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Rick Perry campaign plays blame game
politico.com ^ | December 31, 2011 | MARTIN and HABERMAN

Posted on 12/31/2011 9:34:29 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper

With a revamped message and a significant TV presence here, Rick Perry is hoping to revive his disappointing presidential campaign with a surprise finish Tuesday.

But even as they hold out hope that Perry can find a way back into contention, some of his advisers have begun laying the groundwork to explain how the Texas governor bombed so dramatically in a race that he seemed to control for a brief period upon his entry in August.

Their explanations for the nosedive come against the backdrop of a campaign riven by an intense, behind-the-scenes power struggle that took place largely between a group of the governor’s longtime advisers and a new cadre of consultants brought on this fall. In the end, the outsiders won out — and ever since have marginalized Perry’s longtime chief strategist while crafting a new strategy in which the Texan has portrayed himself as a political outsider and culture warrior.

In a series of interviews with POLITICO, sources close to the campaign depict a dysfunctional operation that might be beyond saving because of what they describe as the political equivalent of malpractice by the previous regime.

“There has never been a more ineptly orchestrated, just unbelievably subpar campaign for president of the United States than this one,” said a senior Perry adviser.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
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1 posted on 12/31/2011 9:34:35 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Perry’s only role at this point is simply to siphon votes away from Rick Santorum, Michelle Bachmann and possibly even Newt Gingrich.


2 posted on 12/31/2011 9:39:10 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“portrayed”

Perry is a master of portraying.


3 posted on 12/31/2011 9:39:48 AM PST by TheZMan (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2794639/posts)
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To: Vigilanteman

Bachmann has no votes. She should drop out today and endorse someone while she still is relevant. Harsh but true. A few people showed up for a campaign stop today. A bakers dozen at best.


4 posted on 12/31/2011 9:44:37 AM PST by VicVega ( GEAUX LSU TIGERS, GEAUX SAINTS)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Advisers can point fingers at each other, both insider and outsider, but Perry simply hasn’t delivered as a candidate. His core message was great. He just couldn’t execute on stage. his debate gaffes simply killed him off. Unless he makes a last minute recovery into the top 3, he will likely be done. It wasn’t advisers or strategists. It was Perry. He pretty much was sunk before the DC heavyweight advisers even joined. He had the clearest path of anyone to victory, but detrailed. The advisers that came in actually made him better. I saw some great interviews in November/December. The ‘3 things’ gaffe was likely the final nail.


5 posted on 12/31/2011 9:45:39 AM PST by ilgipper (Everything you get from the government was taken from someone else)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

What a a joke.
Now Politico is the defacto source of truth? LOL!

Here is a little clue folks...
Nobody expected Perry to sweep Iowa or NH.
Its reasonable to expect that he can come in 3rd or 4th in Iowa, with its caucus system.
NH? LOL
New Hampster is such a mess with its open primarys it is a joke and not reflective of conservatives in any way.
No offense to Iowa or NH

Look to SC to see how the true base electorate will vote.
Then look to Fla to see how the masses will vote


6 posted on 12/31/2011 9:46:39 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I just saw Perry on Fox News and he seems to think he won’t win the nominee. He seemed very down. He said “Well I will vote for the eventual nominee, but I still hope it is me.” I think he knows he is done. It would be nice if he would come out and endorse Santorum. I would give him some kudos for doing so. If he would endorse him today, that would be pretty good.


7 posted on 12/31/2011 9:47:05 AM PST by napscoordinator (Happy New Year's! The Year the Nightmare is OVER!!!!!)
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To: napscoordinator

You’re right. He seemed to have something else on his mind. Like the tough task of packing up that chuck wagon and heading back to Texas after Tuesday night.


8 posted on 12/31/2011 9:49:42 AM PST by VicVega ( GEAUX LSU TIGERS, GEAUX SAINTS)
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To: ilgipper

We’ll be happy to keep him as a damn good Governor.


9 posted on 12/31/2011 9:50:07 AM PST by X-spurt
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To: Berlin_Freeper

His stumbles in the early debates showed he didn’t think fast on his feet.

That whole controversy about the ranch name showed he could not deal with MSM sucker-punches.

