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Perry, Palin aren't running, just enjoying the ride
Beaumont Enterprise ^ | July 3, 2011 | Thomas Taschinger (I bet is a democrat)

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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; gopprimary; guesswork; hitpiece; junk; palin; pdsattack; perry; rickperry; sarahpalin; speculation
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Translation: PLEASE don't get into the GOP primary!!


1 posted on 07/03/2011 7:57:13 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: All

All in the Family: Texas Gov. Rick Perry directs Willow Palin(carrying infant Trig Palin)as Republican veep candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin arrives at San Antonio International Airport. Oct. 3, 2008.
2 posted on 07/03/2011 8:04:12 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
If Perry isn't serious, then somebody had better tell him quick! Especially since he is setting up for Iowa as we speak. Given his low name recognition compared to his favorable ratings, he is someone to be reckoned with when he does announce his candidacy. (Which may be this month.)
3 posted on 07/03/2011 8:05:27 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (Always Remember You're Unique.......(Just Like everyone Else.))
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

His back surgery has been done so he should be feeling better when he gets in.


4 posted on 07/03/2011 8:06:53 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
"If Perry isn't serious, then somebody had better tell him quick!"


Perry does look like he is getting ready to take the plunge.
5 posted on 07/03/2011 8:12:25 AM PDT by rob777
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

All our Texas “conservative” newspapers are doing their part.... Can we all say “yeller dog journalism”?


6 posted on 07/03/2011 8:17:28 AM PDT by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Turns out nothing happened, except she muffed the reason for Paul Revere's ride.

Stopped reading right there. This makes the article nearly worthless imo.

7 posted on 07/03/2011 8:17:35 AM PDT by MulberryDraw ( Switch off the EPA.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Cynical people, think cynically, that’s why they keep saying (and wishing) Palin won’t run. All the while, they know and believe otherwise.


8 posted on 07/03/2011 8:18:42 AM PDT by The Bronze Titan
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To: rob777

Perry understands the gravity of this particular race. Those who dally around will wind up stuck on the outside.


9 posted on 07/03/2011 8:18:50 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (Always Remember You're Unique.......(Just Like everyone Else.))
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To: rob777

“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.


10 posted on 07/03/2011 8:19:21 AM PDT by reasonisfaith (Leftist ideology is an intellectual failure, proven by the fact that it must be kept hidden. Morons.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This guy’s boss told him to write something on the Repub. candidates.


11 posted on 07/03/2011 8:19:39 AM PDT by frposty (I'm a simpleton)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Truly, I had no idea how many clairvoyants are out there.


12 posted on 07/03/2011 8:21:06 AM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: MulberryDraw
The sentence is factual in its context, Paul not not set out to get captured and warn the British. If your kid were ask the purpose of Paul's ride on his term test what would you tell him the answer was.
13 posted on 07/03/2011 8:22:26 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: The Bronze Titan
Are you the person that was posting she would move on the 4th?
14 posted on 07/03/2011 8:24:30 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: MulberryDraw

Right?


15 posted on 07/03/2011 8:32:47 AM PDT by thoolou ("I may have invented it, but Bill made it famous." - David Bradley, inventor of Ctrl-Alt-Del)
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To: org.whodat
If your kid were ask the purpose of Paul's ride...

Palin wasn't asked "the purpose" of Paul's ride.

16 posted on 07/03/2011 8:34:17 AM PDT by FreeReign
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To: FreeReign
That was the context of the statement made by the author of the topic, no one ask Palin anything, she just spouted off that line of gibberish about Paul and his ride. And that was what is was gibberish.
17 posted on 07/03/2011 8:39:17 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: MulberryDraw

“Palin as a money-making-machine and voice of the hard Right.” I stopped right here.


18 posted on 07/03/2011 8:39:47 AM PDT by liberty or death
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To: org.whodat
"The sentence is factual in its context, Paul not not set out to get captured and warn the British."


Of course he didn't. After being captured and asked at gun point for information, he told the British that there would be 500 Americans waiting for them as the result of his efforts. He was likely giving misinformation to cause them to pause. You just do not WARN the enemy in a time of war!!!! All of this spin about him "warning" the British is making an American hero look like a traitor!
19 posted on 07/03/2011 8:40:03 AM PDT by rob777
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To: MulberryDraw

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.


20 posted on 07/03/2011 8:40:34 AM PDT by presently no screen name ( The Palin Party: The Party of Patriots.)
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To: All

ENOUGH with the Paul Revere bs.

The Democrats are coming!


21 posted on 07/03/2011 8:42:05 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: liberty or death

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.


22 posted on 07/03/2011 8:43:46 AM PDT by presently no screen name ( The Palin Party: The Party of Patriots.)
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To: RichInOC

Exactly. The media do not report news - what already happened - they prophesy what they want to happen.


