Reuters: Obama’s campaign team wants to face Perry

posted at 8:14 pm on August 18, 2011 by Allahpundit

When you’ve got a record of economic achievement as solid as The One’s, why care who your opponent is?

The Texas governor, a social and fiscal conservative, is seen by Obama’s top election campaigners and fundraisers as easier to beat than the more moderate Mitt Romney in the presidential election.

“I was praying Perry would get in the race,” said a former White House aide closely linked to Obama’s campaign.

While Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago will not talk on the record about possible election rivals, fundraisers, senior activists and influential Chicagoans close to the president say Perry’s more polarizing views make him a bigger target for the Democrat in a general election…

Michele Bachmann, a senior Tea Party figure, is the Republican contender the Obama campaigners would most like to take on in 2012, although she seems unlikely to win the nomination, according to several sources close to the Obama campaign.

Reverse psychology! But wait — they really would prefer to face Bachmann, no? And not just because she’s the furthest to the right of the big three in the field. She has no executive experience, her campaign isn’t as focused on jobs as Romney’s and Perry’s are, and colorful oppo-research material about her keeps popping up. Yesterday it was her security staffers being oddly aggressive with the press; today it’s the claim that she used to refer to herself as “Dr. Michele Bachmann.” None of that matters in isolation, but the point of oppo is to create a total picture, piece by piece, of a candidate being too risky for the presidency. So they’re using regular psychology in saying they want to face Bachmann — but reverse psychology in saying they want to face Perry so that Republicans won’t nominate him? Or are they using reverse-reverse psychology, knowing that Republicans will assume they’re using reverse psychology and will therefore want to nominate Perry, who really is the candidate the White House secretly wants to face? It is odd that they’d go public with this knowing how conservatives will react unless they’re deliberately trying to elevate Perry. Easily the best primary endorsement he’s gotten by far.

The Cold War generation had Kremlinology, we have this. Exit question: What’s it all about, Alfie?

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I’ll just point out that of all the Republican Presidential nominees, Obama felt the need to respond to Perry’s comment on Bernanke. It’s a win for Perry. By saying what he did and Obama taking the bait he’s made it a faceoff between him and Obama and marginalized Romney and Bachmann.

buckichick1 on August 18, 2011 at 9:04 PM

TheRightMan on August 18, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Back in 2008 Obama had no record and under a republican president the economy tanked.

Now in 2011 Obama has destroyed our economy and has a record. This is why Perry is an ideal candidate to run the negative campaign he wants to run against the party.

TimeTraveler on August 18, 2011 at 9:04 PM

I think they want Romney so badly they can taste it. By nominating Romney we surrender one of our very best issues, namely ObamaCare. No one will listen to Romney’s whiney insistence that they are not the same plan. Romney is a wooden, liberal, flip-flopping disaster.

flyfisher on August 18, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Good point. It also takes the jobs issue somewhat off the table, as Massachusetts under Romney didn’t exactly do much there, either. However, they’re really going to need their base to come out, and they need to do well with indies. To do that, they need someone they can more easily paint as the conservative bogeyman, and I think that’ll be easier with Perry or Bachmann.

changer1701 on August 18, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Of course they’d rather face Perry, that’s a no-brainer. Perry does worse than Romney against Obama in every poll. And anyone who really thinks a walking Bush caricature is going to play better than Romney with the suburban indies who decide elections, is simply disconnected from political reality.

Jon0815 on August 18, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Anyone who is arguing that we need some sort of establishment, moderate nominee, like Romney instead of real conservative, pundits especially, has forgotten the lesson of the 2010 election. The reason we took the House and gained in the Senate, was huge turnout of conservatives and tea partiers and the malaise of the liberal voter, with the indies deciding they, too, had had enough of the wild spending of the Dems.

That same matrix is at work for 2012, if not more so. Here, instead of lodging their protest against Obama in proxy, the disaffected and disappointed and the mad-as-hell voters get to send their message, big time … and they will, unless we give them some McCain 2.0.

