Almost one year ago, Rick Perry, deep in the midst of his presidential ruh, called Donald Trump “a cancer on conservatism,” whose candidacy was “a barking carnival act that can be best described as Trumpism: a toxic mix of demagoguery, mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued.”
One month ago, Rick Perry endorsed Donald Trump’s bid for president, calling Trump “one of the most talented people who has ever run for the president I have ever seen.”
What changed over the course of 10 months? It became apparent that Donald Trump would be the Republican nominee, and Rick Perry decided to join the rest of his party, selling out in a desperate attempt to be named VP.
Of course, when Perry endorsed Trump, we knew he would never actually be Vice President. But, just like during his two presidential campaigns, Perry’s hopes were dashed far sooner than expected.
In an interview yesterday, Trump hinted at his possible VP shortlist, and Perry was nowhere to be found. Instead, Trump said he’s considering at least one of his former GOP presidential rivals, but someone who hasn’t yet endorsed him. That rules out Perry, who has already firmly entrenched himself in the Trump camp.
But never fear, Rick, there may still be hope for you yet. Sure, last year Trump made fun of your glasses and said you “failed at the border.” However, Donald Trump can flip-flop too — in his interview yesterday, Trump said of Perry:
- “I like him. I’d like to get him involved in some capacity at a high level. Because I think he’s very good. I think he’s very, very good. He’s also very good on the border.”
So where does this leave Rick Perry? Is he going to make more weird comments about Trump peeling off Hillary Clinton’s skin? Is he going to go back to Florida to lobby for dental insurers? Is he going to reinvent himself once again, after the failure of his glasses? After the many creative ways Perry found to screw over the state of Texas for 14 years, I’m confident that he’ll figure something out. The possibilities are endless.
They just don’t include being Donald Trump’s Vice President.