I guess the Republicans must be happy they are in a flavor of the week mood when it comes to their presidential candidates. There is no clear leader for the Republican nomination, and no clear consensus within the conservative movement who is best to lead their three-thumb crowd.
Many rejoiced when Texas Governor Rick Perry entered the race, thinking him to be the savior in the months leading up to the first selection of delegates. But then a near melt-down in the debates made everyone aware that Perry’s super-sized ego (something anyone requires to run for the White House) was not enough to actually wage a real campaign that could lead to victory. There has to be more than mere ego to win not only the nomination, but the presidency. Conservatives are finding out that the Perry glass is not even half full. Even for them that is not enough.
But it was the news this morning that Rick Perry is morally unfit for office that is making headlines around the nation.
It was reported today that for many years Rick Perry leased a hunting ranch named “Niggerhead”. The ranch had been leased by the family since the 1980’s.
I know from reading history that the word “Nigger” was used far too long in many places around the nation for geographical names, but I also am aware most of those places had name changes decades ago.
In Texas news about racism must move a lot slower.
The problem with this latest Perry mess at “Niggerhead” is that it is a private place that could have wiped the rancid name off in one swoop of a paint brush or swing with an ax. That Perry nor his family did not rebuke the place and stop leasing it, or in some way demand a change in its name, speaks to the moral vacuum at the center of this man who wants to be president.
I think the matter goes far beyond being insensitive on the part of Rick Perry over race. I think it goes well beyond something that can be just brushed off and not matter.
I think “Niggerhead” speaks to the lack of moral fiber within Rick Perry.
Either Perry agreed with the sign and had no problem with it, or he was timid and reticent about demanding a change to the sign.
Either way it paints a picture of a man who does not possess the moral character that one must have in order to sit in the Oval Office.
This was a shameful lapse in character on the part of Rick Perry.
It was, however, an illuminating moment for the nation as we evaluate Rick Perry.