by Ken Feltman
What was Gov. Rick Perry thinking when he decided to run for president? Was he thinking that no one would ever know about the offensive name of his family hunting camp? Did he think not enough people would be concerned about it to make much difference? Did he think he could explain it away if asked about it? Did it never even cross his mind?
We would need an answer to judge whether Perry is as insensitive as the name makes him seem – or whether he is just oblivious. But we do not need an answer to understand that this and other incidents have established that, despite his winning ways in Texas, Perry is unprepared for the national stage. He should exit the stage before more embarrassing problems dribble out. Today, he is hurting himself. The longer he stays, the more he will hurt the Republican Party and the country.
(Also published in Politico.com)