Video: Perry going full populist?

posted at 10:05 am on December 20, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

If Rick Perry’s latest TV spot in Iowa gives any indication, look for a lot more populist rhetoric from the Texas governor in the final days before the caucuses.  Perry’s team launched this attack ad, called “Three Streets,” aimed at both frontrunners in Iowa.  Perry claims Main Street as his constituency, while accusing Mitt Romney of representing Wall Street and Newt Gingrich of getting rich off of K Street:

Don’t underestimate the power of populism in Iowa. It’s not a coincidence that Iowa went in 2008 to the most effective rhetorical populists in both parties, Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee. However, this attack on Bain Capital might make some of Perry’s recent conservative endorsers a little uncomfortable. When Newt Gingrich slapped Romney for getting rich off of bankrupting companies and destroying jobs, conservatives rose in mighty indignation over what they saw as an unfair attack on creative destruction, a key component of healthy capitalism. How is this different than Gingrich’s jab, which was at least prompted by Romney’s attack on Newt’s business dealings with Freddie Mac?

Politico notices Perry going the populist route, too:

Perry’s attack on Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney came as he plodded across northeastern Iowa on a bus tour in which he has desperately tried to position himself as “the only true outsider” in the race.

“The choice shouldn’t be between a Democratic spendaholic and a Republican spendaholic,” the underdog said.

Linking Washington with Wall Street has become a central part of Perry’s stump speech. It allows him to tar Romney for his experience at Bain Capital and Gingrich for his tenure as speaker of the House in one swipe.

“If this was a map of the United States, I could draw the problem in this country very vividly with a straight line between Washington, D.C., and Wall Street,” he told about 80 people who packed into a café here on this town bordering Wisconsin and Illinois for the fourth stop of the day.

“Over the course of the last 15 or so years…Wall Street insiders and Washington lobbyists and Washington insiders have jeopardized our future so much with special-interest self-dealing [and] corrupt, fraudulent activities. It’s not right. It’s unjust, and we’ve got to deal with it.”

Perry did not mention either Gingrich or Romney when using the word “corrupt,” which has powerful and even criminal connotations. But his language left little doubt that he was taking shots at his rivals.

Perry has little choice but to go on the attack at this late stage in an effort to erode the combined standing of Gingrich and Romney.  Perry has run as an outsider since entering the race, so it’s not terribly shocking that he would point that out as a difference between himself and Gingrich, but Romney isn’t a Washington insider.  It’s telling that Perry has chosen to attack Romney for his Wall Street experience rather than his track record as governor of Massachusetts, which offers a target-rich environment but hasn’t succeeded as a campaign strategy for Perry — or anyone else in this race.  The question will be whether conservatives respond with the same high dudgeon to Perry’s attack as they did to Gingrich’s quip earlier this month.


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Perry going full populist? Yes, and he’s also full of it.

bluegill on December 20, 2011 at 10:09 AM

At least Perry hasn’t quit like quitter Palin did.

Bishop on December 20, 2011 at 10:10 AM

I think the attack on the Wall Street/DC nexus is right on–that is what caused the Great Recession. I’m not too sure the attack on Bain is justified though. But I am hoping for a Perry comeback either way.

juliesa on December 20, 2011 at 10:14 AM

THIS anti-obamacare ad, though, is Rick Perry’s most effective ad.

“Insider” type attacks are more conventional. This ad get to the very heart of the anti-govt sentiment, esp. when Rick stands up and says “I won’t let the big govt liberals ruin this country.” It changed my vote. Someone tell Perry that he should put more stock in this ad which frankly, almost brought a tear to my eye, see it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BAGhCnGz4S8

anotherJoe on December 20, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Perry and Obama, peas in a pod:

Class warfare? Check.
Attack Wall Street? Check.
Disparage Capitalism? Check.

However, this attack on Bain Capital might make some of Perry’s recent conservative endorsers a little uncomfortable

.

We can only hope. Sadly, way too many Hot Airians will come to his defense because they have a populist strain – something I have repeatedly warned is very ominous trend.

