As a former RedState Contributing Editor, and having loved almost every second I held the post, I can honestly say that nothing would warm my heart more than to hear news that Rick Perry announced his intentions to seek the Republican nomination for President in 2012 at this year’s RedState Gathering in SC. And, according to Politico that just may very well be precisely what happens:
Rick Perry intends to use a speech in South Carolina on Saturday to make clear that he’s running for president, POLITICO has learned.
According to two sources familiar with the plan, the Texas governor will remove any doubt about his White House intentions during his appearance at a RedState conference in Charleston.
It’s uncertain whether Saturday will mark a formal declaration, but Perry’s decision to disclose his intentions the same day as the Ames straw poll — and then hours later make his first trip to New Hampshire — will send shock waves through the race and upend whatever results come out of the straw poll.
Can I take a minute to opine on this possibility?
We have a President in office right now, whose black-ness none of us were supposed to notice (even though the first-time-ness of such a thing was why we were supposed to vote for him), while we are looking back now on a terribly bad idea; “hey! here’s a thought…let’s elect a guy with no executive experience to the (back then) most powerful position on the planet even though his only political background is rooted in being an anti-government LOCAL inner city activist because, well, it’s time we finally broke the last racial barrier in our ugly racial history.”
How’d that work out for us? Are we happy with the decision to put a guy in charge of a troubled country at a time like no other in modern history whose only understanding of “governance” was that he was a self-proclaimed expert at knowing how it looks when it’s not working?
I sure as hell am not…nor are nearly 50% of the rest of us. He had no business being IN that job, he has no business STAYING in that job, and WE have no business being this stupid, again, in 2012: we need someone who actually KNOWS the job and what it takes to get it done. Cue Rick Perry.
I will admit that he is not my first choice, but I say so-honestly-for strictly personal reasons that mean little in the face of such national catastrophe. I moved to Texas just in time to see W get hired for the White House gig, and lived the next 10 years under a Governor named Rick Perry. I met him, in fact, on two separate occasions – up close and personal – so I know a little about the man. Some good, some not so good, but even the worst of my issues with Perry PALE in comparison to those on my Obama list. This is no contest… I will gladly pull the lever for Perry in 2012. Hell, I may even write nice things about him along the way.
THERE-I said it.
See, here’s the thing. We need someone that has run a budget, had employees, managed multiple organizations, commanded a militia (using old but still really cool terms to mean State Guard units) and hell…especially in Perry’s case…been willing to piss off foreign dignitaries when necessary to make sure the interests of his citizens in his State were held in higher regard than those of the problematic needs of citizens OUTSIDE his state.
We only have a couple candidates – in, or considering getting in – that meet this criteria…but don’t you think it’s about time we toss the teenagers, and put the grownups back in charge?
We had our fun. We lined this character up (even though he’s done nothing to earn it except showing up to work every day) for a long rich life of speeches and books and talk shows and despicable pension income, medical coverage, and Secret Service security for the rest of his [redacted] life…hell…maybe they’ll even give him a CNN spot…but really now. We’ve been there and done that now, and Perry getting in this race gives me hope of a future that might…JUST might…actually have adults doing all the talking again.
I can dream, can’t I?