Skip to comments.Rick Perry Becomes the 2016 GOP Frontrunner (you have to watch the ad in the story!)
Posted on 08/20/2014 6:19:18 AM PDT by cotton1706
Rick Perry has been on a subtle campaign since November of 2012, and he has done it well. The Texas Governor has wooed away companies from multiple states by showing off the energetic business environment, he has engaged in national political discussions through videos, social media, and op-eds, and he has kept his name, and more importantly, the record of the state he governs, in the news.
But now we have the news of two criminal indictments.
Leading Conservatives Gather For Republican Leadership Conference In New OrleansThis indictment is filled with the distilled essence of progressive projection. An out of control county DA gets drunk and makes a decision to drive, then she is caught and arrested. This DA, who was found to be intoxicated three times the legal limit, attempted to use her title to not only coerce the police to let her go, but to threaten the police for locking her drunk ass up.
Coercion and threats of retribution. Thats what the DA who is at the center of this case did. That is what the Travis County DA is charging Perry with.
How perfectly Orwellian this all is.
I know some are worried that the indictment of Governor Perry, and the subsequent mug shot, will be the stumbling block that preemptively ends his bid for 2016, but I am not convinced.
This indictment plays to Perrys strengths, not only his serious retail politics skills, which this will allow him to display, but also a naturally conservative but truly populist opinion that some drunk shouldnt be in charge of jack, especially when drawing a salary from the taxpayers.
I can imagine Perry defending himself on the campaign trail, but I really dont have to, RickPAC already has an ad up that lays out the case pretty well.
(Excerpt) Read more at redstate.com ...
His first time out was rough. He has the same speaking problem as myself...too much on his mind. Needs notes to keep on track. I got better but it took a looooong time. Now when I speak...everyone listens.
The Dems want him out of the race...so I'm sure there's a lot more cr** to come out of those roaches.
I think Rick Perry is the ONLY candidate that is suitable to both the GOP-e and conservatives.
He is NOT my favorite at all. But he is acceptable.
Cruz / Palin / Walker / Paul could beat the suitpants off of Clinton. Perry lacks debating skills.
I’d happily vote for him.
This hag managed shield herself from the Texas Codes (that say intoxication is a reason for removal) and find a judge that would let her keep her job. Now she wants to indict the Governor for doing his?
It's the Governor's job to protect the State, and the State no longer has confidence in the 'Integrity Unit' because everything they have done or will do as long as this woman in in charge can be called into question.
Can you imagine the legal Hell that will create on any convictions or even prosecutions they're involved in? And the State will wind up paying for most of it!
Me too! We need a warrior to clean out the DC pig pen.
Perry’s quite serious about cutting the EPA, NEA etc budgets to the bone.
Destroying the beurocracy in DC will solve a lot of our problems.
I liked him in 2012. Unfortunately, he was recovering from back surgery during the primary and didn’t acquit himself well on the campaign trail and in the debates. Besides, Romney was the “anointed” one. No one else needed to apply.
I could get behind Rick big time.
He’s a “cut through the BS” kind of guy.
I didn’t really care for him until he smacked down Abortion Barbie.
There is one thing that Rick would do: unleash the power of the American energy industry.
I'm pinging dfwgator to return me to my senses...lol.
I think the democrats scheme is to demonize the idea of using the power of the purse to defund anything. They NEVER want any area of the government starved of funds (unless is the defense department of course).
We saw this with the British, when the colonial assemblies refused to pay the royal governors, the King removed that power and paid them directly, pulling the teeth out of the power of the people.
They’ve done it on the Federal level, with the senate and the president teaming up to remove the power of the purse from the House. Harry Reid refused to pass a budget for five years, and we’ve been running on continuing resolutions so that nothing can be cut, then Reid says it’s all or nothing on bills from the House, refusing to consider individual bills, and forcing a government shutdown.
This is all part of an organized plot to dismantle the checks to the government leviathan. And, of course, to destroy a rising conservative, so a hand-picked go-along type like Romney can win by default.
I know, but that's the crux of the matter.
It's almost a certainty he'll run for the nomination, the question is, will the RNC allow him to have it?
If his platform is about shrinking the government, my guess would be 'no'.
I have always supported a Perry/Palin dream ticket
The silence from the RNC regarding the shenanigans against Perry is deafening.
Makes me think they’re in cahoots with the DNC on this.
Yep, another squishy RINO. Ugh!
I can definitely see myself supporting Perry. He needs to be forming alliances and lining up endorsements even this early.
I think he knows to downplay defunding this time around. Economy and immigration are all he needs to hammer. If he maintains Cruz’ support, it’s in the bag.
Palin will not be on the ticket.
Yes I agree with this article. The current situation is going to turn Rick Perry into a rock star. Every talk show will be wanting him on and its going to add up to a lot of free national facetime with the public.
I’m sorry I bought into the RINO carpola early in the 2012 race. Everyone who is calling Perry a RINO needs to read his book. He’s a states righter and he does want smaller govt. If we don’t significantly reduce the size of the Bureacracy we will never rid ourselves of the progressives and this police state that has been erected.
a guy can dream :)
We’ll see. I wonder if they’ve asked Tom DeLay how well it worked for him?
We can hope, however, it didn't work for DeLay. I don't think this will work out different for Perry.
