Texas Gov. Rick Perry is hosting a $1,000 head fundraiser at the Harvard Club this afternoon.
For his sake, however, there hopefully won’t be too many former Crimson wandering through.
That’s because the Lone Star State’s leader has made it a habit of picking on the country’s oldest college.
In his book Fed Up, Mr.Perry writes that he switched parties in 1989 because ”Democrats were no longer the party of Jackson and the people, but the party of Roosevelt, Kennedy, and now Obama—more interested in government and the opinions of Harvard, Washington, and Upper West Side Manhattan than the beliefs of those people in flyover country between the coast.”
In a 2010 speech to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference that set off speculation that Mr. Perry would run for president, he recycled a line he has used dozens of times, according to a news account. “I’m only a little old Animal Science major from the beloved Texas A&M, but I get it–I get it about the principles of governing. You do not have to have a PhD from Harvard in political science to understand the principles of governing.”
That same year, Mr. Perry said that he would not debate his Democratic rival for governor–Houston mayor Bill White–unless he released his tax returns first. And Mr. Perry implored Mr. White to do “so that everybody can find out whether a boy from Paint Creek can debate a boy from Harvard.”
Mr. White graduated from Harvard with a degree in economics.
For our part, we can only imagine that the Yale Club was already booked. Mr. Perry would surely find similar sentiments express over there.