Skip to comments.Perry runs Romney ragged
Posted on 09/05/2011 1:46:01 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney's loss is Rick Perry's gain in the 2012 Republican presidential race, as the Texas governor, a late starter in the wide-open Republican presidential field, is not only stealing support but also big-money backers from the former GOP front-runner.
Just look at California.
Four years ago, Mike Schroeder was California political director of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. This year, he dismisses Romney's second White House campaign as "disorganized."
"A lot of the energy that was for Romney has gone to Perry this time around,'' said Schroeder, who has not formally endorsed a candidate.
Former California assemblyman Scott Baugh, the influential head of the Orange County GOP, helped raise nearly $2 million for Romney in the last race in that perennial GOP fundraising gold mine. But recently, he co-hosted a "meet-and-greet" for Perry with local Republicans and calls the Texas governor "an authentic individual who has a clear vision for what the country needs."
Former California Republican Party chairman Shawn Steele remembers that in the last campaign, a "united" Orange County GOP leadership "flew to Boston and raised money for Mitt." Now, "they have deserted the ship."
Defections are exactly what Perry needs as he attempts to build a national grass-roots organization - and fundraising base - to maintain his newfound position as leader of the presidential pack.
Perry's goal is to raise as much money as possible before the Sept. 30 deadline for the presidential financial disclosure reports, which will be watched closely as a sign of Perry's political staying power.
"If he beats Romney in terms of third-quarter contributions, in spite of only having about half the time to raise the money, then that will be a major victory for Perry and a major blow to Romney," said Rice University's Jones.
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If Perry does raise more money than Romney in Q3, it is game over, barring a surprise.
The Obama machine is going to be a trip.
That SOB has been raising money for over a year.
I hope Perry pokes him in the nose
Although in all fairness to Romney only one of them was a cheerleader.
That’s all YOU got!!??
It is quite possible that he will proceed to lose it with his performance in the upcoming debates but I think not. My guess is that he will avoid making any huge blunders and will thus easily negotiate the low hurdle which confronts him as his test.
Because Perry has an enviable telegenic presence which rivals Romney's, his performance at the debates will be a success if he does not fail. If he avoids jaw-dropping gaffes he will have reassured the bulk of the party that he is an acceptable candidate because they have already concluded that his record is satisfactory. If he does not get trapped on immigration, health care, or some scandal, he will only increase his lead.
Therefore, he can easily outpace Romney and Bachmann merely by being adequate in debate. These columns one reads saying that he must outshine everyone to maintain his level of high expectations is exactly wrong. The contrary is true.
If Sarah Palin enters the race, her bar is considerably higher. She must affirmatively dispose of a 3 year long accumulated sense by a substantial portion of the party that she is not fit for the nomination or, if nominated, she is a risk to lose. That means that Sarah Palin must affirmatively win the debates and walk away as the clear winner. Hearts must beat faster for minds to be changed. That is a very high bar indeed.
To compound Palin's problems and to further raise the bar for her in the debates, she must so positively impress that she can overcome her lack of organization and her lack of funds. She might be able to do this because of her extraordinary personality and because of the extraordinary devotion of her supporters. If Palin slips in any way, or even merely fails to outshine everyone else, she will not be able to expand her base or fund her campaign adequately.
I remain of the opinion that you will not enter the race. Clearly, the train has nearly left the station.
What you have said is true.
It doesnt make Palin less Conservative than Perry, but it is true.
She Is behind in the race and the fact is she does not have a track record.
Nobody loves the underdog more than me, but its a very outside chance.
The money is now committed and flowing. Any candidate not firmly established by now is Texas Toast.
The thing is, Perry really knows how to establish a solid campaign, starting with the money and the monetary support. Without those things, no candidate can get farther than wishful thinking on Face Book.
GO RICK! GO! (Check's in the mail.)
Best For Sarah to bide her time.
As the GOP presidential field emerges from the traditional Labor Day starting gate, the candidates are confronting a sobering reality: Theyre already running out of time.
Though there are still months to go before Republicans start casting real primary ballots, party leaders say the dynamics of the race could be locked in place by the end of October. Thats because the Republican establishment which has largely stayed neutral in the GOP primary is about to start picking sides.
The emerging duel between the two Republicans presents an agonizing choice for donors who want to support the better general election candidate, but also want to be on board with the winner of the partys 2012 primary.
