Texas' current governor Rick Perry is in trouble. His approval ratings are in the toilet, he's closely linked to Bush, he's had myriad failures in dealing with the legislature, and popular Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (the one who probably should have been John McCain's running mate) is seriously mulling a bid for the governor's mansion. In every poll showing a head-to-head matchup, she cleans his clock.
So it appears the teabagging protests have provided "Governor Goodhair" a unique opportunity. He's trying to make deep inroads into Texas' "fringe wacko" demographic to combat Hutchison's lock on "moderate" (relatively speaking) Republicans.
So at what point are we allowed to say that Rick Perry hates America?
As an aside, now that we're talking about returning America to the 1860's, anyone have any bets on whether Ron "The Pirate King" Paul will jump on this bandwagon? Or will he make an end run around it by advocating a return to the Articles of Confederation?