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Seizing the moment

"Seizing the moment" Continued...

Issue: "Remembering 9/11," Sept. 10, 2011

As WORLD reported in our Aug. 27 issue, Perry's IRS-reported charitable contributions over the years have been meager. Still, he was an Eagle Scout and donated to the Boy Scouts the royalties from a book he wrote about scouting. He donated the royalties of a second book to the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank.

Texans also speak of Perry's opportunities and threats. He has firmly opposed governmental ethanol subsidies and mandates and can show commitment to principle by maintaining that position in pro-ethanol Iowa. He may differentiate himself from Michele Bachmann by showing how 11 years as governor have deepened his thought process, increased his patience, and taught him what not to do.

He will face a hostile press for both ideological and personal reasons: He hasn't kissed up to Texas newspaper editorial boards or given reporters lots of advance knowledge of his travels. Some of George W. Bush's staffers are adversaries, largely because of egos on both sides rather than huge policy differences. Perry's staffers cuss a lot and so has Perry at times, including a famous Mofo incident in 2005.

Perry's friends rather than his enemies might get him into trouble. So could his impetuous side. The consensus is that he'll run a strong campaign-if he's gained sufficient discipline through his experience-and could become a strongly conservative president.

Listen to Marvin Olasky discuss Rick Perry on The World and Everything in It.

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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