There was a time when former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was one of the biggest attractions at the Iowa State Fair.
Those days—like the veggie corn dog incident of 2011—appear to be behind him.
As he took to The Des Moines Register's famed hay-bale "soapbox" Wednesday, Perry passionately declared he was "mad as hell" at Washington. He was going to "do something about it." There was only one problem in his passionate threat. Perry's path to the presidency seems impossibly narrow as he languishes at the bottom of polls and struggles to maintain his campaign infrastructure.
What was supposed to be his comeback campaign in 2016 has instead transformed into a low-profile struggle to remain relevant.
The former Texas governor has been banking on what worked for him before: appealing to voters with his record on everything from education to economics to Ebola. But, while Perry is preaching a "show me don't tell me election," voters are distracted by the pizzazz of this cycle's enigmatic outsiders. If Perry wants to preach results, voters are more interested in promises.
The climate of the 2016 Republican primary has forced Rick Perry—a border governor for more than a decade—to answer for business mogul Donald Trump's farfetched immigration plan, which calls for millions to be sent back to Mexico.