Perry campaign doomed by… college football?

posted at 5:00 pm on September 3, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

Stop the presses. Many of you have been wondering when the Rick Perry momentum train would run off the rails ever since he surged to frontrunner status. Well, the other cowboy boot seems to have dropped, at least according to the Boston Globe. The long expected scandal waiting to bring down the Texas governor has come to light and it involves the always controversial political topic of … college football.

Could a controversial shift in college football conferences sink Rick Perry’s presidential campaign? As a Texas A&M stalwart who has been at the head of the school’s drive to leave the Big 12, the Texas governor has staked himself to a cause that may be great for his beloved alma mater — but is stirring up a lot of anger among some of the heartland voters that he needs to win the GOP presidential nomination.

Last Thursday, after weeks of rumors that the university was planning to bolt the Big 12, Texas A&M made it official. The College Station university is moving to the SEC in hopes of higher television revenues and to avoid being over-shadowed by its arch-rival, the University of Texas, which just started its own cable network this year to showcase Longhorn athletics.

To fans of other Big 12 schools like Baylor, Texas Tech, and Iowa State, the fear now that the departure of Aggies will cause the Big 12 to implode — and that when the dust settles, their teams may wind up in a second-tier conference.

To be sure, it’s a stretch to imagine that consternation over the Big 12’s future will translate into votes against Perry…

A stretch? Ya think? But what the heck… that won’t stop you from running the article. I’m not sure if this is a sign of an extremely slow news day or a signal that somebody in Boston is terrified that Perry might replace Obama.

So how does Rick Perry become culpable in all of this? Well, it’s obvious! Perry mentioned that he was aware his alma mater had been in talks to move from the Big 12 to the SEC. And if he knows about it, he can certainly blamed for the world ending devistation which will ensue of the Big 12 implodes, right? Quid pro quo. Habeas Corpus Christie. Or something.

It’s the final nail in the political coffin, I tell ya! When you combine this with his desire to shoot pigs from helicopters, he may as well pack it in and go home right now.

Seriously… this is just getting embarrassing.

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I’m not sure if this is a sign of an extremely slow news day or a signal that somebody in Boston is terrified that Perry might replace Obama.

Boston Globe is owned by the NYT. That should tell you everything you need to know.

Caiwyn on September 3, 2011 at 5:04 PM

“It’s the final nail in the political coffin, I tell ya!”

Yep…

… It’s all over.

Time to turn in my guns, buy a Mao suit, and head to the closest re-education FEMA camp…

… Does anyone have a Obowma 2012 bumper sticker?

/

Seven Percent Solution on September 3, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Between this and PBHO’s March Madness brackets, I’m not sure which is the bigger non-story…

Khun Joe on September 3, 2011 at 5:12 PM

LOL. The MSM never disappoints! Too funny.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on September 3, 2011 at 5:12 PM

I’m not sure if this is a sign of an extremely slow news day or a signal that somebody in Boston is terrified that Perry might replace Obama.

It’s the Globe, for Pete’s sake – owned by the NYTimes. That means it’s the latter – they are terrified.

Rod on September 3, 2011 at 5:18 PM

By that standard, Osama Obama — the SCoaMF — should have been impeached and imprisoned when he blew whatever chance Chicago had to get the Olympics.

MrScribbler on September 3, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Never underestimate the impact of college football on politics in Texas.

Or any other aspect of life in Texas.

malclave on September 3, 2011 at 5:20 PM

BTW, Navy leading Delaware at the half! Go Midshipmen!!

Khun Joe on September 3, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Does anyone have a Obowma 2012 bumper sticker?
These are better.

Seven Percent Solution on September 3, 2011 at

GOP Mall :: Rick Perry for President 2012 – Bumper Stickers, T …
http://www.gopmall.com/candidates/president/rick-perry/

Col.John Wm. Reed on September 3, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Wow. They really are clueless.

bitsy on September 3, 2011 at 5:20 PM

SEC claims Tx A&M not formally invited… yet. T A&M would go if invited…
Texas A&M football is of high quality & character.

mjbrooks3 on September 3, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Well there it is. Perry is finished.

The Notorious G.O.P on September 3, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Very OT, but been cooling our jets in a hotel room most of the day @Dockdog world championships, (and, yes, Echo the lab is now currently sitting at #7 in world…Chewy at home holding down fort)anyway, WATCHED Sarah’s speech (LOVED IT)then happened upon an old movie called, “They Died With Their Boots On.” Was about the disasterous generalship of Custer. Anyway, many of you may be familiar with it, but one very, very “past is prologue” moment (and I’m not savvy enough to find just the clip, so maybe someone can help out???) General Custer is told that the “friendly Indians” are trading for guns at the post when he first arrives for his assignment. Um, can you say, “FAST AND FURIOUS??????????”

