Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Rick Perry, the Republicans’ Messiah? [ Republicans Fight For: Who is the Godliest of Us All?
Washington Post ^ | August 25, 2011 | Kathleen Parker

Posted on 08/26/2011 8:57:02 PM PDT by Steelfish

Rick Perry, the Republicans’ Messiah? By Kathleen Parker, Friday, August 26.

Rick Perry’s rapid lead over previous Republican front-runner Mitt Romney was predictable. But it is not a good sign for Republicans hoping to reclaim the White House and further highlights the crucial battle within GOP circles: Who is the godliest of us all?

That’s the mirror-mirror question for Republicans. Forget charisma, charm, intelligence, knowledge and that nuisance, “foreign policy experience.” The race of the moment concerns which candidate is the truest believer.

Rick Perry's meltdown on global warming

This was always a tough hurdle for Romney, whose Mormonism is reflexively distrusted by Southern evangelicals. Even so, in the absence of a better candidate, Romney had a fighting chance to win his party’s support. Then came Perry.

Talk about a perfect-storm, composite candidate. Combine Elmer Gantry’s nose for converts, Ronald Reagan’s folksy confidence and Sarah Palin’s disdain for the elites — and that dog hunts.

Perry doesn’t just believe, he evangelizes. He summons prayer meetings. He reads scripture while callers are on hold. Not incidentally, he’s a successful governor. Perhaps most important, he’s a wall-scaling fundraiser whose instincts make him a force of nature in the political landscape.

If you’re Romney, Perry is a nightmare that’s still there in the morning. If you’re Barack Obama, maybe not so much?

Perry’s political instincts were in evidence when he timed his entrance into the race just as everybody else was trying to grab straws in the Iowa poll. If life is high school in adult relief, Perry is the guy who shows up in a truck with a winch and pulls the car out of the ditch while those other guys are looking for a jack.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: kathleenparker; perry; rickperry

1 posted on 08/26/2011 8:57:07 PM PDT by Steelfish
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Steelfish
Rick Perry, the Republicans’ Messiah?

No, just another potential nominee amongst many.

2 posted on 08/26/2011 9:02:17 PM PDT by doc1019 (You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Steelfish

I would rather be on the side of someone with Godly morals than with a Godless skank who was nothing more than a lousy community organizer that had no experience at all.

I’m surprised this libtard could get off her knees long enough to type.


3 posted on 08/26/2011 9:02:53 PM PDT by mardi59
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Comment #4 Removed by Moderator

To: Steelfish

what the hell?


5 posted on 08/26/2011 9:05:52 PM PDT by television is just wrong
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tempest

http://www.txdreamactalliance.com/obtain-in-state-residency/


6 posted on 08/26/2011 9:06:06 PM PDT by Tempest (Google: Rick perry bi-national healthcare)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Steelfish

Kathleen Parker is losing her touch here.

She forgets that what lib columnists do at this juncture is try to provoke us religulous wingnuts into a denominational brawl over how many angels can dance on the head of a pin and whether J.C. is God and do the snake-handlers believe in the Trinity and all that good stuff.

Instead, she just lifts up her tail and contemptuously poops on all of us evenly.

Bad move. Gratuitous insults won’t advance her cause any.

P.S. and not believing in Global Warming is not the same as not believing in the theory of evolution.


7 posted on 08/26/2011 9:07:44 PM PDT by sinanju
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Steelfish
Faith and reason are not mutually exclusive, but Perry makes you think they are.

This woman is a prostitute that will do anything to get her dim mind back on TV. There is no evidence at all that Perry is the troglodyte that she paints him as. That is the elitist meme. Global warming has been proven a hoax outright, yet Parker still clings to it like the gospel. Who is the one here discounting reason to ridged conformity to the Green religion?

The Whore and her John.

8 posted on 08/26/2011 9:11:18 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tempest
Google: Rick perry bi-national healthcare

I did. All I see are conspiracy kook websites pushing some convoluted one world order BS.

9 posted on 08/26/2011 9:13:36 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Steelfish

I choose never again to read a column by any of the people that chose McCain for us then abandoned him to chase after their Messiah in the other party. This list includes Kathleeen Parker, Peggy Noonan, David Brooks.....


10 posted on 08/26/2011 9:13:40 PM PDT by Soul Seeker (“I will work every day to make Washington, D.C., as inconsequential in your lives as I can.”- Perr)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Steelfish

I don’t care about all this “Messiah” foolishness. I just want a American in charge.


11 posted on 08/26/2011 9:18:08 PM PDT by BigCinBigD
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Liberals dislike believing Christians and would institute a “no serious Christians need apply” religious test for office, a test that would exclude half the country. The media will shill for the anti-Christian bigots. Will we let them get away with it?
12 posted on 08/26/2011 9:18:50 PM PDT by Godwin1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

bookmark


13 posted on 08/26/2011 9:21:37 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (Perry 2012! A Conservative who can win!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Steelfish

and here I thought the liberals claimed it wasn’t OK, or fair, or legal, to mix politics and religion.


