About that endorsement...um, yeah...*
RG Ratcliffe and Gary Scharrer take the Rick Perry-as-damaged lede:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry's national political posture was bruised Wednesday as the presidential horse he was riding in the Republican nominating process dropped out to endorse U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona.I had to read that sentence a few times before I realized it was supposed to be an or, not an and.
Perry had put his own political credibility on the line last year by becoming the only Republican governor to endorse former N.Y. Mayor Rudy Giuliani for president. Eight of Perry's GOP gubernatorial colleagues had thrown their support to McCain, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Perry declined to meet with reporters Wednesday to discuss the presidential contest or any possibility of his own future endorsements. Perry spokesman Robert Black said Perry was disappointed that Giuliani did not win.
"The governor hasn't made a decision if he's going to make an endorsement," Black said.
The whole Texans for Giuliani thing was a little odd. The Texas money establishment seemed to think they were backing a winner, but it never even took the nasty ads that I assumed would dethrone Giuliani. Instead it was just a slow drip-drip-drip. People have criticized Thompson's campaign -- and deservingly so -- but even he ran better than Rudy.
Still, on the off chance Perry was planning for running for re-election, this certainly won't help plans.
*The movie was filmed in Austin. I know you've seen it.
MSNBC says Perry endorsement of McCain coming this afternoon (per McCain)
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