Mr. Romney's people see Mr. Perry as a dopey Texas barbarian. Mr. Perry's people see Mr. Romney as Northeastern, elite, effete and opportunistic.
They're both right
Peggy Noonan in the WSJ:
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Funny that once in a while a pertinent little gem can be found in a drivel-laden Noonan column. Same goes for Dowd.
I'm getting the impression that Perry is a bit opportunistic too. I like Noonan for her writing style, even though she often leaves me feeling that I'm wading through impressions.
I have to agree with you both. Noonan's writing is beautiful and dreamy, which is both its strength and its weakness.
She wrote the "slipped the surly bonds of earth and touched the face of God" thing for Reagan, which was perfect for the situation. But she gets equally carried away about mundane things, and even went gaga over the dreamy empty suit of Obama.
She's anti-intellectual, not in the populist sense but in the schoolgirl crush sense. All form, no substance.
I can't stand Noonan, but read this piece because she wrote about my governor. While not a big fan of Perry, his opportunistic nature may be surpringly useful if he turns his back on his big business supporters and does something no political operative would suggest. Which is? Take Ron Paul, another Texan as his running mate and adopt many of Paul's positions. "But no one is his right mind would select a running mate from his own state", the pundits will say.
I say Perry will win with Paul. Why? They can run against the Mainstream Media and ignore His Obamaness. Perry can read NYT editorials excoriating him to the public on the radio. Why radio? To emulate FDR's fireside chats. He can even burn copies of the NYT and Wapo as his reads their editorials.
Happy Labor Day!
If she coined great things for Reagan, it's because she's a great plagiarist.
Read the poem "High Flight" by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
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