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Why is Perry GOP's darling?
WIBW-TV / CNN ^ | August 31, 2011 | Jack Cafferty

Posted on 08/31/2011 1:59:41 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The Republican Party has apparently found itself a new messiah in Rick Perry.

The conservative Christian governor of Texas has come out of nowhere and has already lapped the Republican field for President.

In the two short weeks since he's entered the race, Perry has shot to the top of the polls and leads his nearest competitor by double digits.

The latest CNN/ORC International Poll shows 27% of Republicans supporting him, followed by Mitt Romney at 14%, Sarah Palin – who's not a candidate – at 10%, and Michele Bachmann and Rudy Giuliani – also not a candidate – at 9%. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul come in at 6%.

Perry's supporters tend to be older, white and rich, and his strongest backing comes from tea party supporters. He holds a whopping 23-point lead over Michele Bachmann among tea party members in one CNN poll.

It's an astonishing impact in so short a time, especially when Perry has managed to jump to the top of the pack without laying out a single plan or idea for solving America's problems.....

(Excerpt) Read more at wibw.com ...


TOPICS: Campaign News; Parties; Polls; State and Local
KEYWORDS: bachmann; palin; perry; romney
I have a question, Jack: Why are there so many substance abusers in the upper ranks of the media?
1 posted on 08/31/2011 1:59:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Right now because he isn’t Romney or Huntsman and Palin hasn’t declared (or withdrawn).


2 posted on 08/31/2011 2:02:04 PM PDT by svcw
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I guess Jack was too busy choking chickens to see Perry’s announcement speech and follow up addresses where he has repeatedly laid out his plan for economic recovery.

Perry has jumped to the top of the GOP polls for the same reason he has jumped to the top of the liberal media wrath, he can win.


3 posted on 08/31/2011 2:03:15 PM PDT by Patrick1 ("The problem with Internet quotations is that many are not genuine." - Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Patrick1
"Perry has jumped to the top of the GOP polls for the same reason he has jumped to the top of the liberal media wrath, he can win."

Bullseye.

Perry 2012! A Conservative who can win!

4 posted on 08/31/2011 2:05:24 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (Perry 2012! A Conservative who can win!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think it’d a hard sell to say that the sitting Govenor of the third largest population State “came out of nowhere”. I also think it’s way over the top to say he is the Republicans’ new “messiah”.

But Jack Cafferty is all about trying to influence people to worship his own messiah, President Obama.


5 posted on 08/31/2011 2:07:23 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Idol worship.


6 posted on 08/31/2011 2:07:58 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The GOP has been "moderated" into a coma.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Two words:

Corporate funding.

7 posted on 08/31/2011 2:09:31 PM PDT by Tempest (Google: Rick perry bi-national healthcare)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That’s easy: After watching the press rape candidate after candidate, there are some in the GOP who think maybe this will be the guy the press allows to win the nomination.


8 posted on 08/31/2011 2:11:14 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I like both Perry and Palin, and will vote for whichever of them wins.)
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To: svcw
Right now because he isn’t Romney or Huntsman and Palin hasn’t declared (or withdrawn).

(snicker) True.

9 posted on 08/31/2011 2:12:01 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Obama takes office, and 2-1/2 years later we are saying downgrade and America together!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Talks as plain and tough as Trump,
holds major elective executive office as an R.


10 posted on 08/31/2011 2:12:47 PM PDT by flowerplough (Pelosi on Republicans: "They want to destroy food safety, clean air, clean water, ...")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The media needs to STOP using the word *messiah* in describing ANY candidate. Period. It is blasphemous and vulgar.


11 posted on 08/31/2011 2:14:09 PM PDT by MestaMachine (Id imperfectum manet dum confectum erit.)
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To: Patrick1

Your tag line cracks me up! Very clever! {^)


12 posted on 08/31/2011 2:14:25 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Because he makes a mean glass of Kool-Aid?


13 posted on 08/31/2011 2:14:59 PM PDT by Tempest (Google: Rick perry bi-national healthcare)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Why is Perry GOP's darling?

Because he actually had the balls to jump in.

