New Rick Perry ad returns to the topic of the economy

posted at 12:50 pm on December 15, 2011 by Tina Korbe

I confess: I really want to see Rick Perry mount a comeback just so folks will start to use the Twitter hashtag #RickRolling (h/t Ben Shapiro). His debate performance last week — and this latest ad — make me think it’s still possible. Much rides on tonight — but, if he does well again, then he stands to finish reasonably well in Iowa, where his recent emphasis on social issues at least won’t be a turnoff. Who knows what will happen from there?

No matter what, this ad makes sense for Perry, whose strength has always been his jobs record. For whatever reason, he’s had a difficult time conveying that he was a crucial component of the jobs growth in Texas. He needs to remind voters at every opportunity that he did carefully cultivate a business-friendly environment in the Lone Star State and can consequently claim at least a little of the credit for the state’s economic success, even if the bulk of it came from the courage and vision of the entrepreneurs who responded to the incentives Perry established.

That said, Perry’s new emphasis on his “outsider” status is less effective than he seems to think. Yes, he exudes a cowboy conservatism that ought to appeal to rugged individualists in a way Newt Gingrich’s technocratic conservatism and Mitt Romney’s pragmatic conservatism don’t. But he’s still a career politician. Better to stick to his tagline of “making Washington as inconsequential as possible.” That conveys the notion that he does understand some minimal level of governance is required even for a free society — and that he understands that, as president, he’d need to be able to survive and thrive from inside the D.C. swamp. Plus, “making Washington as inconsequential as possible” provides a direct contrast to Barack Obama’s “bigger government is better government” message — and it does that without making an overt point of focusing on Obama, as though he thinks he’s somehow above the fray of the primary (an image both Romney and Gingrich have tried to cultivate at different times to differing degrees of success).

Perry still has much to prove — and concerns about his electability are understandable — but a comeback isn’t out of the question.


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Perry 2012: This time, it’s personal.

Joffen on December 15, 2011 at 12:53 PM

The outsider political insiders fear most.”

Really?

idesign on December 15, 2011 at 12:54 PM

Perry 2012: This time, it’s personal oops, um I forget what it is.

Joffen on December 15, 2011 at 12:53 PM

lorien1973 on December 15, 2011 at 12:54 PM

“The outsider political insiders fear most.”

Yeah. Probably not.

lorien1973 on December 15, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Hahaha

Joffen on December 15, 2011 at 12:55 PM

I was on the Perry train. 100%. I was on it right through oops-gate, and right now I’ll still support him gladly if he’s the nominee.

But that gay-ad, much as you might not like to hear it, makes him close to unelectable in the general. It may play well here, but it sounds nasty and mean-spirited to anyone who isn’t an evangelical conservative. There were better ways to make that point.

I’m on the Newt train, and I’m staying on it till it either goes over a cliff, or rolls into pennsylvania avenue.

Johnimus on December 15, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Mitt Romney’s pragmatic conservatism

LOL. Wait. You’re serious.

lorien1973 on December 15, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Don’t call it a comeback! – LL Cool J

I am pulling for ole Rick.

Fight the power!….Why yes, I am the rugged individualist Tina speaks of.

RAGIN CAJUN on December 15, 2011 at 12:56 PM

But that gay-ad, much as you might not like to hear it, makes him close to unelectable in the general

It didn’t even play well here. That was pretty much Perry hitting the wall.

lorien1973 on December 15, 2011 at 12:56 PM

The comeback has already begun. Tonight it will be expanded upon.
Perry 2012.

dacoach on December 15, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Rick Perry:

If you haven’t seen this yet, suggest you watch it. Perry talking about the military, his family, etc. You’ll find the link about halfway down the page at Ace of Spades.

http://ace.mu.nu/
This link goes to Ben Howe’s article about the video. Howe was the one who shot the video for Veteran’s Day. I gather he requested video commentary from many pols, but Rick was the only one who provided an unscripted response.

Y-not on December 15, 2011 at 11:08 AM

pacificisland on December 15, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Why is Rick Perry always in front of that indeterminate tree and/or hill and/or creek backdrop? What exactly does that mean?

JoseQuinones on December 15, 2011 at 12:59 PM

He should just stay off of gay comments. will just cause more trouble

gerrym51 on December 15, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Thats the way you do it perry!