14 posted on 08/26/2011 9:27:35 PM PDT by UCANSEE2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Steelfish

Anyone who uses the word *messiah* when writing or speaking about politics is way over the edge already...unless they are quoting scripture. But to assign a label like that to ANY politician tells me they have already lost whatever credibility they ever thought they had.


15 posted on 08/26/2011 9:28:11 PM PDT by MestaMachine (If the truth hurts, prepare yourself for a LOT of pain.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tempest

That’s just offensive.


16 posted on 08/26/2011 9:29:38 PM PDT by newzjunkey
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: sinanju
and not believing in Global Warming is not the same as not believing in the theory of evolution.

True. Yet I would also mention that they are both the 'same' in that both are just used as 'labels' to stir up an argument amongst the masses, thereby dividing the nation, and the power of the people.

17 posted on 08/26/2011 9:31:43 PM PDT by UCANSEE2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Steelfish
Thank you moderator for removing the sacrilegious picture Tempest posted. You're on the ball.
18 posted on 08/26/2011 9:32:04 PM PDT by Texan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: newzjunkey

Thou shalt not use my name in a non-Texas accent

19 posted on 08/26/2011 9:33:33 PM PDT by Tempest (Google: Rick perry bi-national healthcare)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: doc1019

Can Peggy Noonan and Kathleen Parker please just have sex and die for crying out loud?! No, really!

Their rants are truly infantile!


20 posted on 08/26/2011 9:36:05 PM PDT by poobear (Facts, the TURD in the punchbowl of Liberal theory!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Steelfish
He's no messiah. He might not even be a nominee.

Did Kathleen write anything like this about Obama?

21 posted on 08/26/2011 9:39:06 PM PDT by newzjunkey
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Steelfish
Rick Perry, the Republicans’ Messiah?

I already know my Messiah; I'm just looking for a politician that respects our Constitution and loves our country.

22 posted on 08/26/2011 9:39:39 PM PDT by 5thGenTexan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BigCinBigD
I don’t care about all this “Messiah” foolishness. I just want a American in charge.

If they wish to 'argue' the Messiah point (which is clearly an attempt to mislead, and to counter the FACT that the same media declared Obama a Messiah), then top on the list of QUALIFICATIONS for CANDIDACY would be someone who works toward perfection in making moral choices on a daily basis.

If Perry fits that, then so be it. I don't think he is the only one, on the Republican/Conservative side. I can't think of one who even comes close on the Democrat/Liberal side.

It is troubling for the DEMS, as they don't really have another messiah candidate to run with. I wonder who they are going to support for President?

23 posted on 08/26/2011 9:42:47 PM PDT by UCANSEE2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Steelfish

KMA Kathleen.


24 posted on 08/26/2011 9:44:35 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If the Tea Party was a bunch of Islamofascist "rebels", would the state run "media" like us too?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Steelfish

Parker’s bound to know better.

As others have said, Christians already *have* a Messiah.

And even the non-Christian Conservatives are comfortable without making the President a Messiah.

It’s the other side, the ones who don’t even believe in the Creator, who are looking for a Messiah.


25 posted on 08/26/2011 9:44:53 PM PDT by hocndoc (http://WingRight.org)(I've got a mustard seed and I'm not afraid to use it.)(RIAing))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BigCinBigD
I just want a American in charge.

Me too. Among the elected/appointed ruling elite, there just aren't many Americans left. Should we get an American President, he/she will be way outnumbered.

26 posted on 08/26/2011 9:48:16 PM PDT by UCANSEE2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: hocndoc; Steelfish
(most important quote of the day -made by HOCNDOC)

"It’s the other side, the ones who don’t even believe in the Creator, who are looking for a Messiah."

And may I add, who are always looking for a 'new' Messiah.

27 posted on 08/26/2011 9:56:13 PM PDT by UCANSEE2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: Soul Seeker
Traveled across the country today and read all three columns. Global warming is used in 2 or 3. Evolution in 2 or 3. No mention of anthropogenic global warming or intelligent design re evolution. On the same day, all 3 treat Perry as if he were a snake oil salesman.

Coincidence? Bridge in Brooklyn?

28 posted on 08/26/2011 9:56:20 PM PDT by masadaman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: hocndoc; Steelfish

On the other hand, I wouldn’t mind a good conservative evangilist to lead our revival!


29 posted on 08/26/2011 9:58:44 PM PDT by hocndoc (http://WingRight.org)(I've got a mustard seed and I'm not afraid to use it.)(RIAing))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: UCANSEE2
who are always looking for a 'new' Messiah

Now, now; they need someone to replace yesterday's failed messiah.

