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Does Rick Perry Deserve the Bum Steer Award? [POLL]

Governor Rick Perry has been selected by Texas Monthly as this year’s Bum Steer Award winner. There is no debate that the Governor hasn’t had the smoothest of campaigns, but does that mean he should take home the award? According to Texas Monthly, they weren’t wanting to bestow the honor on the Governor, but really he gave them no choice. So what was the final straw? Was it that speech that made Perry sound drunk? Was it that ad about Obama’s War on Religion?

Again the media piled on. But were we swayed? Nope. We entered the production cycle for the January issue unconvinced that the governor, for all his stumbles, deserved to be our Bum Steer of the Year. Such things are not to be taken lightly. Only once before had the magazine awarded a governor this individual dishonor, when Dolph Briscoe took the 1976 prize. Though the prospect of Perry on the cover (perhaps riding a steer into the sunset, dragging a dead coyote) was now being discussed around the office with increasing regularity, we remained resolute in our reservations; he had still not done enough.

The end came swiftly, in a matter of seconds. Fifty-three of them, to be exact: the time it took the governor to go from trying in vain to name the third agency of government he would shutter as president to giving up and muttering—in a phrase that will surely go down, should his campaign expire, as its perfect epitaph—“Oops.” In that moment all our resistance melted away, and we rushed, shaking our heads in disbelief, into the arms of our unquestionable 2012 Bum Steer of the Year. We didn’t want to, but we had to.

Yeah, that was pretty bad moment. Is Rick Perry’s candidacy Bum Steer worthy? What about the Texas Wildfires? Can you give an award to a wildfire? Let us know your thoughts in today’s LFN Poll of the Day.

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