When “well-placed sources” began to discuss that Rick Perry might enter the presidential race–there was excitement across the Tea party nation. And a sigh of relief in Texas.
This is not a scientific data. But, here is a random sampling of the responses of my Facebook friends (all Texas natives, most conservative) when I posted a story about Perry throwing his hat into the ring. “This depresses me.” “Puke.” “You’ve got to be kidding.” “ugh, no.” I know the old adage is that no one is welcome in their hometown. And many politicians have dealt with the issue of being disliked in their home state; but, the concern with Perry is the devastation he has left behind in Texas, and what he could do to our nation.
Two of the comments of my friends were most enlightening; both of them are Texas educators–one a high school teacher, the other a college professor. The first comment: “Now the rest of the country will learn what everyone in education in Texas already knows –this guy is a [frakking] moron!” The second comment: “It’ll get him out of Texas. Maybe the schools will have recovered before my three-month old starts kindergarten.” While I agree with many of my friends, and would love for Rick Perry to no longer be governor, I cringe at the thought of what he could do to our already crumbling educational system.