In his five-month run for the White House, he called Turkeyâ€™s leaders â€œIslamic terrorists,â€ blasted Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernankeâ€™s fiscal strategy as â€œtreasonous,â€ and slammedÂ gays serving openly in the military, moves that made some moderate Republicans choke on their lunch.
He offended Tea Partiers and some of his social conservative fans by saying opponents of in-state tuition for the children of illegal immigrants wereÂ heartless.
And he alienated big business Republicans by going after so-called â€œvulture capitalists,â€ prompting Rush Limbaugh, the conservative talk show host, to compare Perry to Fidel Castro.
Publicly, Perryâ€™s supporters say no bridges have been irreparably burned. Almost as soon as he pulled out of the race, his advisers were spinning forward, suggesting Perry could run for re-election in Texas in 2014, or take another stab at the presidency in four years.
â€œThe governor comes back in a strong position,â€ Ray Sullivan, his spokesman, said in an interview at Perryâ€™s campaign headquarters on Friday, just hours after returning from South Carolina. â€œTo the extent that any issues need to be handled on the political side here in Texas â€”Â and Iâ€™m not sure there will be any â€”Â Iâ€™m confident that will be done quickly and effectively.â€
But privately, some of Perryâ€™s longstanding allies expressed doubts that the slate can be wiped perfectly clean â€”Â at least without some fence-mending.
â€œThere are some people who have their noses out of joint, but the real question is, which man returns?â€ said Bill Miller, a political consultant based in Austin. â€œIf itâ€™s the presidential candidate making mistakes and offending people, heâ€™s going to have trouble. If itâ€™s the guy who embodies the old Rick Perry, with his â€˜I love ya, letâ€™s get Texas going againâ€™ attitude, itâ€™s an easy landing.â€
Friends and colleagues of the governor say the Rick Perry now home in Texas is a humbled man, one who spent Friday, the day after withdrawing from the race, making phone calls to thank supporters and smooth over rough edges â€”Â a bitter pill for someone so unfamiliar with losing. They say he is relieved to be done after a fifth-place finish in first-test Iowa, a horrible finish in New Hampshire and an uphill battle in South Carolina, and is looking forward to getting back to work in the governorâ€™s office.
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