Which is why it was shocking this morning to see them endorse Rick Perry’s stellar record of job creation.
Nobody seems to be taking Rick Perry very seriously in 2016 because he proved to be such a poor candidate during the 2012 Republican primary debates. Those inclined to write him off may well be right. But he does have at least one big thing going for him — far and away the best and most coherent story of any candidate in the field about why his record in office should make you think he could deliver the kind of prosperity the voters crave.
Perry’s 14 years in office…included stints before, during, and after the Great Recession. His job creation record is the record of a big state weathering a national — indeed, global — economic calamity and doing a pretty good job of it. The Republican field is crowded, but Perry has the opportunity to stand out with a fairly unusual story of success.
Honestly, say what you want about Rick Perry, but the numbers in Texas are undeniable at this point. Think of Detroit… now think of the opposite of that. They even included a chart:
Could this be a new, intellectually honest direction for Vox?
— Vox (@voxdotcom) June 4, 2015
Oh well, it was fun while it lasted…