Get Your Texas Metaphors Right
Erick Erickson has some advice for Rick Perry:
If I were Perry, I’d wake up tomorrow, say I refuse to surrender the Republican Party into the hands of big government conservatives after all the gains the tea party has made, and then announce I’m firing all my political staffers and communications staffers and ask South Carolina to help me reboot to victory. Make it an Alamo stand and, if like at the Alamo Perry goes down, perhaps there’ll at least be a rallying cry for small government conservatism left over.
I am more than a little unclear on this advice: how is Perry going down in flames in SC (as happened to the pro-Texas independence side at the Alamo) going to serve as a rallying cry for small government conservatives? Losses in elections tend to cause parties and factions of parties to recede. Losses don’t tend to lead to rallying to win later. This would seem especially problematic for a scenario that has Perry in SC, as allegedly Perry’s big strength is being a southern conservative. If he can’t win as a southern conservative in a southern conservative state, that’s just failure, yes?
Regardless, I know it doesn’t have the same poetry, but what Perry needs is a Battle of San Jacinto stand, not an Alamo (nor a Goliad) stand.
However, Perry is not Sam Houston nor is Romney Santa Ana.
At any rate, the only metaphor I would deploy concerning Perry at the moment is that he is toast.