Texans cherish their eccentric politicians the way Yankees cherish their Kennedys. Republican or occasional Democrat, you don't want to speak ill of a Lone Star Statesman or woman. It takes a lot for a Texan to turn on their own kind, and even when they do, they'll usually just put the offender out to pasture.
But take note of the January edition of Texas Monthly, which named Governor and GOP candidate Rick Perry 2012's "Bum Steer of the Year." This is a publication that made a point to stand by their man gaffe after gaffe after gaffe after gaffe.
But then came the "Oops" heard 'round the world…
The end came swiftly, in a matter of seconds. Fifty-three of them, to be exact: the time it took the governor to go from trying in vain to name the third agency of government he would shutter as president to giving up and muttering — in a phrase that will surely go down, should his campaign expire, as its perfect epitaph — "Oops."
In that moment all our resistance melted away, and we rushed, shaking our heads in disbelief, into the arms of our unquestionable 2012 Bum Steer of the Year. We didn’t want to, but we had to.
The only other governor to achieve this distinction was good ol' Dolph Briscoe, who appointed a dead man to the State Health Advisory Committee (you wish you could make this stuff up).
Perhaps the thing that made Perry's mistake so egregious was that is was the Department of Energy that he'd forgotten. Energy! Sam Houston sakes alive! He couldn't have gone and forgotten something like the Department of Education or the EPA? It had to be Energy! Why, that's the oil Texans butter their bread with.
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