Advice for Presidential GOP Candidates: Do Your Homework
by Jonah Goldberg
After a fairly disastrous first go at the
That's a bit of an understatement. The last time around, Perry parachuted into the Republican primary right after the
Things only went downhill from there. His recovery from back surgery clearly played a role -- he was on pain medication and had trouble sleeping -- but even so, he was a hot mess. He campaigned as if he was running for the job of president of
"It's three agencies of government when I get there that are gone -- Commerce, Education and the, um, what's the third one there? Let's see. Oh five -- Commerce, Education and the um, um," Perry rambled during a primary debate.
He's lucky he's not a horse, because they shoot them after stumbles like that.
I don't say good for Perry because I'm endorsing him; I say good for him because he's doing what he should have done the first time: his homework.
This is my biggest gripe about some of the
The one thing you cannot buy in politics is charisma. If you could,
I have similar worries about
A world-renowned neurosurgeon, devout Christian and an African-American with a rags-to-riches story that beats any and all possible competition, Carson has enormous strengths. (Contrary to a lot of nonsense you hear daily on MSNBC, most of the base of the
In his book, "
God may be paging Dr. Carson. He recently told the Weekly Standard's
I have no doubt that's true. But most of the audiences he talks to are already in love with him. You can skate by with a lot of platitudes about common sense and the evils of political correctness (all of which I agree with) when speaking to an audience of your biggest fans. Perry learned that the hard way when he encountered audiences that didn't care that much about the Lone Star State.
Politics, particularly presidential politics, has to be about persuading people who disagree with you, not just telling those you had at "hello" what they came to hear. Maybe Carson is truly ready for a presidential run. If he is, he'd be very hard to beat.
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