14 posted on 08/31/2011 2:16:00 PM PDT by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t know if he is a “darling” but he is the only Republican candidate that at least appears competent hence interesting, hence electable! Time will tell.


15 posted on 08/31/2011 2:17:16 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Instead, Perry has spent the past two weeks making several dumb comments – while, in the proud tradition of President George W. Bush, pretending he's a cowboy.

I don't think the left really minds if Perry is the Republican nominee. By some polling, the majority of Americans still blame Bush for the economy (If you say, "I inherited it" enough times people will start to believe you. So the electorate may not be in the mood for another plain-spoken Texas governor, especially after the media makes the cowboy label stick.

Being painted as Bush 2.0 could be Perry's downfall.

16 posted on 08/31/2011 2:17:53 PM PDT by newheart (When does policy become treason?)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius
I think it’d a hard sell to say that the sitting Govenor of the third largest population State “came out of nowhere”.

One small correction. Texas is the 2nd largest state, both in population and in land mass.

17 posted on 08/31/2011 2:18:41 PM PDT by CA Conservative (Texan by birth, Californian by circumstance)
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To: Finny

Thanks.


18 posted on 08/31/2011 2:19:21 PM PDT by Patrick1 ("The problem with Internet quotations is that many are not genuine." - Abraham Lincoln)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Perry's supporters tend to be older, white and rich, and his strongest backing comes from tea party supporters.

In this case "rich" is probably defined as having a job good enough to be able to pay taxes (or to be able to get back to working if they've lost their job).

19 posted on 08/31/2011 2:19:32 PM PDT by FairWitness (Everything is easy, once you've done it once)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It's pretty simple:

     [ (How Conservative) X (yrs. as top exec owning consequences) ]
   - [(number of mistakes) X (magnitude of mistakes)]
    _______________________
    Popularity with GOP Electorate

     [( Popularity with GOP Electorate) X (% eager to vote for GOP)]
   + [(% non-GOP but hating DEM) X (% eager for effective exec)]
    _______________________
    % of poplar vote

Perry isn't the most conservative, and he has made mistakes, but that ten years in office while Texas has doing better than liberal states makes him hard to beat.

20 posted on 08/31/2011 2:20:26 PM PDT by Yossarian ("All the charm of Nixon. All the competency of Carter." - SF Chronicle comment post on Obama)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He's not.

He's state-run media's dream candidate.

ABP.

Anybody but Palin.

Which is exactly why she must be the candidate.

21 posted on 08/31/2011 2:20:44 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Palin is coming, and the Tea Party is coming with her.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hmmm... say Perry is elected and it’s March, 2013.

I wonder about some purely hypothetical questions...

Would he sign a deal to increase the debt ceiling another $2 trillion in exchange for $2 trillion in reductions to planned increases in spending over the next 10 years ? Sure.

Would he be ok with a “quantitative easing” program by the Federal Reserve ? Sure.

Would he go for an increase in Federal aid to the States to be used for “education” ? Sure.

Would he be sign a law requiring all American schoolchildren to be required to get a new vaccine to “protect” them from STDs ? Sure.

Would he sign a compromise bill that required more stringent Federal gun ownership laws in exchange for tougher penalties for illegal aliens ? Maybe.

Not that any of these questions will come up in the way I describe them.

IMHO, his record doesn’t show that he’s uncompromising. IMHO, compromise with the left and with the islamic invasion is leading us towards real ugly consequences, which makes me more comfortable with someone the Republican machine is not comfortable with but who is also pro-small business, pro-Christian, pro-Israel, pro-life, etc. Perry seems to be too politically smooth; makes me think he’s going to compromise us farther down the hole we’re in.


22 posted on 08/31/2011 2:23:42 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We need to fix things ourselves)
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To: newheart
Being painted as Bush 2.0 could be Perry's downfall.

That is my biggest concern. I will keep my eye on the general election matchups and see how Perry polls among independents and moderates. If he polls well there, then I think he can win. Really though, I think this election will be all about the economy. Whoever has a good track record on that issue stands a good chance against Obama.

23 posted on 08/31/2011 2:23:49 PM PDT by CA Conservative (Texan by birth, Californian by circumstance)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Who the heck thinks of Perry as a Messiah? Sheesh, talk about straw man.