TXUS on August 18, 2011 at 9:06 PM

itsspideyman on August 18, 2011 at 8:56 PM

I don’t think much changes, even after all this time. Those “ads” are still running; except now, instead of images of the atom bomb dropping on little girls, we have clips of McCain saying the war in Iraq would last 100 years. Same message, different context.

And now, instead of three network news channels, we have the alphabet soup, cable news networks, blogs, newspapers, television programs, etc, shooting bullets at conservatives and their message. The playbook never changes; only the players.

LiquidH2O on August 18, 2011 at 9:08 PM

This from the crew that said we’d keep unemployment under 8%, that we were in the summer of recovery, and now that will not see another recession.

The only thing worse than their economic aptitude is their prognostication skills.

stldave on August 18, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Of course they’d rather face Perry, that’s a no-brainer. Perry does worse than Romney against Obama in every poll.
Jon0815 on August 18, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Whatever poll you’re talking about was done before Perry got in the race.

Knucklehead on August 18, 2011 at 9:09 PM

“I was praying Perry would get in the race,” said a former White House aide closely linked to Obama’s campaign.

yeaaaaahhhhh right.

ted c on August 18, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Sure they do.

Pull the other one.

Y-not on August 18, 2011 at 9:14 PM

This bit of wisdom from the same dipshiits who brought us Obamacare and the porkulus thinking they would be incredibly successful.

I’m calling it.

Landslide.

Buh bye, Marxist-in-Chief.

roscopico on August 18, 2011 at 9:16 PM

How did that work out for McCain? I bet he will disagree seeing he was still painted as “extreme” in the 2008 general election vs. Obama.

TheRightMan on August 18, 2011 at 9:00 PM

As extreme as how they’d paint Perry or Bachmann, though? And how much of that happened after he picked Palin?

I’m not suggesting I prefer Romney…I absolutely don’t. I just think it makes sense that they’d want someone further from the center in order to polarize the electorate and drive turnout on their own side while winning indies. Perry would certainly have more support among the con base than Romney would, and if the focus is on jobs Obama loses regardless.

changer1701 on August 18, 2011 at 9:16 PM

And anyone who really thinks a walking Bush caricature is going to play better than Romney with the suburban indies who decide elections, is simply disconnected from political reality.

Jon0815 on August 18, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Anyone who thinks that’s going to going to get Obama reelected is simply disconnected from political reality.

HitNRun on August 18, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Easily the best primary endorsement he’s gotten by far.

yeah, and we all know how well Obama’s endorsements do. Just ask Martinia Coakley, Jon Corzine etc. etc…

that’s the booger that they’re trying to put on him…

ted c on August 18, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Good tune Allah

cmsinaz on August 18, 2011 at 9:19 PM

LiquidH2O on August 18, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Well put Liquid. Excellent points.

itsspideyman on August 18, 2011 at 9:20 PM

“I was praying Perry would get in the race,” said a former White House aide closely linked to Obama’s campaign.

yeaaaaahhhhh right.

ted c on August 18, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Religious extremists!

stldave on August 18, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Evil Progressives are liars?……..…….who knew, right?

PappyD61 on August 18, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Perry’s a bit of a loose cannon, and there is certainly more there to caricature and appeal to voters’ bigotry with Perry than with Romney, but if Perry wins it and makes a good VP pick (Ryan, Rubio, Thune, hell even Giuliani or Pawlenty), it will evaporate a lot of that and Barry will have a problem on his hands. It will suddenly become a very serious ticket, and Team Obama will have shot its wad. I think that’s what they fear.

Rational Thought on August 18, 2011 at 9:21 PM

They probably do want to run against Perry, and will make stupid attacks on him about his faith, social conservatism and the fact he is from Texas like Bush. Perry will hit Obama on Jobs and the Economy and brush off all the other attacks as a desperate attempt to change the subject.

Daemonocracy on August 18, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Exactly, or as Rush always says: Anytime we have put a true conservative up, we have never lost.

carbon_footprint on August 18, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Except for Goldwater.

