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Rick Perry: Rhinestone Cowboy
08/12/2011 | Brices Crossroads

Posted on 08/12/2011 9:56:32 AM PDT by Brices Crossroads

Rick Perry is rapidly becoming known as a politician who talks a good game, but whose actions belie his words. Last year, he waved the bloody shirt of secession, which horrified the New York Times...until they dug deeper and found that Perry wasn't just talking about seceding. He was aiming to hook up with Mexico in order to fulfill his "shared with [Mexican President] Vincente Fox for open borders." Seriously, though, Perry is becoming a caricature of himself. He first waved the tenth Amendment on gay marriage and abortion, first supporting the interpretations that states should be responsible for defining marriage and related issues, and in a flip-flop worthy of Mitt Romney, came out in favor of a federal constitutional amendment to ban both.

Perry's open borders positions tell us that he is not a conservative. His political pan-gyrations on gay marriage, abortion, and the Tenth Amendment suggest he is not reliable there either, but would trim his sails at the slightest pressure.

Well, he must be good on something. How would he handle judicial appointments, for example. Bear in mind that in Texas, in contrast to states such as Alaska (where a Commission presents the Governor with three choices from which he or she MUST select a Judge), the Texas Governor has pretty much unfettered control of the appointments process to fill judicial vacancies. In a conservative state like Texas, it would be easy to remake the courts in a conservative mold. In fact, it would almost follow de facto, since the appointed justices must face election state wide. No doubt Perry will try to take credit for the relatively conservative state of the Texas judiciary as he has done with the Texas economy when the relative health of both has been more in spite of, than because of, Rick Perry.

I have not done an exhaustive study of Perry's judicial appointments, although undoubtedly conservatives in Texas would have done so. I found one particular judicial appointment, the subsequent election, and Perry's reaction to it to be most instructive about his orientation toward strong judicial conservatives.

In 2001, one of Perry's first selections to succeed the staunchly conservative Greg Abbot (who had been elected Attorney General) was Xavier Rodriguez, a self-described moderate. In trying to move the Texas Supreme Court to the left, he drew the ire of conservatives in Texas. An up and coming young conservative, Steven Wayne Smith stepped forward to challenge Rodriguez. Smith, who was superbly qualified, had argued and won the landmark 1996 case of Hopwood v. Texas which successfully challenged affirmative action at the University of Texas Law School. In effect, he was a hero to conservatives in Texas and an anathema to the Establishment. The Establishment, including Perry and John Cornyn, no doubt detested Smith for dismantling affirmative action at the UT Law School. But when Smith stepped forward to challenge a self proclaimed moderate appointment of Perry, who happened to be Hispanic, that was the last straw. Perry and his cronies in the Establishment did all they could to stop Smith but he prevailed over Rodriguez easily and was in stalled as a justice of the Texas Supreme Court.

In 2004, Perry encouraged a challenger to run against Smith. The Establishment lined up with Cornyn and Perry on one side and the Texas Eagle Forum,Kent Hance and Ward Connerly on the other. This time the Establishment prevailed and Smith was defeated. He attempted a comeback in 2006, but Perry recruited another challenger, less conservative than Smith, and he lost by less than 1%.

Perry's actions, and his vindictive crusade against an up and coming conservative legal superstar, suggest that a Perry Presidency would be more likely to yield David Souters and Harriet Miers than Antonin Scalias and Clarence Thomases. When it comes to Rick Perry, the message to the Federalist Society and constitutional conservatives is caveat emptor.


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1 posted on 08/12/2011 9:56:34 AM PDT by Brices Crossroads
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To: JohnBrownUSA; Quill Pen; The Iceman Cometh; Norm Lenhart; Springfield Reformer; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 08/12/2011 9:58:15 AM PDT by Brices Crossroads
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To: Brices Crossroads

lol

this is getting laughable at this point, just give up on the Perry hatred.


3 posted on 08/12/2011 9:58:31 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

ditto.


4 posted on 08/12/2011 10:01:09 AM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

RHINESTONE COWBOY - sounds good to me—DIAMONDS go with everything!


5 posted on 08/12/2011 10:01:55 AM PDT by spiderfern
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To: TexasFreeper2009

RHINESTONE COWBOY - sounds good to me—DIAMONDS go with everything!


