Skip to comments.Speculation on Perry revs into overdrive
Posted on 08/09/2011 2:48:20 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
WASHINGTON After nearly three months of public posturing and private deliberation, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is looking very much like a presidential candidate.
...Here are 10 important steps on Perry's road ahead.
1. The tea party primary
....For Perry to defeat Romney, he must emerge as the conservative alternative.........
2. The money primary
By this time...Texas Gov. George W. Bush had raised more than $37 million. Perry, still a non-candidate, has raised zero.....
....Perry endorsed...Rudy Giuliani... This time, Perry is counting on the moderate Yankee to reciprocate.....
4. The Iowa caucuses
Iowa Republicans will be the first to choose delegates....[in]caucuses, slated for Jan. 16. No clear leader has emerged.........
5. The New Hampshire primary
While Iowa is tailor-made for a Perry breakthrough... "Live Free or Die" state has not been friendly to social conservatives in the past.....
6. The South Carolina primary
...very conservative, Southern state is fertile ground for Perry......
7. The sprint to Super Tuesday
"If he comes in and wins South Carolina, you can really see him being a steamroller and going through the rest of the campaign,"....
8. Bridges to the establishment
If Perry is standing after Super Tuesday, he'll need to make inroads with establishment Republicans to win a first-ballot majority at the [NRC].
9. Target: Tampa
Perry would have several goals at the GOP convention in Tampa: Unifying his party, defining the stakes of the 2012 election and taking aim at key swing states, starting with host Florida.
10. Next stop: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
With the nomination in hand, Perry would focus like a laser beam on the economy, comparing his Texas record of job creation and balanced budgets with President Barack Obama's record of rising unemployment and deficits....
(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...
You know the drill.
Perry endorsed an unlikely presidential candidate, Rudy Giuliani, and campaigned hard for the former New York mayor in Iowa. This time, Perry is counting on the moderate Yankee to reciprocate.
Obvious contradiction there!
No mention of Sarah Palin in the article. Why?
[snip]........”Now comes Perry, whose remarks on Saturday contained more religiosity than Bush ever uttered publicly, and whose supporters dont even think that church and state should be kept separate. And because of that, they interpret concerns about Perrys use of his office to promote one religion as criticism of his faith itself. You cant have a conversation when the response to If the governor wants to hold a day of prayer, maybe it should be open to all faiths is Why are you uncomfortable letting us pray?
Perrys willingness to rewrite the rules of politics is already injecting some excitement into the GOP race for the presidential nomination. But his willingness to rewrite the rules of civic religion and the establishment clause of the Constitution deserves more attention.”
“No mention of Sarah Palin in the article. Why?”
They are scared of the 800-pound girl gorilla in the corner.
This is one of those six of one and half dozen of the other things. Some places it will help, and others it will hurt. It’s calculated and obviously he thinks it will help more than hurt, but honestly, I am not so sure.
He didn’t TALK politics at the religious even, but he did politicize it whether he intended to or not. ALL the candidates know full well that anything they say or do will be fodder for the left stream.
sorry ‘bout that.
RINO Perry mandated PerryCARE on chaste
children to give taxpayer $$$$$ to Merck
for his Chief of Staff.
RINO Perry kept Open Borders.
RINO Perry leads the RINOs.
The first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Iowas Likely Caucus Participants shows that Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann attracts 22% support, while former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney earn 21%. Just slightly behind is Texas Congressman Ron Paul at 16%, followed by Texas Governor Rick Perry at 12% and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty at 11%.
Oh, wow. I’m sorry, and please understand that I mean no disrespect here, but I read the article. And I am still laughing over this:
“a lot of folks are scatterbrained. You slap ‘em and say, ‘Here is your focus.’ You don’t have to do that with Perry. What you do is you say, ‘Here is your focus,’ and he focuses on that and anybody who tries to get him off of it, he will not pay attention. ... “
I just watched Forrest Gump for the first time a few days ago...and the first thing I thought of when I read that was...Forrest Gump. Sorry. I just burst out laughing all over again. How am I gonna get this outta my head now?
OTOH, this is the first real laugh I have had for the past three days. CW, I owe ya one.
Here’s the link.
..........Just 49% of Pauls supporters would vote for the Republican nominee if their man does not win the nomination. Thats well below the total for other candidates. Fifteen percent (15%) of Pauls supporters would vote for President Obama over another Republican, and 22% would go the third party route. Its important to remember that part of the congressmans appeal is from his anti-war position which earns him support from many Democrats.
.....Thirty-four percent (34%) of the likely caucus participants consider themselves part of the Tea Party movement. Among these voters, Bachmann leads. Among those not part of the movement, Romney leads.......
“Just 49% of Pauls supporters would vote for the Republican nominee if their man does not win the nomination.”
