The Texas Tribune teamed up with Newsweek for a profile piece on Governor Perry and the Texas way. Congratulations to the Texas Trib for getting this great national exposure for their new publication.
Evan Thomas and Arian Campo-Flores
What Gov. Rick Perry’s hard-right turn says about America in the age of Obama.
In Texas, his name is Rick Perry. Raised in a ranch house with no running water in the West Texas town of Paint Creek, yell leader at Texas A&M, Air Force pilot, longest serving governor in Texas history. Ruggedly handsome in a Marlboro Man sort of way, with a rich mane of brown hair, slightly tinged with silver gray. Perry, 60, stands for less government and more growth, for freedom and against bureaucracy, for Texas and against Washington. It’s a message that has made him a very popular politician in Texas, particularly among conservative white males.
And if he’s good for Texas, why not America? Could Perry be the second coming of Ronald Reagan, the plain-spoken man from the West who presided over a new “Morning in America” by cutting taxes, reducing government (well, promising to), and standing tall against the nation’s enemies? As the tea-party movement gains momentum, as more Americans are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore, Perry is their kind of hero, an avatar of a lost age that could come again, if only Washington politicians and other undesirables were put in their place.
Full article here.