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Widespread Panic That Rick Perry Might Actually Win
The Atlantic ^ | 8-31-2011 | Elspeth Reeve

Posted on 08/31/2011 10:59:15 AM PDT by smoothsailing

Widespread Panic That Rick Perry Might Actually Win

Elspeth Reeve

August 31, 2011

Everyone's terrified of Rick Perry: lefties, righties, and definitely those coyotes he says he executes while jogging. Politico's Ben Smith and Maggie Haberman report that Perry has done what up to this point President Obama could not: "wake up the left." Activists--involved in everything from the death penalty, women's rights, gun control, and campaign finance--are just cold freaking the heck out. "To the degree to which progressives are disaffected and unenthusiastic -- this is their 'holy sh**' moment," Jennifer Palmieri, head of the Center for American Project Action Fund, told Politico. It's funny because many conservatives -- not just the dreaded establishment! -- think it's their own 'holy sh**' moment too."...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: fearfuldems; journolist; msm; perry2012; progressives; rickperry; sorosmsm; texas
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1 posted on 08/31/2011 10:59:17 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: shield

ping-a-ling!


2 posted on 08/31/2011 11:00:10 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

So now the latest attack on Perry is, don’t nominate him because you will wake up the sleeping left and they will be energized to re-elect Obama. Good strategy..... not!


3 posted on 08/31/2011 11:03:38 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: smoothsailing

No Panic among Border Criminals!


4 posted on 08/31/2011 11:03:49 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Carnival commie side show, started November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: smoothsailing

Certainly has a 1980 feel to it, though Perry is NO Reagan.


5 posted on 08/31/2011 11:03:59 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: smoothsailing
Wait for it . . . 1, 2, 3 . . .IT'S A LIBERAL RUSE!

THEY WANT PERRY TO WIN!

After all, he's a BilderbergerBrettonWoodsNewWorldOrderCouncilonForeignRelationFreeMasonBritishMonarchyIlluminatiBohemianGrover. /sarc :)
6 posted on 08/31/2011 11:05:25 AM PDT by Sudetenland (There can be no freedom without God--What man gives, man can take away.)
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To: smoothsailing

7 posted on 08/31/2011 11:06:05 AM PDT by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: Retired Greyhound

Even Reagan could not carry California today.

Instead of changing their policies, the Left has adopted the strategy in past decades of changing the voters, in order to have a voting base that is impervious to policy failure. Amnesty would be the finishing touch on that strategy.


8 posted on 08/31/2011 11:08:13 AM PDT by Meet the New Boss
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To: smoothsailing; Right Brother

(thanks Right Brother)

9 posted on 08/31/2011 11:09:31 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: smoothsailing

They should be afraid. Perry’s in his fourth term as governor of Texas, and has never lost an election in his life. He’s not perfect, but he’s clearly a dire threat to Barack Obama. And to a lot of the other Republican candidates, who are largely flawed themselves or lightweights by comparison.


10 posted on 08/31/2011 11:09:57 AM PDT by Steel Wolf ("Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master." - Gaius Sallustius Crispus)
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To: smoothsailing
...It's funny because many conservatives -- not just the dreaded establishment!...

Newsflash!! Conservatives have not been the "establishment" for decades.

11 posted on 08/31/2011 11:12:15 AM PDT by jeffc (Prayer. It's freedom of speech.)
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To: smoothsailing

While many on the right criticize Perry’s prior Democratic credentials - that could also be used to persuade current disaffected democrats that they too can “come to Jesus”.

Perry can empathize with the average Dem that he once, like them, believed the Dem Party was for middle class Americans and free market concepts.

He should stress that he came to the realization that he could no longer support the Dem Party in the direction it was headed and is both dismayed and appalled at the blatant anti-American, Marxist, socialist perversion that its leaders now represent.


12 posted on 08/31/2011 11:15:04 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair: Man's surrender. Laughter: God's redemption.)
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To: smoothsailing
Palin is coming, and the Tea Party is coming with her.

ineluctable

13 posted on 08/31/2011 11:17:37 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Palin is coming, and the Tea Party is coming with her.)
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To: smoothsailing


14 posted on 08/31/2011 11:17:50 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Sudetenland; All

“THEY WANT PERRY TO WIN” They also want Bachmann, Palin, Santorum, and a few others to win. In fact the only ones that might keep them asleep are Romney and the Chinese ambassador guy (darn this old age memory thing).


15 posted on 08/31/2011 11:18:10 AM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

Yeah, we better nominate Mitt so everyone can stay asleep.


16 posted on 08/31/2011 11:20:24 AM PDT by arrogantsob (Why do They hate her so much?)
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To: jeffc

The quote you post does not say that they were. Read it again.


17 posted on 08/31/2011 11:22:28 AM PDT by arrogantsob (Why do They hate her so much?)
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To: Retired Greyhound

The article does raise one interesting point. Perry tells the truth about SS. Are Americans willing to hear the truth? From what I’ve seen on FR, I’d say the answer is an unequivocal “no.”


18 posted on 08/31/2011 11:24:41 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: smoothsailing
That was the fastest 40 years we will ever experience!


