Yesterday, I downloaded Oops!, Jay Root’s new book about Rick Perry’s presidential campaign. It’s a good, easy read, and is based on the diary Jay kept during his travels with Governor Perry’s RMS Titanic-like effort.
Here are my 11 take-aways after reading it:
1. Jay Root has apparently bought everybody in America except me a drink this year, and I’m somewhat bitter about that.
2. It’s really fascinating reading a book in which I know almost every character.
3. The smart, hard-working Carrie Dann of NBC news is every bit as worthy of my longstanding crush as I suspected. Also, if my “Women of the 2012 Presidential Republican Primary Press Bus” calendar idea ever takes off, she’ll be rich, rich, I tell you.
4. Jay Root really needs to see somebody about his persistent travel anxiety.
5. The longtime Perry folks, many of whom I know well, hardly ever agree with on policy, and genuinely like anyway (sorry Democrats – get over it) got screwed even harder than I suspected at the time.
6. Texas Tribune staff really should consider unionizing. Apparently Evan Smith is working them half to death.
7. Rick and Anita Perry probably learned a lot from the experience, which may make the Governor a more formidable candidate in the future.
8. And that worries me.
9. A lot.
10. Sleep apnea? Seriously? Are you sure there wasn’t some Restless Leg Syndrome going on too?
11. if you’re a political nerd like me, you should buy the book.