In an editorial note explaining the choice, Silverstein wrote that many Texans felt the need to “circle the wagons” in defense of their governor when he first launched his presidential campaign in August. At the time, the magazine titled Perry "The Great Campaigner."
“By November, Perry had completed the first several stages of decline, having devolved from a fantasy GOP savior … to a real-life candidate with real-life challenges … to a mysteriously awful public speaker,” Silverstein continued.
Perry entered the race polling in second place, but quickly fell to the second tier, where he remains.
The magazine gave special emphasis in their reasons for the choice to Perry’s infamous memory lapse on stage at a debate in November. Perry spent 53 seconds struggling to remember the third federal agency he said he'd eliminate as president. Perry later said the 53 seconds felt like 53 hours.
The magazine depicts Perry on its January cover, which hits newsstands in Texas next week, with sticky notes on his forehead, handwritten reminders on his hand, and a string around his finger.
“We didn’t want to, but we had to,” Silverstein said of the magazine’s choice.
Perry is only the second governor chosen for the honor, according to the Texas Tribune; the first was former Texas Gov. Dolph Briscoe, in 1976.