Flapjackmaka on December 15, 2011 at 1:01 PM

He’s still got my vote and my spiritual support !

birdhurd on December 15, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Ricko…

… the ad would have been better if you went after Obowma.

I’m telling you, all this infighting is really pissing people off…

Seven Percent Solution on December 15, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Newt supported raising the debt ceiling? Really? That’s the best the Perry campaign can do? And Obama opposed it, so I guess that makes him a fiscal conservative.

Come ON. Perry won’t propose raising it, if he’s elected? So he has a plan to balance the budget instantly? Let’s see it, Rick.

No matter who’s in office, the debt’s going to go up, before it can level off or come down. That’s political reality.

There are a lot more honest ways of attacking Newt’s big government proclivities. No need to say something catchy but stupid.

notropis on December 15, 2011 at 1:02 PM

The trees are listening…are you?

dacoach on December 15, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Perry has been written off in almost every election he was in, but he has never lost one. He has an incredible record here in Texas.

cartooner on December 15, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Good ad by Team Perry.. Rick needs to have a good showing tonight..:)

Dire Straits on December 15, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Tonight is the night to get it done. People walked away from Rick because he created some worries with his views on public policy surrounding illegal immigrants and his terrible debate stumbles. He’s delivered some solid if unspectacular performances recently, but he really needs to put to bed tonight the meme that he is an “idiot in search of a thought.” He claims he is the man for the moment, so let’s see him prove it. Timidity and bumbling are not part of the job description for the republican presidential candidate. Conservatives are just waiting for a serious alternative choice to the toxic twins of Gingrich and Romney.

Spirit Crusher on December 15, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Perry has a chance to come back, no doubt. This ad is at best second tier quality though. For a comeback his ad team really needs to put up stronger work. For him to make up the ground he needs to get back in it they have got to brand him better and attack his rivals better. This is more like an ad for County Commissioner or some lower level post. Otherwise it will be too little too late. Not much time left on the clock.

Bmore on December 15, 2011 at 1:04 PM

He’s pooed in space!

YYZ on December 15, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Gig Em’

Perry 2012

workingclass artist on December 15, 2011 at 1:04 PM

“I’m Rick Perry, I still have money to produce ads”

Go back to Texas Perry, give it up.

DanStark on December 15, 2011 at 1:05 PM

cartooner on December 15, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Perry is the only candidate to beat both an Axelrod and a Rove campaign

workingclass artist on December 15, 2011 at 1:06 PM

OT: Eric Holder is going after Sheriff Joe Arpaio…

NYT

In a harshly worded critique of the country’s best-known sheriff, the Justice Department accused Joe Arpaio of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office of engaging in “unconstitutional policing” by unfairly targeting Latinos for detentions and arrests and retaliating against those who complain.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/16/us/arizona-sheriffs-office-unfairly-targeted-latinos-justice-department-says.html

Del Dolemonte on December 15, 2011 at 1:06 PM

But that gay-ad, much as you might not like to hear it, makes him close to unelectable in the general.

I must have missed the memo! Is the election now going to be about gay rights, or is it still going to be about jobs and the economy?

PseudoRandom on December 15, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Why is Rick Perry always in front of that indeterminate tree and/or hill and/or creek backdrop? What exactly does that mean?

JoseQuinones on December 15, 2011 at 12:59 PM

It must mean he’s filming his ads outdoors in the Texas hill country.

cartooner on December 15, 2011 at 1:07 PM

He should emphasize two things. He can remember two things. (1) The Texas economy is healthier than the rest of the nation because Texans believe in more freedom and less government, and (2) I’m not Mitt Romney.

RBMN on December 15, 2011 at 1:07 PM

and that he understands that, as president, he’d need to be able to survive and thrive from inside the D.C. swamp.

…where the leftie/rightie establishment/sharks/crocodiles are having a fit because the rubes don’t care what they have to say.

Send them all packing.

Schadenfreude on December 15, 2011 at 1:07 PM

DanStark on December 15, 2011 at 1:05 PM

78 followers on your twitter acct.

impressive….relatives?

workingclass artist on December 15, 2011 at 1:08 PM

I must have missed the memo! Is the election now going to be about gay rights, or is it still going to be about jobs and the economy?

Apparently Perry thinks it is about teh gays or he wouldn’t have made that commercial.

