Inquiry On Governor Rick Perry
A longtime conservative Christian friend of political organizing in Minnesota, who has authored several books, recently co-authoring three or four on free market health care, inquired of my assessment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Here is my response:
I’m glad you asked. Perry is a typical Texas ex-Democrat Republican. Like other long-term politicians, he has in the past expressed some misguided impulses about the power and potential of government. But, he has been reading up on classical economics and particularly in the past few years, has gotten a gullet-full of intrusive and corruptive federal government and become very focused on Tenth Amendment propriety. Not long ago, he published a book called “Fed Up.” I wouldn’t be disappointed with a Perry nomination, but I’d hope he had a wise and capable Veep and advisors.
Of the candidates already in the race, I would support him over all but Herman Cain and maybe Michele Bachman, who somewhat disappointed me Thursday night. I wish instead of playing punch-counter-punch with Pawlenty, she had just replied to his challenge about successful results by saying, “I’ve been a legislator and not wielded a veto. But, I wish I’d had one in the past few years.”
I would be a Palin supporter: not because of her exceptionally long and celebrated executive record, though her record is very good. (By the way, Mitt Romney served only one term as Mass governor.) And not because she has meticulously explicated a full systematic philosophy of governing. But because A) she has a matchless Pied Piperish capacity to inspire and move people. And B) She has definite what she calls “common-sense conservatism” and a truckloads of fortitude and purpose. I’ve never exactly seen the like. But it’s a quantity that Republicans would be foolish to waste, which unfortunately they have always proven themselves quite capable of.
It’s true that she has cakes of PR mud to remove from the smearing of her character and reputation, but if given the chance, she would be Reagan-like capable of sloughing it off. But the record of her rise and accomplishments is golden. Anyone who hasn’t, should see “The Undefeated.” I haven’t yet actually, but I will and have already read about her record in government. So, I would favor a ticket of Palin and Perry. Palin as the power and the sizzle, and Perry as the long-term executive and reputational ballast. On the record of the past several years, Perry would learn a lot from 4 or 8 years of watching the charisma and executive buzz-saw of Palin at work. And by the way, I think both would be excellent to work with on a de-centralized and market approach to healthcare.