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Rick Perry has Distanced Himself from George W. Bush's Brand of Conservatism
Washington Post ^ | August 29, 2011 | Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on 08/29/2011 6:46:20 AM PDT by DRey

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, like most of the other the GOP presidential hopefuls, says his campaign is about undoing the decisions of President Obama. But Perry also presents a stark alternative to the last Republican to occupy the White House, his fellow Texan George W. Bush.

In his writings and speeches before he entered the race, Perry shared the view, widely held among conservatives, that Bush’s government spending habits in office were a betrayal of the GOP’s core fiscal principles. But Perry went further, dismissing “compassionate conservatism,” the central tenet of Bush’s domestic policy, as just more overreach by the federal government.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: bush; bushfailure; bushlegacy; bushliberal; bushrino; bushsucked; compassionate; conservatism; gwb43; meetthenewboss; perry
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“The branding of compassionate conservatism meant that the GOP was sending the wrong signal, that conservatism alone wasn’t sufficient or worse yet, was somehow flawed and had to be re-branded,” Perry wrote in his 2010 book “Fed Up.”
1 posted on 08/29/2011 6:46:26 AM PDT by DRey
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To: DRey

“Exaggerated sensitiveness is an expression of the feeling of inferiority.” Alfred Adler


2 posted on 08/29/2011 6:49:34 AM PDT by SMARTY (A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers.)
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To: DRey
In the last Texas Governor's race, 2010, much of the Bush Adminstration supported Rick Perry's opponent, Kay Bailey Hutchison.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2010-texas-governors-race/explaining-the-rick-perry-bush-clan-divide/
1/22/2010

In the intra-Republican party fight for Texas governor, 41 {G.H.W. Bush} has chosen U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison over Gov. Rick Perry. He joins his close friend, longtime consigliere, and former White House chief-of-staff James Baker, who endorsed Hutchison earlier this week, and a long list of his son George W. Bush's closest associates in lining up behind the challenger to the incumbent. Hutchison has the public backing of former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, and former Counselor to the President and communications director Karen Hughes, and she's being advised by former Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove.

3 posted on 08/29/2011 6:50:32 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: DRey
We might as well just get used to it: President Perry
4 posted on 08/29/2011 6:51:31 AM PDT by jla
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To: DRey
“The branding of compassionate conservatism meant that the GOP was sending the wrong signal, that conservatism alone wasn’t sufficient or worse yet, was somehow flawed and had to be re-branded,” Perry wrote in his 2010 book “Fed Up.”

Amen, bro. Conservatism is by its very definition compassionate.

As much as I love Sarah Palin, I would say the same thing about her Common Sense Conservatism slogan.

Conservatism by its very nature is rooted in common sense.

5 posted on 08/29/2011 6:51:31 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: DRey

Thank God he has. “Compassionate Conservatism” was not conservatism, period. It was Christian Socialism. It lead to the mess we have today and there is nothing compassionate about running up a huge debt because “when people hurt, government has to move” or whatever other nonsense Bush was spewing.


6 posted on 08/29/2011 6:51:48 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: DRey

Bush was a conservative?


7 posted on 08/29/2011 6:52:38 AM PDT by lurk
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To: DRey
Perry shared the view, widely held among conservatives, that Bush’s government spending habits in office were a betrayal of the GOP’s core fiscal principles.

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Wait a minute here, Washington Post. You're rocking my world.

I thought we Conservatives were all a bunch of brainwashed Bushbots who applauded anything and everything Bush said and did.

8 posted on 08/29/2011 6:53:48 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Texas Eagle

“Conservatism by its very nature is rooted in common sense.”

Not when conservatism is distorted into a mere slogan for “We in the ruling class can run your life better than you can.”


9 posted on 08/29/2011 6:54:14 AM PDT by reasonisfaith (Or, more accurately--reason serves faith.)
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To: jla

The chips are starting to fall into place to repeat 1980, but it’s Perry, not Palin, playing Reagan. Obama is playing Jimmah, of course. The only question is, will Trump (or perhaps Hillary or Kucinich) jump in and play John Anderson?


10 posted on 08/29/2011 6:54:38 AM PDT by RockinRight (The ObamAA+ Downgrade)
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To: DRey
Good talking points...but how does he sqaure them with his "compassionate" view of allowing illegal aliens to remain in this country and their kids to get state subsdidized educations with tax payer monies?

I like most of what Perry says and what he has done...but I cannot condone or let pass his stance on the immigraion issues...nor will I forget his pandering to La Raza in his speech to that organization in San Antonio in 2010 while campagning for governor.

IMHO, he should never have set foot there. He should have called them what they are...that organization is a racist organization dedicated to the dismembering of the United States and not worthy of recognition in any form IMHO.

Having said that, if it comes down to Obama or Perry, Perry will get my vote. But through the primaries, I must support somone who not only gets the economy and other critical issues right, but also get it right on immigration.

11 posted on 08/29/2011 6:55:22 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Texas Eagle

No kidding. I couldn’t quite believe my eyes seeing this in the WaPo.


