PERRY’S SPEC­TA­CLES SPEC­TA­CLE

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Texas Gov. Rick Perry donned a pair of spiffy horn-rimmed glasses in Au­gust, draw­ing fire from an un­friendly press who say it is Mr. Perry’s shame­less at­tempt to re­brand him­self as a se­ri­ous pres­i­den­tial hope­ful. The news me­dia pre­dicts the “hip­ster cow­boy” will fail. Lone Star State ob­servers, have other thoughts.

“Rick Perry is in tran­si­tion again, wear­ing glasses, play­ing the elder and run­ning just a tiny bit to the left of Sen. Ted Cruz and a notch or two to the right of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie,” ob­serves Ross Ram­sey, ex­ec­u­tive ed­i­tor of The Texas Tri­bune.

“He looks like a con­ser­va­tive es­tab­lish­ment can­di­date as the jock­ey­ing be­gins for the 2016 pres­i­den­tial race. He is still anti-Wash­ing­ton, still steeped in states’ rights and tea party rhetoric, still quite con­ser­va­tive, but not quite so ea­ger to burn down the cas­tle,” Mr. Ram­sey notes. “He is turn­ing into Cruz’s big brother: It’s the same fam­ily, but Perry wants to be the one you trust with the car keys.”

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