Come on, y’all. You didn’t really think Gov. Rick Perry was going to say “farewell” at the Texas Republican Party convention in Fort Worth, did you?
Oh, no. The man dubbed by the late columnist/humorist Molly Ivins as Gov. Goodhair said, according to the Texas Tribune, said, in effect, “See y’all later.”
You know what that means. He wants to run for president of the United States in two years.
Great! Just great!
Perry did a thorough job of embarrassing himself and the state he governs in 2011 while running briefly for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. He didn’t make it to the first contest, the Iowa caucus, before dropping out. He had that infamous “oops” moment when he couldn’t identify all the federal agencies he’d cut if he were elected president.
He performed badly in other GOP joint appearances with the other candidates.
Perry called it off, came back to Texas and resumed his day job, which he’s held longer than anyone else in Texas history.
He’s sought to rehabilitate himself, his image, his message, his demeanor … the whole thing.
Many Texans still know him — fondly and not-so-fondly — as Gov. Goodhair, thanks to Miss Molly’s timeless description.
I’ll just add this little anecdote, which I heard countless times from quite a few Texas Panhandle Republicans as Goodhair ran for president two years ago.
A lot of ’em told me they wanted Perry elected president — just so they could get him out of Texas.