12 posted on 08/29/2011 6:55:30 AM PDT by DRey (Perry/Rubio 2012)
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To: reasonisfaith
Not when conservatism is distorted into a mere slogan for “We in the ruling class can run your life better than you can.”

Which is exactly what qualifiers like "Compassionate Conservatism" and "Common Sense Conservatism" connote.

13 posted on 08/29/2011 6:55:44 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: DRey

...for now.


14 posted on 08/29/2011 6:57:07 AM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Texas Eagle

So what does it mean when the Washington Post starts trying to portray a candidate as a conservative, during a time when the political demand is for conservatism?

It doesn’t mean the Washington Post has suddenly become honest. It means the Washington Post has picked the guy they want for the Republican nominee, and that guy is Rick Perry.


15 posted on 08/29/2011 6:57:50 AM PDT by reasonisfaith (Or, more accurately--reason serves faith.)
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To: DRey
No kidding. I couldn’t quite believe my eyes seeing this in the WaPo.

They'll revert to form after the primary is over. Then we will all be Perrybots or Palinbots or Bachmannbots.

For the WaPo, right now it's all about raking muck within the Republican Party.

16 posted on 08/29/2011 6:58:01 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: DRey

Liberals claim their programs are compassionate, too. Is there really anything fundamentally different between giving $30 billion to Africans for AIDS and handing out welfare checks to the poor? I could argue welfare checks at least go to fellow Americans. Compassionate conservatism is essentially big government liberalism. It’s all about spending other people’s money on what should be one’s own private causes.

If Governor Perry is truly against compassionate conservatism, then that is a major plus in his favor.


17 posted on 08/29/2011 6:58:06 AM PDT by CitizenUSA (What's so special about being bad? Bad is easy. Anyone can do bad.)
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To: Jeff Head

Jeff, you are way too reasonable for FR these days.


18 posted on 08/29/2011 6:58:36 AM PDT by DRey (Perry/Rubio 2012)
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To: Texas Eagle

Not if it comes from outside the ruling class, as it does with Palin.


19 posted on 08/29/2011 6:58:48 AM PDT by reasonisfaith (Or, more accurately--reason serves faith.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; RoosterRedux; jonrick46; deepbluesea; RockinRight; TexMom7; potlatch; ...
Perry Ping....

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20 posted on 08/29/2011 6:58:51 AM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
“Compassionate Conservatism” was not conservatism, period. It was Christian Socialism.

Yep. It was the same brand of governance that Wilson employed.
21 posted on 08/29/2011 6:59:06 AM PDT by arderkrag (Georgia is God's Country. LOOKING FOR ROLEPLAYERS. Check Profile.)
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To: DRey
The "face" of "compassionate" conservatism .......


22 posted on 08/29/2011 7:01:16 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: RockinRight

23 posted on 08/29/2011 7:01:23 AM PDT by arderkrag (Georgia is God's Country. LOOKING FOR ROLEPLAYERS. Check Profile.)
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To: DRey

george w bush was not a conservative.

nor was george h w.

nor was prescott bush.

they were all spend big progressives.


24 posted on 08/29/2011 7:01:26 AM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: jla

Would you prefer President Obama?


25 posted on 08/29/2011 7:02:11 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: DRey
In his writings and speeches before he entered the race, Perry shared the view, widely held among conservatives, that Bush’s government spending habits in office were a betrayal of the GOP’s core fiscal principles.

And yet, Rick Perry supported TARP, and, more recently, raising the debt ceiling by $2.4 TRILLION dollars.

If there's a disconnect between campaign rhetoric and reality, I'll believe the reality every time.

26 posted on 08/29/2011 7:03:19 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (The first duty of all: Provide equal protection for the right to life of all innocent persons.)
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To: reasonisfaith
It doesn’t mean the Washington Post has suddenly become honest. It means the Washington Post has picked the guy they want for the Republican nominee, and that guy is Rick Perry.

My theory is that WaPo is merely raking muck within The Republican Party. Whoever the Republican nominee is, they will focus on the pertinent disagreeability that nominee has with a certain faction within The Republican Party.

WaPo is trying to foment discord between Perrybots and Bushbots.

Some people will fall for it. Hopefully not enough.

27 posted on 08/29/2011 7:03:27 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: shield

I’d like to be on your ping list, but can’t freep-mail you from work. Could you add me, please?
Thanks!
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28 posted on 08/29/2011 7:03:37 AM PDT by SueAngel
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To: ilovesarah2012

I think she meant that in a good way.


29 posted on 08/29/2011 7:03:51 AM PDT by DRey (Perry/Rubio 2012)
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To: reasonisfaith
It doesn’t mean the Washington Post has suddenly become honest. It means the Washington Post has picked the guy they want for the Republican nominee, and that guy is Rick Perry.

LOL. You've got it completely wrong. The WAPO is writing this article to its independent and squishy moderate readership that generally votes GOP. They DON'T want Rick Perry and they are trying to scare this group into voting for THEIR GUY ... Milt Romney.

30 posted on 08/29/2011 7:04:58 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Texas Eagle

My theory is they’re writing to liberals, freaking them out even more — Perry is MORE CONSERVATIVE than BUSH?!! You know, trying to get them fired up to fight the evil right winger.


