Skip to comments.Rick Perry: The Tea Party Candidate?
Posted on 01/09/2012 8:25:23 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
Is Rick Perry the Tea Partys last hope in the 2012 election? As he prepares for his Alamo-moment in South Carolina, the longest serving governor in Texas history makes the case for limited government.
Its a deliberate play for South Carolinas once powerful Tea Party to come to his aid. During the 9AM MSNBC debate today with David Gregory, Rick Perry promised the Tea Party across the country that he would have their back against big spending Republicans. But will they have his?
Today, Amy Kremer of the Tea Party Express promised on Breitbart.tv that the organization will endorse before the January 21st.
Perrys proposals of cutting the pay of Congress and prosecuting congressmen for insider trading have been popular among Tea Party supporters. Indeed, in November, Perry was accused of pandering to the tea party by none other than House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). The Texas Tea Party, however, withdrew their support of the governor for his support of sanctuary cities for illegal aliens. An October Washington Post/ABC poll confirms that his support was cratering among Tea Party activists, placing him just above Romney and Ron Paul. Perry is hoping that South Carolina is a bit more generous.
Only a few of the Republicans swept into power in South Carolina by the Tea Party have made endorsements. Tea Party darling, Gov. Nikki Haley endorsed Mitt Romney and has been an active surrogate for the former Massachusetts governor as far afield as New Hampshire. Haleys support in South Carolina, however, is cratering. A poll conducted by Winthrop University between Nov. 27 and Dec. 4 showed only 34.6 percent of those surveyed approved of Haleys job performance, making her one of the least popular governors in the country.
Haleys support for Romney may be pecuniary or payback. Romneys Free and Strong America political action committee donated $36,000 to Haleys campaign in 2010. More than 35 other Romney-backers received PAC money from the former Massachusetts governor before making their endorsements. Perhaps they were merely returning the favor. Or perhaps their campaigns were paid for that favor early in the process.
Thus far, the very popular Tim Scott has declined to endorse anyone for president. Rep. Scotts highly coveted endorsement is seen as something of proxy for Senator Jim DeMint, the godfather of both the Tea Party and the South Carolina. In 2008, DeMint endorsed Mitt Romney, but in 2012, he has remained deliberately on the side lines.
Of the federal legislators in South Carolina, only freshman congressman (and Tea Party favorite) Mick Mulvaney has endorsed and he has endorsed Rick Perry. Mulvaney reportedly decided to support Perry after seeing his 20% flat tax proposal. Its very, very similar to what weve been talking about in terms of the Republican Study Committee, the conservative group within the House Republicans, and he went a little bit further than I think were going to go even. I was enthusiastic about somebody actually taking some bold steps, Mulvaney told MSNBC. Perry also won the support of Bobby Harrell, South Carolinas Speaker of the House.
South Carolinas Tea Party groups hold their own convention in Myrtle Beach on Sunday, Jan. 15, and Monday, Jan. 16, the same day that the next the 16th of the presidential debates takes place.
Perrys sure to be helped by his South Carolina advisors, which include former state GOP chairman Katon Dawson, who believes that Perry will play well with both evangelical and military voters who make up the Palmetto States Republican electorate. Iowa picks corn, New Hampshire picks presidential campaign pockets, and South Carolina picks Republican presidents, Dawson told reporters after Perrys fifth place finish in Iowa.
Though there is no clear Tea Party candidate in South Carolina, Tea Party groups are pretty clearly opposed to Mitt Romney. Karen Martin, the head of the Spartanburg County, S.C., chapter and other Tea Party leaders put it simply in an interview with National Public Radio:
Theres no Tea Partier that I talk to in the state or nationally that would want to promote Romney. Other than the people that have come out publicly and endorsed Mitt Romney and the people left over from his 2008 campaign, I do not personally know anyone that does not despise Mitt Romney and doesnt hate the idea of him being our nominee.
Governor Perry will be sure to keep proclaiming his conservative bona fides, especially on the Tenth Amendment, which is popular among Tea Partiers. To capitalize on that vote, Perry would do well to throw his backing to South Carolinas fight against the Justice Department over voter fraud. He would also do well to speak out against President Obamas unconstitutional recess bids, especially as those recess bids governing the National Labor Relations Board which is at war with Boeing over relocating their plant to a right-to-work state.
Which was insane! Because .......Much to the chagrin of Texas Latino leaders, Perry urged (even called a Special Session -- but they legislature dropped the ball and went home) lawmakers to pass a bill that would outlaw so called sanctuary cities localities in which police refrain from asking citizens about their immigration status. The crackdown on sanctuary cities measure failed in June 2011, but the Texas governor also signed into law that same year the Voter ID Act despite outspoken opposition by Latino advocacy groups that denounced it as a law that attempts to disenfranchise minority voters.
