The Associated Press (AP) is reporting Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential wackadoodle Reverend Rick Perry has dropped out of the race for the GOTP nomination and endorsed Newton Leroy Gingrich; a move that could tilt the nominating circus in the former Speakers favor leading into Saturday’s South Carolina Primary.
“Newt’s not perfect, but who among us is?” Reverend Perry said, calling the former House speaker a “conservative visionary” best suited to replace Barack Obama in the White House.
Perry had barely hung up the phone before the Newtster issued a statement welcoming the endorsement. “I ask the supporters of Governor Perry to look at my record of balancing the budget, cutting spending, reforming welfare, and enacting pro-growth policies to create millions of new jobs and humbly ask for their vote,” Gingrich said.
Perry said he decided to suspend his campaign after concluding “there is no viable path forward for me.”
Of course there never was even a ghost of a chance of him wining the GOTP nomination much less the Presidency, and the proof was in his political pudding when during one of the early debates he couldn’t recall one of three federal agencies he’d pledged to abolish. He joked about it afterward, telling reporters, “I stepped in it,” but never recovered from the fumble, and he also irked elderly voters after calling Social Security a fraud and a “Ponzi scheme.” He said the popular federal retirement program for seniors was financially unsustainable and pledged to retool it if elected president.
Perry made it entertaining if nothing else, but he wasn’t presidential, and so, now there are only four still competing on the GOTP’s version of Mr. Todd’s wild ride and speculation’s growing Santorum may also soon drop out of the race, but will Paul and Gingrich also drop out, or will this be a down to the wire photo finish?