Yesterday, former Texas governor Rick Perry became the first candidate to drop out of the Republican presidential derby.
Roger Simon has offered the last word on the Perry candidacy:
But more importantly, it makes me think about how our presidential election system actually works. Does it get us the best man or woman? Does it even come close? It’s not only because I know Rick Perry that I suspect he might have made one of the better — perhaps even the best — presidents of all those running in both parties.
Of course, no one could possibly know the truth about these things. No one. All we have is our guesses. But it is clear that in this year of the non-pro, voters were not excited by the record of a man who was governor of one of our largest states for fourteen years, a period during which that one state, Texas, generated more than a third of the nation’s private-sector jobs.
Maybe that says more about us than it does about Rick Perry.
Astonishingly, Republican voters seem no longer to care about track record. They no longer care about accomplishments or achievements. Republican voters are agog over Donald Trump's record of job creation, record he continually touts, while failing to notice that he has never been a government official and has never run policies that have produced economic growth or job creation.
Republican voters believe that because Trump has built buildings and a skating rink in Central Park, he will naturally know how to run the American government and how to conduct fiscal policy. And they are confident that all of those Trump has insulted and vilified will naturally accept him as their leader and will bow to his demands.
Surely, Perry suffered the fallout of his ill-conceived 2012 presidential campaign. And yet, he has apparently lost for not being sufficiently entertaining… and for having had the temerity to criticize the great Trump.