Burning Ambition: How Texas Wildfires Embarrass Rick PerrySeptember 11th, 2011 9:27 pm Joe Conason
Nothing has revealed the shortcomings of Rick Perry, as a governor and a thinker, as the terrible wildfires ravaging central Texas over the past several months. Having skipped out of a visit to burning Bastrop County over the weekend, he seems to realize that his handling of this disaster is a severe embarrassment both to him personally and to the state. That weekend no-show wasn’t the first time Perry appeared to shirk his duty; last week, he skipped a presidential campaign event in South Carolina, supposedly due to urgent responsibilities back home — and then turned up at a California fundraiser.
Around the same time, a Perry aide remarked that their campaign fundraising was “going like wildfire.”