Like him or not, it looks like Governor Rick Perry's past political maneuvering has finally caught up with him.
Perry's lead in the Republican nomination for president has dwindled in recent weeks. And it seems he'll need more than a Texas accent and conservative agenda to save him.
Part of his support fell because of his lackluster performance in the debates. Now I don't question his political views, but there is a clear reason why he stumbled in the debates. He just doesn't have much experience.
Remember in the last governor's race when his opponent practically begged him to debate and he flat out refused. He didn't debate because he didn't have to, and his opponent had too much to gain. Well, that strategy will work for an incumbent for governor, but it won't work for president.
Perry also is notorious for ignoring interview requests from newspaper and TV editorial boards. Again, he knew he could ignore the press and still win.
What Governor Perry needs and has always needed is humility. He is the longest running governor of the state of Texas, and I have watched him wield his power and snub his nose for many years. Now he wants to take that attitude to Washington. The problem is his past decisions and arrogance will probably keep him from it. And that's a lesson every politician should learn.
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