Time for another “Rick Perry thinking of running for president” story

posted at 8:40 pm on June 8, 2011 by Allahpundit

I hope he decides soon. I don’t know how many more times we can rewrite our standard “Perry thinking of getting in” post.

Have I mentioned that he has a terrific record of jobs growth as governor? Oh, right, I have. About five different times.

But over the past two weeks, political advisers and friends say, Mr. Perry has changed his tune on a possible presidential campaign. In private conversations, they say, the three-term governor said he worries that the current GOP contenders have yet to stir real excitement within the party and may struggle when facing President Barack Obama.

“He thinks there is a void [in the current field of candidates], and that he might be uniquely positioned to fill that void,” said one Perry confidant who talked to the governor last week…

[V]arious signs suggest the Perry camp may be setting the groundwork for a potential White House run. One Perry ally who talked to him recently said the governor has been struck by how “pivotal” the next election will be, and how his resume may be a better fit for the campaign than that of anyone now in the race…

Some of Mr. Perry’s own top aides have had tentative discussions with unaffiliated campaign operatives who worked for previous Republican presidential candidates, according to people familiar with the exchanges.

“Prominent Texas GOP donors” are calling around asking for advice on how and when he should get in. Meanwhile, Perry also just announced a huge religious gathering on August 6 in Houston during which attendees will pray and fast for America. It’s a non-political event, but he did invite the governors of all 49 other states to participate. The Ames straw poll is scheduled to take place exactly one week later. I can’t wait to hear what sort of bon mots Ed Rollins has waiting for him.

In lieu of any relevant new video of Perry talking about running, here’s Ann Coulter showing enduring devotion to the other perpetual will-he-or-won’t-he non-candidate in the race.


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Huh. All “conservatives” knew waaaaaaay before that that Obama was a commie.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on June 9, 2011 at 8:43 AM

It will take the Independent vote to get a Republican candidate elected in 2012. Independents decide elections. The Republican candidate won’t be insulting Independents to get their vote, and you can bet Obama will be doing everything he can to get the Independent vote. – hint he won’t be insulting them.

Dr Evil on June 9, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Why, no. I’ve written many posts about RomneyCare. I have no special affection for him. To turn that logic around on you, though, have you ever left a single comment on this site or elsewhere noting some sort of misstep by Palin? I don’t mean an egregious mistake like RomneyCare was, just any sort of little misstep. Ever? Anywhere?

Allahpundit on June 8, 2011 at 9:10 PM

I can’t speak for him, but as a Certified Palinista™, I have.

I pointed out that she shouldn’t mix pastels with blacks.

fossten on June 9, 2011 at 9:37 AM

fossten on June 9, 2011 at 9:37 AM

She wants to be independent in her communication, but the way the game is played is in sound bytes. I don’t think some coaching for responding to the media is out of the question. The press counts on her rogue communication quality to nail her with gotchas – it’s time to confuse them again. They can weave a lot crap out of a an off the cuff remark. I think she enjoys drawing fire from the liberal media though so she probably won’t change her communication style. Palin does give a lot of other Republicans cover by keeping the liberal media focused on her. The folks at MSNBC are like squirrels fixated on a shiny object :)

Dr Evil on June 9, 2011 at 9:58 AM

“He thinks there is a void [in the current field of candidates], and that he might be uniquely positioned to fill that void,” said one Perry confidant who talked to the governor last week…

[V]arious signs suggest the Perry camp may be setting the groundwork for a potential White House run. One Perry ally who talked to him recently said the governor has been struck by how “pivotal” the next election will be, and how his resume may be a better fit for the campaign than that of anyone now in the race…

IMHO, there IS a void in the GOP field, and Perry might be the man to fill it.

What are voters complaining about, so that they would want to replace Obama?

(1) Government spending, high deficits, with the prospect of much higher taxes.

(2) High unemployment, which many voters blame on over-regulation and taxation of small businesses.

(3) ObamaCare, which many people blame for the rise in health-care costs, and cuts in Medicare benefits.

(4) High oil prices and energy costs, which result in higher costs for products (food, etc.) needing to be transported to market, which many voters blame on Obama’s reluctance to use America’s energy resources.

Most of the Republican candidates so far want to cut Government spending, deficits and taxes, which answers issues (1) and (2).

Romney, the presumed front-runner, is very weak on issue (3), since he signed into law something similar to ObamaCare in his state.

Sarah Palin is strong on issue (4), but many voters still deride her as a “quitter” after she needlessly resigned the governorship of Alaska.

Enter Rick Perry, Governor for 10 years of the second most populous state, without a state income tax, and by far the biggest job-creator. He has no baggage whatsoever on health-care, and his state is also heavily invested in the energy industry, he can handle issue (4) as well as Palin, without being labeled as a “quitter”.

There’s definitely a “void” for a candidate like Perry–will he fill it?

Steve Z on June 9, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Those of you that like to make hay out of Perry’s democrat party past need to remember one thing, there were democrats, then there were Texas democrats. Most Texas democrats back then were more conservative than anybody in the GOP.

/sheesh

john1schn on June 8, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Sen. Phil Gramm used to be a Texas Democrat, and he switched parties and brought us the Gramm-Rudman Balanced Budget Act. A lot of Texas conservatives used to be Democrats, when Texas was a one-party state, then saw the light. This shouldn’t be a problem for Perry.

Steve Z on June 9, 2011 at 11:47 AM

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