Pablo Honey on December 15, 2011 at 1:09 PM

For whatever reason, he’s had a difficult time conveying that he was a crucial component of the jobs growth in Texas. He needs to remind voters at every opportunity that he did carefully cultivate a business-friendly environment in the Lone Star State and can consequently claim at least a little of the credit for the state’s economic success, even if the bulk of it came from the courage and vision of the entrepreneurs who responded to the incentives Perry established.

Hmmm, what does that argument convey to you? Picking winners and losers in the market place? Increasing the footprint of government on people’s back? Crony Capitalism? Loopholes and favoritism, the bedrock of American business.

Constitutional historian of conservative values on December 15, 2011 at 1:11 PM

78 followers on your twitter acct.

impressive….relatives?

workingclass artist on December 15, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Lamest ad hominem ever?

lorien1973 on December 15, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Why is Rick Perry always in front of that indeterminate tree and/or hill and/or creek backdrop? What exactly does that mean?

JoseQuinones on December 15, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Well, he didn’t want to be “inside” to give the perception he is an insider.

Is it a bad thing that every time I watch a Perry ad I think of a Aqua Velva commercial?

DanStark on December 15, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Very nice Perry ad. Perry shows the problem, the Newt-Romney problem, then addresses the solutions (Perry).

Go Perry 2012

bzip on December 15, 2011 at 1:13 PM

78 followers on your twitter acct.

impressive….relatives?

workingclass artist on December 15, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Impressive… insult? Haha.

DanStark on December 15, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Apparently Perry thinks it is about teh gays or he wouldn’t have made that commercial.

Pablo Honey on December 15, 2011 at 1:09 PM

That ad was targeted specifically at Iowa where 60% of GOP voters are social cons. It didn’t attack gays, it just contrasted openly being gay in the military with Christians having to stay in the closet in school. Lighten up!

cartooner on December 15, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Perry is still my candidate. I do think he has a chance to come back. Hoping, praying, time will tell.

Minorcan Maven on December 15, 2011 at 1:14 PM

I hope he can pull it off. I’d vote for him over Newt, but right now, Newt has my vote.

John the Libertarian on December 15, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Don’t fall for the establishment manipulation. The only conservatives that will slow the economic train wreck are Perry, Bachman or Santorum. Pick one of the three, but the rest will not fix the real problems with big guvment.
(Paul is a nut job)

CoyoteAz on December 15, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Is it a bad thing that every time I watch a Perry ad I think of a Aqua Velva commercial?

DanStark on December 15, 2011 at 1:12 PM

No more so than I think of a vintage Marlboro commercial, at least back before the nanny state deemed cigarette commercials politically incorrect.

TxAnn56 on December 15, 2011 at 1:16 PM

I’m telling you, all this infighting is really pissing people off…

Seven Percent Solution on December 15, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Especially in Iowa

Schadenfreude on December 15, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Brava Tina !
At last , a breath of fresh air and fresh thinking today !

Lucano on December 15, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Include Me Out By Mark Steyn

“Re that NR editorial, I would like, politely, to dissent from my colleagues’ dismissal of Perry and Bachmann.

In the former case, a handful of poor debate performances should not disqualify a man from executive responsibility: Our age’s veneration for men with “nothing to do but think and talk” (in Churchill’s words, on the sort of chaps he didn’t want in his war cabinet) is one reason why the Western world is sliding off a cliff…”

http://www.nationalreview.com/blogs/print/285873

workingclass artist on December 15, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Hmmm, what does that argument convey to you? Picking winners and losers in the market place? Increasing the footprint of government on people’s back? Crony Capitalism? Loopholes and favoritism, the bedrock of American business.

No, it conveys keeping government out of people’s way so they can do business without heavy regulatory burdens and taxes. If Texas were a hotbed of crony capitalism as you suggest, it wouldn’t have the best jobs record in the country.

DRayRaven on December 15, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Obama and the left are job killers. This is an issue that we to hammer on time and time again and again. It’s not just Obamacare, there is a long list of thinks they have done and are doing to delay, loose, and kill jobs.

Rancher on December 15, 2011 at 1:23 PM

me likey, i wish he would go after dear leader more as well…

cmsinaz on December 15, 2011 at 1:24 PM

DanStark on December 15, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Dude….it’s your link

Starkozy

workingclass artist on December 15, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Perry cannot win, but he can drag Romney down with him.