Buy Danish on December 20, 2011 at 10:15 AM

ugh. perry is such a doofus. i cringe everytime he opens his mouth.

i know this site is swooning over perry, but seriously — he’s an idiot, and he won’t get elected in any way. voters will see him as bush’s third term, and there’s no way on earth he wins ohio, pennsylvania, florida, wisconsin, virginia even…

no to the moron.

pamplonajack on December 20, 2011 at 10:15 AM

you go Rick Perry! don’t mess with Texas!

kelley in virginia on December 20, 2011 at 10:17 AM

First reaction: hearty guffaw
Second reaction: vigorously extended middle finger

ElectricPhase on December 20, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Not crazy about this ad at all. I understand it’s an election but I like his positive ads much better.

gophergirl on December 20, 2011 at 10:18 AM

he might not win but I doubt anyone elected many times in such a big state is really a moron.

kelley in virginia on December 20, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Perry is pathetic in nearly every sense as a candidate:

horrendous debater
malapropisms
gaffes by the bushel
using socialist rhetoric against free market capitalists

In the immortal words of Marlboro- “for g-ds sake just go already!”

AirForceCane on December 20, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Buy Danish on December 20, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Nah. Perry loves capitalism. That’s why so many companies are moving to Texas, and why most of the private sector jobs in the US are being created here.

juliesa on December 20, 2011 at 10:19 AM

I was all for Jethro before his debate performances.

Now his chances are somewhere at the bottom of the cement pond, I suspect.

What was my third point?

Typhonian on December 20, 2011 at 10:20 AM

We can only hope. Sadly, way too many Hot Airians will come to his defense because they have a populist strain – something I have repeatedly warned is very ominous trend.

Buy Danish on December 20, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Its a primary, And Romney will get hammered on it in the general, its always better to get it out in the primary

That said, It is funny that the same people who had a problem with Romney attacking Perry on SS, Are okay with this AD

Personally i am okay with both, you have to go dirty in order to win

OrthodoxJew on December 20, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Go Rick Go

If Mitt “I am a progressive” Romney gets the nomination be prepared for Barack to point out how many people he fired and the media interviewing every day different people Mitt fired.

BroncosRock on December 20, 2011 at 10:22 AM

At least Perry hasn’t quit like quitter Palin did.

Bishop on December 20, 2011 at 10:10 AM

original

dmn1972 on December 20, 2011 at 10:22 AM

At least Perry hasn’t quit like quitter Palin did.

Bishop on December 20, 2011 at 10:10 AM

This is how a pro casts the line, now lets see if a fish bites, and if he can set the hook.

dernst2 on December 20, 2011 at 10:22 AM

AirForceCane on December 20, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Yet another computer chip company announced plans to move from CA to TX yesterday. And it ain’t because of our sucky weather.

juliesa on December 20, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Perry can get away with the Bain attack with little to no scrutiny. It’s not like Perry can actually win the nomination — not after his fatal political weaknesses have been exposed for all the world see.

Perry 2016: Opps, I did it again.

Punchenko on December 20, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Personally i am okay with both, you have to go dirty in order to win

OrthodoxJew on December 20, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Yep.

Romney attacked Gingrich for his Tiffany’s line of credit
Gingrich went after Romney for Bain Capital
Bachmann went after lots of stuff
Paul – well Paul is Paul

Elections are nasty

gophergirl on December 20, 2011 at 10:23 AM

I’ve got the video that best sums up this race.

DFCtomm on December 20, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Perry can get away with the Bain attack with little to no scrutiny. It’s not like Perry can actually win the nomination — not after his fatal political weaknesses have been exposed for all the world see.

Perry 2016: Opps, I did it again.

Punchenko on December 20, 2011 at 10:23 AM

What makes Perry’s “fatal” political flaws any worse than Romney’s, Gingrich’s, or Paul’s?

dmn1972 on December 20, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Nah. Perry loves capitalism. That’s why so many companies are moving to Texas, and why most of the private sector jobs in the US are being created here.
juliesa on December 20, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Really? How the hell do these companies raise capital to get off the ground? Not from Rick Perry or the State of Texas, but from equity/investment firms like Bain.

Personally i am okay with both, you have to go dirty in order to win
OrthodoxJew on December 20, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Using David Axelrod’s talking points? Who is this a “win” for exactly?

Buy Danish on December 20, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Considering that all of the major candidates have launched some version of populist rhetoric this campaign you have to wonder what their internal polling is telling them. I don’t think a supply side policy message is going to be very effective in the general.

libfreeordie on December 20, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Also if Mitts gets the nomination every magazine cover will feature a poor person who got fired by Mitt, with the picture that Perry used of having Mitt holding up money.

BroncosRock on December 20, 2011 at 10:27 AM

but Romney isn’t a Washington insider.

