Despite Reince Priebus’ best efforts, the top of the Republican Class from 2012 are squaring up for another run in 2016. Ben Carson has been getting his ducks in a row, while Jeb Bush and other big names like Rand Paul have been out there prompting their brand like nobody’s heard of them. Now the Republican field is joined by another veteran: Texas Governor and indicted felon, Rick Perry.
Marx once said that history repeats twice; first as tragedy, then as farce. I wonder what Marx would think of this line-up of repeat offenders from 2012, since they started as farce.
During a Friday interview with the AP, Perry told them that the “preparation’s done” and that he’s “ready.” He noted that he hasn’t been exactly shying away from the fact that he’s been preparing for a run, either, but added that “I will announce at the appropriate time my intentions.”
I am confused by what that statement means. We know he’s running. In his exact words, “I don’t shy away from the fact that I have been preparing,” and that, “Preparation is done.”
What else could he do except say “I’m ready to run for the presidency?” Because he did that, too.
Texas bids farewell to their ruler for the last fourteen years; they trade him out for Abbott, because this is America’s America and rationality be damned. Perry noted that he was wrong to think that he could give a presidential run 100% while still being governor, saying that “You can’t give 100% of your time to both” while speaking at the RNC winter meeting in San Diego.
Perry joins an already crowded presidential field that includes a number of sitting governors, like Governor Chris Christie. Perry declined to take a pot shot at Romney and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush during the interview, perhaps saving the vitriol for the campaign trail. When asked about Romney, who left us all with jaws agape wondering “what universe am I living in?” when he announced a third bid, Perry said that it “doesn’t change my dynamic” and it won’t “change my strategy,” since “we’re doing what we need to be doing.”
Perry noted that he’s been meeting with policy wonks over the last two years, discussing various topics while trying to improve his knowledge and profile while he was contemplating another bid. He noted that “I got 14 years of preparation as governor running the most successful state in the nation,” and that “I spent the last 23 months in deep preparation on monetary, domestic, foreign policy. I’m ready.”
During his speech, Perry predictable attacked Obama over “a crises of competence,” since Perry knows all about incompetency. He argued that the United States needs a more “robust energy production” to “accelerate the economic recovery and strength of the U.S. internationally.”
And what he means by this, of course, is that he wants to put more tax payer money into Big Oil’s wallets.
Perry said that the Untied States “is looking for a new path forward and, starting today, let’s give it to them.”
Forward, mind you, is the antithesis of everything the Republicans have done lately or will do in the foreseeable future. They seem more interested in going back in time; after all, Democrats want to work in the 1950s, but Republicans want to live in the 1950s.