Wide open: Perry finding huge numbers of top GOP donors, operatives undecided

posted at 7:50 pm on July 12, 2011 by Allahpundit

Hard to say what portion of the enthusiasm he’s seeing is pro-Perry rather than merely anti-Romney, but after this, it’s impossible to believe that he won’t run. Politically, this is as close as it gets to an engraved invitation:

Perry is finding that a vast reservoir of the Republican Party establishment — broadly defined to include elected officials, donors, strategists and activists whose support fuels presidential campaigns — is so far untapped, according to interviews conducted Monday and Tuesday with 19 major donors, strategists and party officials in13 states.

Establishment figures are waiting to see a candidate build and finance a national campaign, hone a strong economic message and, most of all, prove that he or she can go the distance to defeat President Obama. The biggest force driving these kingmakers is that they are hungry for a winner, and although former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is widely considered the early frontrunner, broad swaths of the party remain unconvinced that he’s the one…

“It’s a huge opening for Rick Perry — huge, huge, huge,” said New Hampshire operative Mike Dennehy, who is neutral in the race. “If he announces and really announces with a bang, he could gobble up a solid third of the Republican Party establishment in New Hampshire and, I do believe, nationally.”

Many of former Republican National Committee chairman Haley Barbour’s supporters, who have largely stayed on the fence since the Mississippi governor decided not to run in 2012, are preparing to back Perry. Henry Barbour, the governor’s nephew and a member of the RNC, said that he would endorse Perry if he runs.

“I hope he does run,” Henry Barbour said. “I’ve talked to a number of folks who were going to support Haley had he run and a good percentage of them are very favorable to a Perry candidacy.. . .He’s got a great record in Texas, we align with him philosophically and he can win. It’s that simple.”

A California operative says well-heeled Republican donors there are ripe for the picking too, and a Georgia strategist claims to have heard from Romney donors in Atlanta that they’re ready, willing, and able to jump ship once Perry’s in. The Barbour news is the takeaway, though: We already knew that Perry and Haley Barbour have a “solid relationship,” but if Haley’s son nephew is already willing to commit to him, presumably that means a lot of people in dad’s his uncle’s rolodex will be too. Even Romney could have trouble keeping up with that fundraising juggernaut, especially if some of his donors are ready to flee to Team Rick. Perry will have plenty of money (including from his RGA contacts, of course), plenty of organization, and the distinction of being the only top-tier candidate from the south. How does he say no?

He met with Pervez Musharraf just this afternoon, purportedly at Musharraf’s request (“He wanted to talk to the governor about the economy and jobs and what Texas is doing right”) but presumably with Perry’s eager assent as a way of building a tiny bit of foreign-policy cred. Perry reportedly told him that he wants to see the U.S./Pakistani “friendship” continue; why he wants that in light of the news over the past two months, I have no idea, but it does sound diplomatic. He also finishes with six percent in a hypothetical Iowa field that includes Chris Christie (who finishes with 13, just five points behind Romney), but that poll also includes Palin at seven percent and Perry’s favorable rating among those who know who he is stands at a nifty 51/21. Assuming that he runs and that Christie and Palin don’t — and it’s increasingly hard for me to imagine both him and Palin running — then he should gobble up much of their support and be right in the thick of it with Bachmann and Romney. Which, ironically, could be good news for Pawlenty. If someone on the right doesn’t jump in soon and start siphoning off votes from Bachmann, T-Paw’s in trouble.

Oh, in other election news, Jon Huntsman’s going to start politely criticizing Romney now. So there’s that.

Update: Whoops, a careless error above. Henry Barbour is Haley’s nephew, not his son. Sorry for the mistake.

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Run Rick Run!!!

annoyinglittletwerp on July 12, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Waiting for Superman Godot?

JohnGalt23 on July 12, 2011 at 7:54 PM

Get in now!!!!

mimi1220 on July 12, 2011 at 7:54 PM

Hello, A.L.T.!

..Sure hope he does. All of this posturing tends to put me off. He might just jump in when it’s too late.

The War Planner on July 12, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Just an observation but TX needs PA. PA doesn’t need Texas.
Perry will have is work cut out for him to avoid being Kerry II.

