PMMJ (cheetahmaster) wrote,
PMMJ
cheetahmaster

good read

"One was born into a privileged family in a tony Michigan suburb; the other, onto a flat expanse of West Texas dirt with no indoor plumbing. One spent his youth tooling around his father's car factory; the other, selling Bibles door-to-door so he could afford to buy a car. One excelled at Harvard University, simultaneously earning law and business degrees and swiftly climbing the corporate ladder; the other, his hope of becoming a veterinarian dashed when he flunked organic chemistry at Texas A&M University, joined the Air Force.

"Where Mitt Romney is obedient and cautious, Rick Perry is bombastic and spontaneous. If they had attended the same high school, they probably would have hung out at opposite ends of the hallway. Their relationship today is said to be frosty, if there is one at all.

"'In every single possible way, they come from different worlds,' said Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, who advised Romney in his 2008 race but is neutral this time. 'You can see the playbook pretty clearly here: it's populist against patrician; it's rural Texas steel against unflappable Romney coolness; conservative versus center-right establishment; Texas strength versus Romney's imperturbability; Perry's simplicity versus Romney’s flexibility.'"

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