Chewy the Lab on September 3, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Seriously… this is just getting embarrassing.

What the LSM has been writing since I began noticing in the 70′s is embarrassing. Sorry to burst your bubble but we are long past just getting embarrassing.

chemman on September 3, 2011 at 5:40 PM

“I’m a small business looking to expand but worried about increasing tax rates that might cause me to… oh, football. Sorry, Perry.”

“I’m Jewish and worried about how our state departments reactions toward Israelis’ interests… what’d you say about football?”

“I’m a doctor and I’m worried that Obama-care might affect the service that I’m able to provide…. wait, did you say the Agies are moving to the Southeastern Conference…”

David Combs on September 3, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Bring back the Southwestern Conference!!!

Aggie jokes will be coming back in style.

An Aggie and his girl were heading to the parking lot after a game. There were two thugs who walked up on them. One thug took a piece of chalk and drew a circle on the asphalt.
“Now, you stand there in this circle and you had better not leave it.” said the thug to the Aggie.
The two thugs then commenced to sexually assault the Aggie’s girl.
After they were through, they walked back to the Aggie standing in the circle. The Aggie was bent over laughing.

The confused thug asked, “Hey man, we just had your girl, just what are you laughing about?”

The Aggie replied, “While y’all weren’t looking, I stepped out of the circle three times.”

carbon_footprint on September 3, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Heh. I went to a Perry fundraiser Thurs night. He opened by saying he was not going to say anything controversial (big mischievous grin), so he wasn’t going to touch that A&M/SEC issue with a ten foot pole. There were lots of Aggies and teasips there so it got a good laugh. Later he apologized to the teasips for their future defeat by the Aggies in their last Big 12 season.

juliesa on September 3, 2011 at 5:47 PM

And we all know who this benefits.

billy on September 3, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Gig ‘Em

TexAz on September 3, 2011 at 5:54 PM

This is more serious

Less I be accused of linking to a left wing article its from the Wall Street Journal

http://www.thestreet.com/story/11238463/1/perry-used-plane-of-donor-facing-probe.html?cm_ven=RSSFeed

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has made presidential campaign trips on a jet owned by a contributor who is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and Texas regulators, according to published media reports.

Pardo and Life Partners are being investigated by the SEC about what the company knew and disclosed to its investors about the life expectancies of people whose insurance policies Life Partners had purchased.

Texas regulators sued Pardo and the company at the end of July in an effort to make them comply with subpoenas issued as part of an investigation, the Journal report noted.

William Amos on September 3, 2011 at 5:57 PM

I can hardly wait to see widdle Barry try to exploit this: “And, uh, he’s got those agers who have upset a whole lotta folks in the Big Ten, er, the Big Eleven, er, a really big conference, uh, over there, and, uh, then there’s somethin’ about another conference, uh, the KFC, er, no, ah, the FCC, er, uh, the FTC, ahhhh, it’s a real problem over there for those football folks and, uhhh, I just love me some football. Go White Sox!”

Rational Thought on September 3, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Well, this BS is silly. No matter how silly though, I hope Perry is prepared to take this kind of stupid stuff on and win.

Apologetic California on September 3, 2011 at 6:01 PM

William Amos on September 3, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Yeah, it is linked on Fox as well.
I don’t see the huge scandal with it.

carbon_footprint on September 3, 2011 at 6:06 PM

The Boston Globe on college football. Heh.

SlaveDog on September 3, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Gig’em Aggies! Beat the hell outta SMU!

txag92 on September 3, 2011 at 6:16 PM

carbon_footprint on September 3, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Heard that first as a Polish joke but it’s still funny.

pdigaudio on September 3, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Heard that first as a Polish joke but it’s still funny.

pdigaudio on September 3, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Yeah, I bet lots of Polish jokes get recycled as Aggie jokes.

carbon_footprint on September 3, 2011 at 6:25 PM

This is more serious

Less I be accused of linking to a left wing article its from the Wall Street Journal

http://www.thestreet.com/story/11238463/1/perry-used-plane-of-donor-facing-probe.html?cm_ven=RSSFeed

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has made presidential campaign trips on a jet owned by a contributor who is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and Texas regulators, according to published media reports.

Pardo and Life Partners are being investigated by the SEC about what the company knew and disclosed to its investors about the life expectancies of people whose insurance policies Life Partners had purchased.

