The Rick Perry Campaign actually ended way back in November when he flubbed so spectacularly at a debate, it was hard to imagine him as the Governor of Texas, forget President of the United States. He simply couldn't name the three departments he'd cut. These were the departments you'd actually be overseeing as president, so being able to name them would be key. That, of course, was the follow-up to the "N*****head" scandal, first reported in the Washington Post.
His crummy debate performances, combined with the racist name of his family hunting grounds, painted a picture of a guy who just didn't have it together. Proof of the end was found in what he paid per vote to come in fifth in the much-hyped Iowa Caucuses -- an outrageous $480. When you can't buy your way back to the top (a place you had occupied previously), then it's probably time to hit the bricks.
Yes, the man was at the top of the polls at one point. But from my view, it was always hard to take Rick Perry very seriously. After all, this was the guy whose answer to helping -- indeed, leading -- his drought-ravaged state was prayer. He openly contemplated having Texas secede from the Union. In early December, he took issue with the statement from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on gay rights around the world, calling the administration's position a "war on traditional American values," and said that we should not promote "special rights for gays in foreign countries." He called Social Security a "Ponzi scheme," and wanted to have U.S. troops invade Mexico. Perry's international near-incident-causing gaffe's were not relegated to North America. This past week, he caused problems when he was critical of Turkey's leadership.
What a goofball.
From the perspective of a blogger, it's kind of a shame. He provided lots of good material.
Who's next? We'll see just how South Carolina goes, but I'm guessing Santorum. Just a guess.