Skip to comments.Rick Perry's Damage Control Strategy: Have a Sense of Humor
Posted on 11/10/2011 2:37:12 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
By facing the issue and joking about it, Perry frames his gaffe as a funny moment rather than a serious, and seriously stupid, one. He takes control of the discussion. Every minute he's on the air being interviewed about it is one more minute his moment isn't being replayed, one more minute some panel of pundits isn't fretfully analyzing its stupendous terribleness. By allowing his memory glitch to be the topic of discussion and owning up to it, he helps exhaust the subject.
Most of all, Perry is being humanized, albeit not in the way any politician would wish.
For all the talk about the Republican field's lack of a credible conservative to take on Mitt Romney, there's another, just as glaring void: the humanity gap. Romney's woodenness and lack of approachability are arguably just as much of an issue as his ideological heresies and lack of consistency. He's just not relatable. A little personality goes a long way in a politician -- just look at Herman Cain.
Perry's reputation in Texas is as a folksy charmer, but it's a persona he seems to have left back in Austin for most of this campaign. He's been stilted and spacey and unsure by turns, with flashes of a better politician occasionally showing through.
Now, though it may be too late, Perry is seizing the chance to show he's just like us. He, too, saw what happened on that stage and groaned. He, too, thought he looked awfully dumb. But in refusing to let it get him down, he can show forthrightness and sincerity, two traits voters are surely wishing they saw more of from this field of Republican candidates.
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No Politician in Washington would dare call this dominex out!
Newt can’t be expected to do everyone’s homework!
It’s getting difficult to discern if your devotion to Perry is tenacity or lunacy.
Newt just doesn't have the charisma and plain talking abilities that come naturally to Cain.
I do think that a Cain/Newt Ticket would be fantastic.
Perry’s more articulate in Spanish........LOL.
“Wonder what hed sound like answering that 3am phone call?”
I suspect he’d have to get back with you. In about a week.
I don’t understand the intense animosity toward Perry, that so many freepers express. Why is a conservative, pro-life governor of Texas treated with contempt in these forums? If I were to take a typical anti-Perry post and cut-paste it to a Cain thread, changing just the name (from Perry to Cain) I’d be banned in a hartbeest.
Well, I’ve certainly heard non native English speakers do a better job. :-)
Do conservatives rule by executive order? DO they subsidize illegals? Perry does both. Oh yeah, he’s a public liar, too, as he said he wouldn’t run for another office, and would finish his term, when he ran in 2010. Life long politicians are a big problem, they make sure they’re always in an office and running for another.
“I dont understand the intense animosity toward Perry, that so many freepers express. Why is a conservative, pro-life governor of Texas treated with contempt in these forums?”
Because we’re heartless.
“but.... People should be more critical of Perry’s ideas.”
Some of us are both. We don’t like either the message, nor the man, based upon his actions.
I have yet to hear something that Rick Perry is constitutionally conservative on. Not one thing.
Being President “entails quick decisions under stressful circumstances”? That’s a common belief which I find to be untrue, except perhaps in times of nuclear attack. We are not electing a field military commander. Frankly, I would prefer a leader who thinks things through, consults with others, and then makes a decision to someone who is slick and glib like Romney and Gingrich. Some people bashed Cain for not giving an instant answer about something but saying he would call together experts and listen to them, which is in fact how Cain operated as a business executive, and the way other executives work. Would you rather have someone who ignored all his advisors and acted expert, although he was a fool...kind of like Adolf Hitler?
“I dont understand the intense animosity toward Perry ....”
Illegal immigration and crony capitalism (aka pay to play schemes).
Perry is not seen as conservative.
Instate tuition for ILLEGAL aliens
Saying conservatives 'have no heart'
Calling conservatives racists
Opposing a border fence
Opposing AZ's SB1070
Did not agree with the bailouts but managed the Texas budget using bailout money
That's just a few reasons why conservatives in this conservative forum hold such animosity toward La Raza Rick Perry.
You forgot to add that Texans will have to have a picture ID to vote after Jan 1 2012.
Oh wait that doesn’t fit with your “he not a conservative” meme.
But don't let that stop you; continue cheering for the loser all the way up until the day he drops out. That day should be coming soon.
Between Newt and Cain I believe Newt is the candidate who could actually perform the job of President and do it successfully. Which is the only reason I don’t support Cain.
Thats okay, JDW. I was just givin’ a fellow Freeper a hard time. You should have seen my first and only Vanity. It was in ‘08 and I was a wreck about the election and Hussein.
So I verbally spewed and all my sentences ran together and didn’t make sense. A Freeper edited my rant, added paragraphs, and make it look more sane. :-)
Perry did plenty of conservative things or I would not have voted for him for gov. I am not married to him or to any of the candidates. I did that with Fred Thompson and he waited for my check to clear and dropped out. I said I would never pick a candidate early again and I haven’t but to say that Perry is not a conservative is just dumb.
