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Don't count Perry out just yet
Washington Examiner ^ | December 14, 2011 | Ken Klukowski, coauthor of “Resurgent: How Constitutional Conservatism Can Save America.”

Posted on 12/14/2011 5:30:22 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

It’s now a three-way race before voting begins for the Republican presidential nomination. as either Newt Gringrich, Mitt Romney, or Rick Perry will be the GOP standard-bearer to challenge President Obama.

The same pundits that have confidently miscalled the GOP race all along are now declaring it’s a two-way race between former Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Governor Mitt Romney.

They’re wrong. Either man might be the nominee, but not necessarily.

Romney is the former frontrunner. He’s educated, polished, and has tremendous private-sector success and some high-level public experience. He even has a picturesque family.

But a majority of Republican primary voters do not support this consummate establishment candidate. He has a record of flip-flopping on issues that should be consistent because they should arise from a personal worldview and set of core principles that usually hold steady throughout a person’s adult life.

Newt is the current frontrunner. He’s brilliant, knowledgeable, articulate, and experienced across a wide spectrum of policy and political issues.

But he has serious weaknesses. There are matters of personal conduct that shock many core Republican primary voters, and policy issues such as previously believing the federal government can impose a healthcare individual mandate or pursue cap-and-trade to more recent issues involving immigration.

There’s also a bombastic tendency, seen in kicking a Middle-East hornet’s nest with the Palestinians, backhanding Paul Ryan’s reform plans, and attacking capitalism by vilifying Romney’s business success.

And Newt tops it off by proposing that instead of three coequal branches in our federal government, Congress and the president should destroy judicial independence by subjugating the federal courts. This would abolish the courts’ power to uphold the Constitution when the political branches violate it (such as with Obamacare).

But there’s no perfect candidate. So all that said, one of them might win the nomination and become the next president of the United States.

However, these flaws are sufficiently serious that there is room for a third candidate to emerge. Romney is stable but has not been able to rise above 25 percent. Gingrich has had a meteoric rise but could misstep and implode just as quickly.

Who could it be? Filing deadlines are past in many states and talk of a brokered convention is fanciful; it’s almost certainly someone currently on the stage.

Jon Huntsman is at low single digits because he’s shown contempt for the GOP base and he’s about as exciting as reading the Economist, so it won’t be him. And despite the thrill at rebelling against the machine that drives so many people—especially young people—to support Ron Paul, he might be the only literally unelectable Republican in the field.

That leaves three. Of them, Rick Santorum has tremendous policy expertise. Michele Bachmann is short on public experience, but has a great personal story and private-sector experience.

But they don’t have money or organization. Even a surprise win in Iowa—which won’t happen—wouldn’t bring money in fast enough to build a national team and saturate the media markets in the other January contests.

Which leaves Governor Perry. A long-serving governor of America’s second-largest state, Perry has executive experience and an almost-perfect record on economic, social, and national-security issues. Three of the best lines from the last debate were his—seeing the big picture on Newt’s Palestinian comments, knowing Obama should have recovered or destroyed our stealth drone, and declaring that securing the borders will change the national mood enough to discuss long-term immigration reform.

Moreover, he has tons of campaign cash and a large organization. And coupled with pushing for a flat tax and Balanced Budget Amendment, his support for guns, marriage, and faith will help in Iowa and South Carolina.

If Romney or Gingrich falter, Perry might take it all.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
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1 posted on 12/14/2011 5:30:26 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I’m not counting anyone out until somebody actually casts a vote. :)


2 posted on 12/14/2011 5:32:03 AM PST by ez ("Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is." - Milton, "Paradise Lost")
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To: All; shield
Perry: Uproot and Overhaul Washington

The Perry Plan: Energizing American Jobs and Security

The Perry Economic Plan: Cut, Balance and Grow

Texas, Austin exception to gloomy retail picture

Texas Debt Clock

The Truth Cannot Be Bought [1:02] Rick Perry

3 posted on 12/14/2011 5:32:49 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Why am I hearing Little Orphan Annie singing that “Tomorrow” song?
4 posted on 12/14/2011 5:34:48 AM PST by Happy Rain ("Having A Communist Joke In The White House Takes Graveyard Humor To New Heights.")
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To: ez
I’m not counting anyone out until somebody actually casts a vote. :)

It's very exciting and much, much better than all the "The year in review" stories we hate in those years w/o presidential elections.

