It was after 9/11 that New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani did a 180 into his best leadership self. His words, facial expressions, and body language gave not only The City hope but also the nation and the world. Texas Governor Rick Perry can take on that same kind of role during this crisis about Ebola on American soil.
Perry is already making that transition from an ambitious politico who may have an eye on the White House to a field force of trust and hope for Everyman and Everywoman. So much is at stake.
The fear of more and more cases of Ebola in Dallas can stop dead the healthy TX economy. Even if the CDC proclaimed all the possible victims have been identified and isolated, no one knows how many care-givers could also contract the disease. Treatment centers in West Africa have shut down primarily because the medical personnel who had worked there have died.
As the TX economy gets battered so could that of the rest of the America. Perry will be looked to as a kind of superhero who must hold the pieces together. If he is up to the job he could be sitting in the White House come January 2016.