Then he kinda just dropped out of view to “learn” how to run for national office. Not a confidence builder.


10 posted on 12/31/2011 9:52:33 AM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
“There has never been a more ineptly orchestrated, just unbelievably subpar campaign for president of the United States than this one,” said a senior Perry adviser.

Who is this advisor? does he have a name? Who's campaign is he referencing? It doesn't say.

Typical unsourced BS.

I can tell you this as fact. Cain is toast and Bachmann is toast

11 posted on 12/31/2011 9:53:23 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: All

It’s stunning that people write Perry off but entertain idiots like Paul Pot.


12 posted on 12/31/2011 9:56:19 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: napscoordinator

naps, I’ve been thinking about you ever since Santorum made a bit of a splash this week. You must be very happy!


13 posted on 12/31/2011 9:59:49 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: napscoordinator

Totally agree. Same for Bachmann. If they both threw their support behind Santorum, it could be enough.


14 posted on 12/31/2011 10:00:20 AM PST by SoDak
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To: napscoordinator

It would be even nicer if Santorum dropped out and endorsed Perry.


15 posted on 12/31/2011 10:00:53 AM PST by World'sGoneInsane (Make America Great Again--Perry 2012)
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To: VanDeKoik
That whole controversy about the ranch name showed he could not deal with MSM sucker-punches.

What a stunningly stupid thing to say.

Perry's family rectified the perceived offense even though it had nothing to do with them.

Perry's family should be applauded for their actions, and Herb Cain should be jeered for trying to use the entire matter to paint Perry as a racist.

16 posted on 12/31/2011 10:02:16 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Wow...so Ron Paul is now being likened to a genocidal commie? Couldn’t find a way to use Hitler or Stalin?


17 posted on 12/31/2011 10:02:35 AM PST by SoDak
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To: Berlin_Freeper

This from an arm of the One in the Oval Office by fraud and pretense. He and his Ci-cago gang seem still to be fearful of Perry. Martin and Haberman “caring” about Republican chances? Give us a break. Their only concern repeatedly has been to give lap jobs to the fraud. The Politico bunch is still clearly afraid of Perry.


18 posted on 12/31/2011 10:06:25 AM PST by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them or they more like we used to be?)
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To: SoDak

It’s a little joke about his stance on dope and his stance on isolationism.


19 posted on 12/31/2011 10:07:00 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Vigilanteman

Bingo!

And I like the Ricks and Michele, too.

But the quicker we unite around *****Newt*****, the quicker we end the Willard threat on conservatism.

Speaker Gingrich-led Republicans….the result:

* Four consecutive balanced budgets
* Over $400 billion of debt paid off
* Bipartisan welfare reform
* 11 million new jobs
* Unemployment falling to under 4%.


20 posted on 12/31/2011 10:09:26 AM PST by CainConservative ( Newt/Rubio 2012 with Cain, Bolton, Santorum, Perry, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: AmericanVictory

These are the same ***holes that floated the idea that Perry made Cain mess with those women.

Cain was dumb enough to run with it.
How’d that all work out?


21 posted on 12/31/2011 10:09:53 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

As much blatant racism that Cain was exposed to growing up, I’m sure we can FORGIVE Herman for reacting about a monstrous rock with the N word painted across it.

Next.


22 posted on 12/31/2011 10:13:47 AM PST by CainConservative ( Newt/Rubio 2012 with Cain, Bolton, Santorum, Perry, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: CainConservative

I don’t forgive him.
Perry was very complimentary of Cain, and Cain stabbed him at every turn, without reason or proof.

And now we are to believe that Perry’s campaign is the biggest train wreck in political history even as others have crashed in spectacular fashion.

Bah!


23 posted on 12/31/2011 10:17:23 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Perry is still drawing crowds on the campaign trail. Here’s the latest:

“Packed Perry event at Bloomers in Fort Dodge, crowd spilling out the room .”

http://pic.twitter.com/ACuzeMl6


24 posted on 12/31/2011 10:17:43 AM PST by baysider
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To: Berlin_Freeper
I think Perry has no one to blame but himself. I was totally on board when he announced. But his bungling performances in the debates and his inability to address his conservative shortcomings in the face of criticism made me think he's not up the the challenge.

