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.
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