ROFL…tell that to the politicians in DC. Romney’s the ultimate go-along-to-get-along candidate who won’t rock the establishment’s boat. That’s why he has racked up more Congressional endorsements than any other candidate, even among so-called “conservative” Congressmen.

DRayRaven on December 20, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Elections are nasty

gophergirl on December 20, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Which is why Newt’s strategy to stay positive was a loser from the beginning,

And he will probably lose because of that, there is only 4 days left before the holiday’s where people discuss the candidates in Iowa, and he left them with a bad taste

OrthodoxJew on December 20, 2011 at 10:28 AM

you go Rick Perry! don’t mess with Texas!

kelley in virginia on December 20, 2011 at 10:17 AM

It’s not nice to pick on the mentally challenged.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on December 20, 2011 at 10:28 AM

I see many conservatives defend companies like Bain Capital when they dissolve companies, lay off people, etc., because they’re making a business decision that furthers their interest. Fair enough.

All Perry is doing here is making a political decision that furthers his interest. Just as the purpose of a business’s existence is to make a profit, the purpose of a campaign’s existence is to win.

Stuart Varney was on Hannity’s radio show yesterday. He made the observation that Obama’s class warfare is being poorly received in the USA, and that it is fundamentally unAmerican. I believe this is true, and is the view of myself and most people I know.

So how is it that a country which is opposed to class warfare can be receptive to populism of this sort?

I believe it is because of the burgeoning corporatism in America. It takes all sorts of forms, from eminent domain seizures for ‘development’ to bailouts for Wall Street. This has given Big Business and Wall Street a bad name among Main Streeters, and in many cases, deservedly so.

Perry has picked up on this. This is a shrewd, calculated decision. Really, many of the same conservatives that will doubtless attack Perry for this, defend an analogous, morals-aren’t-pertinent decision if it is made by a business or capital firm for profit’s sake. That’s appropriate, fine and fair. But don’t knock Perry for bringing the same decision-making process to the political process. That smacks of hypocrisy.

avgjo on December 20, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Cringe.

Wall Street = “bad guys” is a far too simplistic position for a “conservative” candidate to take.

1. Not true, except in a very limited, specific way.
2. Reinforces the lies of the anti-capitalists (i.e., lib Dems)

Bad move.

Bat Chain Puller on December 20, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Which is why Newt’s strategy to stay positive was a loser from the beginning,

And he will probably lose because of that, there is only 4 days left before the holiday’s where people discuss the candidates in Iowa, and he left them with a bad taste

OrthodoxJew on December 20, 2011 at 10:28 AM

I heard Romney’s ad is doing big time damage.

I love the positive message but you do have to defend yourself. Obama is going to redefine the word nasty in the general so I would like whomever wins to be battle tested so to speak.

gophergirl on December 20, 2011 at 10:31 AM

I’m seeing the ad differently from some as it pertains to Romney. I notice no one is complaining about the comparisons to Gingrich. We are disgusted with the lobbying and special interests in Washington. But we are equally disgusted with “big” business, especially banking, that thinks because it is big it is deserving of special treatment. The reference to Bain reminds us that many companies fail and when they do somehow it’s the “little guy” who comes out the loser because of bad decisions made by “our betters”.

Conservative voters just want government to treat all Americans equally. We want the consequences to be the same whether you work at the local bottling plant or at Goldman-Sacs.

texabama on December 20, 2011 at 10:31 AM

original
dmn1972 on December 20, 2011 at 10:22 AM

She quit. Period. Like everything she did in politics.

Bishop on December 20, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Using David Axelrod’s talking points? Who is this a “win” for exactly?

Buy Danish on December 20, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Its a win for Romney, if he will be the nominee, since he can rspond to these Axelrod’s points and see if the response is okay, Or if he has to improve,

There are a few ways to answer an attack, and a primary teaches our candidates the most effective way to respond, which in effect makes them a better candidate

OrthodoxJew on December 20, 2011 at 10:31 AM

After going back and checking out Newt on more things he has done in the past, I’m okay with Perry doing that. I want him to go after Mitt for being a progressive, not for his Wall Street background. He’s fighting for it! I like that!

KOOLAID2 on December 20, 2011 at 10:32 AM

ROFL…tell that to the politicians in DC. Romney’s the ultimate go-along-to-get-along candidate who won’t rock the establishment’s boat. That’s why he has racked up more Congressional endorsements than any other candidate, even among so-called “conservative” Congressmen.