It's sad, but I would be willing to give him another look if he emerges as the only alternative to Romney.
25 posted on 12/31/2011 10:21:50 AM PST by Antoninus (Defeat Romney--Defeat Obama.)
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To: baysider

Small venues, but he is out there meeting and greeting.

Not a vote has been cast, but Politico writes up this 4 page POS that says it’s over.


26 posted on 12/31/2011 10:22:17 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: VanDeKoik

Perry did fine on the camp name....Cain...not so fine....a real “Bad whitey” moment for Cain. Cain was disgusting.


27 posted on 12/31/2011 10:22:31 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

“Perry did fine on the camp name....Cain...not so fine....a real “Bad whitey” moment for Cain. Cain was disgusting.”

Agree. Perry deserved an apology for that.


28 posted on 12/31/2011 10:27:48 AM PST by CatherineofAragon
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To: miss marmelstein

Thank you. I am. I hope you have a very Happy New Year!!!! No matter what, this will be the year that we rid ourselves of Obama and no matter the nominee (except Romney), it will be better than the idiot we have in office. I just want to ensure that we pick the very best and IMHO it is Santorum. We will see very soon though.


29 posted on 12/31/2011 10:32:26 AM PST by napscoordinator (Happy New Year's! The Year the Nightmare is OVER!!!!!)
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To: mylife

“It’s stunning that people write Perry off but entertain idiots like Paul Pot.”

Yes, and it’s equally amazing to me that conservatives have willingly decided to ignore what they know about Newt Gingrich, and fall all over him. He was detested at FR a year ago (hello, Dede Scozzafava)? Sorry, but I’ll take Perry anyday.

And as for his early debate performances, let’s not forget that the probable reason for that was his back surgery and the fact that he was in considerable pain. Once he began to recover, his performances improved quite a bit.


30 posted on 12/31/2011 10:32:26 AM PST by CatherineofAragon
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To: X-spurt; Cincinatus' Wife
We’ll be happy to keep him as a damn good Governor.

We in PA are happy that you in Texas are happy, now if Cinncy's wife would find another candidate be would all be happy.

31 posted on 12/31/2011 10:34:12 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke The Terrorist Savages)
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To: Sacajaweau

Did I tell you the story about my camp?

I found this dead guy in the river back in Mar.
He wasn’t done in on the property, I didn’t own the property, the guy was a floater that had been whacked way up stream in the city.

Well, I called the cops and I told them to call me so I could unlock the gate when they arrived.

They called and I went up there, where I met 9 very angry black police officers.
That’s when I realized that someone had slapped a Barack Obama joker face “socialism is no joke” sticker on the gate.

Well, no amount of reason could sway those folks into understanding that I don’t own the property, no one on the property had committed a crime and that Barack Obama is a socialist. LOL

It all worked out, but it was truly scary


32 posted on 12/31/2011 10:35:27 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: CatherineofAragon

It is quite the physiological quandary.


33 posted on 12/31/2011 10:37:34 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: napscoordinator

Happy New Year to you, too! I still like Michele Bachmann, myself, but it’s nice to see Rick S. having his day in the sun. Hope he can build on it.


34 posted on 12/31/2011 10:38:07 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Don’t count Perry out yet...


35 posted on 12/31/2011 10:39:26 AM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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To: USS Alaska

Why the attack on Cincinatus wife?


36 posted on 12/31/2011 10:39:42 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Vigilanteman
Perry’s only role at this point is simply to siphon votes away from Rick Santorum, Michelle Bachmann and possibly even Newt Gingrich.

Aside from Romney, Perry is the only candidate with executive experience. He has never lost an election. He doesn't have a closet full of personal scandals. He has a solid record of conservative leadership. Is he perfect? No, but Perry is more conservative and has less baggage than Gingrich. He has bigger war chest than Santorum or Bachmann, both of whom he leads in an average of all the polls. Santorum isn't going anywhere after Iowa and Bachmann... Why is she even still in the race? Her campaign died months ago.

Perry-haters needn't worry though. Perry won't get the nomination. Conservatives are going to bicker and split their support amongst the handful of reasonably (though not perfectly) conservative candidates while trashing the others until one by one these candidates run out of money, run out of steam and drop out of the race. And then we'll be shell-shocked when Mitt Romney is the last guy standing and somehow pretend we didn't see it coming.