6 posted on 08/12/2011 10:02:00 AM PDT by spiderfern
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To: Brices Crossroads

He’s better than Obama. If anyone knows of the perfect candidate, please let me know.


7 posted on 08/12/2011 10:02:39 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Brices Crossroads

Coca Cola Cowboy

recorded by Mel Tillis

written by James S. Pinkard,Jr., Irving Dain

and Stephen H. Dorff Sam Atchley

I called collect on the phone
You say you’re tired and alone
But it sounds like some one else is lying there
She said don’t call me no more
Don’t you knock on my door
It’s too late now and I know you’ll never change

And she said you’re just a coca cola cowboy
You got a Eastwood smile and Robert Redford hair
But you walked across my heart like it was Texas
And you taught me how to say I just don’t care

She said just leave me alone
And let me hang up this phone
Cause he’ll see me cry and think I still love you
Please don’t call me no more
I changed the locks on my door
It’s time you understood that we are through

And she said you’re just a coca cola cowboy
You got a Eastwood smile and Robert Redford hair
But you walked across my heart like it was Texas
And you taught me how to say I just don’t care


8 posted on 08/12/2011 10:07:27 AM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: Brices Crossroads

Perry=Bush’s third term. No thanks.


9 posted on 08/12/2011 10:07:34 AM PDT by erod (Unlike the President I am a true Chicagoan.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

What’s wrong with someone doing research and writing an opinion piece based upon their findings? I know nothing about Perry so I appreciate having good & not so good information. No one is perfect and there won’t be a perfect candidate. If there are things you’d like people to know about Perry why not write your own article instead of denigrating someone else’s efforts?

Cindie


10 posted on 08/12/2011 10:07:42 AM PDT by gardencatz (Proud mom US Marine! It can't always be someone else's son.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

If it’s laughable, please refute it for the edification of us dunces outhere whoaren’t as familiar with perry as you are. Is the Smith story true...or false? It can’t be both.


11 posted on 08/12/2011 10:08:21 AM PDT by MestaMachine (Going down! (Gunwalker Ping List))
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To: Brices Crossroads

Shouldn’t this *opinion piece* be a VANITY?

And where are your links/sources, Mr. Bloger?


12 posted on 08/12/2011 10:08:33 AM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: Brices Crossroads

Good Gawwwwwwwwwwd. The same old load of KRAP! Now watch the freepers come out and carry the democrats bucket of propaganda for them. It’s amazing. Just watch.


13 posted on 08/12/2011 10:10:04 AM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: ilovesarah2012; Brices Crossroads
He’s better than Obama. If anyone knows of the perfect candidate, please let me know.

Now there's a ringing endorsement!
14 posted on 08/12/2011 10:10:04 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: Brices Crossroads

Source? Vanity? Don’t we normally note “vanities?”


15 posted on 08/12/2011 10:10:34 AM PDT by hocndoc (http://WingRight.org)(I've got a mustard seed and I'm not afraid to use it.)(RIAing))
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To: Brices Crossroads

Has this become a PaulBot morning?


16 posted on 08/12/2011 10:12:15 AM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
If anyone knows of the perfect candidate, please let me know.

Nobody is calling for a perfect candidate. We just don't want any more open-borders, Globalist RINO phonies shoved down our throat any more.

17 posted on 08/12/2011 10:13:38 AM PDT by Roninf5-1
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To: Brices Crossroads

Are you or do you personally know Steven Wayne Smith?

Just askin ‘cause this whole rant sounds vindictive.


18 posted on 08/12/2011 10:14:00 AM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: Roninf5-1

So who do you recommend?


19 posted on 08/12/2011 10:15:24 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: SoConPubbie

Zot 1, bucket carrier.


20 posted on 08/12/2011 10:17:10 AM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: erod

Zot 2, bucket carrier.


21 posted on 08/12/2011 10:17:56 AM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: MestaMachine; TexasFreeper2009; wolfcreek; RowdyFFC
If it’s laughable, please refute it for the edification of us dunces outhere whoaren’t as familiar with perry as you are. Is the Smith story true...or false? It can’t be both.

They cant't.

You see they aren't here to talk about their candidates past behavior or the efficacy of his position on Conservative issues, they're here to pimp their candidate.
22 posted on 08/12/2011 10:18:02 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: erod
"Perry=Bush’s third term. No thanks."

