This is from a February column on a Perry appearance at a Dallas bookstore:
"Forty miles and a political time warp away from Sen. Barack Obama's Fort Worth rally, aspiring author Gov. Rick Perry addressed a much cozier Dallas crowd Thursday night.
At a signing party for his new Boy Scout book, On My Honor, Perry told about 300 book shoppers that he wants to defend the Scouts' honor, morality and virtue against those who would reduce the Scouts' principles to a "shapeless form of relativity."
Afterward, he frowned at Obama's message.
" 'Hope?' " he said, rolling his eyes. "I'm for 'hope.' "
The crowds lining up for Obama are "going to his rock concert," Perry said, calling Obama a "socialist."
I asked whether he'd ever seen anything comparable to crowds Obama was drawing.
"Sure," he said, grinning.
"The Beatles. The Rolling Stones. The Who."
He frowned again.
"I just don't want anybody like that running my country."