Rick Perry spoke this weekend in New Orleans at the RedState conservative conference. RedState is a big deal for right-wingers, who formed it in response to the influential progressive Netroots Nation conference. RedState is where Perry chose to announce his ill-fated candidacy back in the summer of 2011.
This time, Perry managed to immediately remind Republicans why (even) they had to reject him in 2012. Perry, donning new black-rimmed glasses, declared early in his speech, “There are many other states that embrace those conservative values, the approach we've taken over the years. I'm in one today – Florida.”
“We're in Louisiana,” someone in the audience shouted.
Yikes. Ouch. Ooh. Ahh. Florida is three states away from Louisiana. It's not as though Perry is on the campaign trail these days, constantly in a new state. There's no rational explanation other than what we've known all along: Rick Perry is a dim bulb. His hopes for 2016, when he's repeatedly hinted that he'll run again, are based on the hope that his 2012 campaign didn't reveal anything so bad about himself that he can't win four years later.
But it definitely did. Read more below the jump.First, take it from Republicans themselves, via Wayne Slater:
“The media will tear him apart,” said Al Jeanfreau of Tammany Parish north of New Orleans. Ronny Potts, a retired military officer who recently moved to Florida from Corpus Christi, doesn't see Perry as a serious contender for the GOP nomination next time. “I don't think he has a chance,” said Potts. He predicted 2016 on the GOP side will come down to a choice between Ted Cruz and Ron Paul.
What people realized about Rick Perry in 2012 is that he simply has no idea what he's doing most of the time. He's full of swagger-shaped emptiness, and cannot be trusted not to embarrass himself, his party and his state at any given time. There's something not only quixotic but pathetic about Perry's attempt to regain not only respect from his own party but presidential prominence.
The man's a goner, and we Texans are very pleased he isn't running for re-election next year. But in keeping with the last thirteen years, he won't take his leave without looking foolish to the very end.