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Rick Perry Is the Anti-Sarah Palin (Another day, another hit piece)
The Wire ^ | March 26, 2014 | Lucy Wescott

Posted on 03/26/2014 11:58:54 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Republican starlets Rick Perry and Sarah Palin are both known for their personalities, love of guns, sexiness, and moments of TV humiliation, but only one of them is doing something to avoid forever being labelled an idiot. After his intellectual humiliation during the last presidential election cycle — during which he was unable to remember his own policy points — Perry is becoming considerably more wonkish than we’ve previously known him, fashioning himself as something of an elder statesman, in stark contrast to Palin.

The Texas governor, a pair of smart-person glasses now permanently attached to his face, has been busy recasting himself as an mild intellectual and business expert. On Monday, Perry discussed the job-creating potential of Tesla in Texas, condemning the "antiquated" rule that prohibits carmakers from selling directly to customers. On Tuesday, he appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe to declare an issue in the Texas governor's race, equal pay, "nonsense" and suggested candidates turn to more “substantive issues,” as Politico reports. He's waded into the debate over Internet gaming, Politico notes. And he's embraced prison sentencing reform.

Meanwhile, we're about to see Palin prance around on yet another reality TV show. Following the debacle of the 2008 campaign, the advice to Palin from Washington was largely as follows: go back to Alaska, buckle down, and learn things to prevent similar disaster next time. She did not do that. Writing in Commentary in 2011, John Podhoretz lamented, "She embarrassed herself in two interviews, and decided the blame lay not with her own ill-preparedness but with the media that had come after her..." and eventually "came to embrace her status as a kind of martyr for the social-conservative views that had not been the truly distinguishing features of her meteoric political career." The New York Times' Ross Douthat agreed, writing, "Palin was caricatured viciously, but in response she decided to essentially become the caricature, giving her enemies exactly the kind of Spiro Agnew-in-heels performance they expected, and then chasing celebrity in destructive (if lucrative) ways once the initial firestorm around her subsided." A few years later, that's still true: Palin is set to launch a TV channel, Rogue TV, and star in Amazing America with Sarah Palin, a show about to put the Sportsman Channel on the cable TV map.

Like Palin, Perry was caught unprepared, or tired, or something, and was painfully inarticulate during a Republican primary debate. But it's as if Perry listened to all the advice Palin got, and actually followed it.

Compare what the two did at the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this month. Palin delivered a speech in which she pretended to read aloud from Green Eggs and Ham, to rousing applause. Young Republicans passed out free posters of her riding a horse, and there were red tote bags promoting her new show. Perry, on the other hand, sat on a lengthy panel about prison sentencing reform, alongside Grover Norquist and former New York City Police Chief Bernie Kerik, a veritable expert on the criminal justice system.

Perhaps Perry was chosen for presiding over more executions than anyone in American history, but the point is this: while Palin gave the people what the wanted, a caricature forever spouting quotable gems of Alaskan wisdom, Perry spoke about “real conservative governance”: shutting down prisons, lowering recidivism rates, and saving money. It was well-received.

Neither Perry or Palin have officially announced decisions to run in 2016 — Palin merely flirted with a campaign in 2011, to Karl Rove's frustration. When asked about his presidential ambitions this week, Perry said, "I'm keeping the option open, absolutely." So who knows, it's possible they could face off at the podium.

In terms of success, we doubt Perry is going to get his own TV channel, let alone a reality show, anytime soon. But while Palin maintains the glamour, its Perry's political career that's not dead yet.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abortionbarbie; gop; grovernorquist; heartless; palin; perry; rickperry; texasgovrace; wendydavis
What a laff! If she decided to run, at least $100million dollars and millions of volunteers would pop out of the woodwork like magic. Did that happen when he ran last time?
1 posted on 03/26/2014 11:58:54 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
You know you're over the target. . .
2 posted on 03/26/2014 12:01:42 PM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only Hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh Lucy ... You can keep your doctor if you want to.

3 posted on 03/26/2014 12:03:06 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You are confused. Palin is old news. Lucy Wescott nailed it; Palin might was well go back to DWTS.

Perry - on the other hand - has potential.


4 posted on 03/26/2014 12:05:03 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who is Lucy Wescott and why do we care what her opinion is?


5 posted on 03/26/2014 12:06:32 PM PDT by McGruff (They say the first casualty of war is truth)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Watch Rick and see what happens. He is really good and would make a great President.


6 posted on 03/26/2014 12:06:37 PM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: Responsibility2nd
Palin might was well go back to DWTS.

Umm...

7 posted on 03/26/2014 12:07:18 PM PDT by McGruff (They say the first casualty of war is truth)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Glad to see your flak vest still fits. ;-)


8 posted on 03/26/2014 12:07:53 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There is at least one similarity: I would have voted for either.


10 posted on 03/26/2014 12:09:04 PM PDT by arderkrag (An Unreconstructed Georgian, STANDING WITH RAND.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

There sure is a difference between Palin and Perry.

From the Houston Chronicle:
The Tea Party favorite admitted that many have referred to his victory as “improbable.” He told Allen that the reason why Palin’s endorsement has had such an enormous impact is because voters consider her a true barometer of conservatism.

“In a Republican primary, everyone claims to be conservative and voters are pretty cynical. They are tired of these candidates that sounds great on the stump. They say they are going to cut spending, they get into the office and they become spineless jellyfish,” Cruz said. “I think conservatives trust Sarah Palin that if she says this guy is a conservative, that he is a real deal.”