And this election means we will be voting in a new president next year!

5 posted on 12/14/2011 5:39:47 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I know debates aren’t everything. And unlike popular opinion, they certainly don’t show or hide intelligence. But man, Perry’s debate performances overall are horrible. The reason this really bothers me is I see a George Bush like performance against Obama in debates and I’m not sure that’s going to cut it to win the Presidency. We need someone who’s going to take it to Obama!! I don’t know that Perry can do that face to face or even on the stump.


6 posted on 12/14/2011 5:40:46 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I never counted Perry out. My opinion is that the only person standing in the way of Romney is Perry. Early on I thought Pawlenty (before Perry declared) might be the Romney stopper, but he never got traction.

Newt’s going to peter out just as Cain did. Once the DBM starts piling on, he won’t be able to surface for air.

If the Gingrich voters go to Perry, Romney can be stopped.

Many have not given Perry a second or third look because he is not “golden tongued”. To those people, I say pick your poison. Perry or Romney.

Disclosure: I’m not crazy about any of the candidates, but will not sit this one out. I’ll pick the most conservative one I believe can beat Obama. Wish Gov. McDonnell or Sen. DeMint were running.


7 posted on 12/14/2011 5:45:59 AM PST by randita (If you supported Palin, there's no way you can support Newt. They don't agree on much.)
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

I know it’s become common practice to repeat the MSM line but Rick Perry has delivered some good comments (and some clunkers) in the debates and as mentioned in the article the last one was great.

As to his town halls and stumping — he’s renowned for it. He is known as a superb retail politics campaigner.

Here is an article and an interactive map with his next 2 week schedule in Iowa.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2012-presidential-election/perry-ground-game-old-fashioned-bus-tour/


8 posted on 12/14/2011 5:49:01 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; RoosterRedux; jonrick46; deepbluesea; RockinRight; TexMom7; potlatch; ...
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9 posted on 12/14/2011 5:49:24 AM PST by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: randita

Thank you for the comments.

“Drudge,” who is friends with Mitt Romney’s campaign manager, has Ron Paul as his lead picture and story. The Romney camp needs Paul to do well and diminish Gingrich going into NH. But giving Paul anymore traction improves chances he’ll mount a 3rd party run. Enter Obama-2.

With voters moving to Perry it will be a new election (no-Romney).

No Obama.

10th Amendment President Perry.


10 posted on 12/14/2011 5:56:01 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks shield.


11 posted on 12/14/2011 5:59:28 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

So, how does Perry, running at 7.2% against Newt, at 33.4% and Romney still stuck at 22%, with Bachmann and Paul sitting ahead of him, make you think that Perry even has a remote chance?

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/us/republican_presidential_nomination-1452.html


12 posted on 12/14/2011 6:02:35 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: Happy Rain
LOL! I was thinking more like Shirley Temple singing “Animal Crackers”. Talk about delusion?
13 posted on 12/14/2011 6:05:20 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
My main problem with Perry is that listening to his debate performances is like getting a tooth pulled, it's painful. He seems to have a difficult time stitching two coherent sentences together. Heck, he's so bad even George W. Bush seems like Shakespeare by comparison. I just don't see how he could successfully debate Obama if he can't even manage to put in a competent debate performance against his fellow Republicans.
14 posted on 12/14/2011 6:07:36 AM PST by apillar
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To: apillar

I must have been watching a different debate than you were.