I think Perry has jumped to the talk due to the fact he's talking about the economy and he has the presence of a leader

I'm ambivalent towards him at the moment and think I would have an easier time voting for him than I did for McLame.

I also think he scores well with the ladies for obvious reasons. Call it the Clinton factor.

24 posted on 08/31/2011 2:27:36 PM PDT by The Iceman Cometh (Proud Teabagging Terrorist Hobbit)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This column can be summarized as: Perry is a stupid, Bush-like cowboy. Someone—anyone—please help me understand why so many people like him.

Jack gets paid to write this crap.


25 posted on 08/31/2011 2:28:51 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There’s just one word’s difference between Mr. Right and Mr. Right Now...but what a difference.


26 posted on 08/31/2011 2:29:38 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: CA Conservative

Yep, still had it in my head that NY was number 2, but that’s been a while ago now.


27 posted on 08/31/2011 2:31:38 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s the TpCaucus that’ll make the difference in the republican primary’s.. for president..

The TPC is for Bachmann NOT Perry/Romney..


28 posted on 08/31/2011 2:32:57 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The author is a dope.

Gov. Perry is an interesting candidate, neither more nor less. It’s a long, long time before I’ll get to vote for or against anyone.


29 posted on 08/31/2011 2:34:52 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("True education is not an adjustment to the world, but a defense against the world.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I reckon the GOP sees Perry as one who might satisfy (and get $ from) the Tea Party yet still obey the GOP party bigshots.


30 posted on 08/31/2011 2:37:23 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Patrick1
he has repeatedly laid out his plan for economic recovery.

And when he breaks those promises, you'll be so "disappointed"--just like those who fell for Obama's words of hype and change. Perry's actions as governor reveal a tendency to ignore the will of the people in favor of his corporate backers and cronies.

Just as I have done with Clinton, Hillary and Obama, I refuse to listen to Perry's speeches and promises. I look at his record; that's all I need.

31 posted on 08/31/2011 2:40:57 PM PDT by giotto
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
.........."Why is Perry GOP's darling?".............

BECAUSE he isn't YOURS.

We got you Media running around crazier than chickens with their heads cut off.

You no longer are in control of choosing our candidate, deal with it. lol

32 posted on 08/31/2011 2:41:16 PM PDT by annieokie
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To: annieokie

Excellent response.

How childish to use the pejorative ‘darling’ and how typical.


33 posted on 08/31/2011 2:49:20 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair: Man's surrender. Laughter: God's redemption.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Republican Rino party maybe.


34 posted on 08/31/2011 2:49:29 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Carnival commie side show, started November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Try to get your mind wrapped around this Jack!

“The statists believe in a powerful, activist central government that advances a radical secular agenda in the name of compassion. They hide behind misguided notions of empathy and push token talking points about fighting for the little guy, all the while empowering the federal government to coercively and blatantly undermine state, local, and self-governance.” pg. 320

“The truth is, I don’t care what party the statist is in. The fact of the matter is, it is the statist, and those who support or enable him, who is the problem. For too long he has undermined this country by empowering the national government at the expense of liberty. An America defined by the statist in Washington is an America doomed to fail.” pg. 338

(both quotes from Perry, Rick; (2010-11-15). Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington.

35 posted on 08/31/2011 2:49:55 PM PDT by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Because he’s conservative enough for the base (according to recent polls) and he’s got the experience that the other candidates are sorely lacking.

He does have some glaring mistakes in his record that give me pause, but until someone who is just as or more conservative than Perry WITH more experience comes along, he’s likely going to be the nominee.

What’s going to piss off myself and many conservatives as well is that he is going to pick a northern moderate Republican for Vice President. He will do so for electoral reasons. With the right VP the ticket should win some blue or leaning blue states especially if that VP is a certain former Minnesota or Massachusetts governor.

Of the two I’d prefer Pawlenty. He’s got “VP material” written all over him.


36 posted on 08/31/2011 2:50:30 PM PDT by Grunthor (Perry.)
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To: Patrick1

Perry has jumped to the top of the GOP polls for the same reason he has jumped to the top of the liberal media wrath, he can win.