DRayRaven on December 20, 2011 at 10:28 AM

We need a President who will reach across the aisle and work with Democrats, friend. Don’t expect to get America going again without the help of Democrats in Congress.

Romney 2012

Punchenko on December 20, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Really? How the hell do these companies raise capital to get off the ground? Not from Rick Perry or the State of Texas, but from equity/investment firms like Bain.

Buy Danish on December 20, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Then why are they doing so her more than in other states? There is a reason more people are raising capital to get off the ground in Texas than any other state. We have a more favorable business environment–low taxes, fair and predictable regs, right to work, high level of economic and personal freedom, tort reform, etc.

juliesa on December 20, 2011 at 10:32 AM

This is why I hate and do not trust politicians.

Stick to the damn issues. I hate populism for populism’s sake.

Perry lost a few points with me for this.

mankai on December 20, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Perry has little choice but to go on the attack at this late stage in an effort to erode the combined standing of Gingrich and Romney.

Ron Paul is running 10 million dollars worth of attack ads in Iowa against Newt Gingrich, you don’t think the Perry campaign has noticed?……..ever play chess Ed?

Go ahead underestimate Texans, because they talk with a funny accent LOL!

Dr Evil on December 20, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Then why are they doing so her more than in other states? There is a reason more people are raising capital to get off the ground in Texas than any other state. We have a more favorable business environment–low taxes, fair and predictable regs, right to work, high level of economic and personal freedom, tort reform, etc.

juliesa on December 20, 2011 at 10:32 AM

… and exactly what part of that is Kerry’s fault? Seems if you have Republican Ruled State Legislature you’ll have all that no matter what… Huntsman can double down on those claims for Utah.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on December 20, 2011 at 10:35 AM

what a mess

nathor on December 20, 2011 at 10:36 AM

We have a more favorable business environment–low taxes, fair and predictable regs, right to work, high level of economic and personal freedom, tort reform, etc.
juliesa on December 20, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Yeah well Texas also has spiders, terrible terrible spiders which drag people off and cocoon them. Let’s keep some perspective here.

Bishop on December 20, 2011 at 10:36 AM

She quit. Period. Like everything she did in politics.

Bishop on December 20, 2011 at 10:31 AM

She’s not running. She’s not mentioned. Why bring her up? Bashing Palin doesn’t help any of the other candidates unless she endorses someone. Period.

dmn1972 on December 20, 2011 at 10:36 AM

gophergirl on December 20, 2011 at 10:31 AM

And BTW i think its a big mistake from the Romney camp not to attack Perry, you never know what can happen if Perry wins Iowa, he can take off too strong and win SC, And then Romney has a problem on his hands,

I am saying this as a Romney supporter who doesn’t underestimate Perry, Or maybe the Romney camp believes that there will be another 5 debates until SC, So they don’t need to worry??? He did improve lately so who knows

OrthodoxJew on December 20, 2011 at 10:37 AM

There are a few ways to answer an attack, and a primary teaches our candidates the most effective way to respond, which in effect makes them a better candidate
OrthodoxJew on December 20, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Not if Perry ends up as the nominee by using this desperate anti-capitalist argument. If Perry is the nominee, Obama wins. Not only is Perry an incoherent mumbler, how can Perry attack Obama for being anti-profit and anti-capitalist after stooping to this? What’s he going to say?: I hate capitalism too! We are the 99%? Dodd-Franks Woo Hoo! Occupy Wall Street!

Buy Danish on December 20, 2011 at 10:37 AM

She’s not running. She’s not mentioned. Why bring her up? Bashing Palin doesn’t help any of the other candidates unless she endorses someone. Period.

dmn1972 on December 20, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Palin isn’t going to endorse someone until it’s clear who the winner will be. Just like some idiot bank who comes to give you a loan after your out of debt.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on December 20, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Cringe.

Wall Street = “bad guys” is a far too simplistic position for a “conservative” candidate to take.

1. Not true, except in a very limited, specific way.
2. Reinforces the lies of the anti-capitalists (i.e., lib Dems)

Bad move.

Bat Chain Puller on December 20, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Yeah that TARP worked out real well for Americans. Putting the finance industry in charge of our government that was a great idea/ It’s called corporatism or fascism, and Americans want their country back.