23 posted on 07/03/2011 8:47:01 AM PDT by presently no screen name ( The Palin Party: The Party of Patriots.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

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.
9 hours ago

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 :)


24 posted on 07/03/2011 8:51:27 AM PDT by jennychase
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

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.


25 posted on 07/03/2011 8:53:06 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The GOP is going to be serving up a big batch of Perry/Palin Kool-aid in 2012, guaranteed. The conservative masses will hail them as the Second-coming here to deliver America from Satan's helper, Barry Soetoro.

This is how that's going to play out for conservatives like it always does.


26 posted on 07/03/2011 8:57:24 AM PDT by Roninf5-1 (If ignorance is bliss why are so many Americans on anti-depressants?)
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To: American in Israel
....I suspect the “Right” is anyone not a dyed in the wool Marxist at this point.

Exactly. Public schools, by and large, have made sure that is the perception of normal, working Americans -- the Tea Party Americans.

27 posted on 07/03/2011 8:57:39 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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.....perception of normal, working Americans -- the Tea Party Americans.

....perception ABOUT normal, working Americans -- the Tea Party Americans.

28 posted on 07/03/2011 8:58:58 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

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.


29 posted on 07/03/2011 9:00:00 AM PDT by deport
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So, what's your point? That Palin owns the Presidency and that all she needs to do is declare to claim it? If that is what you think, you had better line up a good grief-loss counselor in advance.
30 posted on 07/03/2011 9:01:33 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (Always Remember You're Unique.......(Just Like everyone Else.))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

LMAO! Another “anyone but Sarah” article!! Love it!


31 posted on 07/03/2011 9:03:18 AM PDT by NoGrayZone ("Islamophobia: The irrational fear of being beheaded." Andrew Klavan of PJTV)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

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.


32 posted on 07/03/2011 9:04:01 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: The flash mob who wonÂ’t leave.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP; deport

“....The Republican Party of Iowa allocated space to GOP hopefuls in an auction last month. But outside groups can still reserve space—though 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....”

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/rick-perry-supporters-want-space-iowa-straw-poll-151306338.html


33 posted on 07/03/2011 9:05:02 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: deport
I have seen similar articles, which is why I posted the claim. I think that Ames Straw Poll is not the king maker that sets up the Iowa primary, it will be a combination of other venues as well as the result of Perry making an official declaration.

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.

34 posted on 07/03/2011 9:10:19 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (Always Remember You're Unique.......(Just Like everyone Else.))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“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”.

LLS


35 posted on 07/03/2011 9:11:51 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH"! I choose LIBERTY and PALIN!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I think if Palin and Perry entered the race on the same day, things would get delightfully lively. :)


36 posted on 07/03/2011 9:12:15 AM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: org.whodat
how do you know what the question was? To even say if the answer was correct or not. To this day I have not heard the question that was asked of Palin when she gave her answer. Since she had just come from the Paul Revere house and just done a tour.

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.

37 posted on 07/03/2011 9:15:38 AM PDT by unseen1
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To: Allegra

Bump!

“Lively” Indeed!


38 posted on 07/03/2011 9:18:22 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: GlockThe Vote
Oh contrare......,

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 don’t have to have a title, you don’t 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.

39 posted on 07/03/2011 9:20:43 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (Always Remember You're Unique.......(Just Like everyone Else.))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

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.


40 posted on 07/03/2011 9:24:17 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (Always Remember You're Unique.......(Just Like everyone Else.))
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

“Lively” like, It isn’t lively enough now?


41 posted on 07/03/2011 9:26:03 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: org.whodat

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.


42 posted on 07/03/2011 9:26:28 AM PDT by dools0007world (uestion)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

No doubt!


43 posted on 07/03/2011 9:26:35 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (Always Remember You're Unique.......(Just Like everyone Else.))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Polybius

As a ‘Potential’ Presidential Candidate, Life Is Good

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2743202/posts

Highly recommend reading posts 22 and 27 by Polybius, links direct to these posts;

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2743202/posts?page=22#22

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2743202/posts?page=27#27


44 posted on 07/03/2011 9:26:43 AM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Take your pick! :)

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45 posted on 07/03/2011 9:28:51 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: unseen1

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.


46 posted on 07/03/2011 9:32:07 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

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.


47 posted on 07/03/2011 9:32:18 AM PDT by Little Ray (Best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

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.


48 posted on 07/03/2011 9:32:35 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: org.whodat

got a link to the video or audio of where the reporter asked her that question?


49 posted on 07/03/2011 9:35:56 AM PDT by unseen1
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To: unseen1; org.whodat
The "gotcha" 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.

50 posted on 07/03/2011 9:40:10 AM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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