LiquidH2O on August 18, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Rush is right 99.6% of the time. When he says that, he’s in the 0.4% territory. And you know it.

KingGold on August 18, 2011 at 8:45 PM

carbon_footprint, you did not quote Rush accurately. What he said is this: “Real conservatism wins every time it is tried (or tested)”. He was referring to conservatism as an ideology rather than “conservatives” as candidates, as you quoted.

For example, if you place an unabashed conservative candidate in a deep blue state to run for office, he/she might still lose despite the common sense conservative principles that he/she espouses.

And that is why whenever you stack up a conservative versus a Dem, they always try to make the election NOT about issues but about irrelevancies. For example, Dems plants asking Perry about evolution. Why are we talking about evolution when the country is going down the crapper. Or O’Donnell being accused of being a witch etc…

Liberalism can never win when stacked up against conservatism because conservatism is common sense – ©TheRightMan (2011)

TheRightMan on August 18, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Yesterday it was her security staffers being oddly aggressive with the press…

You really think that in a post-Giffords America, overzealous security procedures are a hot oppo-research find?

slickwillie2001 on August 18, 2011 at 9:28 PM

TheRightMan on August 18, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Thank you. I stand corrected.

carbon_footprint on August 18, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Perry will hit Obama on Jobs and the Economy and brush off all the other attacks as a desperate attempt to change the subject.

Daemonocracy on August 18, 2011 at 9:21 PM

If the state run media controls the conversation no one will hear him.

darwin-t on August 18, 2011 at 9:29 PM

changer1701 on August 18, 2011 at 9:16 PM

I understand the point you are making but trust me… liberals fear a high turnout election more than conservatives do. Because every time both bases (GOP and Dem) are motivated to turn out, it ends up favoring the GOP.

Hence the Dem strategy (since as far back as I can remember) of always suckering the GOP into nominating the “moderate RINOs” that turn off the conservative base – ala GHW Bush, Bob Dole, John McCain, etc… and now Mitt Romney. Also notice how they are strongly pushing articles that are trying to paint Perry as not being a “true conservative”?

TheRightMan on August 18, 2011 at 9:31 PM

I think they want Romney so badly they can taste it. By nominating Romney we surrender one of our very best issues, namely ObamaCare. No one will listen to Romney’s whiney insistence that they are not the same plan. Romney is a wooden, liberal, flip-flopping disaster.

flyfisher on August 18, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Yep. Romney also invites a third-party my-way-or-the-highway challenge, which locks it in for little Bammie.

slickwillie2001 on August 18, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Reverse psychology! But wait — they really would prefer to face Bachmann, no?

I’m sure the WH would LOVE it if Bachmann won the primary. But I don’t see it happening.

terryannonline on August 18, 2011 at 9:33 PM

TheRightMan on August 18, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Thank you. I stand corrected.

carbon_footprint on August 18, 2011 at 9:28 PM

You are welcome :). And so you can rest assured that the “lovable fuzzball” Limbaugh is still 100% right, at least on this issue.

TheRightMan on August 18, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Charlie Rangel is really stepping in it with Laura Ingraham.

SlaveDog on August 18, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Charlie said that Allen West cannot talk about ‘plantations’ because he is a Republican; -government schools I guess. Charlie probably thinks Bull Conner was a Republican.

slickwillie2001 on August 18, 2011 at 9:34 PM

The way Obama’s numbers are tanking, by next year Allahpundit could give this pathetic man a run for his money.

Rovin on August 18, 2011 at 8:31 PM

It better be this year if he wants to primary Obama

Capitalist Infidel on August 18, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Or are they using reverse-reverse psychology, knowing that Republicans will assume they’re using reverse psychology and will therefore want to nominate Perry, who really is the candidate the White House secretly wants to face?

Iocaine powder.

I’d stake my life on it!

VekTor on August 18, 2011 at 9:50 PM

slickwillie2001 on August 18, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Why does Congressman Rangel still have his job? Oh, I forgot. He is a black Democrat.

