There was a wonderful Senator from Alabama Howell Heflin.I had invited him a number of times to speak to Huvpac.I also heard speak at AIPAC.
Wheh he started to speak ,he started with a slow southern drawl.You thought some hillbilly was talking. He then would tell some folksy stories.
One in particular was of the rednedck who had never seen an elevator.He stood in the lobby of a building and this ugly fat woman entered.The doors closed.Howevever a few minutes later, the elevator doors opened, and this gorgeous svelt woman exited.
'jasper, go get your mamma", he yelled to his son.
When the laughter died down,and everyone was relaxed,Heflin's accent changed,and he spoke brilliantly.He was after all a former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.
Like Senator Lyndon Johnson, to undeerestimate their intelligence was only at your own peril.
I write this because the politicos are ASKING "iS PERRY DUMB?.THEY ASK THAT OF EVERY REPUBLICAN.OBVIOUSLY IF HE WEREE BRILLIANT OR EVEN PLAIN SMART, HE WOULD BE A DEMOCRAT!
One thing I learned in my years in Washington,very few people can make it to the top year after year without intelligence and the people factors that allow you to advance.Perry is a winner!Dems beware of belittleing him.