Limerick on July 12, 2011 at 7:56 PM

and it’s increasingly hard for me to imagine both him and Palin running

I don’t think it’d be hard for you at all to imagine Palin is not running.

promachus on July 12, 2011 at 7:56 PM

If he calls for McConnell to step down, I’ll vote for him*

*In the general, if he wins the primaries.

SouthernGent on July 12, 2011 at 7:57 PM

It seems that every picture of Rick Perry that Hot Air uses has him pointing his finger in some way.

Mark1971 on July 12, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Run, Rick, Run!

Let’s get this party started.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on July 12, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Oh, in other election news, Jon Huntsman’s going to start politely criticizing Romney now. So there’s that.

..yep, been experiencing some insomnia lately; this news saved me a couple of doses of Lunesta.

The War Planner on July 12, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Waiting for Superman Wonder Woman?

thebrokenrattle on July 12, 2011 at 7:58 PM

They are holding out for someone from Alaska or something.

tjexcite on July 12, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Go ahead Perry, take down Romney

Daemonocracy on July 12, 2011 at 8:00 PM

I hope Perry and Palin both run..:)

Dire Straits on July 12, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Waiting for Palin. The moment she’s in, the money flows.

ahem on July 12, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Just an observation but TX needs PA. PA doesn’t need Texas.
Perry will have is work cut out for him to avoid being Kerry II.

Limerick on July 12, 2011 at 7:56 PM

LOL. You said Lurch.

Key West Reader on July 12, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Limerick on July 12, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Sorry Moby, but PA doesn’t want a tool from IL either, especially one in the low 40% approval rating. Perry might not do well in the social liberal toss up states, eg CO, WA, OR, NV. But he’ll do just fine in the regular ones like PA, MI, FL, WI.

IR-MN on July 12, 2011 at 8:02 PM

I’m paying $15k a year in a new “franchise”tax in tx. Thanks Rick! And don’t get me started on the property tax increases- 10% each year the past 3 years.

drballard on July 12, 2011 at 8:03 PM

It seems that every picture of Rick Perry that Hot Air uses has him pointing his finger in some way.

Mark1971 on July 12, 2011 at 7:57 PM

This? Or Perry?

Key West Reader on July 12, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Perry/Cain 2012

Knucklehead on July 12, 2011 at 8:04 PM

Sorry Moby,

IR-MN on July 12, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Well Ahab, time will tell. Careful of the rope line.

Limerick on July 12, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Assuming that he runs and that Christie and Palin don’t — and it’s increasingly hard for me to imagine both him and Palin running — then he should gobble up much of their support and be right in the thick of it with Bachmann and Romney.

I hear you, but… why?

cs89 on July 12, 2011 at 8:06 PM

So it’ll be fun to see how deepmthe support is after some of the crap he’s done in Texas come out- to say nothing of the current huge shortfall the budget has. Sorry to rain on the Perry parade, but he’s no savior. Short of Christie coming in, we have no perfect candidate

drballard on July 12, 2011 at 8:06 PM

The economy in my area is good and perry is better than Kay Bailey would have been, but perry’s got the stench of special deals for cronies about him. Look at the sweetheart deal he had for the hpv vaccine pharmacy- smells to high heaven

drballard on July 12, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Rick Perry: The GOP version of Obama.

Notorious GOP on July 12, 2011 at 8:11 PM

They are holding out for someone from Alaska or something.

tjexcite on July 12, 2011 at 7:59 PM

No Thank you.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 12, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Rick Perry: The GOP version of Obama.

Notorious GOP on July 12, 2011 at 8:11 PM

The BS is coming out your ears.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 12, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Poop or get off the pot, Perry!

Blake on July 12, 2011 at 8:13 PM

I can easily imagine Perry, Palin, Bachmann and Cain all running. That will establish the NEW baseline of ideology in the Republican party.

They wouldn’t be ‘the right’ or ‘the center’ but the entire spectrum. Which means a sea change that would leave Romney, Pawlenty and Huntsman high and dry. You either get with the tide or be left behind. And if the Elite leadership try to destroy the party then the next party will form around that changing tide and the Republican party will start to vanish after 2012.

Time to get with the program.

The old one of the 20th century doesn’t work any more.

