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UTMÄRKELSER | Det har bara gått utför sedan Rick Perry fick hjärnsläpp och inte ens kunde komma ihåg sina egna valfrågor under en tv-debatt.

Så sent som i augusti skrev Texas Monthly att media på egen risk underskattar Perrys chanser i republikanernas presidentvalskampanj.

Och nu i januari delar man ut tidskriftens ”2012 Bum Steer Awards” till guvernören. ”Fact is, we can’t remember the last time anybody raced from hero to punch line at such high speeds.”

Jake Silverstein skriver:

No one wants to give the governor a Bum Steer. No one wants to poke fun at the elected representative of 25 million Texans. In fact, when Rick Perry launched his presidential campaign four and a half months ago, we felt compelled to defend him (a little) from the slings and arrows of a national press corps incapable of seeing a boot-wearing Texas governor as anything other than George W. Bush II. We’d had our differences with Perry, about whom senior executive editor Paul Burka wrote, back in May: “He excels at consolidating and maintaining power but not at using it to move Texas forward.” But now that the Texas-mocking Yankee press was approaching, what Texan did not want to circle the wagons?

Gör han inte bättre ifrån sig i South Carolina är det inte otänkbart Perry drar sig ur valkampanjen.

Övrigt: Tidskriftsomslaget är januarinumret av Texas Monthly.

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NU HAR ÄVEN guvernör Rick Perry från Texas gett sig in i den republikanska presidentvalskampanjen.

Paul Burka har skrivit om Perry sedan 80-talet. Och lagom till Perrys tillkännagivande har han i Texas Monthly skrivit om “Eight things you ought to know before you start writing stories about Rick Perry”.

Här är ett litet utdrag:

He is secretive and leery of the media (sometimes to the point of hostility), and he has a strategically valuable knack for being underestimated by his critics.


As a late arrival in the Republican ranks, Perry had no fund-raising base and little name identification. He had no choice but to gravitate to the conservative wing of the GOP, where he could prove up his conservative bona fides.


He is the kind of politician who would rather be feared than loved—or respected. And he has gotten his wish. Perry does not have many friends in the Legislature.


It is uncanny how often good fortune has been in Perry’s corner throughout his political career. His opponents self-destruct […] If you look at Perry’s career, it seems that fate is always arranging the universe so that its favorite son will be in the right place at the right time.

Läs mer: ”Don’t Mess With Texas” av Evan Thomas. ”The Perry Doctrine och ”The Texas Curriculum Massacre av Evan Smith. En samling artiklar om Perry har Texas Monthly samlat under The Perry Trove. Tidskriftsomslaget ovan är från Newsweek april 2010.

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