Thursday, August 12, 2010

You can take the boy outta Haskell, but you can't take the Haskell outta the boy...

An interesting profile of Rick and his relationship with Austin (link). Excerpt follows...
You probably won't see a “Plant Trees and Sing Songs” bumper sticker on Gov. Rick Perry's car.

He says Austin hasn't changed him.

Sure, it's the most liberal city in Texas, a place that has always worn its weirdness on its sleeve. And sure, Perry has lived there since 1991, not long after he became a Republican. It's where his two children, now in their 20s, grew up.

But Perry — born and raised in Haskell County, about as far from Austin as you can get in both lifestyle and ideology — views the capital city's wine and cheese crowd as “a target-rich environment” for his conservative political views.

“I think people love the Constitution and the 10th Amendment whether they're drinking chardonnay and (eating) brie or whether they're drinking Lone Star and eating barbecue,” he said. “I mean, yeah, there are more liberals in Austin, Texas, because it's a government city and a university town. Hell's bells, I mean, that's pretty easy.”

Can you imagine Rick with long hair smoking pot and banging on a bongo back in the 1970s in Austin? Yeah me neither...

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