Welcome to the 21st century.

ajacksonian on July 12, 2011 at 8:14 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 12, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Hang in there alt..:):)

Dire Straits on July 12, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Perry / Bachman ticket with
Palin as energy sec,
Patraeus SecDef,
Ron/Rand Paul treas sec?,
press sec … John Stossel

maineconservative on July 12, 2011 at 8:15 PM

I’m sure Perry and his family are just considering if it’ll be worth it. The left will character assassinate like we’ve never seen before: He’s gay! He’s anti-gay (because he’s gay)! He’s a racist! He’s pro-slavery! He sends innocent brown-skinned people to the electric chair! He’s a religious fanatic! He’s dumb! He hates women! He’s a gun nut! He has a confederate flag…somewhere!

It’ll be really ugly if he gets in. Really ugly.

Rational Thought on July 12, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Perry doesn’t get why people won’t swone on him. We have had enough swooning for years with Obama.

Perry grow a pair or shut up. I am tired of talking, ACT!

upinak on July 12, 2011 at 8:17 PM

They all know Sarah is gonna run. They are just biding their time like the rest of us.

mathscience41 on July 12, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Everyone complaing that he hasn’t acted yet needs to read up on the TX special sessions.

Vera on July 12, 2011 at 8:25 PM

but after this, it’s impossible to believe that he won’t run. Politically, this is as close as it gets to an engraved invitation:

I hope you’re right. After Daniels passed up the chance I’m not going to count unborn fowl.

MJBrutus on July 12, 2011 at 8:27 PM

They all know Sarah is gonna run. They are just biding their time like the rest of us.

mathscience41 on July 12, 2011 at 8:21 PM

By “the rest of us”, you mean “blog commenters”. In mathematical terms, the intersection of “blog commenters” with “top GOP donors” = null set.

Blog commenters are breathlessly waiting for Palin to run. Top GOP donors are keeping their wallets in their pockets until a winner either enters the race (Perry) or emerges from the pack. Palin may enter, but she has zero chance of winning in the general, so she won’t attract the big money — ever.

Splashman on July 12, 2011 at 8:31 PM

The BS is coming out your ears.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 12, 2011 at 8:12 PM

The guy loves to espouse Conservative views, yet rarely, if ever, acts on them.

Shouldn’t it be worrisome that ‘big name donors’ aka The Establishment, flock to Perry’s camp?

Notorious GOP on July 12, 2011 at 8:32 PM

It is on him. MB’s baggage is starting to look rough, and there is absolutely nobody else on the conservative side to turn to right now unless I am missing something. Perry 2012.

Southernblogger on July 12, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Waiting for Cuda !

stenwin77 on July 12, 2011 at 8:35 PM

It is on him. MB’s baggage is starting to look rough, and there is absolutely nobody else on the conservative side to turn to right now unless I am missing something. Perry 2012.

Southernblogger on July 12, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Wow, if you think Perry doesn’t have baggage… you haven’t done your homework.

stenwin77 on July 12, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Perry is finding that a vast reservoir of the Republican Party establishment … Establishment figures are waiting … he could gobble up a solid third of the Republican Party establishment …

OK, well that’s clear now. Perry’s the latest Establishment hope to try to keep Palin on the sidelines.

You know what? I don’t think Perry will do it.

ddrintn on July 12, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Hard to say what portion of the enthusiasm he’s seeing is pro-Perry rather than merely anti-Romney

It’s neither. It’s anti-Palin.

ddrintn on July 12, 2011 at 8:37 PM

Waiting for Cuda !

stenwin77 on July 12, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Some of you are, anyway.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 12, 2011 at 8:39 PM

If he jumps in it will be interesting to see whose numbers start dropping as soon as he does. Hmmmmm.

scalleywag on July 12, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Rick Perry: The GOP version of Obama.

Notorious GOP on July 12, 2011 at 8:11 PM

..how’s it feel, Perry fans, to have your boy Romney-ized? One can only hope that we are all on the same team come this time next year because another four years of the present asssclown and this country is doomed.

The War Planner on July 12, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Shouldn’t it be worrisome that ‘big name donors’ aka The Establishment, flock to Perry’s camp?

