Skip to comments.Why Rick Perry's Not Quite Dead, Yet
Posted on 11/12/2011 9:26:22 AM PST by Kaslin
In recent weeks I have been ridiculed, derided, mocked, and I believe even spit upon--though I was very near Wall Street at the time and it might have been rain-drops--for my prediction this past summer that Rick Perry would win the GOP nomination and beat President Obama in 2012.
Last night I swear I thought my pet hound was mocking me too.
Which is fine!
Political predictions sometimes are dead on--as I was in my 2006 prediction of Obama taking it all--and sometimes not so much.
So it was with special interest I caught some of the press tour Governor Perry did across the morning shows this today. With great humility, he was engaging, able to laugh at his own gaffe, and in all sincerity he came across as likable.
When I made the prediction this summer I didn't personally realize his extremely limited experience in the debate world, I wasn't even aware that he'd only participated in four debates in the last decade. He doubled that number within less than a month of being on the trail.
But being President isn't about debates, it's about discretion, discernment, and decisions.
The five reasons I asserted that Governor Perry would have the best shot at beating Obama were simple ones: He decisively created more jobs than Obama. He greatly respects and tries to encourage small businesses. He has a clear understanding of federalism and what states shouldn't be forced into. He has solid core convictions that replicate most of America. And he could unite the core conservative democrat, republican and independent across the nation on economic, social, and defense policy.
All five of those reasons, remain--even now--solidly relevant and valid.
However, he's certainly no where near where I thought he'd be by now. But before all the pundits completely write him off, let me proffer the four things he's got to do to get back in the game.
4. Remain humble, human, and likable: Self deprecating humor worked amazingly well for President Bush. Everyone watching politics at present (which is very few compared to the votes to be cast next year) already dislikes the fact that Mitt Romney is stiff and unflinching. Americans also don't mind a candidate being flawed. Hey... the nation elected Bill Clinton, twice!
3. Turn the gaffe into a theme: And in a way he already has. Gov. Perry had repeatedly said in stump speeches how much he wants to make Washington "inconsequential to the lives of everyday Americans." This is a red-meat applause line that gets tea-party and small government democrats and republicans charged. But there's a whole theme of "Forget Washington" ideas that could make for valid points of policy.
2. Stay on offense: The Wall Street Journal raved about both his energy and tax/economic plans. He's got tremendous skill on protecting the border and a high degree of knowledge on national security. He also represents the codes of morality, values, and conscience that the nation seeks in a leader, and no divorce, sex harassment, or issue flip-flop scandals to stare down.
1. Fight like mad, for the future of America: The people of this nation will forgive many flaws. What they wish to see in their leader is an all out advocate for welfare of the nation, coupled with the discipline of constitutional roots. So give it them. Take on Obama, show them the future with job creation under a Perry economy. Pledge to keep your watchful eye on terrorists and other harmful elements. Do your best 24 hours a day to make the American PEOPLE, their economic success, and their family's safety the goal of your presidency, and do it until you drop.
In the end winning the Presidency is about winning a very long marathon. I'm not sure if my prediction about Rick Perry will come true. But the reasons I gave for his narrative being the best one to face President Obama in the general election still hold. After all which person would you vote for in the general election: the guy who lost two million jobs for the nation, or the guy who created nearly half of all new jobs in the nation over that same period of time? And, who wants to get Washington DC's influence out of your life so badly that he literally forgot part of that bureaucratic nightmare called the Federal Government?
‘Ee’s pinin’ for the fjords.
Perry’s too busy fighting like mad for Mexico and his crony buddies. He’s a do-er. Perry’s been do-ing Texans for over a decade.
We can't take him if he's not dead. It's against regulations!
not dead yet?
Perry is in the ground, six feet under, roting as we speak.
I would be shocked if Perry got any substantial campaign contributions from this point forward.
“You’re not foolin’ anyone, you know”.
>Rick Perry is in the ground, six feet under, rotting as we speak.<
Wll, I wouldn;t put it that way. Rick Perry should just
keep oing what he does best, govern Texas.
Yes, I haven’t written off Perry by any means. I’m reasonably sure he’d make a good president and he’s got far more experience governing than Cain and he’s far more likeable than Gingrich.
After Romney finally figures out there’s no way to win the Republican nomination when he can’t get more than 25% (or less) of the vote, it will come down to Cain (inexperienced but highly likeable), Gingrich (experienced but problems in the “likeable” department) and Perry (experienced and likeable both).
While I think it will be a challenge for Perry to get back in it, he might be the best candidate, and that alone will give him a chance of doing so. I could live with any one of the three, but will vote for Obama before I’ll vote for Romney. A President Romney will never lead a repeal of Obamacare; he’s too proud of Romneycare.
That was a wonderful post and all so true.
It ain’t over till it’s over. Perry has poor debating skills but wonderful communication skills with the public.
He also has a solid record to run on and no scandals in his past.
Agree with everything in your post except the last sentence.
This guy is pining for the Bushes.
I know horses and Perry ain’t no horse, Wilbur.
Camel? Maybe - he’s been pretty cozy with the muzzies.
I find problems with other candidates that bring me back to Perry. I think I am onboard for Perry. I just hope to goodness he gets his communication skills under control.
For all you one note people, hitting Rick about immigration, what will you do if Cain wins and starts listening to his RECENT Democrat leanings and those of his wife; Newt wins and starts wanting to be loved by the RHINOS, Democrats and leftists; Romney wins and well, acts like Romney in Massachusetts. I prefer Santorum, Bachmann for being more consistent but I don’t know if they will rise to the top. The ones at the top at this time I don’t really trust. But I like Cain, I just don’t know how deeply he will govern conservatively....same with the other two. Perry will be conservative, immigration reform included.