Yes and that bears repeating. It is despicable and proof that 51% of his followers are simply cultists.
No mention of Sarah Palin in the article. Why?
“They are scared of the 800-pound girl gorilla in the corner.”
I suspect that Sarah has now done her research on Perry. Hopefully she runs to put in out of his misery.
“RINO Perry mandated PerryCARE on chaste
children to give taxpayer $$$$$ to Merck
for his Chief of Staff.”
If it was just PerryCARE a lot of still wouldn’t be so angry and perplexed. No, the intent was to give little girls a series of 3 shots so that they could have wild and crazy sex starting in their early teenage years.
...and no Mr. Governor, it wasn’t right-wing EXTREMISTS that wanted it stopped - it was loving parents that were trying to raise their kids in a moral way (and yes, believe it or not, many, many girls do make it through their teen years without wild and crazy sex every day).
I’ve been trying to gauge Perry by what other Texans think of him. It doesn’t seem that most Texans on this board are all that excited about a Perry presidential run. Why?
“I suspect that Sarah has now done her research on Perry. Hopefully she runs to put in out of his misery.”
Hopefully she runs to put him out of OUR misery! :)
I’m really tired of Governor Good Hair already.
“Ive been trying to gauge Perry by what other Texans think of him. It doesnt seem that most Texans on this board are all that excited about a Perry presidential run. Why?”
Just odd stuff, and that he’s almost an open-borders clone of Bush-43.
The odd stuff was this insane tollway/train/truckway/pipeline/power-line plan where he was grabbing 1000 foot wide corridors for something like 5000 miles throughout the state. The first phase was (and still is, to some extent) to sign contracts with private companies to build and then operate the tollways for 75 years. That in itself might be ok, but those companies won’t do it (or at least won’t hand over billions to the state to do it) unless they get monopoly protection, so these deals had non-compete clauses that prohibit the state from upgrading any nearby roads or highways that might affect their captive traffic (as far as I could see, an upgrade could be as little as re-paving). I don’t like that, and I suspect that the people having to pay 30 cents or more per mile (with no practical alternatives) to use these monsters won’t be all that thrilled either. Yes, we need capacity, our population doubles in 40 years - but adding lanes to existing highways and few well-placed new ones will pretty much take care of the problem.
Or does our population have to double in 40 years? It does if you’re an open-borders type. We have a State House and State Senate that is 2/3 Republican. They are part time, only meeting in January through May in odd-numbered years. It’s tough to get stuff during that time, even with a such a big majority. So they didn’t (other than voter ID). But things are different during special sessions that sometimes occur after the regular session. In our case, we had one just in June. Things are much easier - you identify a few topics, smooth out the rules (i.e., no supermajorities to pass) and if you have a conservative cause it should get through. We had our session, and sure enough, the Republicans, this time, managed to block Sanctuary City legislation from passing. Now the governor could call them back a second time, as he did when he wanted to impose a new business tax on us, and, in that case, a third time...eventually the legislature bends as they don’t want to spend their lives in Austin getting paid next to nothing. But he didn’t do that with Sanctuary Cities...he let it go after the first session, said he was ‘disappointed’ and now wants to to be president. We also have our own version of the Dream Act that he never touched, and lots of other open-borders stuff. Again, we’re 2/3s Republican, we would be putting Arizona and Alabama to shame if we had a real conservative running the state.
As to his overall performance...it’s pretty hard to mess up here. Oil prices have been high, we avoided the housing bubble thanks to our state constitution preventing cash-out refi’s, we have no income tax, our effective sales tax on new cars is around 4.5%, and we’re a right to work state. Bush-43 did fine as governor, Ann Richards did fine as governor, and just about anyone else without an agenda to wreck the state would have done just as well. The fact that he stumbled into the right job at the right time does not automatically qualify him for president.
His political instincts are a bit weird too. He started as a Democrat, which was fine here in the South. Phil Gramm and Ronald Reagan also started as Democrats. But Reagan had them figured out before 1970 and became a Republican. Gramm took a bit longer, but switched in 1983, after spending two years in the House watching the way the Dems treated Reagan. Perry took a lot longer. He stayed a Dem and even ran Al Gore’s Texas campaign for President in 1988. Now Gore was reasonably moderate at that time, but the Dems in the House were on the warpath to impeach Reagan at the same time, because of Iran Contra. Apparently, the ‘conservative’ Perry didn’t see a problem with that, as he stayed a Democrat until Reagan was finally out of office in 1989. That’s the hardest one for me to understand...if Perry is what he claims to be.
By the way, did you see his college transcript from Texas A&M last week, came out to a 2.16 GPA. We don’t need a genius running the country, but it would be nice to get someone that’s a bit above the 10th percentile.