Notorious GOP on July 12, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Yes.

ddrintn on July 12, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Gallup, July 12, 2011: Sarah Palin Evokes Strong Emotions Among Republicans

Her 25% strongly favorable rating is the highest of any candidate tested

http://www.gallup.com/poll/148451/Sarah-Palin-Evokes-Strong-Emotions-Republicans.aspx

idesign on July 12, 2011 at 8:41 PM

If he jumps in it will be interesting to see whose numbers start dropping as soon as he does. Hmmmmm.

scalleywag on July 12, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Bachmann’s.

ddrintn on July 12, 2011 at 8:41 PM

You know what? I don’t think Perry will do it.

ddrintn on July 12, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Perry’s conservative and has more XO experience than SP.
He should jump in.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 12, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Oh brother, why do most posts about Perry have that tent revival feel to them.

When the guy final does announce AP’s head is going to explode with excitement.

sheryl on July 12, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Perry and Palin know exactly what the other has planned. Can’t wait to find out. Knowing Sarah’s propensity for going out of the box: Co-Presidents. I’d love it.

Marcus on July 12, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Run Rick Run!!!

annoyinglittletwerp on July 12, 2011 at 7:52 PM

SIGH – I hope he gets in soon – very soon

gophergirl on July 12, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Perry can unite the GOP..I hope Perry sees this..:)

Dire Straits on July 12, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Shouldn’t it be worrisome that ‘big name donors’ aka The Establishment, flock to Perry’s camp?

Notorious GOP on July 12, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Doesn’t worry me. “Big name donors” want a winner — i.e., is capable of winning in the general. I want a candidate who is generally conservative and, while not necessarily endorsing every single pet policy position of mine, will fight on principle — i.e., is not a squish.

Perry is a winner, and is principled.

Palin is not a winner, and is principled.

Pawlenty is a winner, and principled.

Romney is a winner, and is not principled.

Splashman on July 12, 2011 at 8:44 PM

You know what? I don’t think Perry will do it.

ddrintn on July 12, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Perry’s conservative and has more XO experience than SP.
He should jump in.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 12, 2011 at 8:42 PM

I suspect Perry knows he’s being set up. All these tales of Establishment love, and the once he’s in and Palin’s safely out of the race (assuming she stays out), then the establishment types are back to their guy Mitt.

ddrintn on July 12, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Notorious GOP on July 12, 2011 at 8:11 PM

I must’ve missed the part of Obama’s resume where it says that he’s a three-term governor and actually created jobs. You must have gotten ahold of Obama’s super-secret resume instead of the one the rest of us got.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on July 12, 2011 at 8:45 PM

The War Planner on July 12, 2011 at 8:39 PM

And wait until he’s Palinized and let’s see if the establishment thinks he truly is “The One”.

sheryl on July 12, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Her 25% strongly favorable rating is the highest of any candidate tested

http://www.gallup.com/poll/148451/Sarah-Palin-Evokes-Strong-Emotions-Republicans.aspx

idesign on July 12, 2011 at 8:41 PM

My guess is that her strongly unfavorables are high as well.
SP is like country music: People either love her or loathe her. There’s not many in-between.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 12, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Bachmann’s.

ddrintn on July 12, 2011 at 8:41 PM

That’s what I was thinking. Her and Huntsman. And Cain.

scalleywag on July 12, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Aslans Girl on July 12, 2011 at 8:45 PM

notorious is a ronulan.
Set sights on ‘ignore’.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 12, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Doesn’t worry me. “Big name donors” want a winner — i.e., is capable of winning in the general.

Splashman on July 12, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Don’t kid yourself.

ddrintn on July 12, 2011 at 8:46 PM

If he jumps in it will be interesting to see whose numbers start dropping as soon as he does. Hmmmmm.

scalleywag on July 12, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Pawlenty hit hardest, with Mittens not far behind.

Knucklehead on July 12, 2011 at 8:47 PM

My guess is that her strongly unfavorables are high as well.
SP is like country music: People either love her or loathe her. There’s not many in-between.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 12, 2011 at 8:45 PM

9%

idesign on July 12, 2011 at 8:47 PM

^ “Big name donors”…or the Establishment… want someone who’s beholden to them. Period.

ddrintn on July 12, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Perry can unite the GOP..I hope Perry sees this..:)

Dire Straits on July 12, 2011 at 8:43 PM

My husband and me are joining every ‘draft Perry’ group we can find.
He really needs to run!

annoyinglittletwerp on July 12, 2011 at 8:49 PM

You may want to check out Gallup’s poll on the GOP before writting off Palin. Sorry don’t have the link, Maybe someone can get it

KBird on July 12, 2011 at 8:49 PM

stenwin77 on July 12, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Everybody has some baggage. MB’s is starting to get heavy, Palin’s is way too heavy, and nobody cares about the RINOS. Run Rick Run.