The Repuns better nominate Paul or Palin and forget Mitt. Someone has to lose worse than Senator Goldwater did in 1964, someday.

IlikedAUH2O on August 18, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Whatever poll you’re talking about was done before Perry got in the race.

Knucklehead on August 18, 2011 at 9:09 PM

But polls before Palin got in are bible

promachus on August 18, 2011 at 10:06 PM

PhilipJames on August 18, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Thank you for posting the Sarah Palin Restore America Rally info.

bluefox on August 18, 2011 at 10:12 PM

“Sean, I said it befoah and I’ll say it again – Geoaghe Bush is ouah Bull Connah.”

Lanceman on August 18, 2011 at 10:17 PM

So they’re using regular psychology in saying they want to face Bachmann — but reverse psychology in saying they want to face Perry so that Republicans won’t nominate him? Or are they using reverse-reverse psychology, knowing that Republicans will assume they’re using reverse psychology and will therefore want to nominate Perry, who really is the candidate the White House secretly wants to face?

I don’t care who the Democrats want to face. It’s not up to them, that’s why they are shooting at every target that present itself. Their ammo is going to be spent before the primary even get’s underway. I could understand the Republicans worried about who Independents listen to, but Moderate, Conservative or the Libertarian wing of the Republican party are not listening to Liberal talking heads, about who their nominee pick for President should be.

Apparently the establishment wing of the Republican party is trying to jettison it’s Independent voter support. The Independents swung hard to the right in 2010 because of the TEA party flavor, leading up to the mid term elections. Now the establishment Republicans are reverting back to their old status quo poltical instincts, the same instincts that cost them the House and Senate in 2006, and the Presidency in 2008. They are back to repelling the Independent vote with their status quo mediocrity.

Right now, when I see trial balloons, like Representative Paul Ryan’s name being floated for consideration, for running for President. I think it’s hopeless, the establishment of the Republican party cannot change their political DNA. It is what it is. The progressives in the Republican party need to be purged.

The intellectual argument for a Ryan candidacy?

Ryan’s voting record- he voted for TARP, the auto bailout, the AIG bonus tax and the Medicare drug bill, three expensive programs that expanded the size of government and one that ignored the rule of law in this country.

I am sure the Democrats would stop running this ad if Ryan ran for President/ It’s not like Ryan doesn’t have high negatives or anything.

Ryan’s plan for medicare doesn’t stop our decline, it doesn’t reverse our decline, all it does is slow it down. But for some reason the establishment Republicans think that’s progress? Isn’t that the status quo party in all it’s genius?

The best analogy of Ryan’s plan would be, The Band on the Titanic playing while the ship sinks. Captain Ryan interrupts the Band while it’s playing. He tells them, I haven’t been able to plug the leak, it’s not possible to stop the ship from sinking, but I have managed to slow it down so you all will be able to play a second set….Sure, Play That Funky Music White Boy.

Who do the Democrats want to face – An establishment Republican, and it looks like the establishment Republicans are doing their best to deliver.

Dr Evil on August 18, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Heh, thanks for the laughs of the day.

I think Perry makes them keep awake at night, the lefties, and the elitist righties.

They, Obama and his, would love, love, love to face Palin.

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2011 at 10:21 PM

If they wanted Perry, they wouldn’t be attacking him 24/7.

artist on August 18, 2011 at 10:21 PM

PhilipJames on August 18, 2011 at 8:25 PM
Great. What’s that have to do with this thread?

BacaDog on August 18, 2011 at 8:31 PM

You do know you are on Hotair, right? You think you are going to find any thread on Hotair that doesn’t mention Sarah Palin? ROFL I haven’t found one yet:-)

bluefox on August 18, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Romney = A new Justice Souter and Justice Stevens.

rickyricardo on August 18, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Eat me, but Don’t throw me in that Brier Patch, squealed Bre’r Obama

DANEgerus on August 18, 2011 at 10:37 PM

“I was praying Perry would get in the race,” said a former White House aide closely linked to Obama’s campaign.