Gov. Rick Perry wants the border sealed, drug cartels killed off and NO amnesty.
Jan 8, 2012: Re: hardship waivers .House liberals cheer proposed Obama administration immigration reform....."Becerra on Friday said Republicans left the White House no other option but to act unilaterally on immigration reform.
President Obama is right," he said. "We can't wait for Republicans in Congress to stop playing this nasty game of politics, blocking immigration reform legislation, which is tearing families and America apart."
Rick Perry on E-verify:
I agree that some kind of electronic verification system is needed so we can make sure employers comply with the law not to hire illegal immigrants. E-Verify is a federal government created and run program, and as a result there have been a number of problems with it so far. The Department of Homeland Security estimated the system could fail to identify more than half of all illegal immigrants.
But just because it has problems doesnt mean we should throw employee verification out. It means we should make it work. Employee verification needs to be accurate so American citizens arent denied jobs based on bad data and undocumented immigrants dont slip through the system. And it needs to be less cumbersome for employers to use, so its not costing them money they could be using to create jobs.
So as president, Id work to put in place an E-Verify system thats more accurate, less burdensome and really delivers the results we need it to.
Mr. McKinnon was outraged. "No pretense of integrity, professionalism or of unbiased news gathering," he wrote in Investors' Business Daily.
But I doubt he was surprised. This is what the "mainstream" media did to Sarah Palin in 2008, and what likely is in store for anyone Republicans nominate.
But liberals will go after the Texas governor with special venom because he is anti- intellectual, prays in public, takes the Constitution seriously and sometimes carries a handgun, Walter Shapiro wrote in The New Republic.
"It's almost as if Perry's political persona was constructed by bundling together all the fears and phantoms in the left-wing anxiety closet." he said.
Rick Perry to a reporter: YouTube: You got a name?
Depends on what’s in the tea.
THE ONE CANDIDATE THE ESTABLISHMENT AND THE FEDS ALONG WITH GULLIBLE VOTERS IS RICK PERRY.
HE WILL HOLD EVERY ONE OF THOSE VAMPIRES IN WASHINGTON ACCOUNTABLE.
GIVE US OUR FREEDOM BACK
But some Freepers will crawl over broken glass to assist liberals in this regard.
Maybe he is, but regardless the lowest tier candidates had better start thinking about leaving after SC.
Was Rick Perry actually drunk? A computer says it knows
..At a computer station in the back of the laboratory, the team was eager to finally show off its new system. Black put on a headset and sat in the pilots seat, where he began saying commands to familiarize the program with his voice.
He uttered three "sober" sentences, three "drunk" sentences and then a test sentence.
"Now its going through and training the system," said Narayanan. Its extracting spectral voice quality features, extracting prosodic features, intonation and so on, its now crunching, organizing it in order of importance.
A few minutes later the results were in. The computer came up with a score of five out of seven, or about 70 percent. Narayanan said it was a pretty good score - about on par with human accuracy, in fact - and said it was time to try a clip from Rick Perry's speech.
They ran the audio and waited. The results appeared. Perry was sober.
RICK PERRY is the last best candidate. PERRY 2012
I have no opinion on his condition at the infamous NH speech. More to the point, the “Tea Party” candidates haven’t exactly panned out in every instance. Haley is endorsing Romney. Brown is now being targeted for replacement. O’Donnell was a flop.
HE WILL HOLD EVERY ONE OF THOSE VAMPIRES IN WASHINGTON ACCOUNTABLE.
GIVE US OUR FREEDOM BACK
Perry has a RECORD!
He is NO Haley, Brown or O’Donnell.
Gov. Perry is a consistent conservative.
lower tier includes newt
It has been a real eye-opener watching that sam.
I could have overlooked a lot of things I didn’t like about Perry, EXCEPT for the whole Guardasil fiasco. That one forever tainted my opinion of the man. Stunk of both chrony capitalism at its worst, and the overreaching of the government to strong-arm very young girls to get vaccines for STD’s. Two strikes and your out Rick.
Perry is the conservative we need. He should NOT leave the race while Romney is threatening.
“RICK PERRY is the last best candidate. PERRY 2012”
Amen to that. I was shocked last night to hear Chris Wallace say that Perry is the best candidate to go up against Obama. My husband said, “Well, my opinion of Chris Wallace just went up a notch.”
.The Gardasil [cervical cancer] vaccine was recommended the FDAs vaccine approval committee, more than 6 months before Governor Perrys Executive Order. All girls who qualified for the Federal Vaccines for Children program were eligible to receive the vaccine free of charge: Medicaid, CHIPs, and uninsured or those with insurance that wont pay for vaccines. The Texas Legislature had previously delegated unconditional authority to mandate new vaccines to the Department of State Health Services, which is under Governor Perry and the Executive Branch. Source Gov. Perry's E.O. [opt out] also made all required vaccines easier to opt out of. The Legislature moved to kill the E.O. and Gov. Perry made no objection. No one was given the vaccine from the E.O.
