This is how seriously Rick Perry took running for President:
Rick Perry has done something his opponents have been hoping he’d do for years: retire. But it’s not what the governor’s detractors had in mind.
Perry officially retired in January so he could start collecting his lucrative pension benefits early, but he still gets to collect his salary — and has in turn dramatically boosted his take-home pay.
This looks like simple greed and incompetence, or arrogance, but it might more accurately just be called confidence. Rick Perry and his advisors probably believe that he can outrun any story of his double-dipping faux retirement by making the election about Obama’s character, not his. And why not? It’s worked more than a few times in the last 25 years.
I just re-watched Boogie Man, the Lee Atwater Story (it streams on Netflix), and the story of how Atwater turned the 1988 election from the Iran/Contra scandal to Dukakis’ patriotism and Willie Horton is worth remembering when you read stories about the character of any of the current candidates. They really do think they can get away with this kind of shit. The media environment in 2012 is a lot different from 1988, Obama’s team is better equipped to handle these kinds of attacks than Dukakis was, but if you want to know where the confidence in the Republican Party is coming from, remember what they’ve accomplished in the past.
(Thanks to Canadian reader Bob for sending the link.)