With elites hesitating over both the painfully cautious, independent-voter-friendly Romney and the blustery, activist-charming Perry, their affections could still turn either way in the next two months.
Put another way: Its shaping up as a choice between one candidate who looks electable and other who might be inevitable.
Donors could also scatter according to more parochial or self-interested concerns, the second ex-chair said, musing: If Im John Boehner and I look back at last cycle and saw most of my pick-ups were from New York do I want Perry on top of the ticket?
To Republican insiders who have already made their choice in the 2012 race, all the caution is starting to look an awful lot like dithering.
she has spewed about as much as she can, just above 4th grade now.
Her time has already run out and she lacks the organization skills or the funds to launch an effective campaign.
I wouldnt be that harsh, but she does need to establish a record of hard decisions.
My mistake. I was thinking you were speaking of Sarah.
Who the hell is the grotesque figure on the right Heir Goebbels?
The DU commies sends you their undying love. For doing their dirty work for them. (You must be proud.)
He aint proud, He’s just loud.
Voters (and donors) want to see the person they’re going to give their heart, sweat and money to out there taking it and giving it — they want them to win, to see a true leader for the United States of America.
The Jim DeMint Labor Day Forum in S.C. is today at 2:00.
The Reagan Library debate will be held Wednesday evening.
The Florida debate is scheduled for September 22.
We shall see what happens.
I like Jim Demint but I dont see him usurping Perry.
Wasnt Perry in SC today?
Looking forward to it! (Thanks for the update.)
Only serious and real candidates need apply.......(And will)
I wonder the same about you...
I’m ignoring you from here in out. (Waste of my time.)
I don’t know when he was going to S.C.
But he’ll be there today!
I hope that one day you realize that there is a difference between ideological purity and party politics.
Why do you live in Kollyvorniastan?
The land of reason?
The only way Perry will lose is if the party splits and attacks him.
We’ve had quite enough of your BS.
Ain't gonna happen.
I think he has the best shot, And I think he is conservative enough.
Whodat.org’s arguments are as weak as water
If Sarah Palin, the only other contender, enters the race and goes after Perry she will split the vote.
She cant praise him and damn him at the same time.
The Left wants her to split the vote.
Ain’t gonna happen.
I saw in NH Romney's trying to move to Perry's right on immigration claiming he opposed in-state tuition and supports a full fence.
“.......Political aide David Axelrod hinted that Obama will try to sharpen his differences with Republicans who insist on spending cuts in virtually every area and who refuse to let tax cuts expire, as scheduled, for the wealthiest.
It’s hard “to create an economy in which people can get decent jobs and raise a family at the same time we’re cutting back on our commitment to spending on education and research and development that will create innovation and jobs,” Axelrod said in an interview.
The Republicans’ “essential message is, let’s go back to the policies that helped get us in this mess,” he said, citing Wall Street deregulation and corporate tax breaks.
If GOP lawmakers, backed by the presidential hopefuls, continue to thwart Obama’s bid to mix targeted spending cuts with tax increases, Axelrod said, “we’re going to take our case to the American people.”......”
What a joke!
Even unions have pulled back support, retreating to their states to regroup and fight the new GOP strongholds.
Why back Romney, and already proven loser?
As usual, your post here was extremely thoughtful and well written. In this case, your #7 on this thread will be the object of scorn by some very vocal members of FR.
I think what you wrote in #7 is completely logical and, to a certain extent even obvious. But others will be angered by it and see you, the messenger, as a kind of villain. But I’m sure you already knew that when you posted.
As always, thanks for sharing your insights with the rest of us.
Rick Perry is a solid conservative, and it behooves you to admit it.
If you recall 2007, Romney is a nasty campaigner when losing. This thing is going to get very nasty and if far from over.
Really do not care what you have had enough of.
Rick Perry is a solid conservative, as much as it pains you to admit it.
It is clear that many have underestimated Gov. Palin.
The decision to enter and compete is hers, and
the public will LISTEN to them all.
Rick Perry has border issues, and issues regarding
his misunderstanding of what he did with PerryCARE.
These are neither small nor insurmountable.
That said, the next POTUS will be the candidate
most in resonance with the public ... which is ‘fed up’
with the political nonsense, lies, fascism and open borders.
And the other wears celestial underwear....whatever that is.