President Perry? No. No. No.
Commentators aren't optimistic about longtime governor's chances
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 9, 2013 1:43 PM CDT
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, left, scratches his head as he listens to questions as he testifies on Capitol Hill in this Oct. 19, 2005 file photo.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

(Newser) – Rick Perry is done in Texas, which will give him time to do all kinds of exciting things, like "learn the names of all the departments of government that he disapproves of," and, of course, run for president, writes Alexandra Petri at the Washington Post. And Petri thinks he should go for it. "Sure, he fizzled in 2012, a year when a piece of damp cardboard led the field for a full six weeks after someone pointed out it was not Mitt Romney," but hey, there are three good reasons:

  1. It's not like it could get any worse than last time.
  2. Americans believe in second chances.
  3. "I can't remember the third reason."

In what can't be a good sign for Perry, Rand Paul used the same joke last night, Politico notes. Alex Pareene at Salon doesn't like his chances, either. "'Vote for your dumb right-wing dad' won't work any better in 2016 than it did in 2012," he reasons. And while Hendrik Hertzberg at the New Yorker is also pretty sure he's toast—and deservedly so—he does point out that Perry had one "transcendentally good idea" during his "disastrously meteorite-like" presidential run, namely a constitutional amendment getting rid of lifetime Supreme Court appointments in favor of 18-year terms.

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LReyes
Jul 16, 2013 11:24 AM CDT
We need another stupid Texan in the White House like Indonesia needs a Hustler store.
2poor
Jul 12, 2013 8:45 AM CDT
A Texan, who is a democrat and honest, cannot be intelligent. * One, who is intelligent and democrat, cannot be honest. * AND ONE, WHO IS INTELLIGENT AND HONEST, CAN NEVER BE A DEMOCRAT! * This is why most Texans are REPUBLICANS!!!
LollieDotCom
Jul 10, 2013 9:48 AM CDT
They're getting women out to vote in numbers they've never seen before. And our purpose is simple. We're shutting those mfs down. The ground will tremble at the women stepping up to vote come voting day. You wait and see. I am woman, hear me VOTE. :)&-=