From the beginning it smelled like teen spirit. Just riding on the beach. Out for a hike. Like I used to tell my mother in high school. Bad for Sanford but good for Rick Perry. Most all historic historical movements, from Christianity to the hippies to the Civil War, started with one or some vastly imaginative and somewhat eccentric few who were usually quickly forgotten as soon as the tall men and the lawyers took over. Sanford may be such a one.
He was the first to speak out in opposition to the bailouts and he stood alone. Shortly after Rick Perry, Republican governor of Texas, joined him. What he started has converged now with an entirely new approach to government, an approach more akin to Jefferson than Hamilton, which is taking hold in 35 states, including Texas, with Perry at the front of the ship. Yesterday, there might have been three people articulating these themes in the 2012 race — Sanford, Perry and Sarah Palin. Now there will likely be two: Perry and Palin.