Skip to comments.Perry Can Win If Leadership Trumps Debates
Posted on 11/12/2011 11:42:39 AM PST by UniqueViews
Gov. Rick Perry stated at the outset of his presidential campaign that he is running for president based on his principles and leadership accomplishments, not his oratorical skills. Media focus on his debate missteps deliberately ignores Perry's record and charisma.
America's third president - Thomas Jefferson - was a lousy public speaker. He was literally a genius, and his singular eloquence as a writer is seen in his prose in the Declaration of Independence and other writings.
But Jefferson was no speaker, so much so that he only gave a couple speeches in his entire two-term presidency. He was so bad that he fulfilled his constitutional requirement to give an annual State of the Union by sending a written document to Congress.
This media obsession with the cosmetics of Perry's presentation willfully ignores the substance of his agenda. Perry's proposals on fundamental overhauls on tax reform, energy, healthcare, and re-empowering the states through federalism could make him a transformational president if he enacts them.
These proposals arise from a massive public record. An Air Force captain, Perry is the only major candidate with military experience. And his subsequent quarter-century of elected office includes a decade as governor enacting tort reform, education reform, and business-friendly policies.
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“Thomas Jefferson - was a lousy public speaker. He was literally a genius...”
Does it take a genius like Thomas Jefferson to not grant in state tuition to Illegal Aliens?
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Ken Blackwell is the Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment at the Family Research Council. He serves on the board of directors of the Club for Growth, the National Rifle Association, and the National Taxpayers Union. Mr. Blackwell is a contributing editor for the conservative news and opinion site Townhall.com, and his columns frequently appear in the Washington Times, New York Post, and National Review Online. He was a columnist for the former New York Sun.
Mr. Blackwell has a distinguished record of achievement as a finance executive, entrepreneur, diplomat, educator, and independent corporate director. He is one of the nation’s leading conservative voices and a strong advocate free market enterprise. In 2006, he became the first African-American in Ohio history to be a major party nominee for governor.
Kenneth A. (”Ken”) Klukowski is a Washington D.C.-based attorney, consultant, and journalist. He is a Fellow and Senior Legal Analyst with the American Civil Rights Union a Research Fellow with Liberty University School of Law, and Special Counsel and Senior Fellow for Religious Liberty at the Family Research Council. He is the coauthor of the national bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency.
I could sure do without a president that has to be behind the mic all the time...especially one that can’t speak at all without
a teleprompter at his nose.
Perry will sink or swim...just like the rest of them. But he IS a survivor and is tenacious when he really wants something.
With all due respect to the writers, the President is not required to give a “State of the Union SPEECH”. In fact, the speech did not become popular until the media age. I appreciate the fact that Jefferson (probable speech impediment) and Lincoln (not very telegenic) probably could NOT get elected today, but you also can’t come off like you don’t have a clue. Gov. Perry is not even an average debater. He’s awful. Sorry guys. IMO, that is NOT something you can overcome in today’s political environment.
I am with Hannity on this. The 53 seconds wasn’t a big deal and up until then, he was having his best debate ever. Could have happened to anyone...HAS happened to Obama...but no one made a big deal out of him doing it.
Close your eyes and imagine with me if you will the beauty of an Obama/Perry debate.
Don't cry for me Los Estados Unidos
The truth is I never loved you......
All through my Gore loving days
I smoked a lot of rock
I kept my promise
To Vicente Fox.........
LaRaza Ricky loves 3 things....muslims, ILLEGALS and cronyism no matter how many of your little buzz..buzz..buzz pix you put up of him.
Perry can win if the entire nation gets really, really drunk the night before the election.
Let me guess, Paul supporters and dispensers of misinformation.
In the modern age communications is done with live speaking and the ability to articulate ideas. This wasn’t the case in the time of Jefferson.
Perry is a very poor communicator, you can have great ideas if you cannot communicate them and your opponent has a great ability to communicate BS you lose.
Give it up RINO TROLL. Perry is every bit as bad for this country as that idiot blame America anti semite paul and is twin fool mitt. You ILLEGAL lovers just can’t see it. Oh, uhh, oh, uhh...’opps’ sorry, that is just heartless.
Absolutely. It’s scary to realize that in the shallow world of sound bite television, we probably would never have had a find president like Jefferson.
