PERRY’S SPECTACLES SPECTACLE
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.”