John Feehery said what about Rick Perry?

In Erin McPike's writeup about whether Perry for President is likely to happen:

John Feehery, a veteran GOP operative in Washington, largely dismissed Perry's chances.

"Most people don't know him, and if they do, he comes off as a right-wing rube," Feehery said. "He won't compete in New Hampshire or Michigan. I doubt he would do very well in Florida. Iowa is now [Michele] Bachmann's. He could do well in South Carolina, but I don't know if that would give him enough momentum," he continued, referring to some of the early nominating states in the GOP primary.

First of all, substance. Feehery is as wrong as could be. The schedule of primary and caucus states is very well suited for a Rick Perry presidential campaign. Perry is probably the only candidate that can be reasonably expected to finish in every one of the top 3 in the first round of states. I don't think I could imagine a better calendar for Perry.

Second, and the reason for this post...rube? Feehery was a spokesman for Tom DeLay, so he should know better than to judge people by accents. I'm pretty sure Rick Perry has accomplished more in his life than John Feehery*, so Feehery might want to be careful about who he calls unsophisticated. John Feehery revealed more about himself than it did about anything else.

* Love Perry or hate him, I'm pretty sure that being the longest-serving governor in the history of the 15th largest economy in the world qualifies as an accomplishment.

Posted by Evan @ 07/01/11 01:26 PM


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