Perry's Wit: It May Not Be Good, But It's Slow

Written by David Frum on Thursday September 15, 2011

At the CNN/Tea Party GOP debate, Mitt Romney questioned whether Rick Perry truly deserved the credit for Texas' strong job performance.

ROMNEY: Well, look, I think Governor Perry would agree with me that if you're dealt four aces that doesn't make you necessarily a great poker player. And four aces -- and the four aces that are terrific aces are the ones the nation should learn from, the ones I described, zero income tax, low regulation, right to work state, oil in the ground and a Republican legislature. Those things are terrific.

And by the way, there has been great growth in Texas. Under Ann Richards, job growth was under 2.5 percent a year, under George Bush was 3 percent a year, under Rick Perry it's been 1 percent a year.

Those are all good numbers. Those are all good numbers. But Texas is a great state. And I'll tell you, if you think that the country is like Texas going swimmingly well, then somebody who has done that is just terrific. But if you think the the country needs a turnaround, that's what I do.

In reply, Perry fired off this zinger.

“As a son of tenant farmers, I can tell you: I wasn’t born with four aces in my hand."

Nice line. Only problem - the zinger did not arrive until 48 hours after the debate.

America does not necessarily need a president who is quick on his feet. But it would be helpful if the next president at least had staff who weren't quite so slow in their chairs.