He's NOT a Conservative. I have very mixed feelings about his candidacy. On the pro side- He's done a great job for Texas for 10 plus years, governing as a financial conservative. He has the appeal, gravitas, whatever to whip the crap out of Buckwheat, as well as the money. He CAN and WILL win the primary and the election. On the Con side- I have a close, trusted relative, whom I refuse to identify, who worked for Perry closely, and he hates him. He says that Perry has surrounded himself with thugs, just like obama. He says Perry IS JUST LIKE obama. For myself, I find Perry to be very scary, but still better than obama.
I can't see it. From what I've read these past few days he'll be an easy target for his opponents and the press. His past cannot withstand the scrutiny it is sure to get.
(short digression) I have suddenly realized why Obama went from state legislator to Senator to President: it's the IDEAL pathway to avoid scrutiny, to avoid a paper trail of having to make real decisions, major appointments or most anything that might cast suspicion and reach the White House. In that sense, he's a perverse genius.
I know more about Perry than I know about most family members and he's been a candidate about 3 days. Obama? You can't ask! That's racist! (apologies for digressing.)
I'd be careful throwing the word "thugs" around. We certainly know what that means with Obama. His administration is dripping with Chicago crime family knee-cappers.
I found to resign for endorsing Kay Bailey Hutchison. That may have been to score points for Kay Bay or maybe it was a little bit of "hardball," who knows. I didn't find any follow-up. Other personnel changes I saw were routine.
I read a piece linked from that TPJ "watchdog" report. It was written by Dallas Morning News about a land deal Perry made and the crap they pile in there to make it sound more scandalous is amusing including mentioning some Dem donor's dead father's ex-business partner paid kickbacks to Saddam Hussein. Then there's something about a guy having an airplane used for an arms deal in a conflict that killed thousands or something. None of it had anything to do with the land sale. It was pretty amusing and written like juvenile literature.
It's obvious from the TPJ primer and hit pieces on Perry already coming out in the national press, the Left is leading with their old "Republican politicians are rich, corrupt, amoral wheeler dealers" template.
(When does Obama get vetted?)