By Kathi Bliss
I’ve noticed the most interesting phenomenon since Governor Perry announced his official intention to run for President. In talking with a number of friends, and reading several papers, I’ve come to realize that I’m not the only one to notice it.
It seems that now that Gov. Perry has decided to run for President, people that used to hate him now love him.
Most notably, I read an editorial in another area newspaper – historically known for beating the tar out of Gov. Perry every chance they get – that was borderline supportive.
I now find myself wondering what in the world is going on.
I understand that as Texans, we have a state pride which is remarkable on its best days, and flat-out arrogant on its worst. And I wonder if, once a politician makes his or her way to a national stage, the very fact that he or she is from Texas is sufficient to wipe the slate clean of everything else.
I don’t remember if this happened when George W. Bush announced his candidacy. To tell the truth, at that point in time, I didn’t really pay that much attention. But this year, I’m finding it fascinating. Though he won the last election, I think it’s safe to say that plenty of people in Texas hate not only Governor Perry’s leadership, but the very idea of that leadership.
Or, at least, they hate that leadership for Texas. It seems like that leadership will be perfectly fine for the nation.
I have to say that I don’t understand it. More than 42 percent of the voters in the State of Texas had no interest in allowing him to be governor again. And yet many of those voters, as disappointed as they proclaimed to be over his governorship, seem to be lining up in lockstep to see him elected President.
In keeping with my historical platform of non-disclosure, I’m not going to tell anyone what I intend to do while I’m in the voting booth in March. And in keeping with the Post-Register’s policy of restraining ourselves from publicly endorsing or battering any candidate planning to appear on a ballot, I’m not going to say who I hope to see on the ballot come November.
What I am going to say is this:
If I choose Rick Perry as my candidate for President, it’s going to have to be for a much better reason than the fact that we share the same state of residency.
I mean, Texan pride is great and all. We believe, after all, that we are the only state in the Union that has retained the Constitutional right to secede. We’re the only state that, by law, can fly our flag at the same height as we fly the American Flag.
However, I don’t know that the general awesomeness of the state in which we live means that we create the best leaders. I think that’s something that we need to question, and I think it’s something we can’t afford NOT to look at.
If Governor Perry is our man, than so be it, and I wish him all the success in the world. But the fact that he’s from Texas doesn’t automatically make Governor Perry our man…