed family. Perry went to Paint Creek Rural School in Haskell, Texas; Bush went to Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., and then on to Yale and Harvard.
Perry is a great partisan of Texas and has mused about its leaving the union. He’s an evangelical Christian who unembarrassedly prays in public and for his state. He’s a tea partier who extols the Constitution and seeks a drastically limited federal government. He’s a law-and-order conservative in a state that still executes people.
Frankly, I have had quite enough of Ivy League Presidents. It’s time someone who comes from real people have a chance to lead. Perry sounds like just the sort of tonic we need – rather like Sarah Palin. You know the Lamestream media will never stand for that!