Perry shined.


15 posted on 12/14/2011 6:20:22 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: ez

“If Romney or Gingrich falter, Perry might take it all.”

Gentlemen, start your faltering. For your country.
 

 

 


16 posted on 12/14/2011 6:21:37 AM PST by FryingPan101 (Perry 2012)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I like primary season gives every one a chance to become involved. Your enthusiasm is impressive. I will not vote for Perry in the primary but I am ABO in the general. I am currently leaning towards Santorum


17 posted on 12/14/2011 6:38:49 AM PST by Nifster
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To: apillar

What is there to debate?

Obama sucks.

Film at 11. [tape delayed to 11:45]


18 posted on 12/14/2011 6:39:09 AM PST by bigoil (Study Thy Nixon)
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To: randita
What people have to ask themselves is: if elected, what candidate would be most likely to do the right thing conservative-wise? Between the three (Perry,Romney, Gingrich), I'd say Perry is easily the one most likely to hold firm to conservative principles. I don't condemn anyone for changing a past position i.e. flipflopping if the change is based on conviction and not simply political expediency.

That's my question about Gingrich. He's made a lot of counter-conservative statements in the past i.e. AGW, and now supposedly rejects them. Is he serious about his changes? Perry certainly hasn't distinguished himself with his public speaking during this campaign, but I'll bet he's the most solid conservative with a proven track record.

19 posted on 12/14/2011 6:53:49 AM PST by driftless2
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To: randita
What people have to ask themselves is: if elected, what candidate would be most likely to do the right thing conservative-wise? Between the three (Perry,Romney, Gingrich), I'd say Perry is easily the one most likely to hold firm to conservative principles. I don't condemn anyone for changing a past position i.e. flipflopping if the change is based on conviction and not simply political expediency.

That's my question about Gingrich. He's made a lot of counter-conservative statements in the past i.e. AGW, and now supposedly rejects them. Is he serious about his changes? Perry certainly hasn't distinguished himself with his public speaking during this campaign, but I'll bet he's the most solid conservative with a proven track record.

20 posted on 12/14/2011 6:55:42 AM PST by driftless2
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To: apillar
Let's just get this straight. George W. Bush was elected TWICE. You go ahead a keep comparing his oratory skills to Perry. Perry is hitting his stride now. He has character and values, and I'd like to see that comparison on stage with the current resident of the WH.
21 posted on 12/14/2011 6:59:48 AM PST by World'sGoneInsane (Make America Great Again--Perry 2012)
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

You betcha he can.

Why do people think Obama is so formidable. He can’t string a sentence together without a telelprompter and a full-length movie could be made of his gaffes.

The press ignores all that, but you shouldn’t.

Perry would be fine debating the Won.


22 posted on 12/14/2011 7:02:26 AM PST by altura (Perry 2012)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"And Newt tops it off by proposing that instead of three coequal branches in our federal government, Congress and the president should destroy judicial independence by subjugating the federal courts. This would abolish the courts’ power to uphold the Constitution when the political branches violate it (such as with Obamacare). "

And you don't think Rick Perry's goal of abolishing lifetime judicial appointments accomplishes a similar outcome? (I agree with it, BTW).

24 posted on 12/14/2011 7:05:24 AM PST by matthew fuller (Hey Buckwheat- What the Hell are we paying you for?...(GO LEROY!))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"I know it’s become common practice to repeat the MSM line but Rick Perry has delivered some good comments (and some clunkers) in the debates"

It's not MSM spin. Perry has delivered some real clunkers in the debate. He talked about cutting three departments and then couldn't remember the third one he wanted to cut. It just seems that he did not have a well thought out plan. While it disappoints me, it's not a deal breaker. However, by the time I get to vote in the primaries, it's all over except the crying. I don't really have a say in picking our candidate.

