I jokingly suggested this possibility back in May, but if these rumors are accurate there's somebody in the Governor's office who doesn't think it's a joke.
In some ways, I guess, it makes a certain sort of twisted sense. After Sen. John Whitmire shot down Perkins' nomination for the parole board on the Senate floor this spring, which was one of the Governor's more embarrassing moments of the 81st Texas Legislature, I suppose it wouldn't surprise me that much if Rick Perry returned the favor by depositing Ms. Perkins back squarely in the center of the Senate Dean's political wheelhouse. It'd certainly make for some interesting committee hearings.
If such a bizarre thing were to come to pass, here's my thinking on how it might play out. Basically, one of three things could happen: 1) Perkins might turn out to be better than her critics give her credit for and a conscientious religious person may be just what the position needs. 2) She could abuse the slot to proselytize to the kids in ways that would draw down litigation and send her packing just like her predecessor. Or, 3) perhaps most likely, as somebody with no relevant personal or professional background or clear sense of how to do the job, she could find herself in over her head and become a cipher, doing little good but probably little harm as well. At least she probably wouldn't smuggle weapons or drugs onto the units, which would be a plus.
The policy wonk in me says "Please, Governor, find somebody else." But another darker, less constructive part of me can't resist the urge to say, purely for the entertainment value, "Go for it, Governor! That'd be a hoot!" If nothing else it would probably boost my blog traffic. ;)
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