The travesty of Rick Perry's failed campaign

A serious candidate like Perry dropping out so early is an indictment of voters, the GOP, and the media

Rick Perry
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Rick Perry dropping out of the 2016 presidential race is a damn shame. It's an indictment of Republican voters, who express a preference for entertainers and oddities, of the Republican Party apparatus that allowed Perry to languish at a "kid's table" debate, and the media institutions that spent more time talking about Donald Trump's hat than the success of governors.

The GOP needed Rick Perry in these debates. Not because he is particularly great at debating — he's not. And not because he has experienced any of the normal upward twitches associated with a successful campaign — he didn't. He should have been up there because anyone with any damn sense in their head knows he's better qualified than half of the people on the stage, and he has a better story to tell.

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