Texas regulators sued Pardo and the company at the end of July in an effort to make them comply with subpoenas issued as part of an investigation, the Journal report noted.

William Amos on September 3, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Damn, my political career just went up in smoke!

I ate at Wendy’s, paid for my double cheese & bacon, and Buffet hasn’t paid Berkshires’ since ’02! On top of that he donates generously to Obama, plus buys whatever financial institution BHO is having trouble with.

Dude get a life, the above is the non-story of the century.

Talk about a non-issue.

Archimedes on September 3, 2011 at 6:54 PM

I ate at Wendy’s, paid for my double cheese & bacon, and Buffet hasn’t paid Berkshires’ taxes since ’02! On top of that he donates generously to Obama, plus buys whatever financial institution BHO is having trouble with.

Sorry for the typo!

Archimedes on September 3, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Slow news day, eh, Jazz?

simkeith on September 3, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Texas A&M football is of high quality & character.

mjbrooks3 on September 3, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Then they most certainly don’t belong in the SEC.

John the Libertarian on September 3, 2011 at 7:10 PM

John the Libertarian on September 3, 2011 at 7:10 PM

+1

MJBrutus on September 3, 2011 at 7:14 PM

It is Politically Incorrect to call them Aggies. Properly, they are Agro-Americans.

DAT60A3 on September 3, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Last Thursday, after weeks of rumors that the university was planning to bolt the Big 12, Texas A&M made it official. The College Station university is moving to the SEC in hopes of higher television revenues and to avoid being over-shadowed getting their arses handed to them by the likes of Florida and Alabama, must like has traditionally happened at the hands of by its arch-rival, the University of Texas

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JohnGalt23 on September 3, 2011 at 7:46 PM

Texas A&M football is of high quality & character.

mjbrooks3 on September 3, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Well, only when compared to Southern Methodist…

JohnGalt23 on September 3, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Perry looks like he’s wearing old age make up in this photo. Is he really that sun-damaged?

leftnomore on September 3, 2011 at 7:59 PM

It is Politically Incorrect to call them Aggies. Properly, they are Agro-Americans.

DAT60A3 on September 3, 2011 at 7:37 PM

ROTFLMAO!

txag92 on September 3, 2011 at 8:08 PM

“I can’t believe someone is running this article!”

Runs said article.

Rainsford on September 3, 2011 at 8:14 PM

With forth down and thirty-five yards to go the Boston Globe sacked themselves in their own end zone.

Yoop on September 3, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Perry looks like he’s wearing old age make up in this photo. Is he really that sun-damaged?

leftnomore on September 3, 2011 at 7:59 PM

In Texas, if you venture out at least an hour per day. You look like us.

carbon_footprint on September 3, 2011 at 8:37 PM

This is the most damaging attack against Perry so far. But I’m still confident he can overcome it.

logis on September 3, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Yes, this is dumb, but it won’t stop the libtard media and the moronosphere from picking it up and running it for all it’s worth. The average college grad is a listless fuck with no future, so he’s into dumb shit like this.

southsideironworks on September 3, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Yes, this is dumb, but it won’t stop the libtard media and the moronosphere from picking it up and running it for all it’s worth. The twentysomething college grad is a listless idiot with no future, so he’s into dumb crap like this.

southsideironworks on September 3, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Just got home from our game with Tulsa at Owen Field here in Norman and someone had sent me this link to see what I thought. I am sitting here cracking up.

East Coast writers don’t have a clue about what has been happening in the Big 12 and this articles shows the Boston Globe is still out of touch with flyover Country.

A&M was going to the SEC no matter who was Governor — they had enough of being in the shadow of Texas and especially with the Longhorn Network. That was the final straw.

University of Oklahoma is putting the final nail in the coffin of Beebe and the Big 12 as we know within the next few weeks or as early as Monday depending on what happens this weekend. President Boren holds the cards now and you can take it to the bank that the Big 12 is done as a major conference. We have the biggest idiot for a Commissioner Beebe who was so tied to Texas he forgot that Boren is a longtime politician with a lot of friends. Now Texas is following OU not the other way around.

Perry is going to be loved by Texas fans in the end because he is the only one who can call a special session and word we are getting in Norman is that Texas wants to be the only Texas school in the PAC 12 and doesn’t want to take the Sand Aggies with them. With no special session, the Aggies go east and the Longhorns go west with OU.