Your Exactly Right .


37 posted on 08/31/2011 2:57:50 PM PDT by dbrew2u
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If the media (which conjures up all these polls) likes him, that makes him suspect in my eyes....


38 posted on 08/31/2011 4:16:25 PM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: giotto

Who do you recommend?


39 posted on 08/31/2011 8:37:53 PM PDT by Patrick1 ("The problem with Internet quotations is that many are not genuine." - Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Patrick1
Who do you recommend?

I don't like any of them very much, except Ron Paul, who, as everyone keeps reminding us, has no chance. Meanwhile he consistently polls in the top three.

That said, I'd vote for any of the current candidates, just to keep Obama from being reelected.

40 posted on 08/31/2011 8:55:13 PM PDT by giotto
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To: giotto

I would vote for Paul over Obama myself. But I hate the fact that his policy toward Islamo Fascism is worse than Obama’s.


41 posted on 08/31/2011 9:01:46 PM PDT by Patrick1 ("The problem with Internet quotations is that many are not genuine." - Abraham Lincoln)
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To: giotto

Ditto.


42 posted on 09/01/2011 2:22:39 AM PDT by chippingdale
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To: Artemis Webb
Why has John Kerry surged above all the other Dems in the 2008 primary? HE CAN WIN!!!

The REST of the country will just LOVE some party hack from one of our "safe" states that keeps WINNING against token opponents!!! And he's got nice hair!!! And this man SERVED our nation in the military. Can't beat that WINNING combo!!!


ELECTABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!

43 posted on 09/01/2011 12:55:34 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: BillyBoy
"Why has John Kerry surged above all the other Dems in the 2008 primary? HE CAN WIN!!!"

Really? Hmmm, I think you made that quote up. Let's google the quote and find out!

Awww...BillyBoy has to make up quotations to support his beliefs. Search engines are just amazing aren't they!

I guess that leaves you only the "nice hair" jibe. Ronald Reagan had great hair too. By golly so does Sarah Palin, I guess in your book that makes them both like Rick Perry! Cool.

44 posted on 09/01/2011 2:56:50 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (Perry 2012! A Conservative who can win!)
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To: Artemis Webb; Impy; Clintonfatigued; South40
It's a well known fact that Kerry won the RAT primary in 2004 because the RATS believed (for the same reasons you believe about Perry) that Kerry was the "most electable" candidate. Otherwise that Howard Dean lunatic would have won the RAT primary.

For some strange reason, the RATs seem to think that middle America just LOVES wealthy liberal elitists from Massachuttes, and the GOP seems to to think that middle America just LOVES open-border compassionate conservatives from Texas.

Neither assumption is correct, those kinds of candidates actually fare poorly in swing states. Bush was far more popular that Perry and he only won nationally by 1 electoral vote. Perry barely wins Texas, Kerry and Dukasis got killed outside of Mass, and Kennedy had to steal the election to win in 1960. Obviously the election results don't match the "most electable" hype.

If you think I'm lying, I would be able to provide quotes from numerous Dems in 2004 claiming Kerry was the "most electable" choice.

Ronald Reagan was NOT seen as the "most electable" in 1980. He was portrayed as too old, goofy, and right-wing. The wisdom was that Howard Baker and George H.W. Bush would be more appealing to voters. In fact, the Dems begged the GOP to nominate Reagan because they tought he would be a weak candidate.

45 posted on 09/01/2011 3:45:50 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: BillyBoy
"If you think I'm lying..."

You've already been caught in a lie. One strike and you're out.

46 posted on 09/01/2011 3:59:56 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (Perry 2012! A Conservative who can win!)
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To: Artemis Webb
Because even though I didn't attribute the "Only Kerry can win" quote to ANYONE, you pretended I did and claimed I was lying.

No thanks, I've had enough games, if you want to see liars check out your fellow Rick Perry fans who keep claiming Al Gore was a "conservative pro-life Democrat" when Rick Perry supported him, no matter how many times the facts prove otherwise.

47 posted on 09/01/2011 6:08:19 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: giotto

LOL


48 posted on 09/02/2011 2:24:59 AM PDT by A. Morgan (Ayn Rand: "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.")
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