I cringe because I know that his debate performances will be affecting a lot of people in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Caroline and Florida. We can't have the kind of gaffes he's had when he debates Obama. It just can't happen!!! He performed better in this last debate. I will be watching him intently in what will most likely be the last debate this Thursday before actual voting begins.
25 posted on 12/14/2011 7:06:20 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Does anyone know what happened to Newt’s big GA presser that was supposed to happen yesterday?

I had car trouble and other glitches that kept me away, but when I came back, I still couldn’t find what happened.

Was still looking to find out last night, but fell asleep instead.

What’s up with that whole thing??


26 posted on 12/14/2011 7:06:48 AM PST by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR" - Glenn Beck)
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To: All; shield; normy; Cincinatus' Wife; potlatch; Old Teufel Hunden

#1 Perry is NOT GWBush - NOT even close

#2 Perry has been taking it to Obama for 3 years already - look at his record. He has hit Obama on every issue:
Stimulus, Tarp, EPA, Illegal Immigration and the list goes on. And before that, he fought against GW Bush on many issues as well.

#3 Perry CAN debate Obama!

Obama cannot do jack without his teleprompter.

What’s Obama going to say? debating Perry?

I’m better on immigration?
NOT- Perry put more money and manpower on the border than Obama did.

I’m better at creating jobs?
Huh? (None of the candidates created jobs other than Perry)

I’m better because I’m pro abortion?
NOT— Perry is and always has been.

I’m better because I cut taxes?
NOT— Perry did. (None of the other candidates cut anyones taxes)

I’m better because I balance the budget?
NOT - Perry and the TX Legislature balanced the Texas State budget for the first time since WWII.

I’m better because I created obamacare?
NOT— Perry is against Obamacare and has spoke out against it from day 1. He has been very vocal about mandates.
(Newt and Romney are on record for mandates)

I’m better because I supported Israel?
NOT— Perry does and always has. He has awards from Israel for defending Israel.

I’m better because I’m stronger on the 10th Amendment?
NOT— Perry is a huge supporter of the 10th Amendment.
Nobody and I mean nobody is stronger on the 10th Amendment than Perry.

I’m better because I’m stronger on the 2nd Amendment?
Nobody and I mean nobody is a stronger supporter of the right to own guns than Perry. Nobody.
(check Newt’s record on 2nd Amendment - it’s not good)

What’s Obama going to say? I’m a supporter of guns for the drug cartel???????????????

I’m better because you don’t have experience?
Only Perry and Romney has experience in governing - you choose

I’m better because I lowered regulations?
NOT- Perry did.

I’m better because I’m a conservative?
NOT

I’m better because I served in our military?
NOT
Perry served in the military as a C-130 pilot in the United States Air Force.

(Obama) I’m better because I uh uh um uh uh um uh uh um uh uh um uh can work with foreign leaders?

NOT - AND YOU WON’T SEE PERRY BOWING TO ANY OF THEM.

YOU WILL NOT SEE PERRY APOLOGIZING FOR AMERICA EITHER!

Perry has had to deal with an international border that was suppose to be secured by the Federal Government on behalf of all the United States.

Perry has had to deal with Obama Administration that does nothing - except send troops to other countries.

Perry has had to deal with a United States Government that is corrupt and has committed treasonous crimes by running guns into Mexico to criminal drug cartels.

Perry has had to deal with a Supreme Court order that we educate illegals.

Perry has had to deal with a Homeland Security and ICE that will not punish violators, will not deport violators but instead puts them right back on the streets.

WHAT CANDIDATE has dealt with illegal immigration and with a border not secured by Obama?

WHAT CANDIDATE has fought tooth and nail with Obama for 3 years?

WHAT CANDIDATE has experience dealing with a 1200 mile border - they have not. They know nothing about it but
Perry does.

WHAT CANDIDATE has got laws passed to defund Abortion or made it mandatory that women get a sonogram before making that decision? Perry did. And now Obama is fighting back against Perry and Texas for doing so even while Planned Parenthood is closing down clinics here in Texas.

