I like Gov. Perry. Don’t get me wrong. With the help of a sane legislature, a key advantage he had over Gov. Romney, he’s done great things over the last decade for Texas. But it’s fascinating to me–especially now that I work more closely than I ever have with state politics, and therefore see how harmful it is to be disconnected from the real world for extended periods–that conservatives are fawning over a man who’s been in elected office since 1985. I thought we were supposed to be the defenders of the Founders’ ideal of the citizen politician?
More broadly, I like Texas and I didn’t share the popular hatred of President Bush’s style. But it’s also fascinating to me is the idea that after only four years of President Obama, we’re ready to run straight back to a Texas governor who’s the complete opposite of the “O” image. That one doesn’t bother me; it more amazes me. Does anybody else remember the Bush fatigue of four years ago?