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Saturday, November 19, 2011
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A few weeks ago I posted some thoughts about the rise of Rick Perry as a Republican Presidential candidate. I called him “Hurricane Perry”, given the force and bluster by which he came on. I said that Perry seems to have a real chance to do to Romney and the GOP this year what Barack Obama did back in 2007-2008 to Hilary Clinton and the Demorcrats.

It turns out that I was prophetic about Perry, but only in the ultimately prophetic sense. At bottom I was wrong; Rick Perry was not the man to upset the Republican apple cart. But consider the metaphor that I used — Perry like a hurricane. It seemed right at the time. And looking back, it seems even righter.

A hurricane is a temperature and moisture disturbance in the atmosphere that starts out in the Atlantic over equatorial waters, gains its own life as a cyclone of wind and precipitation, starts traveling to the north and west, can cause a lot of havoc if and when it reaches populated land, and eventually peters out and disappears somewhere in the far north, approaching the Arctic Circle. The start to finish time on this little melodrama can vary, but the big ones end in about 2 or 3 weeks.

Perry’s rise and fall took place in just about that time frame. OK, a little bit more, but not by much. So, Rick Perry was indeed like a hurricane; as with all hurricanes, his damage and havoc was temporary, he soon blew over.

And ditto for the next ultra-conservative heart-throb, Herman Cain. Of course, when looking at Mr. Cain in the context of a hurricane, one cannot but be tempted to relate the end syllable with the last name. It turns out that Mr. Cain’s campaign also tried this (in addition to that movie-based twist on the sound of his first name, i.e. “The Herminator”). E.g., here is the Facebook page for “The Herman Cain Hurricane Train“.

Yikes . . . Cain-Cane-Train. A bit too much. Just as Herman Cain turned out to be!

◊   posted by Jim G @ 8:29 pm      

  1. Jim, I am greatly disappointed in the government–specifically, there seem to be no real leaders–except Obama, a Democrat. The Republicans seem to have as their goal simply making sure that nothing he does succeeds.

    The failure of the supercommittee is incredible! For the good of the country the two parties could not come together to solve the economic issue they were given to solve.

    None of those running for nomination as a candidate in the GOP seems to be really capable of leading in any regard. Congress itself seems at an impasse–and all this has come about since the GOP got a majority in Congress. What a pity this whole mess is. MCS

    Comment by Mary S. — November 21, 2011 @ 6:55 pm

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