The governor may have taken a break from the campaign trail for Thanksgiving, but that didn’t stop the campaign press corps.
THE NEW PALIN?
The Texas Tribune published the latest—and certainly not the last—Perry campaign eulogy on Friday. “His announcement was his high point,” wrote Ross Ramsey, who goes on to suggest that when it comes to governors-turned-national candidates, the flagging Texas chief executive “looks a lot more like Sarah Palin than like George W. Bush.”
Ramsey also noted that unless Perry drops out of the presidential race before December 16, his name will remain on the Texas presidential primary ballot, potentially setting the stage for an embarassing March 6. Ramsey argues that “a lousy showing could embolden his Texas foes—within and without the Republican Party—as the governor limps into the 2013 legislative session and the 2014 election.”
OR THE SAME OLD POWER PLAYER?
The Austin American-Statesman’s R.G. Ratcliffe tackled a similar question, but with the opposite conclusion. Ratcliffe acknowleded that the presidential campaign may become Perry’s first-ever electoral failure, but his sphere of influence throughout the capitol is just too huge.
“Perry appointees control every state policy board, and at least 100 people who have drawn their monthly paycheck by working for Texas’ longest-tenured governor are now positioned to run state agencies,” he wrote.
The Dallas Morning News’ ongoing Sunday series looks at Perry’s leadership style—both his tendency to delegate and the criticism that he isn’t interested in other points of view.
Christy Hoppe and Robert T. Garrett’s story starts with the fact that Perry wasn’t briefed about the state’s raid on Warren Jeffs’ Yearning for Zion ranch until five days after it happened, then turns to the likes of state senator Leticia Van De Putte (D-San Antonio) and former Perry staffers (both anonymous and on the record) for comments about Perry’s level of engagement and ability (or lack thereof) to work “both sides of the aisle.”
With a “College Station” dateline on the day after the University of Texas-Texas A&M game, the New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg looked back on Perry’s journey from the Corps of Cadets to the Air Force, which also gives the paper an excuse to run everybody’s second-favorite Perry photo (the one with Reveille ranks first).