19 posted on 08/31/2011 11:24:57 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Muslims who advocate, support, or carry out Jihad give the other 1% a bad name)
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To: smoothsailing

I am a libertarian leaning conservative. I can vote for Perry especially over RinoRom. Is he everything I want? No but combined with an ever more conservative house it will work.

SCOTUS appointments are not worth holding out for my perfect candidate.


20 posted on 08/31/2011 11:26:28 AM PDT by FreedomNotSafety
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; RoosterRedux; jonrick46; deepbluesea; RockinRight; TexMom7; potlatch; ...
Perry Ping....

IF you'd rather NOT be pinged FReepmail me.

IF you'd like to be added FReepmail me. Thanks.

21 posted on 08/31/2011 11:27:19 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: Steel Wolf

Rick Perry has run for a political office 10 times and has won all 10. He has never lost.
Allot of people have gone to the political graveyard by underestimating Rick Perry. It’s too soon for me to rally around any one candidate, but if Perry is the nominee, Obama without a doubt has to be gravely concerned that he will be number 11.


22 posted on 08/31/2011 11:27:34 AM PDT by NavyCanDo (Go Mama Grizzly! Palin 2012)
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To: opentalk

Wait, are you saying that Rick is his middle name? Oh no, just like Joe the Plumber (aka Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher) he’s obviously trying to pull one over on us. We can’t vote for him now...


23 posted on 08/31/2011 11:30:38 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Palin is coming, and the Tea Party is coming with her.

Perry is coming, Palin is coming with him, and the TEA Party is coming with both of them!

There, that's better...
24 posted on 08/31/2011 11:30:50 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Old Teufel Hunden
Wait, are you saying that Rick is his middle name?

It gets worse...his first name is James.

He's a J.R. ...from Texas...

25 posted on 08/31/2011 11:33:06 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: smoothsailing

No kidding. I overheard a group of older, upper middle class Jewish people in a restaurant last night talking about how “scary” Rick Perry was. There is obviously no thinking going on - too many people just absorb and repeat the media’s DNC talking points.


26 posted on 08/31/2011 11:33:10 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ( "The right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended." - Rowan Atkinson)
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To: Tex-Con-Man
"He's a J.R. ...from Texas..."

Oh nooooooooo!!!!!!


27 posted on 08/31/2011 11:35:16 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: achilles2000

Seniors may revolt, and they’re a big voting bloc. So Perry has to be careful.

The WW2 Generation was great in many ways, but, by and large, they have been selfish old geezers.


28 posted on 08/31/2011 11:35:22 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Old Teufel Hunden; opentalk
Wait, are you saying that Rick is his middle name? Oh no, just like Joe the Plumber (aka Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher) he’s obviously trying to pull one over on us. We can’t vote for him now...

Jimmy Carter and Rick Perry both have the same first name, James.

Jimmy Carter was once attacked by a giant killer rabbit.

Rick Perry's dog was once attacked by a giant killer coyote.

See the pattern?

We can't vote for Perry, he's just another Carter!

29 posted on 08/31/2011 11:38:01 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: sodpoodle

Leftists are really shaken that Perry was once one of them but got wise. They fear that could happen to other sheep in the flock. There is loser despair in their internet posts.


30 posted on 08/31/2011 11:40:20 AM PDT by Reeses (It's a safety net, not a hammock!)
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To: achilles2000

SS has gone to hell since we exported American jobs that paid into SS. Imported labor pays no SS. Putting 25+ million back paying into SS would sure put a dent in the SS problem.


31 posted on 08/31/2011 11:45:49 AM PDT by ex-snook ("Above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
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To: opentalk

32 posted on 08/31/2011 11:47:43 AM PDT by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: Retired Greyhound

So are most of their children and grandchildren. In fact, we ALL have to be careful about wanting to use government to give ourselves and people we care about other people’s money.


33 posted on 08/31/2011 11:48:44 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: Steel Wolf

But it would be interesting if they brought up the following questions for ALL presidential candidates to discuss:

1. What is your opinion of one-world-government?
2. What is your opinion of Islam’s rapid spread in our society?
3. Will you allow the establishment of sharia law in any form?
4. What is you opinion of global warming?
5. Will you repeal Obamacare?
6. Now that we are broke, are you going to continue sending aid to third world countries?


34 posted on 08/31/2011 11:48:57 AM PDT by 353FMG (Liberalism is Satan's handiwork.)
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To: Retired Greyhound

True...but he perhaps best captures that same sentiment and the same potential group of voters Reagan did back in ‘80.


35 posted on 08/31/2011 11:51:50 AM PDT by RockinRight (The ObamAA+ Downgrade)
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To: opentalk

Post #9. Great pic. I will be using that in the future. Many, many times. Thanks for posting. A thousand times thanks.


36 posted on 08/31/2011 11:51:58 AM PDT by samtheman (Perry/Cain'12; Sec Energy Palin)
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To: sodpoodle
Perry can empathize with the average Dem that he once, like them, believed the Dem Party was for middle class Americans and free market concepts.

Now THAT sounds like something a certain Governor of California would have said.