11 posted on 03/26/2014 12:09:36 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: buffaloguy

He has explosive RINOism, so I’m not so sure he’d be a “great” president, but he’d probably more effective than Bush was.

If it came down to Jeb, Perry or Christie, I’d hold my nose and vote for Perry


12 posted on 03/26/2014 12:11:25 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think you are right because she is someone I could vote “for” as opposed to voting “against” a presidential candidate.


13 posted on 03/26/2014 12:13:26 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: McGruff

A Brit writer/author.

https://www.google.com/webhp?sa=N&tab=lw#q=Lucy+Westcott


14 posted on 03/26/2014 12:14:32 PM PDT by deport
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To: Responsibility2nd

Her daughter was on DWTS, not her. If Wescott made that distinction, then her research skills a poor


15 posted on 03/26/2014 12:14:46 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

In some ways there is a truth about them being opposites. When Perry first became governor here in Texas, he was the biggest “hack” in politics I’ve ever seen, totally beholden to his big-money donors and to hell with anyone else. He actually got better over the years, one of the ONLY examples I’ve ever encountered of a politician going in the ‘right’ direction while in office. However, I still have my doubts about him reverted back to norm if he obtained higher office. And he’s rotten on border/amnesty issues, to boot.

Palin was the total opposite when she was governor... incredibly independent from outside forces, and starkly NOT beholden to special interests, party machinery, corporate pressures, the media, nor just about anything else beyond the people and her state’s constitution. Quite the anomaly in the sleazoid world of politics, and why I still hold her in highest regard.


16 posted on 03/26/2014 12:18:13 PM PDT by greene66
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Palin is set to launch a TV channel, Rogue TV, and star in Amazing America with Sarah Palin, a show about to put the Sportsman Channel on the cable TV map.

Didn't Ronald Reagan have a television show?

17 posted on 03/26/2014 12:37:26 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Leftwing Kook

AUTHOR PROFILE

LUCY WESTCOTT

Lucy Westcott is a politics and culture reporter. Born in Swindon, U.K., she was partly raised in suburban Chicago, where her love for all things America started after a steady diet of early 2000s Saturday Night Live. A recent graduate of University of Maryland, College Park, she has yet to hear an American master a English accent. Send over comments, tips, questions and ideas to lucywestcott6@gmail.com.

18 posted on 03/26/2014 12:38:12 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: greene66

Great comments. I also think people outside of Texas don’t have any real idea how politics in our state is actually run. I’ve been here since 1985 and although involved in politics for the last ten years, just really began to understand who it is that makes the key decisions during the last two or three years. If we can get Dewhurst totally out of Austin I suspect that there will be some surprises in store for who calls the shots in the future.

Palin had a whole lot more power as governor of Alaska than Perry has as governor of Texas.


19 posted on 03/26/2014 12:40:19 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: P-Marlowe

So does the Pope.
https://www.catholictv.com/shows/papal-programming


20 posted on 03/26/2014 12:45:20 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: F15Eagle

Right, I noticed that too.

I don’t think wearing a pair of dark rimmed glasses will help Ooops The Texas Doorstop fool anyone into thinking he’s up there intellectually with William F. Buckley, Jr.


21 posted on 03/26/2014 12:53:13 PM PDT by bimboeruption ("We Recognize No Sovereign But God, And No King But Jesus!" - John Adams & John Hancock)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Lucy Westcott, another 20-something female blogger who resents everything Sarah Palin is/has at 50 (beautiful, famous, wealthy, admired, self-reliant, a manly handsome husband, etc) that she will never be/have:
22 posted on 03/26/2014 12:53:50 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back The Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And it won’t happen this time either. I will gladly take a ‘sums Palin ‘ over a smart Perry any day


24 posted on 03/26/2014 1:13:40 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: F15Eagle

My husband refers to her as “Chicken Neck”.


25 posted on 03/26/2014 1:14:43 PM PDT by bimboeruption ("We Recognize No Sovereign But God, And No King But Jesus!" - John Adams & John Hancock)
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To: ansel12

I like Ted


26 posted on 03/26/2014 1:15:03 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lucy ..... your claws are showing .... “Meow” right back ‘atcha.


28 posted on 03/26/2014 1:30:08 PM PDT by Qiviut (It's hard to be a donk if you're sane & it's hard to be a pubbie if you have any integrity.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ted Cruz ended Perry and Dewhurst’s careers.

If a Governor wants to run it will have be Scott Walker who is better than their respective local congressional wimps Johnson and Ryan.

How is Perry going to run without Cruz’s blessing? Is Cruz going to side with Perry over Rand because Rand is less interventionist?


29 posted on 03/26/2014 6:48:24 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: McGruff
Who is Lucy Wescott and why do we care what her opinion is?

Precisely. I figured someone else was asking this very same question so I figured I'd hold off asking the same question and see. Thanks.

30 posted on 03/28/2014 1:50:39 PM PDT by Ron H. (A Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin ticket in 2016)
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To: ansel12
....In a Republican primary, everyone claims to be conservative and voters are pretty cynical. ....

For me one of the best barometers is the candidates voting record, specially if the candidate is an incumbent. I look at their voting record for the period leading up to within about 6 months of their next upcoming election. Right after getting (re-)elected is the best time for me to pay attention to what they say and do and how they vote, that's when they show their true colors.

They count on voters having short memories and are gullible in the last 6 months before the next election. Count on it.

31 posted on 03/28/2014 1:59:59 PM PDT by Ron H. (A Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin ticket in 2016)
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