WHAT CANDIDATE got laws passed to require a Voter ID so that illegals cannot vote. Perry did. Now Obama and Holder are fighting Perry and Texas over this as well.

WHAT CANDIDATE created an environment that resulting in a better standard of living? Perry did.

WHAT CANDIDATE got tort reforms in place to get businesses back to hiring people? Perry did.

WHAT CANDIDATE lowered taxes, lowered regulations and fought against Obama regarding the EPA? Perry did.

WHAT CANDIDATE jumped in and helped Arizona in their fight against Obama? Perry did.

WHAT CANDIDATE put their constituents own money and manpower on the border to fight the drug wars? Perry did, Texans did and all the while Obama is running guns TO the cartel.

Perry takes crap from the Feds every day every week every month every year. And he still oversaw one of the best economies in the US.

WHAT CANDIDATE HAS BEEN HANDING OBAMA HIS ASS ALMOST DAILY?

RICK PERRY HAS.


27 posted on 12/14/2011 7:09:29 AM PST by TexMom7
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To: matthew fuller

I agree with Perry’s judicial plan as well and thought that was one of the weaker points the article made about Newt.

I also thought criticizing Newt on the Palestine jab was weak.

Why should we pussy foot around those middle eastern countries? Perry’s bringing up the drone was just as confrontive and I like it also.

There are other weaknesses to bring up about Newt but I don’t think those are two of them.


28 posted on 12/14/2011 7:10:20 AM PST by altura (Perry 2012)
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To: matthew fuller

Good try but Perry’s idea of term limits on lifetime judges doesn’t deactivate court jurisdictions.


29 posted on 12/14/2011 7:10:55 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Nifster

I understand but think you should give Perry another look for the primary.


30 posted on 12/14/2011 7:14:07 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

When it comes to Perry, I think you are wanting to hear Kate Smith sing.


31 posted on 12/14/2011 7:14:19 AM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: TexMom7

Wow. That was great. I think Holder is launching a massive attack against the states requiring photo I.D. in order to vote.

It was on Fox this morning. Never mind that I have to show photo I.D. to pick up Sudafed (or some drug like that) at the drugstore.

Wonder if any light globe manufacturers will move to Texas since Perry is saying that we can still buy the loathsome, destructive 100 watt bulbs if they’re manufactured here.


32 posted on 12/14/2011 7:16:00 AM PST by altura (Perry 2012)
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To: apillar

33 posted on 12/14/2011 7:16:41 AM PST by World'sGoneInsane (Make America Great Again--Perry 2012)
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To: matthew fuller; Cincinatus' Wife

The two ideas on judiciary appear quite different to me. The courts would still hold a seperate branch position under Perry’s plan to end lifetime appts, but would be subjected to term limits for individuals.

The other approach seems to change the relationship among the three branches.

By whose lights is this sweeping, overwhelming change Newt wants actually allowable...other than because it popped up in Newt’s brain and out of his mouth?

One problem he has is just that, IMO...Newt’s standard often seems to be............Newt.


34 posted on 12/14/2011 7:17:33 AM PST by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR" - Glenn Beck)
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To: txrangerette

I said when this big announcement was reported that it was probably nothing, just Newt’s way of staying in the news.

I’ve heard nothing about it. Anyone?


35 posted on 12/14/2011 7:18:11 AM PST by altura (Perry 2012)
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To: shield
LOL! We are so “astounded” at the number of people moving to Perry that he has kept going down in all the national polls.

WOW! this “info” coming from the extreme Enviro-wacko Leftist group the “Bulldog Blog”.

You must be doing some serious closet surfing there. Working for the MSM? You might just give it up. Those of us who support Newt don't care about 25 year old rhetoric and propaganda.

And we certainly take your sad effort as a direct reflection on who you are supporting.

