Texas governor Rick Perry has his first test as a principal in a GOP presidential debate tonight. There is a widespread belief that the other candidates will, as Michael Crawley of Time Magazine has suggested, “pile-on” the new front-runner.
Crawley suggested that Michele Bachman has a special reason to be gunning for Perry. “Bachmann, who has seen Perry almost entirely obscure her once
fast-rising star,” he observed, ”might feel the need to strafe him with her slashing
rhetoric.” I’m sure she will.
Assuming Bachmann is not ready to abandon the kind of “slashing rhetoric” she has used in the past, events have given her an excellent jab she can throw at Perry. She can claim that the fires blazing across Texas are surely God’s punishment for Perry’s bad job of running Texas and for his ill-considered decision to run for President.
I can’t wait to watch the debate.