In the horse race called the 2016 run for the White House, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry appears to be the first presidential hopeful to pull up lame.
Perry has stopped paying his 2016 presidential campaign staff. His poll numbers are weak, and the flow of money into his campaign is anemic.
Perry also didn’t make the cut for the prime Fox News debate last week in Cleveland. He participated in the runner-up event with the lesser Republican candidates for president.
It didn’t help that last month Perry was thumped by Donald Trump, the GOP front-runner for the White House. Trump criticized Perry on immigration, saying Perry as governor did a “lousy job on the border.”
Another Trump quip was: “He put glasses on so people will think he's smart. And it just doesn't work.”
Perry did respond but failed to get much media attention. Billionaire Trump, despite all of his gaffs, is sucking up all of the campaign oxygen, and Perry seems to be the first to suffer political asphyxiation.
Another role Trump may be playing is singling out and knocking off the weakest among his competitors for the Republican nomination.
Perry’s campaign staff is running on faith and fumes. Perry insists his second campaign for president isn’t over. He first ran for the White House in 2012, and that didn’t go at all well.
The next few weeks will tell whether he will be the first of close to 20 GOP White House candidates to pull out.