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Rick Perry, piloting Texas

The daily’s Jason Embry has three good pieces today on Gov. Rick Perry. Only one real surprise for me: I never knew Perry flew C-130s in the Middle East and Europe in the 1970s. I imagine, along with most everyone else, that, with or without Sarah to campaign with him, he’s a shoo-in for an unprecedented third term.

The return of King Farouk

Not really. It only seems that way, when every Web site I visit flashes a new “Farouk for Governor” ad at me. Usually with a photo of the Colorado River meandering through downtown Austin. “New Ideas. New Jobs. New Hope for Texas.”

I thought that hope business was passe by now? It’s for sure the Farouk in question, second name Shami, has zero hope of being nominated by the Dems, let alone elected governor. Which is probably good. King Farouk, indeed.

Texas’ next governor? Not.

Nobody with any knowledge of Texas politics is taking Democrat Farouk Shami’s run for governor seriously. For one thing his incumbent opponent, Republican Rick Perry, is too popular. For another, well, when was the last time Texas had an Arab-American Muslim governor? Exactly never.

On the other hand, Shami has ten million dollars of his own money to invest in his campaign. Consequently he’s getting a lot of media, free and otherwise. They all quote him saying he’s from Palestine, wherever that is. It’s not the Texas Palestine. Apparently he’s from the West Bank, though no one is sure because he doesn’t call it that.

He tells the American Task Force for Palestine, which seems to think he’s a Muslim though some Texans think he’s a Quaker, that he’s for peace and love and equality in the Middle East. Debbie Schlussel thinks he’s a clandestine Jihadi in an anti-Semitic package. She cites as partial evidence this column he wrote two years ago for the Houston Chronicle in which he implies that the nasty Israelis are forcing the poor Palestinians to ration water "while Jewish settlers cultivate lush lawns and fill their swimming pools." That’s libel enough for me to be glad that Shami’s chance of election is exactly nil.

UPDATE:  The daily’s Ken Herman did a job on Shami: "The downtrodden minority/victim role is particularly unattractive on a guy who lives in a 24,585-square-foot-home like Shami does."