Erick Erickson had an insightful post over on RedState on Friday in regards to Texas Governor Rick Perry’s “baggage” that always seems to be mentioned along with his name…but no one can ever seem to specify what this so called “baggage” is.
Here’s how Erickson summed it up:
Rick Perry was first elected to the Texas Senate in 1984.
In 1990, Perry challenged the incumbent Agriculture Commissioner of Texas and won. He was re-elected in 1994.
In 1998, Perry ran for and was elected Lt. Governor of Texas, then replaced George W. Bush when Bush became President.
Perry was elected Governor in his own right in 2002, again in 2006, and again last year.
Last year’s race saw Perry face Kay Bailey Hutchison, a ruthless politician who was backed by the Bushies with a unified front and Karl Rove, who trained under Lee Atwater.
None of the evil, awful Rick Perry skeletons ever made it out of the closet even against all that.
So we can keep playing the “Rick Perry has skeletons” game, but the odds are pretty darn good if there are any skeletons, they’ll stay in the closet.
It may be a bit premature to declare Perry completely clean. Running for president is a bit different than running for governor and Obama will stop at nothing to retain power. However, Erickson makes a strong point. Regardless of how bad the rumors swirl about Perry, it seems unlikely that he has any significant personal baggage that would weigh him down going into 2012.
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