Right!

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23 posted on 08/12/2011 10:18:22 AM PDT by abcc2011 (Christian and conservative.)
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To: MestaMachine

Zot 3, bucket carrier.


24 posted on 08/12/2011 10:18:38 AM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: Brices Crossroads
Wow.

You seem genuinely concerned that conservatives might mistakenly nominate the wrong candidate. Your unbiased analysis of Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann are welcome enlightenment for those of us uninformed voters dispossessed of your superior political insights.

I, for one, am truly grateful for your efforts to save us from the perils of our own misguided decisions.

But if not Perry or Bachmann...certainly not Romney...who does that leave? ...who should we vote for? Ron Paul?

Oh Great and Powerful Brices...please tell us whoooooooo!!

25 posted on 08/12/2011 10:19:09 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: TexasFreeper2009
I for one appreciate ALL the information I can get on EVERY candidate.

I will not just take this persons word for it, but it gives me information to check further.

Like one Freeper said, you can give us ALL his positive points.

26 posted on 08/12/2011 10:19:26 AM PDT by Spunky (WAKE UP AMERICA!)
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To: Brices Crossroads

Have never seen anyone with quite so many pages after pages of “Perry Derangement Syndrome” posts. When PDS Coyote is looked up, there’s bricie smiling like ronpaul.

You need to consider talking with your Doctor, this Perry fetich can not be good for you.


27 posted on 08/12/2011 10:19:40 AM PDT by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: Brices Crossroads

I’ll boil it down for you: Perry is Huckabbe God-word frosting on Romney cake with Texas bravado candles.


28 posted on 08/12/2011 10:19:45 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Hope & Change - I'm out of hope, and change is all I have left every week | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: abcc2011

Zot 4, democratic bucket carrier...


29 posted on 08/12/2011 10:19:58 AM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: Keith in Iowa

Zot 4, bucket carrier...


30 posted on 08/12/2011 10:21:51 AM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: SoConPubbie

Because he’s a nit-pickin, FOS liar with some sort of ax to grind. Just like you.


31 posted on 08/12/2011 10:22:55 AM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: RowdyFFC

See I told you the democratic propaganda bucket carriers will rush to the forefront! We’re here! We’re here!


32 posted on 08/12/2011 10:23:32 AM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: Steamburg; Brices Crossroads
Has this become a PaulBot morning?

No. Brices Crossroads is an unabashed Palinite and apparently the Palinites have decided that bashing Perry is now their new mission instead of defending Palin, this despite nothing in the Perry camp saying anything critical of Palin or, for her part, any criticism of Perry directly by Palin.

It's disappointing to me because I think it is quite possible that Palin could eventually endorse Perry for president as she did when he ran for governor. then, where will Palinites like Brices Crossroads be? Will they suddenly climb aboard and support the candidate their hero endorsed? Or will they become Bachmann supporters? Or Romney supporters?

33 posted on 08/12/2011 10:25:27 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: RowdyFFC

Zot yourself.


34 posted on 08/12/2011 10:26:34 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Hope & Change - I'm out of hope, and change is all I have left every week | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: Keith in Iowa
I’ll boil it down for you: Perry is Huckabbe God-word frosting on Romney cake with Texas bravado candles.

Love it...

35 posted on 08/12/2011 10:29:40 AM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: OrangeHoof; Steamburg; Brices Crossroads
No. Brices Crossroads is an unabashed Palinite and apparently the Palinites have decided that bashing Perry is now their new mission instead of defending Palin, this despite nothing in the Perry camp saying anything critical of Palin or, for her part, any criticism of Perry directly by Palin.

Seems dealing with the facts of Perry's history unhinges the Perry Boosters and Perry Apologists.

Sad; they just simply can't be honest and admit their guy has warts just like every other candidate, instead they go on extremely biased and dishonest rants about anyone that dares points out some of the obvious flaws in their candidates' history.


36 posted on 08/12/2011 10:29:53 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: Brices Crossroads
Perry does pack a pistol so I'm told.........

We're From Texas -- Eleven Hundred Springs


37 posted on 08/12/2011 10:30:36 AM PDT by deport ( In Texas it's hotter than two goats fighting in a jalapeno patch.)
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To: Brices Crossroads

Are there actually any canditates that are any good on illegal immigration?