Perry is history, thanks in part to your kind.

36 posted on 12/14/2011 7:18:32 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in t,he road, take it........)
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To: TexMom7
LOVE your list!

WHAT CANDIDATE sued the Feds and won Texas the "right" to spend their own dollars! Promise Kept.? Gov. Perry!

WHAT CANDIDATE refused to bow to the EPA and took it to them? Rick Perry’s Air War (with the EPA)......."Texas alone opted for the unfriendly approach. It’s the only state that did not issue a plan for compliance—and Perry has made it clear that Texas has no intention of complying. The move was a blatant slap to the Obama administration—and once again gave Perry the national spotlight. Defying the climate rules offered him the perfect opportunity to loudly decry the science of global warming—which in his book Fed Up! he calls a “contrived phony mess that is falling apart under its own weight”—and to slam EPA as a “rogue agency” with an “activist mind-set” that has “targeted Texas.” Such rhetoric is viral catnip to the tea party voters who could help catapult Perry to the 2012 presidential nomination."....

37 posted on 12/14/2011 7:20:03 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I, and Perry, said APPOINTMENTS. Nov 14, Scott Co. IA, Ronald Reagan Dinner. http://www.startribune.com/133880483.html?source=error


38 posted on 12/14/2011 7:21:04 AM PST by matthew fuller (Hey Buckwheat- What the Hell are we paying you for?...(GO LEROY!))
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To: apillar

What he needs to do is develop a personal debate style, not try to debate like Newt. If he’d go with simple statements to the voters/audience and not engage the others on stage, I think he’d do well.


39 posted on 12/14/2011 7:21:57 AM PST by Kenny
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“A contrived phony mess.” Perry’s got that right. I guess Newt has forgotten he wrote the forward to the book when he rushed to agree with Nancy and get cosy on the couch with her.

He did write the forward to the book, did he not? Or one of Perry’s books.

Newt is as flighty and grandiose as ever.


40 posted on 12/14/2011 7:23:44 AM PST by altura (Perry 2012)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
He finally did well last time, almost as well as Newt did.

Unfortunately, his multiple, prior, horrid performances may have cemented a picture of him as a doofus in the GOP voters mind. So far, that's what the polls show.

I guess we'll know in a couple of months after a few primaries.

41 posted on 12/14/2011 7:26:31 AM PST by Lakeshark
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To: apillar

If you’re waiting for Perry to sound glib and fast talking like Newt, or be as smooth and non-committal as Romney, don’t even bother.

Most people are pretty happy with Perry’s last couple of debates and extremely happy with all his interviews and appearances on various shows, including Leno.

But if that’s what’s important to you, vote Newt.


42 posted on 12/14/2011 7:27:18 AM PST by altura (Perry 2012)
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To: Old Teufel Hunden
I think Perry performs better in debates when he's been lower in the polls (as in recently)..

If you think about most of the debate structures, they single out the "front-runners" with the more controversial topics, give them first shot at answering the questions, while the others have time to reflect, collect, and prepare for a response that may be unique to the others or bring out additional things to think about.

I think this is a big reason why Gingrich shined in the early debates when he was a second-tier candidate, and it helped him to appear more likeable and less "mean" to the other candidates.

Romney has pretty much been a top-tier candidate since the beginning, and has thus been involved in ALL of the spats and difficult questions as a first responder. Overall, that hasn't helped him. He's a good debater and has handled the questions effectively for the most part, but he's still been exposed to the scrutiny he wouldn't have if he was lower in the pecking order.

I also think this is one reason Bachmann had a good debate the other night.

43 posted on 12/14/2011 7:31:13 AM PST by mikhailovich
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
That information has been verified. Go ahead support the RINO Newt...there isn't a thing conservative about him. Happen to listen to Rush yesterday? Only conservatives running PERRY, BACHMANN, SANTORUM...blasted Mitt and Newtie. Dr. Jack Wheeler says the exact same things as Rush is saying regarding Newt.

