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The Democratic Strategist

Political Strategy for a Permanent Democratic Majority

Out of the Frying Pan

So Rick Perry avoided the ideological inquisition in South Carolina on Labor Day, having canceled at the last moment to go back to Texas to monitor spreading wildfires in the state. And the same concern may get him out of Wednesday presidential candidate debate in California at the Ronald Reagan Library.
This is an excellent development for a front-runner whose debate chops are less than well-established. It’s good to be king, as the saying goes. But it ain’t bad being a governor, who can cope with emergencies and generally look like someone engaged in real life, while your opponents are running their mouths.

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