I read that as someone who is very close to Obama is hoping that he loses (as he probably will against Perry).

LASue on August 18, 2011 at 10:38 PM

They want to run against Perry because they can paint him as an extremist? Please…we could run a can of dog food as the Republican nominee and the Dems and the media would do their best to paint the dog food as an “extremist Right wing religious zealot”. Of the candidates out there now, I see Rick Perry as the one unafraid to take the fight to Obama, something McCain utterly failed to do in ’08 and something Romney seems unable to do today. Perry/Rubio ’12.

Kevin71 on August 18, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Who do the Democrats want to face – An establishment Republican, and it looks like the establishment Republicans are doing their best to deliver.

Dr Evil on August 18, 2011 at 10:19 PM

I’ve heard that these R’s want B.O. re-elected. When I saw the thread about Boehner/Jeb Bush/Daniels/Jim Jordan on Hotair yesterday wanting Ryan to run, that reminded me of that. Bennett was mentioned also. The only one I’m puzzled about is Jim Jordan.

We’ll see if Ryan can recognize an enemy or not.

bluefox on August 18, 2011 at 10:47 PM

They want to run against Perry, because it’s the only way they can still run against George W Bush!

He sounds like him, even has some of his mannerisms.

It won’t work because independents are onto Obama, but it will get Obama’s base energized.

They’ll call Perry “Bush II”. The libs will eat it up.

portlandon on August 18, 2011 at 10:47 PM

Maybe Obama’s team wants to see Obama lose as much as I do.

bitsy on August 18, 2011 at 10:52 PM

Been a while since I’ve been on here…. I’m surprised I even remembered my password! But I had to post because, AP, the answer to your question, “WHY?” is very simple: OBVIOUSLY, the Obama team (campaign or otherwise) is not terribly bright. I think they’ve demonstrated this repeatedly, so it makes sense to me that, rather than this being some calculated plan to get the weakest candidate in the race, they are judging by the wrong standards: their own. It’s HILARIOUS to me that they think Romney a serious threat to The One: I think much of the Republican base believes nominating him is the best way to achieve defeat in the general election. It’s ludicrous to imagine that Perry, with his indisputable Texas jobs record, doesn’t concern them in the least.

I imagine they’re coming at this from the perspective of: “Well, Bush and Palin were so easy to destroy by pointing to their supposed redneck roots, surely Perry will be just as easy to defeat.” What they don’t realize is that, since Recession gripped the country cold and hard, the American people are not as concerned with the redneck jokes of bygone days. They’d rather have a redneck who can fix this sh*t, than a proven failure (which only but the most dishonest and lifetime Democrat will admit).

It’s going to be so much fun to see all their dreams of coasting to an easy victory come to a putt-puttering halt.

Animator Girl on August 18, 2011 at 10:59 PM

They want to run against Perry, because it’s the only way they can still run against George W Bush!

He sounds like him, even has some of his mannerisms.

It won’t work because independents are onto Obama, but it will get Obama’s base energized.

They’ll call Perry “Bush II”. The libs will eat it up.

portlandon on August 18, 2011 at 10:47 PM

Rick Perry is the only one who can get back in King Barry’s face and say “I inherited a mess from Bush and I’m fixing the mess”.

Knucklehead on August 18, 2011 at 11:02 PM

Graveyard, meet whistler.

Mason on August 18, 2011 at 11:05 PM

We’ll see if Ryan can recognize an enemy or not.

bluefox on August 18, 2011 at 10:47 PM

It smells doesn’t it, like a set up. You have to wonder if they know they can play on his hubris. In any event, I wouldn’t let them turn me into a RINO speed bump. They may try and stop a conservative candidate from making headway, but Ryan better than anyone, should know the best they can do is just slow them down ;)

Dr Evil on August 18, 2011 at 11:07 PM

“I was praying Perry would get in the race,” said a former White House aide closely linked to Obama’s campaign.

I’m afraid to ask: To what or whom?

