Rightwing Christian Evangelicals have been notably absent from the conversation on which of the current list of Republican candidates they would prefer to see be the nominee. And now we know why.
They want none of the above.
With two Mormons, one womanizer, one person of the wrong sex, one person of the wrong race, one ethically challenged and one milquetoast currently in the race it is no wonder that the evangelicals are singularly unimpressed.
So when Time learned that a conference call between evangelical leaders took place in early June, and that they agreed that they wanted
governor Rick Perry to run for president, can we be surprised? Texas
“In early June, TIME has learned, a group of prominent figures on the Christian Right held a conference call to discuss their dissatisfaction with the current GOP presidential field, and agreed that Rick Perry would be their preferred candidate if he entered the race. Among those on the call were Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council; David Barton, the Texas activist and go-to historian for the Christian Right; and John Hagee.”
And believe me, Perry has the bonafides. He prayed for rain at Easter and got none, shuttering the fireworks stands at the 4th of July, he prayed on the morning of his inauguration then destroyed the careers of 100,000 educators, and he is organizing “The Response,” a plan to bring 70,000 Christians together for 7 hours of prayer and fasting.
And he’s from The South.
Now if that doesn’t qualify you to run for President, nothing will.
And you know what? I agree with these guys. Perry ought to run. Thing is, I doubt he will. Rick Perry knows how bad he is at debate. He is awful. Michele Bachmann is a better debater than Rick Perry is. And while he got away with not debating Bill White in last year’s gubernatorial election, refusing to debate his fellow Republican candidates, and refusing to debate Barack Obama will not set well with Americans.
No, Rick Perry may be a great prayer (with little to show for in heavenly response) but he is a lousy debater.