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RICK PERRY, Annotated | The Weekly Standard

August 21, 2011

Rick Perry, Annotated

The Texas governor enters the race

AUG 29, 2011, VOL. 16, NO. 46 • BY ANDREW FERGUSON

Charleston, S.C.

‘HOWDY’: TEXAS GOVERNOR RICK PERRY LAUNCHES HIS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN AT THE FRANCIS MARION HOTEL IN CHARLESTON, S.C.

When organizers were planning the third annual RedState Gathering, held earlier this month in Charleston, South Carolina, the event looked to be like the second annual RedState Gathering, which was much like the first. Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, would be a featured speaker, as he had been at the others, including last year in Austin, Texas. Perry was the reason the second annual gathering had been held in Austin. Perry wooed the redstaters. He brought the organizers out to Texas, took them to dinner, gave them a tour, took them clay shooting outside of town. RedState is probably the most important and influential collection of conservative bloggers on the Internet. It is closely tied with the amorphous political movement called the Tea Party. And so Rick Perry wanted to be closely tied to RedState.

About a month ago, a phone call came from Perry’s office, warning the redstaters that this year’s event would be a little different. Perry’s staff would need to begin handling security for his speech; the media arrangements too. The gathering last year had attracted maybe a dozen reporters, who arrived from Washington and New York and subjected the bloggers to the customary zoological analysis. Security had never been a concern.

More than 120 reporters attended this year’s gathering, roughly one for every four redstaters, and unfriendly Texas Rangers, both plainclothes and uniformed, prowled the Francis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston. Rick Perry had bestowed on RedState a great honor: They would be the audience and the backdrop for the speech in which he announced his candidacy for president of the United States. Judging by their reaction, the redstaters were flattered and pleased. And who wouldn’t be?

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One Comment
  1. August 21, 2011 9:29 AM

    Note the stark contrast of Perry’s background with that of Obama’s.
    Did Obama ever experience the poverty and deprivation of Perry’s youth?
    Obama was coddled by middle class white grandparents and, apparently,
    wanted for very little amenities.

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