Southernblogger on July 12, 2011 at 8:49 PM

^ “Big name donors”…or the Establishment… want someone who’s beholden to them. Period.

ddrintn on July 12, 2011 at 8:47 PM

100%

idesign on July 12, 2011 at 8:49 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 12, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Ah. Well, then his username is very apt.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on July 12, 2011 at 8:50 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 12, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Keep up the good work!..:)

Dire Straits on July 12, 2011 at 8:50 PM

You may want to check out Gallup’s poll on the GOP before writting off Palin. Sorry don’t have the link, Maybe someone can get it

KBird on July 12, 2011 at 8:49 PM

LOL…thus the frantic efforts to get Perry in pronto.

ddrintn on July 12, 2011 at 8:50 PM

You may want to check out Gallup’s poll on the GOP before writting off Palin. Sorry don’t have the link, Maybe someone can get it

KBird on July 12, 2011 at 8:49 PM

I posted the link above…

idesign on July 12, 2011 at 8:50 PM

..how’s it feel, Perry fans, to have your boy Romney-ized? One can only hope that we are all on the same team come this time next year because another four years of the present asssclown and this country is doomed.

The War Planner on July 12, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Yawn. Same armageddon speech I’ve heard every election since 1984 — including 2008. Peddle it elsewhere.

Perry is to Romney as Hillary is to Obama. If Romney is elected, we’ll wake up in the morning with a nasty hangover, groaning “Oh, sh*t, what the hell did I just do?”

Splashman on July 12, 2011 at 8:51 PM

idesign on July 12, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Link??? C4P polls don’t count.

Southernblogger on July 12, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Aslans Girl on July 12, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Good to see you!..:)

Dire Straits on July 12, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Link??? C4P polls don’t count.

Southernblogger on July 12, 2011 at 8:51 PM

It’s a Gallup poll.

ddrintn on July 12, 2011 at 8:52 PM

My husband and me are joining every ‘draft Perry’ group we can find.
He really needs to run!

annoyinglittletwerp on July 12, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Have you seen this one?

http://www.americansforrickperry.com/AfRP_National/feedback

gophergirl on July 12, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Link??? C4P polls don’t count.

Southernblogger on July 12, 2011 at 8:51 PM

The clink was to Gallup Sparky…LOL

Your PDS is showing.

idesign on July 12, 2011 at 8:53 PM

ddrintn on July 12, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Of Republican voters. I don’t care about that.

Southernblogger on July 12, 2011 at 8:54 PM

LOL…thus the frantic efforts to get Perry in pronto.

ddrintn on July 12, 2011 at 8:50 PM

The more the merrier.
If SP is everything you seem to think she is-I don’t agree-she’ll win the primaries.
If not-well i’m sure you’ll find a way to muddle on through-as will I if MY chosen doesn’t get the nomination.
May the best person win!

annoyinglittletwerp on July 12, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Co-Presidents. I’d love it.

Marcus on July 12, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Bill Clinton pulled that same crap with Hillary and HillaryCare. I believe Hillary even mentioned the “Co-President” thing.

The American people were outraged by it.

Knucklehead on July 12, 2011 at 8:56 PM

My guess is that her strongly unfavorables are high as well.
SP is like country music: People either love her or loathe her. There’s not many in-between.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 12, 2011 at 8:45 PM

It’s 9%, with 3 years of pretty negative coverage behind her. Romney’s at 3% with largely positive press.

ddrintn on July 12, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Have you seen this one?

http://www.americansforrickperry.com/AfRP_National/feedback

gophergirl on July 12, 2011 at 8:53 PM
I hadn’t.
Thanks for the linky!

annoyinglittletwerp on July 12, 2011 at 8:57 PM

ddrintn on July 12, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Of Republican voters. I don’t care about that.

