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.
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.
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