Meghan McCain for The Daily Beast: Rick Perry Is George W. Bush 2.0

September 16th, 2011

The Daily Beast

Rick Perry Is George W. Bush 2.0

Sep 16, 2011 10:00 AM EDT
By Meghan McCain

Republicans who fall for the arch-conservative Texas governor don’t seem to understand that supporting Perry is the surest way to reelect Obama, argues Meghan McCain.

When the initial buzz about Rick Perry started getting louder and louder this summer, I asked a friend of mine, who is a longtime veteran of Republican politics, what I should expect from the Texas governor who was trying to become our party’s next nominee for president. The response was quick and to the point: “Rick Perry is George Bush on crack, just wait.” So far, I don’t necessarily agree that Rick Perry is George Bush on crack, but he could definitely be described as George Bush 2.0. He is also a phenomenon that has quickly attracted intense interest and high poll numbers that continue to climb (he is currently, in most polls, the Republican frontrunner). All of it, I quite frankly do not understand. I feel like a character in “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” but instead of pointing out that the emperor isn’t wearing any clothes, I am pointing out that this person is in every way unelectable on a national scale.