Adios, Rick, por favor

Posted Saturday, Jul. 13, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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What a pity Gov. Rick Perry didn’t benefit from the lessons of his own experience in possibly contemplating another shot at running for president of the United States. Only a couple of primaries ago, two out of three gullible Texans wanted someone else when he took his 39 percent “victory” to the polls.

By again overestimating his appeal and overreaching his ability, he would forget how he embarrassed himself and the State of Texas the last time he clumsily took his ill-advised step into the national spotlight, if only for a few bumbling months before his candidacy crashed and burned under the weight of his own ineptitude.

In a not-ready-for-primetime rebuke, the rest of the country was decidedly unimpressed by the blustering, swaggering, boyish, “aw, shucks” cowboy style too reminiscent of a former Texas governor turned president. “Oops.” We all know how that turned out.

So please, governor, this is where the cowboy takes his comfortable retirement money and rides off into the sunset with his gal. We’ll watch fondly and breathe a heavy sigh of relief.

— Robert Moore, Fort Worth

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