GrannyDee on August 18, 2011 at 11:15 PM

Eat me, but Don’t throw me in that Brier Patch, squealed Bre’r Obama

DANEgerus on August 18, 2011 at 10:37 PM

That was after the tar baby, right?

Lanceman on August 18, 2011 at 11:31 PM

Bachmann is a gaffe machine. It’s bad enough when she makes mistakes about Elvis, but misstatements about the “Soviet Union” are going to quickly make her an also-ran.

Perry knows how to throw an elbow. He’s too socially conservative for me, but it would be fabulous to watch him get under Obama’s very thin skin. If he is the nominee, I can see myself voting for him.

Meredith on August 18, 2011 at 11:35 PM

HORRIBLE~!1 two blondes elbowed him!

I can’t imagine the emotional damage and insurance premiums after that.

Whats become of our respect for the press?!2

amend2 on August 18, 2011 at 11:50 PM

GrannyDee on August 18, 2011 at 11:15 PM

I wondered the same thing. Ourbama, who art in DC, hallowed be thy name?

Christien on August 19, 2011 at 12:06 AM

Obama’s anonymous sources will say whatever they think might help their hero at this moment in time. Even Axelrod – probably one of the sources for this – is not so good at long term thinking.

Romney might have a tougher time making the case against ObamaCare, but if he ever gets to the point of saying, “Yes, we tried on a limited scale in my state, and it still proved too darn expensive to sustain!” that ruins even that thought.

Our problem in 2012 will be the sheer volume of reasons Obama has been an awful President. It will be hard to get them all the time and attention they deserve.

Adjoran on August 19, 2011 at 12:17 AM

Perry is a flip flopper.

He was for HPV mandates before he was against them.

He was for Al Gore before he was against him.

He was for illegal immigration before he was against it.

scotash on August 19, 2011 at 12:24 AM

Be careful what you wish for. Remember, the Carter White House leaked word that they’d rather face Reagan in 1980 becuase he was far and away the easiest to beat.

Fred 2 on August 19, 2011 at 12:32 AM

Yeah, that’s right — the Obama team just loves all the (metaphorical) punches to the mouth Perry has been giving Obama & they can’t wait for some more.

Whether Perry can sustain over the long run & get the nomination, I don’t know. But even if he flames out it will be after he does some major damage to Obama, which is exactly why the Obama team is trying so hard to tell us that Perry is a non-factor.

Dark Star on August 19, 2011 at 12:32 AM

The O team pretending they have the message control propaganda high ground here….what a joke. They are scared spitless of Rick Perry as he will burn them new ones at every news cycle. They’ll have nothing to do but absorb it and depend on the Pravda-esk media to try to spin it out.

starman on August 19, 2011 at 12:37 AM

It smells doesn’t it, like a set up.
Dr Evil on August 18, 2011 at 11:07 PM

I think it is a set up, but a little more involved perhaps.
My take is that taking Ryan out, they can make more compromising deals. Ryan won’t win, but that’s not the objective. They are using flattery and I’m afraid Ryan is going to fall for it. In addition, there are rumblings of Christie jumping in. The plan seems to be get as many in to split the vote against Perry. This is what the Bushes & Rove are up to, along with the Dems. (I’m not including Palin yet)

It seems this is not a new plan for Ryan. After reading this, I think he’ll go for it.
http://hotair.com/archives/2011/06/02/oh-my-paul-ryan-opens-the-door-slightly-to-running-for-president/

Also, it seems after reading that, the groups may not need too much flattery:-) Ego & puffed up pride can do much damage….. That’s how I see it anyhow.

What I see is a great effort to “Defeat Perry” with a few bonuses, depending on which side of the aisle they are on.

bluefox on August 19, 2011 at 12:42 AM

….So they’re using regular psychology in saying they want to face Bachmann — but reverse psychology in saying they want to face Perry so that Republicans won’t nominate him? Or are they using reverse-reverse psychology, knowing that Republicans will assume they’re using reverse psychology and will therefore want to nominate Perry, who really is the candidate the White House secretly wants to face?