You'll be a happy camper when Perry is the nominee and he will be.

44 posted on 12/14/2011 7:38:47 AM PST by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: altura
Newt Gingrich: Rick Perry's book "almost came too late" [Foreward to "Fed Up!"]

I wish this book had never needed to be written.

It almost came too late.

America is recklessly accelerating toward economic disaster. Fed Up! may be the last warning sign to the danger that lies ahead.

Rick Perry, Texas governor for the past decade, is uniquely qualified to offer a firsthand perspective on why the United States—the most successful civilization in human history—is being threatened with economic collapse.

First Principles

Faith, freedom, and free enterprise are the pillars of a strong, safe, prosperous society. Rick knows that when these principles are protected, America succeeds, and when they are undermined, America fails. But the Left has a different belief. The Left believes that most people are not capable of pursuing happiness and that a strong centralized government is best able to provide for them. While claiming compassion for humanity, the Left's policies are destructive to the human beings subject to them—as we have had to learn painfully again and again.

The Left's self-serving solution to every crisis, economic or otherwise, and many of their own doing, is always the same: inflict higher taxes on Americans to create more government programs with more rules and regulations that result in less freedom, less innovation, less safety, and less prosperity.

The problem with the Left’s one solution, as Rick forcefully explains in the pages that follow, is that it doesn't work. It's never worked, and it never will work. The record shows it.

But what the record also shows is that when power and freedom are returned to the people, when people are rewarded for work, and when government holds the line on spending, individuals and opportunity thrive. We have seen that result most spectacularly recently in Texas, and in the mid-1990s with the Contract with America Congress, when I served as Speaker of the House.

The Texas Record

Upon taking office, President Barack Obama repeatedly said that he was open to ideas on health care policy and on reversing the economic crisis. But he had to look no further than Texas to see ideas and policies that work.

Texas has no state income tax, no capital gains tax, and no tax on corporate dividends. In contrast, California taxes all three. It has the highest state income tax rates in the nation, with a top rate of 10.3 percent and with most income earners paying 9.3 percent. The California sales tax stands at 8.25 percent. In Texas, the state sales tax rate is 6.25 percent. With both the highest personal income tax and the highest state sales tax in the nation, California also has the largest budget deficit of any state.

Texas has economically outperformed California by any measure. Since 1998, economic growth in Texas has been nearly 20 percent higher than it is in California. Since the end of the tech boom, the rate of real economic growth in Texas has been 48.5 percent higher than in California. From 1998 to 2007, personal income in Texas grew 21 percent faster than in California. Since 2002, real personal income has grown 46 percent faster in Texas. From 2000 to 2007, California lost a net of 1.2 million residents. Texas, over the same period, gained more than half a million in interstate migration, the third highest in the country.

Prior to 2003, Texas was losing doctors at an alarming rate due to predatory practices of trial lawyers who were driving up the cost of malpractice insurance. In 2003, the Texas legislature passed a measure to limit medical liability. In that same year, a state constitutional amendment was approved by voters to cap noneconomic damages awarded by juries. These two provisions reversed the trend and improved care, accessibility, and the overall economy by making Texas a more attractive place to live, work, and own a business. Malpractice claims dropped, and physician recruitment and retention went up. Doctors saved more than $50 million on insurance premiums, and hospitals' insurance rates went down.

People in Texas, like anyone living in any state, have a choice. They can vote with their feet. Many living in California simply became fed up with their state's high taxes and regulations. Many who moved out moved to Texas, where on average they are safer, freer, and more prosperous. Competition among the states is a powerful incentive for states to keep taxes and the cost of doing business low. And as this California versus Texas example shows, conservative economic policies work and socialist policies don't.

Yet both the Obama administration and the Pelosi-Reid Congress continue to ignore success stories like Texas. They are going in the opposite direction, passing a massive government takeover of health care while planning similarly massive tax increases to pay for it and for the rest of their job-killing agenda.