In that, I wish him the best of luck.

Rebar on December 15, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Hmmm, what does that argument convey to you? Picking winners and losers in the market place? Increasing the footprint of government on people’s back? Crony Capitalism? Loopholes and favoritism, the bedrock of American business.

Constitutional historian of conservative values on December 15, 2011 at 1:11 PM

If I understand your comment, it’s about as dumb as I’ve seen. Perry openly promoting the advantages of moving businesses to Texas, and promoting policies that take government’s foot OFF people’s backs is NOT crony capitalism, loopholes and favoritism. Picking winners and losers? Come to Texas and win. Stay in your blue state and lose. How’s that?

cartooner on December 15, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Seven Percent Solution on December 15, 2011 at 1:01 PM

+1

cmsinaz on December 15, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Go back to Texas Perry, give it up.

DanStark on December 15, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Well finally!

I was gettin’ tired of picking up the slack.

cozmo on December 15, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Good luck Perry. I have been really hoping I could vote for you after Cain got the bhopress stab and got out!
L

letget on December 15, 2011 at 1:27 PM

If I understand your comment, it’s about as dumb as I’ve seen. Perry openly promoting the advantages of moving businesses to Texas, and promoting policies that take government’s foot OFF people’s backs is NOT crony capitalism, loopholes and favoritism. Picking winners and losers? Come to Texas and win. Stay in your blue state and lose. How’s that?

cartooner on December 15, 2011 at 1:26 PM

I beg to differ…

http://biggovernment.com/chorner/2011/09/05/will-the-real-crony-capitalist-please-stand-up/

idesign on December 15, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Nawwwwwwwwwwh…that kinda stuff only works for Democrats!

KOOLAID2 on December 15, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Pablo Honey on December 15, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Don’t hang out on many military blogs do ya?

This is not a settled issue within the military…not by a long shot.

Perry’s point is that Obama is using the US Military as a political tool to appeal to his base.

Obama has done this through the Repeal which Perry calls bad public policy in a time of war. He’s done it with the military budget. He’s done it with telegraphing our withdrawal to the enemy. Gov. Perry says Obama has been irresponsible as commander in chief, the latest example is the downed drone in Iran.

Obama is using Law Enforcement Agencies as political weapons. The DOJ…NHS…ICE…

Obamas political decisions weaken and divide this country.

The list goes on and Perry as both a veteran and a borderstate governor has a point.

workingclass artist on December 15, 2011 at 1:36 PM

idesign on December 15, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Texas and Tennessee top the states in governmental transparency scoring 96%

workingclass artist on December 15, 2011 at 1:39 PM

“I’m not ashamed to admit I’m a Washington outsider, but you ain’t gotta be at a Tea Party every Saturday to know it’s a cryin’ shame when gays can get employed in this country when we still got decent straight folks lookin’ fer work.”

Alpha_Male on December 15, 2011 at 1:39 PM

I beg to differ…

idesign on December 15, 2011 at 1:33 PM

You’ve been reduced to begging and makin’ stuff up to differ for a while now.

cozmo on December 15, 2011 at 1:40 PM

But that gay-ad, much as you might not like to hear it, makes him close to unelectable in the general. It may play well here, but it sounds nasty and mean-spirited to anyone who isn’t an evangelical conservative. There were better ways to make that point.

This is probably pointless, but there was absolutely nothing wrong with that “Strong” ad. People are seeing what they’re being told to see.

Joffen on December 15, 2011 at 1:42 PM

When the trial lawyers are against you because you passed Tort Reform in your state and the unions hate you because you represent a Right to Work state then I’m all for you. Go Perry!!

jrfromdallas on December 15, 2011 at 1:43 PM

You’ve been reduced to begging and makin’ stuff up to differ for a while now.

cozmo on December 15, 2011 at 1:40 PM

LOL

Oh…what…America…yet ANOTHER revelation about Perry?

Bilderberg appointed =
http://www.elliscountyobserver.com/2011/07/18/gov

Radical Islamic friends as this article by Pam Geller…suggests =
http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/08/perrys_pro

Wanting to get into bed with Mexico on healthcare…before Obamacare came on the scene =
http://bigpeace.com/nmachiavelli/2011/09/02/huh-g

Forcing young girls in TX to get the cardasil vaccine by Executive Order =
http://www.pharmalot.com/2011/08/rick-perry-and-t

For the Super Highway that will eventually erode our sovereignty =
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6Z0eCz0pF4&fe
http://engr101.com/2011/03/29/invasion-usa-part-1

idesign on December 15, 2011 at 1:48 PM

“I’m Rick Perry, I still have money to produce ads”

Go back to Texas Perry, give it up.

