Governor Rick Perry appeared on the Fox News network for an interview with Neil Cavuto.
Cavuto made the somewhat dubious statement that Perry is "very popular outside your state, still popular but not nearly as popular within your state." (Although "outside your state" could, we guess, refer specifically to the home of some Rick Perry fanatic in Eupora, Mississippi.)
Asked why Texas wasn't exactly in love with him, Perry said, "I say that a prophet is generally not loved in their hometown. That's both Biblical and practical."
Good, humble answer, sir.
It's not that conservatives don't like Perry because he tried to force innocent sixth-grade girls to be given the "slut shot" anti-STD vaccine Gardasil, or to impose a billions-of-dollars boondoggle of a highway/rail/hoverboat/flying car transportation system throughout some of the emptier parts of the state.
And it's not that moderates don't like him because he wants to give carte blanche to polluters and slash the state's education system to shreds.
It's because neither group recognizes the Prophet-like genius of Rick Perry.
We gotta say, we are simply in love with the idea that Perry seems to be beginning to think that all he has to do is announce his availability for the GOP nomination and everything will fall in his lap. You think Kay Bailey Hutchison got blindsided last year?
By the way, respected New York Times political stat-geek analyst Nate Silver thinks Perry is one of four people who benefited from Monday's GOP presidential debate.
Mr. Perry -- although he has some vulnerabilities -- could potentially fulfill William F. Buckley's commandment to Republicans: nominate the most conservative candidate who is electable. ...
Given that Mr. [Tim] Pawlenty is treading water in polls -- moving up in some, but stagnant in others despite several candidates having dropped out of the field -- Republican elites may be wondering whether he will "click" with voters and whether he is up to the task of taking on Mr. Romney and fulfilling Mr. Buckley's rule. If Mr. Perry can instead play the role of "generic Republican" -- only with better hair and more fundraising prowess -- their support could shift toward him.