Several weeks back, I mused on whether Texas Gov. Rick Perry, his cowboy hat, and his Lone Star State twang could win the GOP nomination, despite having an image problem: namely, that he reminds people of a certain ex-president. He's criticized George W. Bush sparingly in the past. Is he going to do so again in order to highlight the many differences between the two men?
As it turns out, some Bush loyalists think so. And they aren't happy, as Jim Rutenberg and Jeff Zeleny report:
I am not accustomed to calling people bad Americans, but here I'll make an exception: If a governor launches a bid for the White House, and the factor that determines whether you support or oppose him is whether or not he criticizes your former boss -- as opposed to whether he'd make a good leader -- you're a bad American. And telling The New York Times about your blinkered value system does far more to discredit your former boss than any mere critic ever could.