Oh, how I wish Molly Ivins were around today.
The late, great Texas political columnist coined the term “Gov. Goodhair” to describe her longtime foil, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
What would Ivins think of the notion that Perry is heading off to New York today to visit with the man he once called a “cancer on conservatism,” possibly to interview for a job in his former foe’s Cabinet?
Perry went after Donald J. Trump hard during the Republican Party primary this year. The ex-governor was one of a large field of GOP candidates whom Trump defeated while winning his party’s nomination.
All is forgiven? That “cancer” has been excised from the GOP? Or was Perry just blustering to make some kind of political point in the moment?
Perry reportedly is being considered either for secretary jobs at Defense or Energy.
Perry did end up endorsing Trump, getting on the president-elect’s good side.
All this maneuvering, though, does illustrate what many of us believe about politicians, which is that you can’t ever take what they say at face value.
Molly Ivins certainly knew it, and she knew what drove Rick Perry better than most. My own sense is that ambition takes precedence over all else.