Let's assume, for the nonce, that a recent poll showing Mousse in Boots leading Willard in Nevada is credible. After all, polls are but a snapshot in time. Polling was probably credible last spring, too, when it showed Donald Trump ahead of the GOP presidential field.
Meantime, while Rick Perry is frequently compared to his gubernatorial predecessor who would go on to become the worst president in American history, Perry may have more in common, at least in one respect, with another Texan. Most of you think of former Sen. Phil Gramm, if you think of him at all, as a financial services industry whore on a truly world-historical scale, a vile, disgusting, filthy creature who surely would be hell-bound were there a hell. But Gramm was also a Republican presidential candidate in 1996. As the party's eventual nominee that year, Bob Dole, quipped of Gramm, the more people know about him, the less they want to know about him.
Might the same apply to Perry? Sure, some Republican voters, egged on by Perry's rivals for the nomination, are as yet unsure if Perry is the right-wing dream that he'd like to seem. But who can deny that the guy is a bona fide arrogant prick? (Btw, is it just my leftist sensibilities, or does Perry's body language in this NewsHour clip at about 2:40 give you the creepy-crawlies, too?)
Which of course brings us back to that other Texan, the one who sought and -- assisted by an intellectually perverse U.S. Supreme Court -- won the presidency. This week the media is doing 9-11 24-7, because ten being a symbolically round number, it's a time for reflection, or somesuch. Well, upon reflection, if the Iraq invasion had gone as advertised -- rose petals, etc. -- what nation would Bush and Cheney have invaded next? Cheney recently confided that he wanted to do Syria. Iran was/is a perennial candidate. Venezuela? North Korea? All of them, Katie?
Of course 9-11 Sweeps Week should also be a time for looking ahead. So here's an admittedly undocumented proposition, but one that seems worth posing: With the possible exception of John Bolton, and yes, including Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin, is there any current or potential presidential candidate who seems more likely to unleash anew unbridled military aggression, up to and including the insane use of nuclear weapons, than Texas Gov. Rick Perry?