Bill Keller questions the rejection of Rick Perry by the Tea Party and the Republican Party’s base in the New York Times today:
In this race, Rick Perry is the Tea Party’s dream candidate, the one remaining figure who could translate a noisy backlash into serious power. If Rick Perry loses, the Tea Party will have missed the opportunity of a lifetime. If he wins, Perry being Perry, it’s not entirely clear whether he will appease its members, but my guess is he’ll try.
Of course, Bill Keller doesn’t mind Rick Perry’s fall in the polls:
Perry brings to the campaign, besides great posture and polished good looks, an economic record that looks like a vindication of Tea Party dogma, never mind that it was made possible by a quarter of America’s known oil reserves, a lot of low-wage immigrants, a reluctance to waste government money on frills like education and health care, and a tax and regulatory environment out of the Wild West.
Keller’s conclusion reveals his distaste for the governor:
The rest of us are left to recall the advice handed down 10 years ago by the late, wisecracking Cassandra of Texas politics, Molly Ivins: “Next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be president of the United States, please pay attention.”
The mainstream media remains surprisingly focused on Rick Perry despite his dramatic fall in the polls. Perhaps his conservatism still worries them. The rest of the story here.