Last month, Texas Gov. Rick Perry told Newsmax that he sees a 2016 presidential bid as “still a very viable option.” But he didn’t need to tell me; I already assumed as much. I consider it good policy to assume every white politician with a haircut is perpetually considering a presidential bid. But in this case I’ve got even more to go on. Namely, Perry’s ongoing effort to pick a fight with every blue state in the country over its business and tax climate, the latest vaguely annoyed target of which being Maryland.
The 60-second radio spot and 30-second TV ad in which Perry encourages Maryland businesses to pack up for the Lone Star State and enumerates Texas’s many virtues (the absolute craziest of which has got to be their “fair courts“) will be capped by a personal visit here on Wednesday.
I don’t necessarily believe that Perry’s shots at Gov. Martin O’Malley (“He’s even passed a rain tax on some property owners — a tax even New York doesn’t have”) are being taken because Perry sees him as a likely opponent in 2016. I, for one, will eat my hat if it comes down to those two in the general election, and besides, it’s not like Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is a 2016 contender. but I do think this audacious strategy of the Texas Wide Open campaign is a cheap way to fire up his Tea Party supporters. I mean, here he is going from state to state telling Atlas to shrug! What could be more appealing to tax-resenting, big-government-fearing, wild-west-despairing Randists.
We’re onto you, Rick Perry!
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