38 posted on 08/12/2011 10:31:04 AM PDT by Daralundy
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To: Spunky

Bump.

What concerns me is the level of vitriol directed at anyone who displays even the slightest amount of skepticism about a candidate.

If any of the “bucket carriers” for Perry can or will, maybe they ought to get busy presenting information that refutes the OP’s comments.


39 posted on 08/12/2011 10:31:35 AM PDT by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Since the truth is the PEOPLE voted Smith out not once, but three times, the propaganda bucket has holes in it.

Smith was just a lawyer who made millions off the University of Texas university system lawsuit against affirmative action.

And then his case got abrogated by the US Supreme court.

Money totally LOST for KRAP!


40 posted on 08/12/2011 10:31:35 AM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: Keith in Iowa
I’ll boil it down for you: Perry is Huckabbe God-word frosting on Romney cake with Texas bravado candles.

A Republican Bill Clinton, minus the people skills, charm and the ability to fake sincerity.

41 posted on 08/12/2011 10:32:18 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (The same old games being played by the same old crowd in the formerly grand old party.)
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To: Brices Crossroads
And Reagan appointed Sandra Day O'Connor. So what?

Who's your candidate at this point in the cycle? If it comes down to Perry or Obama, what would you do...go third party?.....stay at home?

42 posted on 08/12/2011 10:32:56 AM PDT by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: Mase
And Reagan appointed Sandra Day O'Connor. So what?

And how does that exonerate Perry for bad decision making and supporting a moderate over a conservative?
43 posted on 08/12/2011 10:34:24 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: OrangeHoof

>> unabashed Palinite

Has anyone broke the news to them that Sarah Palin isn’t running?


44 posted on 08/12/2011 10:34:47 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Nervous Tick; OrangeHoof
Has anyone broke the news to them that Sarah Palin isn’t running?

Not yet, and still the question goes unanswered, what does any of this have to do with Perry's checkered history where judicial appointments are concerned?
45 posted on 08/12/2011 10:40:06 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: OrangeHoof
the Palinites have decided that bashing Perry is now their new mission instead of defending Palin

Nah, we can walk and chew gum at the same time. I think the real reason this is happeneing is because, well, this is just what happens when you run for president. People challenge your record. It's called vetting, its a good thing, and we needed to do a lot more of it than we did in 2008. Mea Culpa. Not gonna let it go this time. Perry's a big boy, and his followers can muster to his defense, and if it works it works. As for now, maybe I missed it, but I'm still waiting for the first pro-Perry post omn this thread to defend the actual charge laid in the article: Did Perry aid and abet the the leftification of the Texas Supreme Court, or did he not? What are the facts? Inquiring minds want to know....

46 posted on 08/12/2011 10:40:10 AM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: Brices Crossroads
Bilderberger folks (One World Government advocates) come in all stripes but they're still Bilderberger folks. Someone needs to ask Mr. Perry, a simple rancher and state governor, what it is that made him worthy of getting invited to one of their meetings.
47 posted on 08/12/2011 10:40:10 AM PDT by drypowder
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To: Brices Crossroads

SAN ANTONIO - In the 1850s, on the steps of the Waco courthouse, Wallace Jefferson’s great-great-great grandfather was sold. Today, Jefferson is chief justice of Texas’ Supreme Court. The governor who nominated him also nominated the state’s first Latina justice.

Rick Perry, 61, the longest-serving governor in Texas history and, in his 11th year, the nation’s senior governor, says these nominations are two of his proudest accomplishments.

Read more: http://thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorials-columns/national-columnists/perry-s-boots-cufflinks-1.1166588?localLinksEnabled=false#ixzz1UpufOBip


48 posted on 08/12/2011 10:40:28 AM PDT by deport ( In Texas it's hotter than two goats fighting in a jalapeno patch.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Mostly lies. All5 of the Perry badgers will be here shortly.


49 posted on 08/12/2011 10:42:08 AM PDT by Quickgun (As a former fetus, I'm opposed to abortion. Mamas don't let your cowboys grow up to be babies..)
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To: SoConPubbie

Liar!


50 posted on 08/12/2011 10:42:34 AM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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