Running on his economic success as Governor of Texas, Perry could beat Obama. Sadly, it's unlikely he'll get the chance.

37 posted on 12/31/2011 10:41:15 AM PST by Drew68
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To: VicVega
But if she has no votes, she has little or no endorsement power either. Perry should endorse someone before he sinks to that level of irrelevance.
38 posted on 12/31/2011 10:42:13 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: CatherineofAragon
It is quite the physiological psychological quandary.

Damn you spellcheck!

39 posted on 12/31/2011 10:43:59 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: CainConservative; miss marmelstein; Jim Robinson; TADSLOS; BillyBoy; rintense; fieldmarshaldj; ...
NOW IS THE TIME TO COME TO THE AID OF YOUR COUNTRY......the quicker we unite around Gingrich, the quicker we end Willard's threat to conservatism. As Speaker, Gingrich led Republicans to magnificent successive victories:

* Four consecutive balanced budgets

* Over $400 billion of debt paid off

* Bipartisan welfare reform

* 11 million new jobs

* Unemployment falling to under 4%.

40 posted on 12/31/2011 10:44:27 AM PST by Liz
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To: mylife

“Perry’s family rectified the perceived offense even though it had nothing to do with them.

Perry’s family should be applauded for their actions, and Herb Cain should be jeered for trying to use the entire matter to paint Perry as a racist.”

So?

The MSM got their needed mileage out of it. Perry dropped like a rock.

The story did not go away based on some slam-dunk response from Perry. It only went into hibernation until he is seen as a threat again.

So no, it isnt a stunningly stupid thing to say that he didn’t deal with it. He didn’t.

That’s why I keep saying that the nominee needs to be able to deal with the MSM offensively on stuff like this. Not just put out a explanation in a press release and think that was all it would take.


41 posted on 12/31/2011 10:52:05 AM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: VanDeKoik

If anything, the way he handled it helps him.

Yeah, the story is still there, and the truth is still there, but Herb is toast.


42 posted on 12/31/2011 10:57:02 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: VanDeKoik
The story did not go away based on some slam-dunk response from Perry.

That's right. He didn't showboat.

To the contrary, he did what was right without desire for glory.

43 posted on 12/31/2011 11:00:25 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Drew68
Too many campaign blunders.

Plus, Perry's a more reliable conservative than Jeb Bush and not George W. Bush's actual biological brother, but he has a similar problem, at least with voters who don't live in or near Texas ...

44 posted on 12/31/2011 11:02:14 AM PST by x
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To: Vigilanteman

You’re right. But helps her save face. Yesterday she claimed hundreds of thousands of another candidates voters where coming to her camp. This was just after she lost the SuperPac to Romney, Campaign Manager left and she fired a guy for defending the campaign manager. With suck great potential she really jumped the shark, jumped it real early.


45 posted on 12/31/2011 11:06:18 AM PST by VicVega ( GEAUX LSU TIGERS, GEAUX SAINTS)
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To: VanDeKoik
The story did not go away based on some slam-dunk response from Perry.

Cain however did use a slam dunk response.

When he was pressed on the matter of trying to blame Perry for the rock, he simply said "I'm done talkin about that" and he got a pass! LOL

46 posted on 12/31/2011 11:07:46 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Liz

Hi, Liz! Nice to see you back!


47 posted on 12/31/2011 11:12:24 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: VanDeKoik

If I recall correctly Perry then went on to defend states rights, Then someone brought up the instate tuition thing for some children born of illegals.

The next thing ya know is Perry went from racist to illegal lover.

The electorate makes me cringe.


48 posted on 12/31/2011 11:15:43 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

“It is quite the physiological psychological quandary.
Damn you spellcheck!”

LOL, well, I guess it could be a physiological quandary, too, considering the timing of that back surgery!


49 posted on 12/31/2011 11:21:00 AM PST by CatherineofAragon
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To: CatherineofAragon

My back is ailing me as well so I can sympathize LOL.

You can see, in the early debates that he is in severe pain.

He’s all healed up now.


50 posted on 12/31/2011 11:23:27 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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