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My skepticism about Rick Perry is below. For a very good rebuttal, see Erica Grieder here. Perry’s not especially smart, she says, but he’s shrewd. (I agree.) Conservative, but not the far-right zealot we think. Not a culture warrior, but a straightforward business conservative. Bottom line: “Perry is not an idiot and not an ideologue. Democrats, you misunderestimate this one at your peril.” It’s one of the best, most clear-eyed takes on Perry that I’ve seen, and it comes from someone who’s followed him closely.

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