Skip to comments.Would 'Texas fatigue' hurt a Rick Perry presidential bid?
Posted on 06/16/2011 2:21:37 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
NEW YORK When George W. Bush left office, countless pundits proclaimed if not in so many words that it would be a chilly July in Dallas before Americans sent another Texan to the White House.
And sure enough, that argument is prominent in discussion of Gov. Rick Perry's potential presidential bid.
But with Republicans still searching for a front-runner, and Perry flirting with a run, Texas fatigue may prove less enduring than predicted.
"Why not? Listen, anything's better than Obama," said Philip Ragusa, the Republican chairman in Queens, just across the river from Manhattan, where Perry headlined a GOP dinner Tuesday.
After chatting with the governor, Ragusa his New York accent as thick as Perry's West Texas drawl came away impressed.
"It doesn't matter where a person comes from, and this person seems to have a stellar record," he said.
A NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey released Wednesday showed Perry in fourth place among registered Republican voters nationwide ahead of several candidates who have actually joined the race.
Mitt Romney, making his second run for president, led the pack at 30 percent, with Sarah Palin the party's last vice presidential nomineeat 14 percent. Pizza executive Herman Cain nudged past Perry with 12 percent, though he has already been in two televised presidential debates.
Perry drew 8 percent, a tick ahead of Rep. Ron Paul, a fellow Texan who entered this race, his third, with a nationwide following.
That suggests Texas fatigue may not be a huge issue in the GOP nominating contest. Even though some Republicans remain sour on Bush, for them, Texas remains a place where the economy has done well because conservatism is triumphant.
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Perry is a RINO douche....
“Maybe if he tries governing conservatively till 2016 he could convincingly turn from his socialist record.
I’d put Perry’s record up against Willard’s record and vote for Perry twice (well, if I lived in Chicago)...
Bush-II -- GWB - GOP establishment were the deciders (fool me once....)
The Bushes aren't Texans, they're carpetbaggers from Maine.
If the voters REALLY believe that Perry can turn the economy around (and that is a big if for many reasons, not the least of which is that he’ll have to scale the same MSM-pro-Romney mountain as the others have to), then I don’t think they will care about his past support of vaccines or corridors.
They might be wrong not to care about that, but I don’t think it will matter to them (the voters) whether they are wrong or not.
I realize that some could say, “well, you could say the same thing about Romney” but I don’t believe that is true for 5 reasons:
1. Nobody intelligent believes anything Romney says about anything
2. Massachusetts did NOT become a job-creation machine under Romney’s tenure
4. Magic underwear
5. RomneyCare (a bigger blemish than vaccines/corridor by a factor of about 10 billion)
Add in Carter (GA) and Clinton (AR) and you can say the ‘South’ hasn’t produced many stellar candidates.
Notice that Cain and Gingrich aren’t getting hit with Carter-itis, whereas Huckabee did get some Clinton-itis in 2008.
Of course, neither Cain nor Gingrich were state governors. Does that make a difference?
Cheney also endorsed Hutchison.
All in all, I doubt the country has had too many Texas governors. I think the majority perception is going to be that maybe that wouldn’t be such a bad thing.
You bring up a good point. And if Palin enters the race, I’m committed to continue backing her no matter what.
But she hasn’t entered the race. And one could argue that Perry — who also hasn’t officially entered — is actually showing more distinct signs of entering. What do you think the mass-quitting of Gingrich’s staff was all about? Those are all Perry people.
So suppose Palin doesn’t enter the race? In fact, suppose Palin ENDORSES Perry? I do not think that’s beyond the realm of possibility and, in fact, I believe there is some medium level of probability that could be attached to it.
Palin, like me, like many, many others, is scared to death at what Obama and the Communists are doing to our country. Scared to death. I speak for myself here, but I believe it’s also true of Palin.
My apprehension with Perry is that the GOP elite might force him to add JBush as his VP [shades of Reagan and GHW Bush].Was Reagan "forced" to take GHWB the way Kennedy was most likely "forced" to take LBJ?
I don't think so. I think the case was made to Reagan that "you need a perceived moderate on the ticket" and that Reagan bought it, voluntarily.
How the Bush's, who openly hate Perry, are going to "force" him to take one of them... what? you think they have dirt on Perry the way J Edgar Hoover had dirt on Kennedy?
But if the Bush’s supported Perry’s opponent in the Republican Governor primary, what is the “George Bush angle”?
I hope he jumps in because today’s polls are pretty dismal showing Romney way ahead of the current crop of republican candidates. And that poll also shows obama beating Romney. I think Perry can beat Romney. Bachman and the rest are in single digits and Palin hasn’t announced. We need a plan B.
We need a plan "P."
CA sent a bipartisan delegation a few months ago to figure out why CA businesses are relocating to TX en masse. I can tell you this legislature and the Lt. Gov didn't learn a thing. I saw the public portion of the meeting, Perry had a clear message about regulation reductions and streamlining, tort reforms, lower taxes and stability. They keep trying to find new ways to tax including empowering counties to add new layers of taxation in CA.
Of the candidates who have already announced, which one is your pick? If none meet your qualifications and Sarah decides not to run, who would you put up?
Medina is a truther fruitcake, and given her ties to Ron Paul most of us suspected what was revealed by her meltdown.
Asserting that the world trade center was taken down by planted explosives isn’t mere bad campaigning.
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