I would say its already working actually. People were lined up outside the police dept yesterday cheering Perry as he went in. He is never going to be convicted of anything and the charges will probably just be thrown out. He can campaign on this for 2 years.
Peering in from afar (Georgia), I see Perry as one of the only prospective GOP candidates who is bravely and openly walking his talk, and fighting the fight. From his fantastically prosperous state, to the border situation, to going against King Obama, he’s the fighter we need leading the way.
Debating isn’t leading. Obama is supposed to have been the “great orator”, but without his TelePrompTer, he’s just a disconnected series of “uh’ s and ahh’s”. And, Obama just talks, and never does anything...legal.
I sure don’t want Jeb, or Christie.
I’m all in.
Wasn't Perry on medication for back problems during the last campaign? That would offer some explanation for his vapor-lock during a couple debates. Having been through nasty lower-back problems and muscle spasms, I know first-hand the brain's sharpness diminishes with the pain meds that are needed to lessen the agony.
I agree. Once this mess is deep in the rear-view mirror, part of his message could be legal reforms, to lessen the possibility of political hackery at the prosecution level.
My other fear is that Mitt will get in the 2016 race. If so I think Rick Perry and Ted Cruz are the only other people who could take votes from Mitt. We need to keep that in mind.
You don’t live in TX or you’d be looking elsewhere for a candidate. The first and foremost reason he’s stepping down from gov is because he knows TX has had our fill of his lib ways. The run for POTUS is nothing more than foder for his political ego. BTW, you do know that in TX, the office of the Gov is nothing more than a title. All the gov has to do is sit there and be pretty which Gov Goodhair has done. The real running of the state falls to the Lt. Gov and the Legislature.
The POTUS can’t rely on notes. He MUST be a brilliant off the cuff speaker.
A Perry/Cruz 2016 Team or a Cruz/Perry 2016 Team?
The next time the RNC calls me asking for money I will write a check for Rick Perry for president.
The next time the RNC calls me asking for money I will write a check for Rick Perry for president.
Something to keep in mind: 14 years as governor provides ample opportunities to make enemies.
But one can't deny that Texas has unquestionably been the best governed state in the union across Perry's terms. It's true that the Texas constitution grants relatively more power to the Lieutenant Governor and the legislature at the expense of the governor. But the governor's office is not without power and, generally, his policies have prevailed.
One thing is for sure: If Perry were elected President, the 10th Amendment would enjoy a comeback. The power and size of the federal bureaucracy would be sharply curtailed.
Rick Perry is a politician, to be sure, but he is not a lib.
And, by the way, Perry's problems during his first run for the presidency in 2012 are largely attributable to pain-killers he was taking after a recent back operation. The slurred speech and forgetfulness were not characteristic. He is, in fact, pretty damn quick on his feet.
You think the "Day of Infamy" was off the cuff??
Can't happen. Constitutionally, the President and the VP cannot hale from the same state.
Bush and Cheney could avoid this problem by Cheney changing his place of residence to Wyoming -- which was where he was born, raised and where he served as a Congressman.
Perry and Cruz, however, are both lifetime residents of Texas (save Cruz' birth in Canada, of course).
What Article, Para, etc. of the Constitution says tha?
The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves;...
I could vote for Perry, he is not my pick but with a strong conservative VP on the ticket like Lee out of Utah or Pence of Indiana I think that would be a formidable ticket.
Now if we get another GOPE VP squish like Ryan or Christie we are being set up for the continuation of GOPE surrenders well into the future. The GOPE couldn’t pick the winner of a one horse race or their own noses they are so inept and blind to reality.
If Perry succeeds in securing the border, he will be a national hero. I am liking Perry!!!!
The dueling mugshots - of Perry and Rosemary - need to be posted over and over and over.....
When political dirty tricks by Dems can't even cut it with former Obama PR man David Axelrod, then "Houston, we have a problem!!!!" LOL
Spot on, but it’s quickly coming to an end. If the GOP Senate simply passed a flat budget with no increase year after year after year, then the deficit would drop. Toss in reigning in the regulatory community with laws that force them into the court system to implement their schemes and force Congressional votes whenever some scheme affects the national economy by more than $10 million. Jam up the Leviathan.
Debating skills can be learned. We need to coalesce around an acceptable, though imperfect candidate early on in the process. Having FReepers battle it out over nuances just drains us of the energy needed to win.
Furthermore, FReepers should be focusing on winning elections to local, county and state offices. How many school districts could use a FReeper majority. Vouchers everyone?
- “If an idiot puts on a USMC t-shirt to play basketball it does not mean he is not a damn pansy!” -
Well well...... I’m glad to hear that.
Me too. In the complete absence of any other candidate with executive credentials, Rick is the man.
When I back off and survey the whole situation, Cruz and Rubio seem better suited to entering the battle from where they are. Strong voices are needed in the Senate. I see no point in reducing their strengths to become President when they are lacking in Executive experience.
America sees plainly the problems of a Senator President promoted beyond his level of ability.
Cruz will make a great Attorney General and, someday, the Supreme Court.
Rubio....I have to think about it and look over his strengths.
The team must include Dr Ben Carson. Perhaps not as VP but in some position to take control of the health care problem.
Fortunately, we have time to let events percolate.