Oh, lord. To borrow a phrase from Pres. Obama: The “silly season” of the Texas governor’s race has officially begun. Rick Perry revealed to the A.P. that he killed a coyote with one smooth shot while jogging in a hilly area near downtown Austin. This happened a couple of months ago, but he just now felt the need to inform the electorate of that man v. nature frontier confrontation – and his own (laser-aided) marksmanship.
Totally coincidentally, his opponent Bill White is pushing for televised debates. White has his own problems – he’s struggling to stay memorable to his fellow Democrats, not to mention independents – but he’s obviously smarter, more articulate, and more reasonable than our current guv. Perry’s handlers know this, so they’re playing the only card they have: To make their candidate an even bigger caricature than he’s already made himself. That way, at least, voters will have a firm impression of one choice when they enter the booth.
Unless White can come up with his own saga of family tragedy averted by instinctual use of firearms, the imbalance is clear: Perry has a bigger gun than White. Does the Obama-loving socialist who handed over the Houston mayor’s office to a godless lesbian even own a gun? This shit would be really, really funny – except that it works with large numbers of Texas voters.