Topic: Decline of the West
So why did he crash and burn? This one’s pretty straightforward: The Governor of Texas, who jumped into the Republican presidential primary accompanied by fireworks, trumpet fanfares and the cheers of conservatives, expired politically in Iowa on Tuesday of self-inflicted wounds. A series of horrifically poor performances in the GOP debate series crippled his presidential bid in its infancy. And though he did better in the last couple of debates, first impressions are the ones that count most. Experiencing a brain freeze on national TV is not the way to convince voters that you’re the man to rescue the country from Barack Obama.
Speaking personally, I was disturbed by Perry’s debate gaffes. Though it’s a mistake to equate glibness with high intelligence or wisdom, one does expect a president to show presence of mind in speeches, debates and other public venues. Beyond that, I thought that Perry’s lack of knowledge of foreign policy was a liability—and, what was worse, he seemed at times to revel in his ignorance. Not good.
Perry has vowed to continue his campaign, but I have a feeling that he’s looking around for the exit sign. You go, Governor.