AP: Rick Perry’s team starting to lay the groundwork in Iowa

posted at 7:14 pm on June 17, 2011 by Allahpundit

The Daily Caller noticed a few days ago that his team hadn’t done anything in Iowa yet, but Perry’s big advantage in having poached Gingrich’s top advisors is that they’d already done work there for Newt. His campaign comes prefab to some extent, in other words; all he has to do is start putting together the pieces that exist.

And here he goes:

Perry’s chief consultant Dave Carney acknowledged in an interview with The Associated Press that he was making inquiries about the political landscape, the caucus process and potential staff in Iowa…

“If you’re going to compete in Iowa, that’s an expensive proposition. You have to have a big field presence there. You have to spend a lot of time there. If you’re going to spend a lot of time there, you have to spend a lot of other time raising money elsewhere,” Carney told The AP. “We’re not trying to fool ourselves or anybody else.”…

“That’s a big thing we’re going to have to discuss with folks in Iowa — about the straw poll. How much time there is to be competitive,” Carney said. “All that kind of stuff are things we’re going to start putting together and compiling so the governor can make an intelligent decision.”…

Perry has not been to Iowa since the 2008 campaign when he campaigned in the state for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. And don’t expect him to show up before early July. He is scheduled to undergo minor surgery to repair a back ailment on July 1, Perry’s spokeswoman said Friday.

Perry plans to start dialing Iowa GOP bigwigs after Texas’s legislative session ends later this month and don’t forget that he’s got that huge prayer event scheduled for a week before the straw poll, which could help him surge late with the state’s social cons. And he does have a huge opening right now thanks to Bachmann and Pawlenty. Still, seven weeks from the start of July until Ames isn’t much time to go from nonentity to contender. The straw poll doesn’t mean everything (Mitt won it in 2008 and then lost the caucuses to Huckabee), but for a much-hyped guy like Perry who’s preparing to make a Thompson-esque splashy late entry, the results will be used by the media as an early read on his chances. If he flames out, the narrative that he’s a bust will take hold and he’ll have problems trying to come back to win the caucuses. In fact, I wonder if that’s figuring into Palin’s calculations too. Given her name recognition and the social-con base in Iowa, anything less than a clear win at Ames will be used by the media to pronounce her campaign DOA. Maybe she’s better off waiting until late August to get in so that she doesn’t have to deal with it. I’m sure both he and Palin would each prefer to let the other go first in declaring too so that they can watch the reception and have a better sense of whether there’s still room left in the field. One of them will have to bite the bullet and it’ll probably be Perry, but that’s a huge risk for him when he does: Even in Texas, she polls a few points ahead of him. (Obligatory caveat: That poll has an eight percent(!) margin of error.)

Via Politico, here’s his message to conservative bloggers that’ll air tonight at the Right Online conference. The Perry skeptics out there might enjoy this critique at TNR by lefty Ed Kilgore, who argues that RP has always been more lucky than good and isn’t held in especially high regard by Texas Republicans despite his long tenure as governor. Perry fans are invited to direct their angry e-mail responses to Kilgore, not me.

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Texas is also a “right to work” state. Perry closed a $15 billion deficit without raising taxes. For too many people it is “Palin or nobody else.” Almost 3/4 of a million jobs have been created during Rick Perry’s tenure as Governor and he was not a half term governor either. The fact that the Bush clan opposed him raises him in my eyes. By the way the Al Gore of 1988 was actually superior to the George Herbert Walker Bush of 1988. Gore, like Charles Johnson pre 2008, was not the bloated insane idiot that he has now become.

Hilts on June 18, 2011 at 5:48 PM

For too many people it is “Palin or nobody else.”

Hilts on June 18, 2011 at 5:48 PM

No, for too many people it’s “anybody BUT Palin” along with the search for some instant not-Palin electable Reaganish savior and also along with the endless “should Palin run?” poll questions. I say let them all run and let’s see who wins.

pseudoforce on June 18, 2011 at 6:56 PM

…the endless “should Palin run?” poll questions. I say let them all run and let’s see who wins.

pseudoforce on June 18, 2011 at 6:56 PM

I’d really like to see some polls asking if Romney, Pawlenty, Bachmann, Cain, Paul, etc. should drop out of the race and should Giuliani, Perry run. The whole premise of the polls on whether Palin should run or not is just flawed. Saying a plurality of Republicans doesn’t support her running is silly. McCain wasn’t receiving a plurality of support when he was on his way to securing the nomination. He just happened to win enough support to beat all the other hopefuls.

rmel80 on June 18, 2011 at 8:06 PM

By the way the Al Gore of 1988 was actually superior to the George Herbert Walker Bush of 1988

What a horrible statement.

Gore was going the same direction. Earth in the balance was written in 92, the same year he signed up with Clinton and tried to force national health care and gun control on the country.

And Clinton’s “100 cops on the streets” crap was the precursor to to modern state-union-hybridizations that Scott Walker is trying to dismantle and are not bankrupting the country.

You went WAY TOO FAR trying to lionize “open borders Perry”, and “in state tuition for illegals Perry” with that remark.

Perry is another Bushland RINO televagelist politician. Nothing more.

rightwingyahooo on June 19, 2011 at 11:23 AM

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