Skip to comments.Perry, Palin aren't running, just enjoying the ride
Posted on 07/03/2011 7:57:06 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Rick Perry and Sarah Palin aren't stupid, no matter what you might think of them. They are riding a comet, and they are in no hurry to get off.
I'm talking about the possibility of running for president.
Neither one will probably take the plunge. Given the realities of modern campaigning and fund-raising, they'd already be in this thing if they were serious about it. Both are content in their real jobs - Perry as governor of a huge state, Palin as a money-making-machine and voice of the hard Right.
But why stop the fun?
As long as they are referred to as "possible" candidates, they have an influence that just can't be beat.
Every speech and political move they make is followed with enthusiasm by the 24-hour news cycle. Witness Palin's earlier bus tour of the East Coast. If she were officially a non-candidate, she'd attract little or no coverage for a stunt like that. But her bus was eagerly followed by packs of reporters who hung around her just in case something happened, like an announcement that she was running.
Turns out nothing happened, except she muffed the reason for Paul Revere's ride. ("Hey, you British! The British are coming!")
It's possible that a wavering candidate can attempt a what-the-heck late fling that defies all the conventional wisdom about how to run for president, but that's risky. It probably won't succeed, and you will probably look like an idiot when your candidacy inevitably craters.
That undoes everything that the earlier tease built up - that you are a serious person who deserves to be considered for the most important job on earth. In the case of Palin, who is wavering on the edge of respectability, that's a mistake you don't want to make.
No, this is something you want to stretch out as long as possible. You give major speeches on important issues. You go to meetings and conventions you'd otherwise blow off. If national interest is waning, you hint that you might be jumping in after all.
And it's always possible, of course, that lightning will strike and party elders will beg you to ride to the rescue if no strong contender emerges. In Perry's case, this raises his stock for a VP selection, though he probably doesn't want that either.
Eventually, the game will end. A front-runner will emerge, or the primary season will be so close that the Hamlet act runs out of steam.
But for a few weeks, or a few months, you are one of only a handful of people who might someday be ... the president of the United States. That's a heady feeling, and in fact you'd almost be a fool not to flirt with the idea.
Besides, if nothing else, you can always tell the grandkids about it some day.
His back surgery has been done so he should be feeling better when he gets in.
All our Texas “conservative” newspapers are doing their part.... Can we all say “yeller dog journalism”?
Stopped reading right there. This makes the article nearly worthless imo.
Cynical people, think cynically, that’s why they keep saying (and wishing) Palin won’t run. All the while, they know and believe otherwise.
Perry understands the gravity of this particular race. Those who dally around will wind up stuck on the outside.
“Perry does look like he is getting ready to take the plunge.”
Won’t hurt to have this image out there, in case Palin chooses him for vp.
This guy’s boss told him to write something on the Repub. candidates.
Truly, I had no idea how many clairvoyants are out there.
Palin wasn't asked "the purpose" of Paul's ride.
“Palin as a money-making-machine and voice of the hard Right.” I stopped right here.
That is exactly where I stopped reading. The media with their known propaganda to persuade - and no matter how long they have done this - idiots eat their crapola.
ENOUGH with the Paul Revere bs.
The Democrats are coming!
I didn’t get that far - so this is a ‘anyone but Sarah’ article. Fear reigns. The commie rats and rino’s have a lot at stack - their power to control what ‘we the people’ should be controlling.
Exactly. The media do not report news - what already happened - they prophesy what they want to happen.
HeyTammyBruce Tammy Bruce
With @O4Palin & Palinistas Palin already has stronger natl operation than any “declared” candidate. Unconventional yes, and pure Palin :)
9 hours ago
HeyTammyBruce Tammy Bruce
I have faith in @SarahPalinUSA’s decision-making process & the due diligence she affords it. She will win the presidency, on *her* terms.
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HeyTammyBruce Tammy Bruce
Palinistas: Keep ur powder dry, trust SP’s judgement, have patience re her decision. Reject the drama some prefer, keep eye on the prize :)
Just what is a hard right? With Harvard calling the 4th of July a right wing celebration, I suspect the “Right” is anyone not a dyed in the wool Marxist at this point.
