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Texas Governor Rick Perry Calls it Quits [VIDEO]

I don’t think having an awkward moment during a presidential debate should be the one incident that defines the path to the White House.

You probably remember Rick Perry’s on stage “alleged” gaffe during his brief run for the top job in politics:

Apparently, a “human” response is not acceptable to the judges of this contest, but being exceptionally articulate, does not always mean that a particular candidate is qualified for the gig.

Think about it.  Reagan was a great orator.  Clinton and Obama are great orators.  Eloquent speaking ability counts big time during an election.  All you have to do is watch one Miss America pageant now to see this.  For many years, I thought, that contest was about looks and nothing else.  Now, poise in conversation, has some merit.  But, do we really want a non-passionate robot representing the U.S.A., in either of these events?

In that video of Perry, while others may see shades of Dan Quayle, I see a passionate candidate getting excited about his convictions to eliminate government waste.  Right or wrong, agree or disagree, strike or ball, the lost art of not being perfect is the only thing that matters to sit in the oval office.  Sad!

As governor, Perry has been the “big man on campus” here for 12 plus years, but recently announced that he will not be seeking reelection for a fourth term.  He still has one-and-a-half years left on the Texas payroll before moving in a different direction, and if he does make a White House run in 2016, he will need to be flawless in the public eye outside the Lone Star state.

Let me draw on comparison.  Former major league baseball player Bill Buckner smashed 174 home runs, batted .289, and drove in 1,208 runs in a 21 year major league career.  Not shabby.  But despite all the greatness he provided for the game, he will forever be remembered as this guy:

Not fair! (pardon the pun)

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