Skip to comments.Perry's Problem: Voters Think He's a Major A-Hole
Posted on 10/26/2011 7:27:45 PM PDT by Brookhaven
The Washington Post ran a story today about a group of Ohio voters here. While the story centered around Herman Cain, there was a section buried deep in the story that offered an amazing insight into Rick Perry's current problems.
At one point, Hart asked the participants to think back to fifth grade and the types of students they had encountered. From a list that included descriptions such as teachers pet, loner, hard worker, nerd and know it all, Hart asked them to write down which most applied to Cain, to Romney, to Perry and to Obama.
The majority described Cain as the classmate who was the hard worker, with others saying he was the all-American kid or the kid everyone respects.
In contrast, Perry left this group cold. If he is the person many GOP strategists believed was destined to challenge Romney for the nomination, no one had given that memo to these Ohioans.
In the fifth-grade exercise, eight of the 12 wrote down bully as the kind of kid he reminded them of. When the discussion turned to other attributes, he was described as the kind of neighbor others would not want to mess with, or someone who would build a fence around his property, or someone who would be in everybody elses business.
He wouldnt be on the casserole committee, said Sydney Mathis, a Democrat.
Annoying, said Lisa Cedrone, an independent voter who supported Obama in 2008 and is undecided today.
I've believed Perry's problems were all about how he tripped up earlya couple of verbal gaffes and some poor debate performances. I also thought he could get back in the race by refining his message and showing up well in the debates. Now, I'm not so sure.
Erick Erickson has said many times on his radio show that the most likeable candidate always wins. I'm not sure if I buy that, but I am sure the reverse is true: the most disliked candidate never wins. Given the above statements by Ohio voters, Rick Perry's problems have nothing to do with his policy positions or debate performances, and everything to do with how voters perceive him personally.
Yes, I know I could have used another word here, but no other seemed to get the job done. Language is a toolbox. Sometimes you need to use a paint brush to apply just the right shade of meaning, and sometimes you need a big hammer to make your point.
fox news keeps playing perry-romney over and over
which digs the hole deeper.
Perry is an a$$hole, film at 11.
Interesting. I personally just think he is a big fat liberal. But if others see him the way the article says I am ok with it. Anything to rid America of this trash.
i also think Perry is an A-Hole.
which digs the hole deeper.
Not Fox New’s fault. They are the two spoiled brats who fought. I find it hilarious. No hole too big as far as I am concerned. I hope they play it 100 times a day.
The Dark Lord lol
Kick em when they’re up, kick ‘em when they’re down ...
And you posted this. One could leap to the obvious conclusion.
I think Perry attempted to compensate for his poor debating skills by acting overly assertive and tough. I don’t think he is a jerk at all, but he has come off that way. It just hasn’t played well. Never let anyone say debates don’t matter. Perry is a perfect example of someone who’s fortunes collapsed with bad debate performances, and Cain has had just the opposite experience with his “happy warrior” debate style.
Lol, betcha they love him, doncha think? You don’t think they’d ever describe an African-American as a bully or a know-it-all, would they?
Mommy mommy, the mean ol’ Texan is looking at me!
Perry, just like me, has no idea what the hell a casserole committee is. As expected a bunch of Obama voters don't like Perry, that's not a bad thing. Personally I like the guy and agree with 90% of his views. I feel the same way about Cain. I don't think Herman gets on the committee either.
My husband was a classmate of Perry’s at A&M. He was an asshole.
My friend was a classmate of Perry at A&M. He said Perry was a great guy.
Perry has been on the receiving end of non stop bullying and he gets pegged as the bully?
I don’t like Perry for a couple of reasons - big reasons - first, I don’t like it that he was Al Gore’s point man for Texas - and I also don’t like him hiding behind that pastor to disrespect The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - and I don’t like him hiding behind his wife for the same reason. Plus he creeps me out.
My dog was a classmate of Perry at A&M. He said Perry was a boner.
Wouldn't mind seeing that headline once in awhile.
No, we're just misinformed! It's the 2%ers who are really informed. If only the overwhelming majority of heartless Republicans and Independents who disagree with his liberal views on ILLEGAL could just see the light. If only.
Yell Leader Syndrome (YLS)
>>> Perry’s Problem: Voters Think He’s a Major A-Hole
His reaction to his preacher’s Mormon smear certainly moved me towards that position. A president should be better then that. From the strength of the drop-off afterward I don’t think I was alone in that reaction.
When it comes to giving taxpayer funded subsidies to ILLEGAL aliens he is just as liberal as California's Governor Moonbeam. That doesn't exactly look good on a 'Conservative' résumé. But it's La Raza Rick's history and he can't change it.
Thanks chesty_puller, I think it is a mistake for us to be attacking our Republican Candidates. The main stream media will be doing plenty of that.
Is this him?
Al Armendariz thinks Rick Perry is an azzhole too.
So does Lisa Jackson and Barry Obama.
Wrong, I do not think Perry is a Major As*hole, I know he is an As*hole,
I believe your husband.
Even the Rev. Al Sharpton hates him.
He really needs to do interviews that are relaxed and genuine. See the Piers Morgan interviews that made both Christy and Cain seem likeable. I thought his interview with Bill O last night was very good and Perry was more likeable when he smiled. He needs to do these interviews every night.
Say it isn’t so!
Yes, looks like the guy getting the hand J thing with the surgical glove in animal house.
I’m not exactly a big Perry supporter, but this is a poll taken of people who imagine themselves to be in fifth grade.
It just keeps getting stupider, doesn’t it?
Hey, you are ruining some bullies fun. :(
Whether it's Cain or Perry or even Newt, we need someone who will beat both Romney and Obama. We need to quit attacking every candidates but our own. It does no one any good. When people call me every name they know because I lean towards Perry, it does nothing to help Cain.
They both have faults. Perry couldn't out-debate the Rainman and every time Herman makes a mistake, the next day he says he was joking. I think Herman is a hell of a good man and should say, "let me clearify that". When people respect you it works. Perry is a Texan that understands gun rights better than anyone running. He also knows his stuff on energy.
You don’t run the 15th largest economy in the world successfully for 3 terms by being a jagoff.
This Texan agrees.
How could it be a taxpayer subsidy? I read that Texas would lose money if the in-state tuition law was repealed.
You know who a lot of Ohioans think is a bigger azzhole at the moment?
Gov John Kasic.
Ohioans are so tied to their Union gravy trains it is stunning.
I left in 1979 as I could see the writing on the wall.
I live in a “right to work state” now
Something that scares the pee out of union leaders.
Ed Schulz too!
Shame on you for pointing out the obvious!
It is my opinion that we are seeing some transference from whiny union types in Ohio that HATE what Kasic is doing and that they see Perry as running a state that Kasic is trying to emulate.
Palin should announce tommorrow before she fades into obscurity.
The race is up for grabs.
I don't remember calling him any names.
Take my last post out of your memory...it’s late and I’m stupid, Sorry