Ever since David Boren gave his interview before the dedication of our new athletic dorm facility yesterday, our message boards had been going wild with speculation. Last night on a conference call with the idiot Beebe and the rest of the Big 12 except OU, A&M, and Texas who were left out, some of the other schools committed themselves to the Big 12 but OU has not and after Boren’s talking to the media yesterday about being in a stable conference that leaves out the Big 12. Beebe told the other schools they need to convince Texas to stay and not a peep about OU.

President Boren said in as soon as three days or no more than three weeks, OU will have made the decision but most of us think that decision has already been made and are looking to go West to the PAC 12. The question is who will be going with us.

Texas fans have been nice to Sooner fans the last few days and that NEVER happens.

Bottom Line this is not going to hurt Governor Perry as most of the Soonerfans want away from Beebe and the Big 12 and were disappointed we didn’t go to the PAC 12 last summer as everything was worked out for the move until ESPN gave TX a boatload of money not to jump for their Longhorn Network. Since Nebraska left there is no reason for us to stay in the Big 12 which is a floundering conference.

Great day to be a Sooner! Whoever wrote this article doesn’t have a clue what has been happening in the Big 12 since last summer. The LHN has been nothing but a headache. When ESPN wanted to show high school games with Texas recruits on the LHN, our President was the one who went to the NCAA and got a ruling of NO right away. OU holds the cards and as giddy as Pres Boren was yesterday with Bob Stoops would say that decision is a done deal.

We have two main message boards and the consensus is pretty much to tell the Big 12 goodbye. There are some that want the SEC — OU has invites to several conferences, but overwhelmingly it is to go West!

If you want further details, we have http://soonerfans.com and http://landthieves.com which are our two main sports message boards. Some of the people on both boards are close to the Administration. Post on Soonerfans and read Land Thieves.

Boomer Sooner!

PhiKapMom on September 4, 2011 at 12:52 AM

Chewy the Lab on September 3, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Congrats and good luck…

Gohawgs on September 4, 2011 at 3:49 AM

Bring back the Southwestern Conference!!!

Aggie jokes will be coming back in style.

carbon_footprint on September 3, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Hear, Hear…

Gohawgs on September 4, 2011 at 3:50 AM

Then they most certainly don’t belong in the SEC.

John the Libertarian on September 3, 2011 at 7:10 PM

What was that you said once, something about being a bitter fan? After the thrashing former #3 Oregon took today (again) at the hands of a backup QB, you sir should be sitting over in the corner being quiet!!!

Gohawgs on September 4, 2011 at 3:53 AM

Wow another Jazz piece with almost 50 comments. Keep up the good work Jazz.

Amadeus on September 4, 2011 at 8:38 AM

I like to keep two of my favorite pastimes–politics and college football–as faaarrr away from each other as possible. But the Boston Globe is truly out-of-touch if they think this will have any effect outside of Texas, or even in Texas.

This Big 12 debacle has been going on for a couple of years, and for those of us who used to be stuck in the middle of it, the ire was usually directed at commissioner Dan Beebe and the University of Texas. The role of the Texas legislature and Rick Perry has been negligible, at least in the ongoing public narrative.

And hey, I’m a Nebraska fan; I frankly don’t care anymore. We’re in greener pastures.

Go Big Red!

KellyBomelly on September 4, 2011 at 10:16 AM

I’m a small business looking to expand but worried about increasing tax rates that might cause me to… oh, football. Sorry, Perry.”

“I’m Jewish and worried about how our state departments reactions toward Israelis’ interests… what’d you say about football?”

“I’m a doctor and I’m worried that Obama-care might affect the service that I’m able to provide…. wait, did you say the Agies are moving to the Southeastern Conference…”

David Combs

Really, and besides, I can’t believe no one’s mentioned that high school football is more important in Texas than college ball, and yes, every Polish joke ever told began life as an Aggie joke, we just didn’t know that pol-ish was pronounced po-lish.

Sign me as Proud Texan

E9RET on September 4, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Speaking of Aggie jokes this is no joke:

When we lived in the Texas Hill Country one of the small farms I drove by taking the kids to school in town built a replica of the A&M bonfire. We were in the middle of a drought and the idiot decided to light it, the fire went up the hill, and only because of the fast work of our firefighters, they saved the house as the fire was approaching.

When you live in a small town with the town divided between the Aggies and Longhorns for the most part, it gets really funny. Hated to leave the Hill Country but glad the transfer to Oklahoma because of Kelly AFB closing happened. We moved to Norman, OK, after years of being transferred and there is no place I have enjoyed more than being a Sooner by choice! Norman is a fantastic place to live with a fantastic university, friendly people, and common sense plus Oklahoma is a total red state!

PhiKapMom on September 4, 2011 at 3:46 PM