But that said ... I do not understand how can you continue in your boosterism for Perry when he has shown himself to be SO incompetent in the all important exchange of ideas?
And I am not just talking about his little "oops" slip-up. Did any of you watch the "candidates' forum" moderated by Huckabee a few days ago?
This was an excellent non-debate format where each candidate got to have his time alone with the questioners. The questioners were the three state attorneys general who are the lead plaintiffs in challenging OBAMAcare before the Supreme Court (Ken Cucinelli of VA, Pam Bondi of FL, and another AG from OK).
Well even in this non-debate scenario, Perry was a disaster!
Did you hear Cucinelli's and Bondi's post-forum analysis of Perry's answers regarding OBAMAcare? Devastating to Perry.
And before anyone goes off on Cucinelli and Bondi - they are NOT lamestream media leftists. They are flat-out constitutional conservatives and experts on OBAMAcare.
So he’s a bad debater and not verbally acute. And there are other negatives as well.
But he is the most solid conservative that still has a chance.
Wait till the Southern primaries. Rick will get his second chance.
Actually Huckabee gave Perry high marks for the forum, said it was by far his best performance to date in the debates. Coming from Huckabee, who has no fondness whatsoever for Perry, I found that very encouraging.
Also, IIRC, Pam Bondi had effusive praise for Perry’s staunch defense of the 10th Amendment. The Virginia and Olklahoma AG’s saw it much the same way. If you recall, the reason for the forum was to see which of the candidates were constitutional conservatives.
The consensus among Huckabee and the 3 AG’s was that Perry certainly fit that mold. On the matter of EO’s trumping law, the AG’s obviously tried to help Perry walk that back a bit, and he did. He made clear that regulations within Executive Branch agencies were an additional tool he could weild to undo Obamacare.
On balance, I got the impression that Huckabee and the AG’s were favorably inclined towards the Governor’s responses.
I do not have a TV, nor did I hear the commentators remarks about Perry after the debate, but I do remember that Reagan did not do well int he debate with Carter in 1980, but people trusted him anyway because of the things he’d been saying all along. We need to look at the total candidate, not the ability to debate well. Newt can debate well, granted, but he cannot stay conservative (leadership values) because that is not who is he is really. He is a big government Republican who likens himself to Teddy Roosevelt. TR founded the first socialist party in America.
Not all people do well on stage. One who governs well may not be orally gifted, but I would 100 times over prefer someone who was a great leader than one who awes everybody with his speeches but destroys the land I love. After 3 years of the teleprompter and all the hooplah about how smart The One is, wouldn’t it be nice to have an ordinary American, one who loves America, has some sense about governing and a good track record at that?
Whew you sure are full of lies. Did you come to FR from DU?
What are you saying? From all reports on the Huckabee forum, Governor Rick Perry gave his strongest performance. When Perry said that he would wipe Obamacare off the face of the earth with an executive order, that’s when Cuccinelli questioned how he could eliminate a law of Congress with executive action. Perry gave all a lesson in his executive expertise by saying that an executive order could stop parts of the health care law which would render it ineffective. He also said, But also, as I said earlier, having men and women in those agencies who are going to share your philosophy I think thats an important message.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi: “Perry is the one that lived up to being the 10th Amendment Purist Tonight”
Tweet from Ann Coulter to David Limbaugh: “I thought ole Rick Perry did very well.”
“I THINK RICK PERRY HAD HIS BEST DEBATE TONIGHT, I WOULD HAVE TO SAY THIS WAS HIS FINEST HOUR, HE HAD SOME TOUGH QUESTIONS, AND HE ANSWERED THEM WELL, HE KNOWS THE CONSTITUTION, AND STICKS TO IT, I WOULD HAVE TO SAY HE STUCK OUT AS THE MOST CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE IN THE DEBATE TONIGHT !” ~ MIKE HUCKABEE