The Economist isn’t feeling Rick Perry’s new Iowa ad “I’m a doer, not a talker,” in which he shrugs off his failings as a communicator. Sounds like another Texas governor we know? George W. Bush.
“Not to be overly pedantic, but talking is a kind of doing. Indeed, talking is primarily how one gets things done in politics. How does Mr Perry convey that he is a doer, and not a talker? By talking. What else is there? Interpretative dance? A presidential candidate unable to best a foe in a public exchange, or to communicate his position on a complex issue when the heat is on, is about as useful as a one-legged fullback. There’s a good reason Mr Perry’s embarrassing debate performances have left him trailing Herman Cain by 15 points in the polls not long after he entered the race with a comfortable lead: a candidate this feckless on his feet would be eaten alive by Barack Obama in the general-election debates.”
The Economist is absolutely right. Rick Perry’s “I’m a doer, not a talker” is a moot point in politics. Yes, he will be swimming with the sharks in a match-up with President Obama. You have to be able to talk to get things done.