Remember 2007 when the buzz was all about whether Fred Thompson would actually enter the 2008 Presidential race? Thompson was coy, playful, noncommittal, a tease, but ultimately he did enter the race, caused some brief excitement but he’d played around with people’s affections too long and other candidates had made him irrelevant by building political machines and doing the heavy lifting early on.
I posted a video from June 14th when Texas Governor Rick Perry strongly hinted that he would be a candidate for the Presidency on the Glenn Beck show that day.
Back on July 3rd Matt Latimer at the Daily Beast also thought Perry would soon be making an announcement and had his own Perry/Thompson cautions of his own. I don’t necessarily agree with all of it, but his Points #1 Don’t Underestimate your Enemies and #2 Don’t Overestimate the Voters bear consideration.
Point 2 is particularly prescient.
Senator Thompson sometimes seemed to think that his campaign would take off simply because of an outpouring of dissatisfaction with every other candidate in the race. It didn’t.
And here we are, nearly two months after the tease on Glenn Beck’s show with a Republican debate coming up tomorrow, and Perry is still playing hard to get.
Does he feel that he doesn’t need to lower himself by entering the contest? Does he feel he already has the name recognition necessary so that he doesn’t need to enter at this time?
My fear is that Perry is unwittingly doing a Thompson. Thompson was my preferred candidate this time 4 years ago. Perry is my preferred candidate now.
But we will not sit by the phone hoping for a call like some teenage girl on a Friday night.
Voters do not like to be trifled with and we will not tolerate much more of this.
Either get ALL IN or get ALL OUT or risk being cast as someone other than a serious player.
Remember how 2008 turned out? We got McCain and ultimately Barack Hussein Obama.
Governor Perry, the stakes are too high for games. Patience is running out.