DanStark Mitt Romney on December 15, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Dr Evil on December 15, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Alpha_Male on December 15, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Oh brother…Largest Gay Church is in..ummm….Texas

If Gehs want to get married they’ll have to move to NY or MA.

workingclass artist on December 15, 2011 at 1:48 PM

I’m hoping Perry does well tonight. There is still time for a No Newt and No Mitt candidate.

Fallon on December 15, 2011 at 1:49 PM

… and Mitt Romney’s pragmatic conservatism don’t …

Since when is Romney any kind of conservative? Or does the qualifier “pragmatic” reduce to a flat negation, as when Chomksy describes himself as a “libertarian socialist,” which effectively means socialist? But is Romney even a “pragmatist” when even the loosest pragmatism requires a pragma, or a core principle? I think an apter, more accurate term would be ‘opportunist’:

… and Mitt Romney’s pragmatic opportunistic conservatism don’t …

That’s better. But I would prefer a further qualifier, because RomneyCare, Romney’s only policy achievement of any note whatsoever, isn’t “conservatism” or based on conservative principle in any sense, it is the precise opposite of conservative:

… and Mitt Romney’s pragmatic opportunistic faux-conservatism don’t …

casuist on December 15, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Gotta get the margaritas ready for tonight

Let’s go Perry!

cmsinaz on December 15, 2011 at 1:52 PM

You’ve been reduced to begging and makin’ stuff up to differ for a while now.

cozmo on December 15, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Yea right…LOL

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/09/12/palin_perry_has_been_a_participant_in_government_waste.html

idesign on December 15, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Anyone remember this?

It’s your lucky day, Mitch Daniels.

Fallon on December 15, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Part time congress. I like the sound of that!!

Long haired country boy on December 15, 2011 at 1:57 PM

“But that gay-ad, much as you might not like to hear it, makes him close to unelectable in the general.”
Johnimus on December 15, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Against Gov. Perry all Obama has is trying to shift the election to social issues to avoid the economy and that leaves him with fringe support. Obama cannot defend his record against Perry by blaming Bush.

People want JOBS all over America…not just Texas.

That is how Perry beats Obama.

workingclass artist on December 15, 2011 at 1:57 PM

idesign on December 15, 2011 at 1:54 PM

I take it you don’t actually read, or watch, the stuff you post.

If you did you would be embarrassed for yourself. But, knowing who you are, probably not.

idiotdesign

cozmo on December 15, 2011 at 1:58 PM

idesign on December 15, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Texas and Tennessee top the states in governmental transparency scoring 96%

workingclass artist on December 15, 2011 at 1:39 PM

One of the many reasons I love living in TN.

Long haired country boy on December 15, 2011 at 1:58 PM

idesign on December 15, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Texas has a Balanced budget…JOBS…A Credit Ugrade…Revenues back to 2008 levels & a Surplus.

3 out of 4 private sector jobs are in Texas.

That is how Gov. Perry beats Obama

workingclass artist on December 15, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Long haired country boy on December 15, 2011 at 1:58 PM

It’s nice living in an accountable state isn’t it.

Gov. Perry championed the innovations to allow for direct voter access to government.

he was fed up with the liberal press twisting data.

workingclass artist on December 15, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Gotta get the margaritas ready for tonight

Let’s go Perry!

cmsinaz on December 15, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Sounds like you’re pulling out the flux capacitor blender. Just don’t sample too much this early or you’ll be hammered by this afternoon.

TxAnn56 on December 15, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Y’all, idiotdesign is one of the top tier Perry hatin’ nutballs here.

Any opportunity to fling any kind of poo towards the guy who kept her choice out of the running is her thang’.

She gets off on it.

cozmo on December 15, 2011 at 2:03 PM

I take it you don’t actually read, or watch, the stuff you post.

