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And Now The Recriminations: Perry Staffers Tell Tale of Turmoil
Ace of Spades blog ^ | January 23, 2012 | Ace of Spades

Posted on 01/23/2012 1:51:06 PM PST by pogo101

He should have delayed a month, or a month and a half.

Was it the decision to schedule back surgery on July 1, putting Perry’s physical recovery on a collision course with a grueling schedule of fundraisers and campaign events? Was it the failure to prepare better for debates that soon turned disastrous? Was it simply a matter of getting in the race too late?

Perry’s own string of verbal goofs, probably some of the worst in modern American political history, were so crippling that it is questionable whether any paid professionals could have pulled him out of the ditch. At one point staffers were so desperate to keep Perry’s energy level high during debates that they discussed putting M&Ms in his coat pocket for use during commercial breaks.
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So what was Perry doing in October? Apparently not all that much:

Politico reported, "In a blistering indictment, sources close to the operation describe a new team that was stunned to arrive in October and find a campaign that wasn't executing the most rudimentary elements of a modern presidential campaign: no polling or focus groups, no opposition research book on their own candidate to prepare for attacks, and debate prep sessions that were barely worth the name."

So now you know. Although the articles make a case for this guy or that guy failing Perry, of course failure begins at the top.

It might here have also begun at the back.

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(Excerpt) Read more at minx.cc ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: amnesty; heartless; openborders; perry; perry2012; rickperry; rino
Perry was my guy. I guess I have a knack for picking bright shiny candidates who get no traction, because in 2008 I was a Fred! backer.

I'd earlier largely dismissed the "back surgery" thing as a lame excuse, but now I'm starting to believe it. Why would pissed-off staffers have any reason NOT to say, "Oh, that back surgery story, that's a lot of crap," if it WERE crap?

Good luck, Gov. Perry. I have a heart, regardless of what you say :P

1 posted on 01/23/2012 1:51:11 PM PST by pogo101
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To: pogo101

The man is obviously competent yet could not convince people to support him with their votes.


2 posted on 01/23/2012 1:54:58 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: pogo101

Perry was not my guy, but articles like this accomplish nothing.


3 posted on 01/23/2012 1:58:38 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Newt settled Commandment #7 with his maker. Waiting patiently while Ricky does the same with #9.)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Sorry you find the article unrewarding. As a former Perry backer, I find it at least useful to know that a lot of his problems may genuinely have flowed from too-recent back surgery. As I noted above, I’d heard those rumors before but dismissed them as unsubstantiated excuses for simple laziness.


4 posted on 01/23/2012 2:02:59 PM PST by pogo101
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To: pogo101

The early part of the campaign was disasterous. Rick was unprepared and sucking down pain killers made proper preparation nigh impossible.

My first choice all-along, and now even more convinced he has the right stuff given the class and grace he displayed while stepping aside.


5 posted on 01/23/2012 2:03:54 PM PST by bereanway
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To: pogo101
Early on I was an early Perry detractor. His first few debate performances were so atrocious, he blew right though his front runner status in a month.

He did recover in his last few debates, doing quite well, making me wish he had never made the early gaffes. When I read the rumor of his back surgery it all made sense to me. His later campaign gave me a lot of respect for him. He convinced me he would have made a fine GOP candidate and I would have supported him heartily had he won.

6 posted on 01/23/2012 2:21:44 PM PST by Lakeshark (NbIttoalbl,cRwIdtaa)
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To: Lakeshark

Some of his later ads, just before the Caucuses, were just awesome. Too late, sad to say.


7 posted on 01/23/2012 2:27:09 PM PST by pogo101
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To: gov_bean_ counter; miss marmelstein; fieldmarshaldj; TADSLOS; PAConservative1; South40
Perry was between a rock and a hard place----damned if he did--damned if he didn't.

EXHIBIT A---Perry did NOT campaign in NH AND FINISHED ALMOST DEAD LAST.

EXHIBIT B---However, Perry DID campaign in Iowa---AND FINISHED ALMOST DEAD LAST.

----In NH, Perry spent $6 million--the most of any candidate,

----Perry ran around in two campaign buses,

----Perry held numerous campaign events,

---- glad-handed thousands of Iowans,

----Perry ran non-stop ads touting his conservative credentials,

----Perry trucked in 1000 Texans for groundwork,

----Perry campaigned with California legislators and other high-level supporters

----PERRY FINISHED ALMOST DEAD LAST IN NH.

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BACKSTORY---when Perry went for the presidency, he and his Texas cronies projected an air of supreme self-assurance and indifference to outside advice.....Perry never even entered the first Iowa go-round-----and stomped allover Bachmann's hard-won victory, announcing his candidacy on the same day she won. Perry was posing for pics, acting like he had won Iowa, with 700 write-ins.

However, when sinking polls and losses forced him to regroup, Perry's hastily assembled new team found: Perry's 2012 campaign was mounted like Perry's state campaigns: (1) raise a bunch of money, (2) don’t worry about the [media coverage], (3) don’t worry about debates, (4) buy the race on TV.

The new team was not sympathetic: "You have to be a total rube to think a race for president is the same as a state race for governor. There has never been a more ineptly orchestrated, just unbelievably subpar campaign for president of the United States than this one."

8 posted on 01/23/2012 2:50:34 PM PST by Liz
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To: pogo101

“PERRY WE HARDLY KNEW THEE”

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/288817/perry-we-hardly-knew-thee-kathryn-jean-lopez


9 posted on 01/23/2012 3:00:50 PM PST by baysider
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To: baysider

Interesting link, thank. I read NR but had not seen that.