Whoaaaa! Way too much credit! These are liberal socialist we are talking about. Reverse-reverse psychology will give them spincher cramps trying to wrap their head around the concept.

What really has happened is that Michelle has said; NO!!!. Obama is not allowed to talk to or be near terroist as defined by the top national police forces. Since that means anyone who does not agree with his polices and socialism, Bachmann is on the terrorist list by default, along with most of the rest of us.

Bachman is also on Michelle’s bad playmate list because of rumors that she is telling everyone she wants to call little bambi names, tell bad stories about him, and say things that will make him cry. Truth is Michelle does not want to spend two weeks trying to get him to quit sulking and come out of his new toy, the “Darth Vader helmet on wheels”.

Perry on the other is still on the playmate list. He has said and done some mean things to bambi, but everyone knows he understands the rules to play in the big boy’s sandbox.

If he doesn’t Holden will be standing by to start a Department of Justic investigation of him for something or other. Additionally flying out of a public airport will alway require the ultimate triple enhanced special pat down. Fox news, if they are traveling with him, will pool the enhanced pat down for all the news media present.
/S

Franklyn on August 19, 2011 at 1:08 AM

“Oh, you mean Governor Perry, from Texas? I thought you meant William Perry, The Refrigerator.

Never mind.”

/Emily Litella

Aardvark on August 19, 2011 at 2:01 AM

And anyone who really thinks a walking Bush caricature is going to play better than Romney with the suburban indies who decide elections, is simply disconnected from political reality.

Jon0815 on August 18, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Careful. Style over substance is the hallmark of liberalism.

John the Libertarian on August 19, 2011 at 2:03 AM

bitsy on August 18, 2011 at 10:52 PM

LOL!

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on August 19, 2011 at 3:37 AM

Perry is a flip flopper.

He was for HPV mandates before he was against them.

He was for Al Gore before he was against him.

He was for illegal immigration before he was against it.

scotash on August 19, 2011 at 12:24 AM

He absolutely has some ‘splainin to do. But right now he’s the only declared candidate I can see voting for in spite of my misgivings. This is subject to change and it will be a long primary campaign, so don’t take this as a commitment by any means.

Extrafishy on August 19, 2011 at 6:53 AM

Why shouldn’t they want to compete with Perry? They have been delusional about everything else. Why change now? It’s working for them so far.

Queen0fCups on August 19, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Of course they want to take on Perry instead of Romney … Another “W” is not what this country needs. I say we go for the countries first mormon president instead of the country’s first gay one.

Monkei on August 19, 2011 at 11:33 AM

The Obama campaign and its surrogates will try every dirty trick in the book, and throw everything, including the kitchen sink, at Perry.

Ward Cleaver on August 19, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Repubs, actually socons, have been told repeatedly that Obama wants Palin or Perry more than anything.

Then, they act all surprised when these news stories pop up.

Moesart on August 19, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Of course they want to take on Perry instead of Romney … Another “W” is not what this country needs. I say we go for the countries first mormon president instead of the country’s first gay one.

Monkei on August 19, 2011 at 11:33 AM

‘cept Perry is not another “W” nor gay, moron. Now finish your Count Chocula and run on back to the playroom, another repeat episode of Sesame Street will be on soon….I’m sure you won’t want to miss it.

starman on August 19, 2011 at 12:35 PM

but I wish Daniels would have ran …

No. No. No. In fact, HELL NO!!!

pdigaudio on August 19, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Ask them again in a year.

TallDave on August 19, 2011 at 3:59 PM

I smell their fear.

Knucklehead on August 18, 2011 at 8:26 PM

LOL!
So does Perry!

MITX on August 19, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Thousands of African Americans lined up for jobs at the CBC job fair. At the same time Obama was bypassing immigration law to aid and protect illegal aliens who take jobs from African Americans.

WTF????? This an impeachable offense. This man needs to be tried for this crime and end run around congress and the constitution. Will America ever survive the ravages of this man, Comrade Mao Bo?

Twana on August 20, 2011 at 12:38 PM

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