Dr Evil on December 20, 2011 at 10:38 AM

OK: I definitely don’t want Newt and Mitt- primarily for the points that Rick makes. And I can accept Perry as the MINIMALLY acceptable conservative choice.
But Perry being ‘Main Street’??? Yeah, if main street runs through the gated communities of his mega-donors, the source of most of his campaign money. And ‘retiring’ to pull the maximum out of his taxpayer-supplied government pension doesn’t exactly help with the optics either.

michaelo on December 20, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Yikes. Rick Perry’s democrat roots coming out again in these commercials.

cd98 on December 20, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Yeah well Texas also has spiders, terrible terrible spiders which drag people off and cocoon them. Let’s keep some perspective here.

Bishop on December 20, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Yes, you are right about that. We had a chupacabra incident a couple of months ago in the next county too, so there are a lot of hazards to be prepared for.

juliesa on December 20, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Isn’t this the fourth or fifth strategy Perry has tried since entering the race? Obviously having trouble getting buyers. I originally thought I would like Rick Perry but have decided he just doesn’t have what it takes to unseat Owebama.
Count me unconvinced.

bitterklinger on December 20, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Yeah well Texas also has spiders, terrible terrible spiders which drag people off and cocoon them. Let’s keep some perspective here.

Bishop on December 20, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Not if you feed them hobos.

Dr Evil on December 20, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Is Rick Perry being a little hypocritical? I mean he is attacking Romney for laying off people and he wants to cut all these government jobs and lay people off. Isn’t Romney’s ability to lay people off an asset in reducing the government’s size?

cd98 on December 20, 2011 at 10:42 AM

So Buy Danish, you will be fine with Mitt being the Republican nominee ? Like I said be prepared to see Magazine covers featuring a poor person Mitt fired. Also the magazine covers will feature a corrupt wall-street person alongside a picture of Mitt holding up money.

BroncosRock on December 20, 2011 at 10:42 AM

It’s telling that Perry has chosen to attack Romney for his Wall Street experience rather than his track record as governor of Massachusetts, which offers a target-rich environment

It isn’t surprising that a failed stumbling, bumbling, boob would resort to leftist progressive attacks on capitalism in a desperate attempt to save his ego from a humiliating defeat and the walk of shame back to Texas with his outrageous retirement checks in his back pocket.

csdeven on December 20, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Yikes. Rick Perry’s democrat TEA party roots coming out again in these commercials.

cd98 on December 20, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Dr Evil on December 20, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Dan McLaughlin makes the compelling case for Rick Perry.

http://www.redstate.com/dan_mclaughlin/2011/12/19/dont-settle-rick-perry-for-president/#comment-9768

Rick Perry, an authenticity and focus on the issuance of conservative governance. Like the Titanic, the USA is headed into the nightmare of Obamacare and European Welfare Socialist Statism and we need a President who can govern and steer the USA toward a future with productive jobs and a higher standard of living.

The comments to this post were exceptionally thoughtful.

FYI It’s not over until it’s over. The pundits pundit and then the voters vote.

bobguzzardi on December 20, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Perry should have emphasized in his ad that the Main Street he is referring to is the one in Dodge City.

Have him walking down the middle of the street just like Marshall Dillon did at the beginning of each episode of Gunsmoke with his Urban Cowboy hat on and his gun and holster ready. Wonder if he has named his holster like his boots?

Anyways, have a shadowy figure who resembles Obama at the other end of the street.

And then have the narrator say “It is High Noon in America.

Go, Ricky, Go! Yippy-Ki-Yi-Yo! Giddy-up! Hi-Ho, Silver!

Horace on December 20, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Attack Wall Street? Check.
Disparage Capitalism? Check.

However, this attack on Bain Capital might make some of Perry’s recent conservative endorsers a little uncomfortable
.

We can only hope. Sadly, way too many Hot Airians will come to his defense because they have a populist strain – something I have repeatedly warned is very ominous trend.

Buy Danish on December 20, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Can’t you make a single case for Mittens without resorting to lies?

LOL – Perry’s made no attacks based on class. Has he attacked WallStreet? Oh yeah – and rightfully so. But Wall Street is not a “class” of people – it’s a special interests group of which Mitt Romney is a charter member.

HondaV65 on December 20, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Yes, Rick Perry, the latest trying to go Full Marxist in an attempt to appeal to retards.

Let us know how that works out for you, chump.