Now, it may not be surprising that a politician from Chicago would not naturally look to the Lone Star State for solutions. And you wouldn't expect a Texas governor to look in Illinois for answers (thankfully).

And that is precisely the point of this book. States have been called laboratories in democracy precisely because every problem potentially has fifty different approaches to solving it. Some solutions work in some states and not in others. Some states prefer some solutions over others. Some solutions may work in every state, and some just don't work at all. But the best way to find the best solutions is to allow the states to discover what works best for them, without the federal government interfering.

In today' s global economy, each state is competing not only with other states for businesses, workers, and investors but also on a global level. The fact is, with the right principles and policies, you can make any place rich, as happened in Hong Kong.

Unfortunately, the opposite applies as well. With the wrong principles and the wrong policies, you can make any place poor, as happened in Detroit. In 1950, 1.8 million people called Detroit home. It ranked first in median income of all major cities in America. But after Detroit's political leaders, ignoring the principles of freedom and free markets, governed with runaway government spending and taxes, Detroit shrank by more than half. Today, the Motor City is number 66 in median household income in a list of 68 major American cities. One-third of its residents are living below the poverty line, and the unemployment rate is the highest of any major metropolitan area in the country.

45 posted on 12/14/2011 7:49:24 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: altura
Perry would be fine debating the Won.

Romney is supposed to be this 'debater extraordinaire' - but Perry has had this ability to turn him into a sputtering, gambling idiot.

46 posted on 12/14/2011 7:49:32 AM PST by alicewonders
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To: matthew fuller
And you don't think Rick Perry's goal of abolishing lifetime judicial appointments accomplishes a similar outcome?

No. It would be like saying term limiting presidents abolishes their power to be commander in chief or vetoing laws; or that by requiring congressmen to stand for election abolishes their power to pass legislation or set budgets.

47 posted on 12/14/2011 7:56:01 AM PST by Tribune7 (Say No To O)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
You have to look at this in piecemeal. First is Iowa. Perry has moved from 5% ion November to 13% last week with 3 weeks left and a major bus tour kicking off today.

Perry is organized in Iowa and could pull off a 3rd place showing it would be huge. Even 4th with double digits would be good.

Then you take it to NH where Newt,Mitt, Huntsman and Paul will duke it out. Perry will most likley head to South Carolina (and I'm guessing with a Nikki Haley endorsement) to campaign until SC Primary.

By this time Santorum, HUntsman and Bachmann will be gone with Newt and MItt somewhat bloodied and Paul inconsequential.

Bring it to Florida for the big show and now the game has changed big time.

This is a marathon and everyone has played it as a sprint jumping to every front runner that shows up instead of sticking with the candidate that represents them the best.

48 posted on 12/14/2011 7:57:07 AM PST by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: TexMom7

Excellent! Thanks.


49 posted on 12/14/2011 8:04:21 AM PST by alicewonders
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To: driftless2

Unfortunately, this site seems to no longer be a grass roots gathering place to work for real conservatives. Instead the ebb and flow here seems to go with whichever candidate sounds the best at the moment and looks like a winner with the exception of Mitt Romney.

I have to wonder how the same folks who loved Sarah Palin for her genuine conservative values can now support either of the 2 frontrunners?

Once the concensus here was that only Bachmann, Perry and Cain were acceptable but now that Cain has dropped out it seems that somehow Newt has become an acceptable conservatve and in some cases the ONLY acceptable candidate.

Now how the heck did that happen? Yes Newt might seem to better than Mitt but only a tad IMHO and I will only support him if he is the last man standing.

I still stand with Governor Perry and hope that folks here that are genuine conservatives will not jump on a candidate’s train again just because the engine sounds good at the momemt.


50 posted on 12/14/2011 8:07:01 AM PST by tirednvirginia ( A)
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