30 posted on 08/26/2011 10:30:26 PM PDT by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: eclecticEel

Where would Christianity be if Jesus had gone golfing?


31 posted on 08/26/2011 10:35:18 PM PDT by UCANSEE2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: sinanju

Are Kathleen Parker and Peggy Noonan sharing a crack pipe?


32 posted on 08/26/2011 11:16:29 PM PDT by gigster (Cogito, Ergo, Ronaldus Magnus Conservatus)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Steelfish
The American people are ready for the Republicans to put forth a leader whom they can believe will lead us out of the mess that seventy years of liberalism have created. However, they aren't going to abandon every tenet of that liberalism between now and November 2012. Obama has shown himself to be pathetic. He's in water far too deep for his talents and skills. Even so, the GOP has to put forth a candidate who doesn't appear to be just as pathetic and out of his depth as Obama is. That means we have to put forth a candidate who doesn't perfectly match the voters' view of an ignorant hick.

The problem is not primarily that Rick Perry was a "C" student in college. He may have had more basic science classes than any major presidential candidate that we've had since Jimmy Carter, and maybe none of the others would have done better than making C's either. The problem is not that he doesn't believe that global warming is real. Many of us are skeptics. The problem is not that he seems to believe that the earth is 6,000 years old. Many of us don't know or care how old the earth is. The problem is that he's created an image that makes his approach to all of these things seem to be based on ignorance rather than reason.

"Intellectual" as an adjective means having to do with knowledge, reason, and thought. "Intellectual" as a noun technically means someone who engages in intellectual pursuits, but many of us have come to see "intellectual" as a noun simply describing people who sit around patting themselves on the back for being better than the rest of us. This country has had three years to see the folly of electing a president who is an "intellectual," but most of us aren't looking for someone who isn't "intellectual."

Sadly, some Republicans and conservatives seem to be value anti-intellectualism. They want someone who tries as hard as he can to be stupid or at least affect a stupid image. In their hunger for image over substance, they show the same shallowness that defines many Democrats. In that same spirit of shallowness, they are willing to overlook the Texas DREAM Act, Gardasil-gate, and the Rudy Giuliani endorsement because they think they see conservatism in Perry's anti-intellectual schtick.

If these people succeed in nominating Rick Perry, they will hand Obama another four years in the White House. The country may be looking for a good alternative to Obama, but they aren't looking for an anti-intellectual. They want someone who thinks well and speaks well. Rick Perry isn't that candidate.

33 posted on 08/27/2011 12:38:01 AM PDT by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Steelfish; All
Has anybody noticed that these articles almost seem to be attempts by the authors to convince themselves the President will be reelected more than anyone else?

Look, I consider myself a political realist, and I still think that as the incumbent, he should be considered the favorite.

But if only 25% of Americans think Obama knows what he's doing with the economy, and Perry gets out the message that 40% of the jobs that were created since 2009 were created in TX, does she really think that people aren't going to vote for him because he doesn't believe in evolution?

I think she may be the one basing her vote on religion, and her bet that the rest of the country will, will be a losing one.

34 posted on 08/27/2011 3:01:26 AM PDT by trickamsterdam (District: Red-light...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Steelfish

Not my messiah in any shape or form, I just cannot shake the bad vibes I get off this guy.


35 posted on 08/27/2011 3:11:44 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Daniel J. Ramsey 1956-2012)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: UCANSEE2

(blush,)


36 posted on 08/27/2011 3:14:42 AM PDT by hocndoc (http://WingRight.org)(I've got a mustard seed and I'm not afraid to use it.)(RIAing))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: doc1019
No, just another potential nominee amongst many.

Absolutely - it should be obvious that most real conservatives worship God, not other men. It is ironic that the largely God-less Left is the entity that worships and adores men as gods.

37 posted on 08/27/2011 3:44:28 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: trickamsterdam; All
Has anybody noticed that these articles almost seem to be attempts by the authors to convince themselves the President will be reelected more than anyone else?

Yes.

I also believe that the attempt to denigrate an American Presidential candidate by claiming that he is religious is counterproductive. These people think that this would cost Perry votes. I think he gains them.

Even intelligent atheists and agnostics would prefer a Christian president. What modern Christian has committed the horrors of a Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, or Castro?

38 posted on 08/27/2011 4:28:12 AM PDT by marktwain (In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: Steelfish

Who is more pathetic and less relevant: Peggy Noonan or Kathleen Parker? I’m voting for Kathleen, because Peggy actually produced some interesting work, in the far-off past.


39 posted on 08/27/2011 5:08:20 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("There is only one remedy for ignorance and thoughtlessness, and that is literacy." R. Mitchell)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson