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Chan Lowe: Rick Perry waits in the wings


Remember Fred Thompson? He was one of the conservatives’ great hopes, too. He had swagger. He also boasted impeccable credentials, having played a Manhattan district attorney on Law & Order for several years. As it turned out, once he was on the stump he didn’t have much gravitas. His bid lasted about 48 hours before fizzling out. Just the other night, I saw him selling reverse mortgages in a TV ad. Guess he has enough gravitas for that.

Now, I ain’t sayin’ Rick Perry is as much of a lightweight as ol’ Fred, but when someone poised to make the plunge is surrounded by that much buzz, it’s hard for any mere mortal to live up to the hype. Maybe Perry isn’t a mere mortal. Maybe he really is God’s candidate, just like he believes himself to be.

If that’s true, God might want to counsel him to shed some of his doubtful fellow travelers, like Pastor John Hagee, for example. Hagee has some interesting ideas, such as how Hitler was fulfilling His will by persecuting the Jews so they’d run off to claim the land of Israel for theirselves. Since we can’t have the Rapture without them being there on site, I reckon there’s a certain perverted logic that one might be able to discern there, if one were so inclined.

I’m sure Gov. Perry doesn’t agree with everything Pastor Hagee says, but there are probably a few misguided lefties out there who can’t wait to shackle him to some of Hagee’s more controversial revelations. In fact, they’re doing it already, and they’re gleefully following precise directions from the conservatives’ own playbook, written back in 2008 when they were busy wrapping the Rev. Wright around Candidate Obama.

I could be wrong. Gov. Perry could sweep the primaries and leave Michelle Bachmann behind in the dust of his hallelujah trail, angrily sticking pins in gay fetish dolls. All the same, he might want to investigate openings for term life insurance TV spokesmen, just in case.

Categories: 2010 Campaign (44), Barack Obama (172), Michele Bachmann (11)
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Chan, you dressed him wrong. He should be in his old cheerleading uniform at Texas A & M.

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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