Politics

A New Day Dawns in Texas Politics

Texas Governor Rick Perry (after 14 years on the job) announced that he will not seek reelection in 2014. But, in typical Perry form, whether he plans to ride off into the sunset or run for President again was left unanswered. 

Perry’s last presidential campaign was a comedic fiasco after his infamous “oops” debate when he couldn’t recall the three government agencies he intended to abolish. Perry then became a presidential punch line for late-night TV – withdrawing from the campaign soon after.

If Perry does run for president again, he has little to lose. His last stab at the White House was such a catastrophe that he could easily fulfill the extremely low voter expectations – especially if he manages to remember three things at once.

Of course, Perry still maintains hefty ambitions and has many fans on the conservative GOP base. But first, he’ll need to overcome the reality of being the sixth choice for GOP presidential candidate in a recent Texas poll.

He’ll also need to do major damage control with women voters on the battle over abortion, including his criticism of Texas Senator Wendy Davis for her successful filibuster.

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