By Pat Stacey
Could it be that Rick Perry will be one of the quickest flame outs in presidential political history? Governor Perry has been riding a wave of popularity primarily fueled by curiosity for the past few months.
At first, people seemed to love his brash style but recently, especially since the last debate, Perry has come under fire for a sub-par "performance" and thus his popularity in the presidential hopeful polls is starting to fall. So this is what we have come to – we disregard what a candidate stands for and determine electability on the basis of how he or she does in a single debate or forum?
Governor Perry may or may not be your choice but the national media have all but written him off and have moved to the next rising personality – Governor Chris Christie. In this environment we are looking for perfection – perfection in the stump speech, perfection in the debates and perfection in personal history. Then it is all left to timing on who gets the nomination because their star was still rising when the ballots are cast.
So let's hope that whoever receives the nomination from either party gets it on the basis of a true political position and platform and not some "performance" in a debate. It is the only way to substantively get a true leader in the White House and it will make for a better East Texas.