Excellent post C.W., thank you for posting!
June 30, 2011......Is America ready for a president who was George W. Bushs lieutenant governor, who was George W. Bushs successor as governor ... and who, like George W. Bush, was also a Karl Rove puppet? taunts Garry South, a Democratic consultant, referring to Bushs strategist.
But that jibe ignores what has been, at best, a cool relationship between Bush and Perry, and a lingering hostility between their top political advisors.
The two share some characteristics, sometimes unnervingly so. They have similar accents, the same cowboy gait and many of the same mannerisms. But the two come from starkly different backgrounds, approach politics in utterly different fashions and even draw their support from different parts of the GOP. It is the difference, said a campaign consultant who has worked with both, between Yale and Texas A&M, between Phillips Academy Andover and Paint Creek High School.
To a certain upper crust of Republican, Perry is the low-rent country cousin who lacks Bushs prep-school polish, said R.G. Ratcliffe, a longtime student of Texas politics who is writing a book about Perry. They see him as a hick and are embarrassed having someone like that as governor.
Privately, the former president has spoken of his successor as a political lightweight and someone not all that bright. Perry scoffs behind closed doors at Bushs privileged background and popularity among country-club Republicans, suggesting the New England native is a faux Texan.
Perrys story is the kind of up-by-his-bootstraps saga that Bush might have scripted for himself, had he been able.
He grew up in West Texas, in a farm town so small it literally was not on the state map until Perry, as governor, put it there. Life was austere; Perry was 6 before the family had indoor plumbing. His mother sewed his clothes, including the underwear Perry wore to college......