If you did you would be embarrassed for yourself. But, knowing who you are, probably not.

idiotdesign

cozmo on December 15, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Looks like I left a mark….LOL

Can you sat Texas toast?

idesign on December 15, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Ah… the Perry haters re-surface again. What’s a Perry thread without the usual lame attacks from supporters of other candidates?

You know one of the key differences between Perry and the other candidates? Perry’s record and past can be defended – the others can’t.

- Ask Newt supporters to try defending him – they can’t – they only resort to “But…but… he will beat Obama in the debates…”

- Romney`s record can also not be defended.

- Bachmann and Santorum don`t really have much of a record to defend.

- And Paul and Huntsman… well, you know… they are who they are.

TheRightMan on December 15, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Can you sat Texas toast?

idesign on December 15, 2011 at 2:06 PM

I can say it, but I’m not an idiot so I don’t sit on it.

cozmo on December 15, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Can you say Texas toast?

idesign on December 15, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Perry did the absolute right thing highlighting the idiocy of our politically skewered culture with the ad mentioning gays in the military.

The point that so many of you missed is that one culture, a sexual preference, trumps another culture, free expression of religion. It is incongruous that sexual proclivity is the overweening topic of discussion.

The topic should be equal opportunity to freely express what one is.

eaglesdontflock on December 15, 2011 at 2:08 PM

cozmo on December 15, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Nobody kept Sarah Palin from running if she wanted to run she could have. If there was room for Tim Pawlenty, Gary Johnson, and Buddy Roermer obviously Palin could have run. She decided not to, and I for one don’t blame her, she doesn’t owe anyone anything. Huckabee didn’t run either, someone explain to me how Rick Perry kept him from running for President?

Dr Evil on December 15, 2011 at 2:08 PM

cozmo on December 15, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Perry did not keep Palin out of the race…Sheeesh!

From 2009 Good WSJ Article

“Our economy on the other hand [improved]—let me give you a great example: We had a $10 billion budget deficit when we got here in January of 2003. We cut that budget deficit; we did not raise taxes; we came back in ’05, and we had an $8 billion surplus. That’s how fast it can happen.” – Gov. Perry

Here’s what he said about Sarah Palin in the same article.

“The political divide, the governor insists, is between “mushy, middle of the road” Republicans and clear, devoted fiscal and social conservatives, like himself and Sarah Palin.

On that last point, he states emphatically, “I love Sarah Palin, I love her positions, I think she was a good governor. . . . I want her to be engaged in this rebuilding of the Republican Party. . . . She is substantially more the face of this country than some other people who might want to be the face of the Republican Party. To me she’s the face of America. I mean she’s a hard worker, she didn’t come from money, she didn’t come from privilege, she just worked hard. . . . I have not seen another person who invigorated the Republican base [like she did] with the possible exception of Ronald Reagan in 1976—the speech he made at the Republican Convention. People were looking around and saying, ‘we nominated the wrong dude.’”

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203550604574361014098225036.html?mod=WSJ_article_comments#a

Perry 2012

workingclass artist on December 15, 2011 at 2:10 PM

the others can’t.

TheRightMan on December 15, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Nuh-uh,

Another can…

Perry isn’t our only hope, there is another. Idiotdesign is on a quest to find her, and bring her to us.

cozmo on December 15, 2011 at 2:10 PM

I once thought that nominating and electing Ron Paul would have great entertainment value, but I am now firmly supporting Rick Perry.

Four years of this “Elmer Gantry” caricature from Texas in the White House would be hilarious and a real hoot.

He could do “healings” during Presidential press conferences – “Economy, y’all come on down here and be healed!”

To raise campaign funds for the general election, he could sell bottles of Rio Grande water personally blessed by Ricky and the Lord.

Sheeeeeeeewwwweee! C’mon Repubs – Go for it! HaHaHaHaHa! Giddy-up! HaHaHaHaHa

Horace on December 15, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Perry isn’t our only hope, there is another. Idiotdesign is on a quest to find her, and bring her to us.

cozmo on December 15, 2011 at 2:10 PM

LOL

Go Newt!!!

idesign on December 15, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Dr Evil on December 15, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Geeesh, you know that, I know that.

Tell it to idiotdesign. She has rebar in the head though.

cozmo on December 15, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Horace on December 15, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Looks like someone needs to cut back on the GARDASIL shots.

