Rick Perry: Adios, My Oval Fling’s Over
Rick Perry’s Adios wasn’t as melodic as Willie Nelson’s “Turn Out The Lights, the Party’s Over.” But it carried the same sentiment.
The former Texas governor used a Sept. 11 speech to the national convention of the ultra-conservative Eagle Forum in St. Louis to say he’s hanging up his presidential running shoes — but not singing the election blues. I’ll be OK, he said.
“When I gave my life to Christ, I said, ‘Your ways are greater than my ways. Your will superior to mine,’” Perry said.
“Today I submit that His will remains a mystery, but some things have become clear,” Perry said.
“That is why today I am suspending my campaign for the presidency of the United States.”
God must’ve wanted him to run again for president. Maybe Perry seemed better prepared, more “Oops!”-proof than four years ago. However, with no incumbent president seeking re-election, he faced twice as many competitors.
But, God must’ve mysteriously changed His mind.
Because of an uphill second try at making a first impression? Indictment for a coercive veto threat as governor? Out of money?
No longer a powerful governor, Perry’s fundraising difficulties saw him lay off most staffers in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.