MNHawk on December 20, 2011 at 10:43 AM

And BTW i think its a big mistake from the Romney camp not to attack Perry, you never know what can happen if Perry wins Iowa, he can take off too strong and win SC, And then Romney has a problem on his hands,

I am saying this as a Romney supporter who doesn’t underestimate Perry, Or maybe the Romney camp believes that there will be another 5 debates until SC, So they don’t need to worry??? He did improve lately so who knows

OrthodoxJew on December 20, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Attacks are part of the game. They suck and they make your stomach churn but they are what they are.

I think if Perry does well in Iowa the whole apple cart is going to be turned upside down. I’m hoping for that for more reasons than just Perry winning.

All I want to do is beat Obama period. If Romney is the nominee I’ll gladly vote for him. In fact he’s now my second choice. That should confuse a few people here on HA LOL!

gophergirl on December 20, 2011 at 10:43 AM

It isn’t surprising that a failed stumbling, bumbling, boob would resort to leftist progressive attacks on capitalism in a desperate attempt to save his ego from a humiliating defeat and the walk of shame back to Texas with his outrageous retirement checks in his back pocket. Perry goes after TEA Party Vote in Iowa.

csdeven on December 20, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Dr Evil on December 20, 2011 at 10:43 AM

A private equity firm in Boston is now “Wall Street”.

Sad part is that I dont even think many of these ” fiscal conservatives” know what Bain does.

swamp_yankee on December 20, 2011 at 10:43 AM

At least Perry hasn’t quit like quitter Palin did.

Bishop on December 20, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Don’t be surprised if she comes back. There was no interest in the latest tv project featuring the undoubtedly fascinating life of Todd (does he even speak or is he like Teller?).

I wonder what she could do for a while that could be turned into a reality show? Hmmm…

KeninCT on December 20, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Yes, Rick Perry, the latest trying to go Full Marxist in an attempt to appeal to retards.

Let us know how that works out for you, chump. Rick Perry self admitted TEA party member. Promises to carry the TEA party agenda to Washington D.C. and take our country back from Washington Insiders and Wall Street Corporatist. Like I don’t know Jamie Dimon head of JP Morgan Chase Obama adviser, who met with Mitt Romney to donate to Mitt Romney’s campaign.

MNHawk on December 20, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Dr Evil on December 20, 2011 at 10:46 AM

It isn’t surprising that a failed stumbling, bumbling, boob would resort to leftist progressive attacks on capitalism in a desperate attempt to save his ego from a humiliating defeat and the walk of shame back to Texas with his outrageous retirement checks in his back pocket.

csdeven on December 20, 2011 at 10:42 AM

If he loses he’ll still be the governor of the state where 40% of US jobs are being created.

But jobs are not an important issue to some, I guess.

juliesa on December 20, 2011 at 10:47 AM

STRIKE!

This comment brought to you by the STORM Wildeye, the best smelling Walleye lure in the world.

Bishop on December 20, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Well, the difference in the attacks is that Newt suggested that Mitt’s Wall Street profits were somehow ill gotten gains that should be returned. Perry’s attack is just saying he would not make a good POTUS. Newt attacked capitalism directly, Perry is just offering a definition of Presidential character. Big difference.

tommylotto on December 20, 2011 at 10:47 AM

A private equity firm in Boston is now “Wall Street”.

Sad part is that I dont even think many of these ” fiscal conservatives” know what Bain does.

swamp_yankee on December 20, 2011 at 10:43 AM

We know what JP Morgan Chase does we know who Jamie Dimon is in fact it was one of JP
Morgan Chase’s companies that invested in Lightquared. Mitt Romney courts Jamie Dimon for campaign donations. That’s so sweet Obama’s BFF helping the Mittster out.

Dr Evil on December 20, 2011 at 10:48 AM

They’re jumping out here, I don’t even need to drill a hole in the ice.

Bishop on December 20, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Mitt can’t win because of the reason Perry gave, Mitt fired many people in his life in Wall-Street.

Perry has a lot better chance of winning then does Mitt. To the people who don’t pay attention to politics when they vote in November they will vote for Barack because of 18 weeks of magazine cover featuring poor people Mitt fired. Also the many interviews the drive-by media will do feature poor people Mitt fired.

BroncosRock on December 20, 2011 at 10:48 AM

First, it’s too little, too late for Perry, no matter how effective this strategery is.

Second, he’s just not going to live down those debate performances. Sorry.