Gardasil is in particular demand among gay men

Dr Evil on December 15, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Come on Perry!!!

poljunkie51 on December 15, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Go Newt!!!

idesign on December 15, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Actually I am neutral on Newt it wouldn’t break my heart if he beat out Romney.

cozmo on December 15, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Palin had people’s hopes up. I can see why people are disappointed she didn’t run. I also know how much vicious, nasty, vulgar, brutal behavior she has had to put up with from the liberal left. Sarah Palin was helping to get folks elected in the Mid Terms in 2010. I don’t know, how much is she supposed to give? Like I stated above, Huckabee didn’t run either there were people who would have been happy if he ran again. Still nobody get’s beat up for it, because he decided not to.

Dr Evil on December 15, 2011 at 2:19 PM

I once thought that nominating and electing Ron Paul would have great entertainment value, but I am now firmly supporting Rick Perry.

Four years of this “Elmer Gantry” caricature from Texas in the White House would be hilarious and a real hoot.

He could do “healings” during Presidential press conferences – “Economy, y’all come on down here and be healed!”

To raise campaign funds for the general election, he could sell bottles of Rio Grande water personally blessed by Ricky and the Lord.

Sheeeeeeeewwwweee! C’mon Repubs – Go for it! HaHaHaHaHa! Giddy-up! HaHaHaHaHa

Horace

Wow

poljunkie51 on December 15, 2011 at 2:21 PM

I love all the Perry is over and Perry is dumb comments. Well here is one for you Obomney followers.
#1 Economy in the country Rick Perry
#1 Job creation record in the country Rick Perry
Only candidate to cut actual government spending Rick Perry (no accounting gimmicks actually spent less real dollars year over year)
Only candidate to promote and sign into law Voter ID protections for elections Rick Perry
Only candidate to produce a budget surplus even in this economy Rick Perry (more than a billion dollars this year)
Only candidate to actually engage in the border war Washington ignores Rick Perry (Ranger Recon teams and law enforcement backed by $420 million in Texas money)

If Rick Perry is dumb with this record I would argue we need a dumb president. We have has Barrack “the super genius” Obama for three years, how has that worked out for ya?

Forrest Gump Rick Perry 2012…. Run Rick run….

iidvbii on December 15, 2011 at 2:22 PM

If Rick Perry keeps his focus on what he has done right with Texas Obama cannot argue against it. Best job creator – check Tort Reform – check No State Income Tax – check Part Time Legislators – check. Perry has great people like Liz Cheney on his side as well. I hope he just focuses on how he will beat Obama rather than going after the other in the debate tonight. I have seen numerous interviews people in Iowa who truly dislike the personal attacks.

azconservativegirl on December 15, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Dr Evil on December 15, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Dr. dudette, do you really think idiotdesign has gone over to Newt?

There is a thread about Newts new ad, did she write Go NEWT! over there? No.

She, along with rebar, capgun and slickwilly22 used this same ammo when Perry got in the race. Heck, you went after them with gusto.

Those like unseen, stebo77 and gryphon finally saw the light and cut back on the stupid attacks.

People like idiotdesign are stuck on stupid and cannot stop the Perryhatin’.

cozmo on December 15, 2011 at 2:27 PM

No one is ever going to forget the gay bashing ad. Not that it really matters, he was done after demonstrating that he can’t speak worth a damn.

After eight years of bush ceasing political defeat from the jaws of victory simply by being unable to speak… I’m done with it. Being able to talk is now a prerequisite to office. No more applicants that can’t do it. Take some classes, join a debate team, maybe learn to sing… whatever works for you. But untie your tongue or don’t waste our time.

And just so it’s said, don’t bash gays, minorities, or women in a campaign ad. It’s incredibly stupid. We don’t need more incredibly stupid presidents. We’ve got Obama already pretending that the economy only exists if he looks at it and before him we had Bush’s “compassionate conservatism”… So enough with the dumb.

Karmashock on December 15, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Ron Paul on Fox.I. Can. Not. Stand.Him!!!!!!!!

lisa fox on December 15, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Why is Rick Perry always in front of that indeterminate tree and/or hill and/or creek backdrop? What exactly does that mean?
JoseQuinones on December 15, 2011 at 12:59 PM

It’s the west Texas hill country just outside of Austin. Rolling hills and oak trees –Most people don’t realize that Texas is actually quite beautiful.

bitsy on December 15, 2011 at 2:36 PM

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