Well said all around. And if Perry is elected and, in a mere eight years, manages to turn the federal government into a "weak [national] government" he will have earned a Nobel prize in economics.
"3.The governor of Texas isn't that powerful. In general, Texas has a weak state government, and my understanding is that the power of the executive is further diluted because powers that are normally concentrated in the office of the governor are actually spread out over a handful of elected officials"
Twas a feature, not a bug.
The most "fair and balanced" treatment of the points against Perry that I've seen so far:
I refer, you decide. As for me, I'd have no major problem with a Perry candidacy, or a finite number of others. Romney, Giuliani, a couple of others, and that's a different story.
Special for br'er jg: given the conditions you describe, he will have earned one, but will not receive it. Because that's not how the committee rolls.
Thanks for the link ka. The explanation of the Gardasil issue was more thorough than I'd ever read. Essentially, making it "mandatory" was a way to get it covered by private insurance and therefore more accessible. Maybe not the best way to help Texans but certainly not "jack-booted authoritarianism."