I was going to respond to a comment about Rick Perry giving up cowboy boots in tonight's open thread.
Ronald Reagan wore cowboy boots to a debate with Jimmy Carter in 1980.
Other presidential contenders who wore cowboy boots during debates or on the campaign trail:
Barack Obama, Rudy Giuliani, and Fred Thompson, have already shown a willingness to identify with the cowboy by donning cowboy hats and/or boots on the campaign trail
Al Gore wore cowboy boots to a debate with Bill Bradley in 1999.
Perry's bootmaker also made boots for Bill Clinton and Bush I.
If Perry thinks cowboy boots cost him the debate or nomination, he has a very unbecoming personality trait -- failure to accept personal responsibility.