Skip to comments.Does Perry have a plan? (We need more detailed answers to policy questions than just “Texas.”)
Posted on 09/28/2011 10:29:25 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Yesterday, I wrote that Rick Perry needs to stop worrying so much about his competitors in the Republican primary fight and start laying out his own plans for a Perry presidency in order to claim the mantle of a front-runner. Jill Lawrence at the Daily Beast decided to take a look at Perry’s website to see what kind of argument that might be, and discovered why Perry might be a little too focused on attacking Romney:
In public at least, Rick Perry is among those writing off his stumbling debate performances as a verbal problemas in, hes not a slick, smooth talker like President Obama or Mitt Romney. But Perry would be less of a piñata, and sound more like a president, if he had laid out a full platform.
When Perry is under fire over some aspect of his Texas record, he hasnt pivoted to signature plans for jobs or foreign policy. A spin through Perrys website underscores the problem. Under Jobs, we find five paragraphs of conservative boilerplate. The most detailed sentence refers to low taxes, reasonable regulations, a predictable civil litigation system and an educated workforce.
Perry has only been in the race for a few weeks, Lawrence notes, and the campaign tells her that full policy papers will come “at a time of our choosing.” That makes sense for a candidate who is just entering the race when it’s early in the cycle, but it’s not early any more. Voters will have to make choices in four months, and the debates are taking place right now.
Perry’s competition have already laid out specifics on economic policy, especially his toughest foe, Mitt Romney, whose plan is detailed enough to be a 160-page book. Herman Cain has his 9-9-9 plan, and even Jon Huntsman — who may not qualify for the next debate — has an economic plan that the Wall Street Journal takes seriously enough to review and praise. Not having anything beyond a few boilerplate conservative concepts doesn’t give voters a reason to positively support Perry, and being this far behind the others on stage puts him in a weak position to answer policy questions on the most important issue in the upcoming elections. Not only does it make Perry sound unprepared, it has forced him into an explosion of cliches during the debates, according to Eric Ostermeier at Smart Politics.
That would still be all right if Perry focused on introducing himself rather than just go on the attack against Romney, but that’s not the direction Perry has taken. Instead, he’s gone on the attack over Romney’s book (getting a three-Pinocchio review from WaPo’s Glenn Kessler for his second campaign ad), and doesn’t appear ready to change direction at all:
Rick Perrys widely panned debate performances? Just a hiccup. Any major changes in debate prep? None planned. His unexpected and deflating Florida straw poll loss last weekend? Not a big deal.
Even as some of his supporters grow anxious, the Texas governors top aides insist they have no plans for real or even symbolic changes to their campaign. The only pivot theyll make, they say, is to become more aggressive with Mitt Romney.
The defiant response in the face of nearly a week of sharp criticism is a reflection of Perrys own pugnacious style the best defense is a good offense. But its also a signal from the Austin powers about what they view as the bed-wetting within the GOP political class.
The Texans aides downplay the tele-town-halls Perry had Monday night with Iowa and South Carolina Republicans as having been long-planned – not exercises in reassurance. And the economic speech Perry has slated for Friday wont feature a major policy roll-out.
Were not going to change what were doing, said Perry spokesman Mark Miner. Its a long race.
This points out the problem of late-race entries, because the time for introductions and policy rollouts gets crunched into weeks. Unfortunately, Perry’s team doesn’t seem focused on doing either. Perhaps Perry can pull it off, but at some point he’ll have to give more detailed answers to policy questions than just “Texas.”
First suggestion would be stop attacking your base and start attacking Barack Hussein Obama.
I thought he has laid out his plan during the debates, several times.
reign in the EPA
stop frivious lawsuits
He is waiting for someone to write it and read it to him, then he will not be able to recall what the plan does are says. Rule by committee.
The plan is duplicate what they have in Texas on national scale.
1) Drill baby drill
2) No state income tax
3) Right to work
4) Tort reform
5) Pro-business state government
6) Part time state legislature
7) Balanced budget requirement
Works for me! Although I disagree with Perry on the Dream Act and yes, by all means, complete the danged fence!
Were not going to change what were doing, said Perry spokesman Mark Miner.
The campaign is wrong.
He has a plan but it’s a secret.
Those sound like talking points every conservative says. How is he planning on accomplishing those things. Cain’s 999 plan is specific. I’m not sure about the sales tax but his plan is clear to everyone.
Sounds like a real indepth statement for a man from Texas, yes about as in depth “as get under the hood”.
Save your time, energy and money. Pecos Perry is a RINO and not the answer to the problems that have been created by Ubama.
Your expecting people to pay attention to substance silly.
what Perry has done for 10 years doesn’t count.
Just how well he can kiss the A** of the beltway types.
Forget all the other excuses, this is the reason.
I'm trying to figure out if your comment is sarcasm, or if you have never been to Hotair.com. If you consider HotAir to be left wing, I cannot imagine what your definition of right wing might be.
He is going to have to stop intimating that potential supporters are “racist” and then calling them heartless. Personally I don’t know how he walks the later back without an outright apology, which I don’t think he will do. I would like to see him do better in the debates, but I would much more like to be able to read what his plans are in dealing with the economy and defence.
There is a good argument to be made that some of the reasons for Texas’ “success” can’t be replicated at the Federal level because it was at the expense of other states. He needs to explain why that is not so. If he can.
Things like this always depend on whose ox is being gored.