Rick Perry Has No Intention of Going Gently Into the Good Night (But We Already Knew That)
Gov. Rick Perry is wrapping things up. Yeah, he's been the guy with the best hair in Texas politics and has held the governor's seat for a record-setting 14 years, but Perry has obviously decided he hasn't reached the end of the political line quite yet. He popped up on Jimmy Kimmel and now there's a bunch of media chatter about how Perry is (shockingly) probably gearing up for another run at the White House.
Before South By Southwest in Austin became the scene of a tragedy, it was the place to be for pretty much every famous person in the world. (Except Elton John, who went to Beaumont instead, go figure.) Of course, Perry turned up too and he made an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel during Kimmel's stint in Austin last week.
Perry wasn't at all fazed by the booing he received when he walked out on stage. He handled it, kept on walking and seemed to be silently reminding everyone that his politics are what they are, but just look at all his presidential hair. "There's three places you want to make sure you don't want to be introduced when you're in the business I'm in," Perry said. "a hockey match, a rock concert, and now Jimmy Kimmel's show."
Kimmel got to the point, asking Perry why he would even want to run for president again since he didn't exactly do well last time. "America is a great place for second chances. Let's just leave it at that," Perry replied.
Since then everybody and their dog in the media set has been talking about how Perry is probably going to run. Is it really that shocking though? He made a mess of it last time around, but if he doesn't run for president what else will Perry have to do? He once shot a coyote while jogging but the guy noted a few months ago he really can't jog anymore (time has gotten to his knees, if not his hair.) So yes, no matter who is elected to become the next governor, Perry will most likely still be around and running for office. Fish gotta swim, bird gotta fly, and all that.
However, if for some reason he decides not to run -- or doesn't get the nomination -- we do have a couple ideas for what he could do instead. We're betting he'll become a motivational speaker, because that's what every politician who can no longer do some politicking does. We'd also make a small wager that he'll write a book (or at least put his name on a ghost written one) on statesmanship and other stuff designed to make it look like he ran Texas so now he should totally run the country. We humbly suggest he also write a children's book about his views on gun control and marijuana decriminalization, because we'd like to read it.
If none of the aforementioned works out, we do have one potential solution for how an out-of-office Perry might spend his time: George W. Bush took up painting, so maybe Perry will take up sculpting. Then the two can start a retired politicians artists compound. If they put together an art show, we want to be first in line to buy tickets.
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