Thursday, January 26, 2012

I Say it Here it Comes Out There

That’s a quote from one of my all-time favorite films “Broadcast News.” It seems that the character that Robert Brooks plays, Aaron Altman, has been left out of a weekend news special when a Libyan air force pilot attacked an American base. He was singularly qualified to be involved in this, having interviewed Moammar Ghadaffi but was stuck at home watching the broadcast on TV. Every once in awhile he thought of something and called his friend who was producing the show, and tell her something that would be immediately relayed to the news anchor. Then he’d watch in amazement as the news anchor repeated what he just said.

Anyway, the reason I bring this up is that I just posted the other day that Rick Perry was making noise about running for re-election in 2014 and then maybe back for another try for the presidency in 2016. A statement that made me sit back in my chair in utter disbelief.

Clueless Perry had no idea what he had done to Texas and Texans in his abortive attempt to reach way beyond his qualifications to become president. He made himself, Texas, and Texans a laughingstock of the nation. Of the world. There was no way he would ever be re-elected and probably would not survive a primary challenge, I wrote.

Well the Austin American-Statesman just came out with a new poll and guess what. Perry has a lower approval rating in Texas, in TEXAS mind you, than President Barack Obama.

“Almost 1 in 3 Texas Republicans said Perry's performance on the national stage dimmed their view of the governor, and 40 percent said he should not seek re-election in 2014, the survey found.”
And I’m not saying that what I wrote influenced thousands to change their minds about Rick Perry. And a little further down: 
“‘But probably the greater sin is he made Texas look bad to other Americans,’ she said. ‘There were an awful lot of people who said he made the state look bad, and they were unhappy about that.’”
But it sure good and well feels like it.

1 comment:

Greg said...

Perry in 2014? You must be joking!