Maybe not Eisenhower either and certainly not Truman.
Yeah, and I can win if they go looking for a fat guy who is not named Chris Christie.
Well, Cain hates Perry so Cain/Perry ain’t happening.
And if Perry wins the nomination, he will choose a qualified veep. It won’t be Cain.
He’s mentioned substantive people like John Bolton for secretary of state.
Or simply people whose I.Q.’s are struggling to reach 90.
No, it is heartless to punish children for the sins of their parents.
It is also heartless to drive Hispanics into the waiting arms of the Rats where they will become dependents of the state and never know the joy of self reliance.
Maybe he can go back on Letterman and give his top 10 on “How Rick Perry Can Win” list.
It’s always good to see the calvary arrive!
I hate to point out the obvious, but James Richard Perry is no Thomas Jefferson. There are few if any people on earth, let alone in American politics, who are anywhere close, but Rick Perry certainly is not one of them.
The article is making a good point. Right now Gingrich is surging no doubt because of Cain's problems and Perry's mistake at the last debate. However, as we get closer to actually voting and people begin to think about what the person believes that can change pretty quickly.
I'm sticking with Perry. He is right on the issues and is a successful Gov.
What I like about perry is that he is genuine.
He is principled.
He sticks to his guns, but if he is off the mark, he reassess his position.
He aint no slick shyster.
You are never alone, there is always a Conservative around FR.
...and forgets the conservative choices.
Let me add my name to the list of those who don’t think the brain freeze was a big deal. The message he was trying to get out was the elimination of 3 government departments which I support. That is far and away the bigger story in my mind.
Does it take a genius to realize that that bill was unvetoable?
“Remain calm! All is well!”
Calvary? Do you take grammar lessons from Perry too?
Actually, Perry may be a bit more of a "super genius".
Is this guy really a good leader? I have a good friend in Houston, and her stories about the public school system are curling my toes with all the PC crap. We don’t even have it that bad in New England. I realize the Governor doesn’t sit there and mandate exactly what goes on in schools, but a true leader would sway education away from that garbage. And don’t forget Gardisil (sp?) as long as we’re talking about kids.
The kids of responsible parents are forever being punished, while the others are doted on. Is this really the state we want to look up to??? Does the Governor have any influence on this? Or is he just a token in a state run by others? Is he a leader, or has he just been lucky with a productive state?
The general who won a world war might have won at the polls even in today's media climate.
Ike actually got good advice on how to handle television.
He knew that it was good politics not to look like a knowitall or a wise guy or whiz kid and not to say everything he knew.
Even today that's a good lesson -- one that Newt Gingrich should have learned a long time ago.
So, Rick Perry? My guess is that somebody telegenic or charismatic probably could break through the media bias, and somebody not telegenic or charismatic who had an exceptional record could still win the presidency even in today's media climate, but he's not the one.
There's nothing about Rick Perry that makes people say he has to be President. Most Republicans would vote for him anyway. If the country really wants Obama out a Republican might win. But I don't see undecideds getting enthusiastic about him.
Perry looks like Baghdad Bob with a $100 haircut.
If I can add to this, his core principals are right. He believes in the sanctity of Life. He believes govt is to big and to intrusive, not that it just needs to be managed better. He believes people should be free and able to defend themselves. He trusts in the invisible hand of the marketplace.
I remember a lot of POTUS I admire who were put down for not being the slickest guy in the room. I'll tale the genuine guy every time.
I work with two fellows.
One is a country marine with a speech impediment and is sharp as a tack.
The other one never stops flapping his gums and dresses like he is on the cover of GQ, Guess which one gets respect?
That is pretty funny.
I almost voted against him once, but I have grown to admire his tenacity and values.
It's not the "53 seconds". Perry has been awful in every debate. Every single one. Saying that before the "53 seconds" he was having his best debate means little, his other debate performances were all awful. It is disingenuous to claim that people are criticizing Perry just because of his "53 second" amnesia, it is the "53 seconds" on top of all the other awful debate performances.
You don’t know what you’re talking about but you rattled on at length to drive home that point.
But Rick Perry is telegenic and charismatic and has a fine record.
It’s kind of a longshot now for him to pass Cain, Romney and Newt, but it could happen.