I'm having a hard time writing this because my heart is breaking so. I'm confused. I'm scared. I don't know what to think right now. We were assured that Rick Perry is "not a quitter." In fact, he himself promised us that he would not "quit on the future of America."
And now this? How are we supposed to process news like this?
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who parachuted into the 2012 Republican presidential contest on a surge of upbeat expectations, is expected to exit the contest Thursday, two days before a South Carolina primary in which he was trailing far behind the leaders…
In theory, the first Southern primary offered Perry the best opportunity to capitalize on his Southern roots and background as a military veteran. However, the self-inflicted damage he suffered as a result of his stumbling performances in early debates proved too much to overcome.
He was running far back, in fifth place, in South Carolina polling. With Perry out of the race, his support, though only in the mid-single digits, could prove helpful to Newt Gingrich, who has been surging in recent opinion surveys.
I guess Rick Perry just doesn't care about us anymore. It's a tough pill to swallow, but it's really the only thing we can assume.
You know, he'll probably end up trying to take his whole state with him, too.
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