37 posted on 08/31/2011 11:53:16 AM PDT by RockinRight (The ObamAA+ Downgrade)
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To: smoothsailing
The leftist idiots and Media (same thing), had already hand picked Mitt Romney, ROFL. They just knew he would be the nominee, then along come RICK to upset their apple cart. Heard today Rush speak of Steppie Boy being a new best friend of Mitt, that aught to help you Mitt. lol

I for one just love it. For once we will pick our own, thank you.

38 posted on 08/31/2011 11:53:21 AM PDT by annieokie
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Where is she going?


39 posted on 08/31/2011 11:53:47 AM PDT by RockinRight (The ObamAA+ Downgrade)
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To: FreedomNotSafety

Question for you about your libertarian leaning. I used to say I was more libertarian than Republican until I read what they stand for on their own web site. My question is, do you know what they want/stand for?

From their own site they stand for: Abortion on demand, gay marriage, legalization of all drugs, legalization of prostitution, and open borders. The only thing I found that I agreed with them on was their gun rights stance and wanting smaller government. The rest of their ideas are just the same crap liberals want.

Since I learned exactly what they stand for I have determined that I am a Republican and a strong conservative one.


40 posted on 08/31/2011 11:53:49 AM PDT by RickB444 (What one receives without working for, another must work for without receiving.)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

His last name is two syllables too . . . J.R. Ewing - J.R. Perry . . . it can’t be a coincidence. :)


41 posted on 08/31/2011 11:55:43 AM PDT by Sudetenland (There can be no freedom without God--What man gives, man can take away.)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Let’s make a pact.

Instead of remaining silent, when we hear crap like that, butt in and say “why?”

It might be slightly rude, but if a bunch of us do it, we could either explain the truth, or at least understand the stupidity.

My wife, however, who is as conservative as me, typically attempts to keep my mouth shut for purposes of maintaining the peace.


42 posted on 08/31/2011 11:56:04 AM PDT by RockinRight (The ObamAA+ Downgrade)
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To: Steel Wolf
They should be afraid. Perry’s in his fourth term as governor of Texas, and has never lost an election in his life. He’s not perfect, but he’s clearly a dire threat to Barack Obama. And to a lot of the other Republican candidates, who are largely flawed themselves or lightweights by comparison.
The competition is going to fade into the sunset. Pawlenty saved himself a lot of trouble by getting out early.
43 posted on 08/31/2011 11:56:27 AM PDT by samtheman (Perry/Cain'12; Sec Energy Palin)
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To: Retired Greyhound
Yup.

Perry can win this but has to tread lightly. Explain unequivocally that nobody is taking anything away from them, rather, trying to ensure that their grandchildren, too, have something.

44 posted on 08/31/2011 11:57:31 AM PDT by RockinRight (The ObamAA+ Downgrade)
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To: achilles2000

No, Americans (present party excluded) are not ready to hear the truth. They would rather watch ESPN or “Pawn Stars” and not think about such unpleasant things.

I was talking to friend at work and suggested that he might want to buy some firearms and start building a food supply because you never know if you might need them some day in the event of a natural disaster or something. Anyhow, he assured me that everything was gonna be fine and laughed that I was a “conspiracy theorist”.

I really love that guy, but there’s just no helping some people. I wonder what all these people are going to do if the dollar becomes Zimbabwean tender and the “gubmint” cheese runs out?


45 posted on 08/31/2011 11:59:51 AM PDT by 3Fingas
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To: annieokie
The leftist idiots and Media (same thing), had already hand picked Mitt Romney, ROFL.

And Mitt wants us to know it! :o)

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46 posted on 08/31/2011 12:00:07 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: 353FMG
Sure. That would be a huge improvement over the "Coke or Pepsi" questions from the CNN debate, or the "Hey, how about you two fight to the death?" stuff from Fox.

Barack Obama's not going to be asked any hard questions, so we may as well draw a sharp contrast for the viewers.

47 posted on 08/31/2011 12:01:28 PM PDT by Steel Wolf ("Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master." - Gaius Sallustius Crispus)
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To: samtheman
One picture is worth many words. Freeper - Right Brother, posted it on another thread, countering the recent Politico article, --Is Rick Perry Dumb?
48 posted on 08/31/2011 12:05:58 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: smoothsailing

He is so has been, it is becoming boring. Reminds me of the AT&T commercial, were someone got the message late and makes a fool of themselves. That fits the media and MITT to a T, we are already on to something else now. heehee


49 posted on 08/31/2011 12:06:47 PM PDT by annieokie
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To: sodpoodle
While many on the right criticize Perry’s prior Democratic credentials - that could also be used to persuade current disaffected democrats that they too can “come to Jesus”.

Perry can empathize with the average Dem that he once, like them, believed the Dem Party was for middle class Americans and free market concepts.

He should stress that he came to the realization that he could no longer support the Dem Party in the direction it was headed and is both dismayed and appalled at the blatant anti-American, Marxist, socialist perversion that its leaders now represent.

You too can have a Zell Miller moment.
50 posted on 08/31/2011 12:08:18 PM PDT by samtheman (Perry/Cain'12; Sec Energy Palin)
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