31 posted on 08/29/2011 7:06:02 AM PDT by DRey (Perry/Rubio 2012)
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To: Servant of the Cross
they are trying to scare this group into voting for THEIR GUY ... Milt Romney.

If that's the case, they're more terrified of Perry than I suspected.

Hey, where are all the Perry haters? I should be black and blue by now.
32 posted on 08/29/2011 7:07:53 AM PDT by DRey (Perry/Rubio 2012)
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To: DRey

The media really wants us to go with Rick Perry.

Are we going to give the media what they want? :(


33 posted on 08/29/2011 7:08:13 AM PDT by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: reasonisfaith
Not if it comes from outside the ruling class, as it does with Palin.

Again, I love Sarah Palin, but, to me, any attempt to modify, qualify or make Conservatism SOUND more appealing only results in watering down Conservatism.

Where the person stands on The Ruling Class spectrum is immaterial.

34 posted on 08/29/2011 7:08:16 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: RockinRight

Watch for Hilary to be “asked” by the Dems to run if Obama’s numbers keep going down. If he comes out with the same tax the rich, shovel ready, we need more stimulus money, QE infinity crap, I don’t think even the Democratic base is going to buy it. Yea I know the hard core left and the “Obama is the Savior” crowd will follow him into the abyss but those few Dems who have at least one eye open are going to continue to become restless. They won’t want to vote Republican so the call for someone, most likely Hilary, will go out.


35 posted on 08/29/2011 7:08:55 AM PDT by Graneros ("It is no exaggeration to say that the undecided could go one way or another.")
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To: Texas Eagle
My theory is that WaPo is merely raking muck within The Republican Party ... Some people will fall for it.


36 posted on 08/29/2011 7:08:56 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross; Texas Eagle

Could be you guys are right, at least partly.

But I have no doubt the establishment class would prefer Rick Perry over Sarah Palin, because they know they could keep him in line.

With Palin, all bets would be off and those dirty little buggers know it.


37 posted on 08/29/2011 7:09:18 AM PDT by reasonisfaith (Or, more accurately--reason serves faith.)
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To: DRey

Or it could be both.


38 posted on 08/29/2011 7:09:40 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Is your post supposed to make sense? If so, please expound.


39 posted on 08/29/2011 7:09:57 AM PDT by jla
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To: EternalVigilance

Those buying the fantasy of a vast divide between Bush and Mitt Perry need to take a look at Perry’s campaign team.


40 posted on 08/29/2011 7:10:41 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: cripplecreek

Oh, thank goodness. I was starting to feel naked (and bored) without our resident Perry haters on the thread.


41 posted on 08/29/2011 7:12:10 AM PDT by DRey (Perry/Rubio 2012)
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To: reasonisfaith
But I have no doubt the establishment class would prefer Rick Perry over Sarah Palin, because they know they could keep him in line.

Perhaps. Don't take this wrong, but if we're pinning our hopes on who or what The Establishment Class controls, we've alreadly lost the fight.

It's up to us to keep our elected officials in line.

42 posted on 08/29/2011 7:13:26 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: DRey

lol


43 posted on 08/29/2011 7:14:33 AM PDT by lahargis
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To: DRey

What’s the matter boy, afraid people will look to closely at people like Dave Carney?


44 posted on 08/29/2011 7:15:12 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: Texas Eagle

How can you “water down” something merely by reminding people what it is?

If your claim is correct, you should never refer to the United States as the greatest nation in history. You should never refer to football as a rough sport. Or to deer meat as having a gamey flavor. Or FreeRepublic as one of the the foremost conservative websites.

To avoid “watering down.”


45 posted on 08/29/2011 7:15:30 AM PDT by reasonisfaith (Or, more accurately--reason serves faith.)
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To: DRey

Where is the article at the Washington Post? All I got was a title and one sentence.


46 posted on 08/29/2011 7:16:08 AM PDT by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: Jeff Head

I can go that path with you. For me there must be someone down the path that doesn’t have the social linen to clean that Perry must do.Perhaps some Cain, some Bachmann, some Palin and even some Trump can be used to make a platform for even Perry. I do like much of what Perry is showing.


47 posted on 08/29/2011 7:17:24 AM PDT by noinfringers2
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To: Jeff Head

The problem is that most of the contenders are pro-illegals. Yes, they use the 'secure the border' canard, but most are on to same page -- can't deport 20 million illegals, yada yada yada {although Mexico did}.


48 posted on 08/29/2011 7:17:30 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: jla

You said “We might as well just get used to it: President Perry” as if it was a bad thing. He isn’t my perfect candidate by a long shot, but if he can beat Obama, I’m in.


49 posted on 08/29/2011 7:17:33 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Texas Eagle

“It’s up to us to keep our elected officials in line.”

That’s exactly the point. Palin is the only one who would keep herself in line.

And yes, to gauge a candidate by the reaction of an opposition group is not only appropriate, it’s necessary.


50 posted on 08/29/2011 7:17:43 AM PDT by reasonisfaith (Or, more accurately--reason serves faith.)
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