If Bush fatigue disqualifies Jeb Bush from seeking office, it certainly should disqualify Rick Perry. “Bush on steroids” is putting it mildly.
- Shallow charisma. Check. Though I doubt most voters would want to have a beer with Perry.
- Macho posturing. Check. Macho asshole may be a better way to describe Perry, who carries a laser-sighted pistol with him while jogging. Shot himself a coyote, he did.
- Texas. Unlike W., Perry never left. It shows.
- Bad student. Better to be an undistinguished undergrad at Yale than a crappy student at Texas A&M (note the ‘D’ in Economics). Not that it matters much, just drawing parallels.
- Cheerleader. Or Aggie Yell Leader, in Perry’s case.
Perry is Bush on HGH. The fact that he’s viewed as an early front-runner reflects poorly on the GOP field. If the Republicans want to be cast as a regional party, they’ll nominate the leader of the secession.
That doesn’t mean he can’t win. This race is starting to remind me of 1968, when Americans had to choose between an uninspiring Democrat and a Republican they didn’t much like.
President Obama hasn’t lost the base, like LBJ had for Hubert H. Humphrey is ’68, but he certainly hasn’t energized them. Most Americans may not have cared for Richard Nixon, but he mobilized his base and skillfully exploited the fears of an aging middle class.
I may be the first to compare BHO with HHH and for, his sake, I better be the last.