10 posted on 01/23/2012 3:04:53 PM PST by pogo101
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To: pogo101

The last sentence is a fine tribute :

“When history remembers Rick Perry’s time on the campaign trail, it ought to remember this: He saw some of these things clearly and helped advance a conversation that will keep religious freedom out in the open and protected.”


11 posted on 01/23/2012 3:16:58 PM PST by baysider
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To: pogo101

Ric Perry has a lot of good conservative credentials and it’s though for him and us that he didn’t get more traction and votes in the primary season. He did seem unprepared for the questions that were likely to be asked in the debates and campaign. The press was very hard on him, as with all GOP candidates, and made a big deal of any misstep.

I think part of the problem was the early start to the primary season. The GOP tried to get states to not start until this March or April, but the rush to be first got the start in January. A later start was to get more good candidates in and to let the voters learn more about each candidate other than the 30 second political ads.

This early start made the list of GOP candidates who were ready to go by January short and few. I think Perry felt he had to jump in or miss the train before he was prepared. I don’t buy the focus group and polling as getting prepared. I think a real candidate needs a core set of values and then think through how he can tell the voters how his values and ideas can help our country should that candidate be elected. Even the best candidate has to be able to communicate and Perry seemed to not get his points across in the opening debates.


12 posted on 01/23/2012 3:50:26 PM PST by RicocheT (Eat the rich only if you're certain it's your last meal)
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To: RicocheT

Well said.


13 posted on 01/23/2012 4:13:08 PM PST by pogo101
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To: Liz

Perryland- where excuses, blame and whine abound.


14 posted on 01/23/2012 4:23:27 PM PST by TADSLOS (Gingrich-Palin FTW!)
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To: pogo101

I guess it is common for the “smart” GOP people to smear the candidate when they failed to get a campaign off the launch. They did this to Palin, too. Does back stabbing help further their careers?

I expect we will hear more of the same out of Romney’s loser consultants and handlers once he hits the Rino moderate (brain dead) skids. It’s always someone else’s fault and these poor dead beat GOP staffers are “smart” innocent bystanders. This is dishonorable and unprofessional. They should be weeded out of the GOP.

They may have gone to the McLameObmammy school of “smart” people’s politics.


15 posted on 01/23/2012 4:46:59 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: pogo101

It’s too bad. He did good in the final debates but the earlier debates had already sealed his fate. The three answer question was the end of the road.


16 posted on 01/23/2012 4:55:34 PM PST by McGruff (Newter Romney!)
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To: pogo101
I guess I have a knack for picking bright shiny candidates who get no traction, because in 2008 I was a Fred! backer.

I think neither Perry or Fred truly had the fire in the belly to run for POTUS. It is not something you can half-ass, as we have seen. And that showed in Perry's lack of debate prep early on.

I just never got the feeling that the guy really wanted it. It is a sad testament that modern presidential campaigning requires a guy so power-hungry that he would do anything to win the office, but it seems that is what it takes.

17 posted on 01/23/2012 5:04:06 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Actually, it confirms what many of us stated several times on FR.


18 posted on 01/23/2012 5:05:48 PM PST by rintense
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To: bereanway

“The early part of the campaign was disasterous. Rick was unprepared and sucking down pain killers made proper preparation nigh impossible.”

That might explain his New Hampshire speech last fall, where he seemed totally drunk.


19 posted on 01/23/2012 5:07:11 PM PST by BobL ("Heartless" and "Inhumane" FReepers for Cain - we've HAD ENOUGH)
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To: RicocheT
He did seem unprepared for the questions that were likely to be asked in the debates and campaign.

He's never faced anything close to a national campaign, and if he brought his Texas campaign folks with him to run his national campaign, it may speak a lot about his loyalty, but not about his intelligence.

Keep in mind the following:

In 2002, he had no Republican competition and the Democrat nominee had just been destroyed by another Democrat during the Democratic primaries. Just to give you an idea about how nasty the Democrats got with one another, the Democrat who finished in second place turned around and endorsed Perry. Perry had no problems.

In 2006, the only Republican to really compete with Perry was a secessionist and he couldn't even get out of single digits in the primary. Perry then faced a clown car full of single-issue independent candidates and an incredibly weak Democrat. Perry ran away with 39% of the vote in the general election. No problems there.

In 2010, the Tea Party favorite shot herself in the foot on Glenn Beck's show and Kay Bailey Hutchison ran an incredibly incompetent campaign. In the general election, Perry then had to face a Clinton insider and Perry refused to debate him. By refusing to debate the Democrat, Perry kept him from getting more statewide attention and didn't have to answer a lot of questions, end of story.

If Perry brought the folks who helped him win in those elections to his national campaign, then it was the equivalent of bringing a bunch of high school kids to start in the Super Bowl.
20 posted on 01/24/2012 9:23:13 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: pogo101

The back surgery excuse made all the sense in the world to me. Had my first surgery last spring. Lots of feel good post-op meds. Within a week, I was able to do my normal routine with the help of those pills. Only later did I realize how truly ‘stoned’ I was! Can’t even imagine how Perry did 1/4 of what he did do for his campaign while still governing in that condition.

Do wish he’d waited to join, and we’d have seen a different candidate. Oh, well, what’s been done is over. He’s relatively young still. If Clinton could overcome being boo’d at a Dem convention and go on to win election twice, I would not write off Rick Perry should he choose to try again in the future.


21 posted on 01/24/2012 9:33:33 PM PST by EDINVA
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