Now that the cat's out of the bag, Rick Perry's presidential posture is less cagey and qualified than ever. Watch his sit-down interview with Time's Mark Halperin, and see if you come to any conclusion other than he's in:
Many politicians feel the need to project a sense of fearlessness. Maybe it's just me, but I don't get the sense that Perry is feigning anything:
Does any aspect of running for President intimidate you?
Does any aspect of it excite you or enthuse you?
Yeah, I’m kind of getting to the haul-in point and the idea that, this is what I’m supposed to be doing. I mean, this is starting to get to that comfort level and I’ve got the calmness in my heart. I think that was a bit of a hurdle initially but I’m very calm in my heart that this is what I’m supposed to be doing.
Perry's answer on faith was also a good one. The Left will try to paint him as a zealot, exploiting his participation in "The Response" as fodder. Responses like this will render that smear less potent, in my estimation:
How does your faith inform your interest in being in public office?
Yeah, no different than it would a doctor or a lawyer or anyone else who does their job and that is a faithful individual. You know, my faith sustains me. I’m quite comfortable with my faith, but it is very much a foundation of my life and has been since my mid-20s.
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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