Southernblogger on July 12, 2011 at 8:54 PM

They’re generally the ones who vote in Republican primaries, genius.

ddrintn on July 12, 2011 at 8:58 PM

It’s 9%, with 3 years of pretty negative coverage behind her. Romney’s at 3% with largely positive press.

ddrintn on July 12, 2011 at 8:56 PM

i know conservatives that will sit out the election if she’s the nominee. No-not me-but let’s not pretend that every republican loves her.
Plenty do not- poll or no.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 12, 2011 at 8:59 PM

The more the merrier.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 12, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Certainly. But all the talk of Establishment love is going to make me take a jaundiced view of Perry pretty quickly.

ddrintn on July 12, 2011 at 8:59 PM

idesign on July 12, 2011 at 8:53 PM

No, your cultism is showing. Show me a poll where Dems or Indys will vote for her.

Southernblogger on July 12, 2011 at 9:00 PM

SP is like country music: People either love her or loathe her. There’s not many in-between.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 12, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Yeah, and everybody knows that country music is so “polarizing” that it’s swamped by other genres.

/s

Um…

Country is the second most-listened-to format around: its 42.6 million listeners trail No. 1 Adult Contemporary by a mere 87,000 listeners, or two tenths of a percent.
Country music stations actually skew slightly female; the 22.5 million women who listen to Country account for 53 percent of the format’s total audience.
http://www.medialifemagazine.com/news2001/feb01/feb26/3_wed/news5wednesday.html

Were you attempting to make a point?

cs89 on July 12, 2011 at 9:00 PM

They’re generally the ones who vote in Republican primaries, genius.

ddrintn on July 12, 2011 at 8:58 PM

LOL

idesign on July 12, 2011 at 9:00 PM

i know conservatives that will sit out the election if she’s the nominee. No-not me-but let’s not pretend that every republican loves her.
Plenty do not- poll or no.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 12, 2011 at 8:59 PM

She’s at about 80% overall approval among Republicans. That leads the pack.

ddrintn on July 12, 2011 at 9:01 PM

ddrintn on July 12, 2011 at 8:58 PM

So genius, your goal is to win a primary and give Obummer 4 more years????No thanks

Southernblogger on July 12, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Certainly. But all the talk of Establishment love is going to make me take a jaundiced view of Perry pretty quickly.

ddrintn on July 12, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Cause you’re so “high” on him now right?

gophergirl on July 12, 2011 at 9:02 PM

No, your cultism is showing. Show me a poll where Dems or Indys will vote for her.

Southernblogger on July 12, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Why don’t you switch your party affiliation to Dem or indy and then you KNOW you’ll get a candidate you’ll like.

ddrintn on July 12, 2011 at 9:02 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 12, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Welcome!

gophergirl on July 12, 2011 at 9:02 PM

She’s at about 80% overall approval among Republicans. That leads the pack.

ddrintn on July 12, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Show me.

Knucklehead on July 12, 2011 at 9:03 PM

i know conservatives that will sit out the election if she’s the nominee. No-not me-but let’s not pretend that every republican loves her.
Plenty do not- poll or no.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 12, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Boo hoo…Sure you do…

idesign on July 12, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Cause you’re so “high” on him now right?

gophergirl on July 12, 2011 at 9:02 PM

I like Perry. Stories like this with “establishment” running all through it give me Mitch Daniels shivers.

So genius, your goal is to win a primary and give Obummer 4 more years????No thanks

Southernblogger on July 12, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Romney’s doing best among Dems and indies. Take your guy and shuddup.

ddrintn on July 12, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Seems to me a Perry/Bachmann ticket would have a wide appeal.

I like Bachmann for many reasons, in particular she’s very quick on her feet when it comes to getting the conservative message out there, winning the political debate and spin. Sort of like Palin with a tax law degree. However, she could benefit a bit from some executive political duty, which Perry has.

Perry’s from the South, has the Texas economic and immigrant experience to run on, etc. Plus he’s not too RINO (like Romney) or too wacko (like Ron Paul) to scare folks away in the general election.

String them together, and you might get 16…

drfredc on July 12, 2011 at 9:04 PM

BOPE Zogby Poll: Christie Ahead of Obama in Hypothetical, 6 Others in Dead Heat With President

Bachmann Leads Announced GOP Field for Nomination

UTICA, NY – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has a four-point lead in a hypothetical Presidential race against Barack Obama, while Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann are in statistical ties with Obama, a new IBOPE Zogby survey finds.

Hmmm. Check out the poll of GOP voters for their primary choices.

CW on July 12, 2011 at 9:06 PM

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