I’ve come to like Perry and wish him well but he’s not going to be POTUS ever.
Well, that's pretty much how G. W. Bush behaved. (Not that I approve).
Being President is very different from being good in these phony debates, or impressing us in the conservative base by telling off the MSM, as Gingrich is. Gingrich seems smart at first, but he has a fatal weakness for bad but fashionable ideas, like "future shock", AGW, etc. The Republicans in Congress actually had to oust him from the Speakership. I do not trust him. He has real talent which can be used by the cause, however.
The Perry campaign is a dead horse.
It’s time for him to get off.
Newt can speak to issues in a more professorial, academic way.
Cain can manage an organization and execute.
The answer is quite obvious. I have been generally supportive of Rick Perry. Cain has been my no 1 and Perry has been my no 2. After watching Perry's "Gerald Ford" moment I think Perry needs to withdraw.
To say La Raza Rick Perry is a conservative while ignoring his liberal record is dumb.
You ignore his conservative record and that is dumb. They all have warts some more some less. I’ll vote for the Republican whoever it turns out to be. Texas votes late in the primaries and it is usually all over and decided by then. I never see anything that you post other than bashing Perry, your candidate is who again?
I'm not the only conservative who thinks so either. The smart ones see Perry for what he is. Those enamored with their governor need to realize he's far from conservative and there are more conservative candidates in the race. Supporting Perry at this juncture just isn't wise.
OK Robert who are you supporting?
In all seriousness - he is much worse than I had expected.
Perry had quite a reputation and was highly regarded before he began his run for the nomination. He was the King of Texas and at the top of his game as far as the rest of the country knew. But moving onto the national stage has been a flop. His dismal debate performances have destroyed that cachet. He will return to the Texas Governorship a much weakened politician.
What we are seeing reminds me of football coach Jimmy Johnson. When he coached the Dallas Cowboys from a 1-15 season in 1989 to win consecutive Super Bowls in 1992 and 1993 he was looked on as almost infallible. If the NFL dispensed Knighthoods he would have been first in line.
Three years later when he took over as head coach for the Miami Dolphins he was the Golden Boy. It was expected he would bring them to the top of the league but he fell flat on his face.
He lost the aura of invincibility that cloaked him when he left Texas at the top of his game and became just another coach with a record that put him way back in the pack.
I have misgivings about each of the candidates, but none would I call a “moron.” None would I mock for a momentary lapse of memory.
It just seems over the top to me.
As for his record, at least he has one.
If you had bothered to look down and see my tagline you would know who I support.
Tag lines don’t show when you read on your comments page Robert.
Try paying attention, Erkel. I’ve been advocating for Cain for months. Did you just get out of the joint, or what?
It was one minute from a 2 hour debate and its all the MSM will show. Nothing else at the debate is newsworthy I guess.
The MSM will never cover the issues.
LOL! Did I just get out of the joint? That’s funny!
All I ever see of your posts are bashing Perry and being rude to Perry supporters, that’s it. There is a whole nasty little gang of you guys doing that. So you like Cain are you part of his paid staff?
“I have yet to hear something that Rick Perry is constitutionally conservative on. Not one thing.”
I’m sure if you were to look hard enough, you would find something. Problem is, it’s just not worth the effort.
Once I couldn't recall the name of the Cisco Kid's horse. Casual conversation with others after a meeting, we got around to naming movie cowboys' steeds - couldn't recall the name (which I hadn't thought about for 30 years). Oh well it's gone. Go to car park, start car "Diablo" just like that.
All I ever see of your posts are bashing Perry and being rude to Perry supporters, thats it.
“There is a whole nasty little gang of you guys doing that. So you like Cain are you part of his paid staff?”
I would say much the same about the perrywinkles.
You know there does come a point, and I think we’re pretty much there, where discussing a candidate is simply pointless. Gov. Perry is not going to be nominated by the gop, nor is he going to be President of the U.S. The question is not whether he withdraws, it’s if he does so soon with some shreds of his reputation intact.
The PerryBots know how nasty they are. Have you ever accused them of hating females and wanting them to die of cancer? Neither have I. But that’s the level they have taken the discourse only to accuse conservatives of being on the attack. Their whole argument is as laughable as is their worthless candidate.
I guess you missed the part where I told you I am not and have not supported anyone yet, but I WILL vote for the Republican nominee in the general election. Can you say the same about your vote in the general election?
The most egregious of the Cain people are posting with Mitt Romney’s money. Once you get past that, they cease to get under your skin.
“The question is not whether he withdraws, its if he does so soon with some shreds of his reputation intact.”
So you think if he withdraws right now after this debate, that’s really best for his reputation? Somehow I don’t think you are worried about his reputation.
I figured as much.