- The Washington Times - Friday, August 19, 2011

It has been less than two weeks since Texas Gov. Rick Perry jumped into the Republican race, but his star power launched him immediately to a high rank in the Republican presidential lineup.

Mr. Perry has become a spokesman for the anti-Obama camp. He has been spicy in his manner, criticizing Mr. Obama’s lack of a loyal following among the military ranks. Of course, Mr. Perry did his time in the military; Mr. Obama did not.

Though as a conservative Republican, I have been ready and willing to cheer on this brash new Republican contender, recently things have come to my attention regarding Mr. Perry that give me reason to pause. First was the news that he might not be genuinely tough on illegal immigration because he opposed Arizona’s anti-illegal-immigration law, which also was opposed by the Obama administration.

There also is a cheerleader aspect to Mr. Perry’s style that makes brashness his main brand. His Texas swagger is not a bad thing, but some of his potentially nonconservative policies might be.


I say we keep a close eye on this new star on the stage and remember that his political vision and experience were honed to fit a governor’s mansion, not the White House.

BOB JACK

North Las Vegas, Nev.