This is how that's going to play out for conservatives like it always does.
Exactly. Public schools, by and large, have made sure that is the perception of normal, working Americans -- the Tea Party Americans.
....perception ABOUT normal, working Americans -- the Tea Party Americans.
Especially since he is setting up for Iowa as we speak.
The deadline for securing a speaking spot on the Ames Iowa Straw poll day passed on June 23 without an application from Perry. That said his people are still working on thing in Iowa as you said. Perry is scheduled to speak in SC on the same day as the Ames Iowa Straw poll. Some of his people are saying it maybe possible for him to be in both places at the same day. It appears they want to play some part in Ames.
Another article I read a few days ago said in essence that the Perry group is pulling together the info on how strong his fund raising support will/could be nationwide. Perry has indicated he doesn’t want to spend his time crisscrossing the country for fundraising but rather spend his time on political campaign events with the public. In other words he wants the money to be there without having to spend a lot of time doing the ground work. Or that’s how I read the article.
LMAO! Another “anyone but Sarah” article!! Love it!
The palinistas better have a good plan B if she does not run so that we can oust this communist wrecking ball obama next year.
“....The Republican Party of Iowa allocated space to GOP hopefuls in an auction last month. But outside groups can still reserve spacethough it’s unclear if Perry, should he attend, would be able to qualify for the poll or a speaking slot.
The Texas governor is scheduled to speak at a conference sponsored by the conservative blog RedState in South Carolina that day but a Perry spokesman told the Dallas Morning News his boss could still possibly attend both events....”
Parry will still make it known that he is a candidate even if he is not listed in the poll. The damage will be only small if at all.
“We are far more likely to see espionage and attacks from Japanese agents already here in Hawaii, than we are to see an all out assault on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Military.”
It is called “Wishful Thinking”.
I think if Palin and Perry entered the race on the same day, things would get delightfully lively. :)
the question could have been what did you learn today?
Her answer was historically correct. historians have backed her up. So provide the question she was asked. Or stuff it.
Palin has almost directly said that she plans on touring the country in support of candidates out to defeat Obama.
(Being a private citizen, I think I am a good example for others to show that you dont have to have a title, you dont have to hold national or statewide office in order to effect positive change and make a difference, she said.)
Given her negative ratings, that could also hurt us. Sort of like having GW Bush stumping for us.
Palin may play well with the Populist wing of the base, but she is still a lightening rod among the general public.
And would deeply split the conservative vote once again. In essence, another 2008 all over again.
Romney would then walk all over the general primaries like McCain did.
“Lively” like, It isn’t lively enough now?
And The Clintoon “did not have sex with......that woman....” either. Fact: Paul Revere warned the British. What does intention have to do with it? Nothing. Nothing at all.
As a ‘Potential’ Presidential Candidate, Life Is Good
Highly recommend reading posts 22 and 27 by Polybius, links direct to these posts;
She was not ask a question, the reporter ask her how were things going. Sort of one of those nice day statements, a good answer would have been wonderful. And her statement was not an answer, it was gibberish.
Actually, that would be a good thing.
Then, if we could Cain and Bachman to flip a coin and decide who gets to run, we’d be down to ONE conservatives candidate. Everybody endorses this one candidate, the conservative base gets behind them, and suddenly Romney, Huntsman, Gingrich and all the other RINOs are completely irrelevant.
Then its Obama’s turn.
Gov Palin and Gov Perry are both smart enough to not push the Right into the arms of a third party candidate. If they both run in the GOP primary, one of them would bow to the stronger candidate and then campaign for them. They are not destructive. They know a 3rd party choice would give Obama another 4 years to finish off this country.
got a link to the video or audio of where the reporter asked her that question?
"What have you seen so far today and what are you going to take away from your vistit?"
That is it verbatim and in its entirety.
It wasn't even about Paul Revere and it certainly was not a "gotcha" question.