Well, he's right! What happened to the anti-Perry FOX all the time? The whole lot of them have been in the bag for Romney.
But two of them had better be prepared to bail should it become apparent the split conservative vote is enabling Romney.
You are so right.
Rick Perry = The Tea Party Candidate???
NOT if you ask IA, NH, SC, or Florida!!!
Florida Republican Presidential Primary Quinnipiac
Romney 36, Gingrich/Santorum 40, Paul 10, Perry 5
SC newest polling...
1/5 - 1/7 1112 LV 30 19 23 9 (5 Perry)
I know, that’s one reason I was so gobsmacked, LOL. Chris Wallace recognizes the truth, but conservatives don’t.
Do you ever get tired of spending so much time and effort searching for Perry threads so you can bash a good conservative man? I have to admit, I can’t imagine doing the same on Gingrich or Santorum threads.
Thanks CC you’re always so good about bring me the polling news.
NH newest polling..
New Hampshire Republican Presidential Primary Suffolk/7News Tracking
Romney 33, Paul 20, Huntsman 13, Santorum 10, Gingrich 11, Perry 1
What yardstick do you use to judge the candidates?
I agree with every word you said.
More so is the caustic environment whipped up around here to destroy anything or anyone not toeing the purist conservative line....and then a thread the other day expressing shock and wonder “taking stock” as to what to do now looking over the ruins and ashes of that scorched earth circular-firing squad policy.
The 11th commandment is roundly ridiculed, and Reagan’s “He’s not a 20% enemy, he’s an 80% friend” is ignored.
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Mitt's only chance (and his game plan) is for the anti-Romney vote to be divided up until it's too late. Conservative candidates should not oblige him.
It’s called reality. Something Perry does not realize.
If Willard wins SC in a squeaker while Spoiler Perry grabs a whopping 5% in SC, the Texas gov couldn’t care less.
Perry obviously only wants to be Willard’s VP.
I'm a proven conservative in the Florida tradition of Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.
However people feel about Marco and Jeb, most just hear "Bush" and that's all. His record also states he backed Giuliani in 2008. Not the most popular move among conservatives.
Some days it seems like it’s by design.
I get my threads “dumped” into GOP Chat etc and insulting comments if I look side-ways at the flavor of the month, to tell me to stay out of their way.
But....they freely come onto Perry threads and leave their condolences or drop some half-truth or say how superior their moderate is because they CAN win (the 3rd or 4th one that they’ve said the same thing about).
I must have missed something, but what’s wrong with O’Donnell? A few years ago, everyone was excited about him winning in Virginia. Now, I keep reading about what a disappointment he is, or what a flop he is! What happened? Do you know?
Indeed, Perry backing pro abortioner Rudy 100% in 2008 was a killer.
Perry is faithful to his wife which tells a LOT about a candidate. What is yours faithful to?
IMO the nightmare scenario will be the three candidates below Romney remaining neck & neck until it is too late.
How can he be a spoiler when he’s polling at 5%? And it’s been established that the Romney VP idea is a ludicrous joke.
Now, let’s address my question, which you didn’t answer. Doesn’t it take up a lot of time for you, searching out Perry threads so you can do a little more bashing? Why do you do it? He is a good conservative Christian man. Don’t you find your behavior unChristian? Or, if you aren’t a Christian, then unseemly, at the very least?
This would be a historic moment for the the so-called leaders out there to be courageous and bold. Stop thinking about yourselves. Come out now, Republican governors! Come out now, Sarah Palin. Come out now, Republican legislators. Endorse the only qualified candidate running for POTUS. Give Governor Perry the vote of confidence he needs to fight your fight. Remember the fight? Help him take South Carolina.
Gov. Perry is the best candidate to fight it out with Obama -- and the only one who isn't standing in quicksand. Perry has a record that Obama cannot dismiss.
Rudy has his flaws too like your candidate but he led New York in a very solemn time. I commend him for doing such a great job. Rudy did VERY WELL during 9/11.
Yes you are.
If that fails to come to pass after SC, or if Newt is the one who is resurgent, then IMO Perry should get out. If his background is not a workable fit in SC to where he cannot manage better than a third place finish among the anti-Paul and anti-Romney pack, then he really can't make an argument for his candidacy elsewhere.
Perry backed Rudy for his national security and strong executive skill and bonafides. And during that GOP Primary most Texans were backing Rudy.
This is an interesting article about where Texas' campaign money and support was going in '08. Things just aren't back and white. Texas donors on fence for 2008 election
I’ve thought the same thing.
Where are the leaders?
They’re thinking about themselves.
Perry helped get a lot of them elected; raised record amounts of money for the RGA.