And, what was my third point? Um…hold on….

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on December 20, 2011 at 10:49 AM

At least Perry hasn’t quit like quitter Palin did.

Bishop on December 20, 2011 at 10:10 AM

This is how a pro casts the line, now lets see if a fish bites, and if he can set the hook.

dernst2 on December 20, 2011 at 10:22 AM

It’s not too difficult since Bish uses 120 lb test line and a treble hook.

Rovin on December 20, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Pah, it’s a fair shot .

Perry would make a far better and far more conservative President than El Presidente Present.

I don’t think its going to happen though. The RINO-Industrial complex will push Newt or Romney over the top.

CorporatePiggy on December 20, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Bishop on December 20, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Yum, walleye.

juliesa on December 20, 2011 at 10:50 AM

We need a President who will reach across the aisle and work with Democrats, friend. Don’t expect to get America going again without the help of Democrats in Congress.

Romney 2012

Punchenko on December 20, 2011 at 10:32 AM

The first things I think of when I hear the names Reid and Pelosi are bipartisanship and a willingness to reach across the aisle to work with Republicans to solve big problems. /sarc

DRayRaven on December 20, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Yeah that TARP worked out real well for Americans. Putting the finance industry in charge of our government that was a great idea/ It’s called corporatism or fascism, and Americans want their country back.
Dr Evil on December 20, 2011 at 10:38 AM

First, let’s dispense with the statement that the “finance industry [is] in charge of our government”. Government has unprecedented control over the banks, not the other way around. If you’re referring to former Goldman Sachs employees from who are in the Administration, that is an entirely different topic.

The fact is, government put the banks in the position to fail via their social engineering schemes in the housing market. They had to be bailed out. Now I’ll grant you it was horribly managed but do you seriously think we could have survived the complete meltdown of our financial system? Meanwhile, most TARP funds have been repaid, although the sector will continue to struggle thanks to an ever-worsening economy and Dodd-Franks legislation.

Buy Danish on December 20, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Its called jumping the shark.

Its when a millionaire career politicians attack rivals for making their millions in the private sector.

swamp_yankee on December 20, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Ace and crew have endorsed Perry here

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on December 20, 2011 at 10:52 AM

What would you Wall Street bashers have in its place?

I assume most of you have 401k’s.

Seriously, what should take the place of Wall Street, if it’s so toxic?

Bat Chain Puller on December 20, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Bishop on December 20, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Naw-it’s too cold for spideys right now.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 20, 2011 at 10:52 AM

At least Perry hasn’t quit like quitter Palin did.

Bishop on December 20, 2011 at 10:10 AM

original

dmn1972 on December 20, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Bite

She quit. Period. Like everything she did in politics.

Bishop on December 20, 2011 at 10:31 AM

She’s not running. She’s not mentioned. Why bring her up? Bashing Palin doesn’t help any of the other candidates unless she endorses someone. Period.

dmn1972 on December 20, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Reeled into the boat.

They’re jumping out here, I don’t even need to drill a hole in the ice.

Bishop on December 20, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Remember Bishop, don’t go over your quota.

Flora Duh on December 20, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Dr Evil on December 20, 2011 at 10:46 AM

It’s a lot easier to just come across as a free market capitalist to begin with, then having to go messing with others’ posts.

The problem with feeling you have to appeal to the stupid, is that you lose the non stupid.

Here’s a clue to Perry voters. I don’t like Mittens NOT because he made a career of scarfing up dying companies and turning them around. It’s because of Mittens tendency of trying to appeal to the stupid. Having YOUR candidate also start trying to appeal to the stupid will not get my vote either.

MNHawk on December 20, 2011 at 10:53 AM

i know this site is swooning over perry, but seriously — he’s an idiot, and he won’t get elected in any way. voters will see him as bush’s third term, and there’s no way on earth he wins ohio, pennsylvania, florida, wisconsin, virginia even…

no to the moron.

pamplonajack on December 20, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Just a quick look at this, or any Perry thread, puts the lie to that statement. I haven’t seen such open hatred towards any candidate, other than Palin.

Do y’all work it in shifts to makes sure there are enough anti-perry posts in each thread?

Yeah well Texas also has spiders, terrible terrible spiders which drag people off and cocoon them. Let’s keep some perspective here.

Bishop on December 20, 2011 at 10:36 AM

And don’t y’all forget it!

cozmo on December 20, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Looks like the anti-Perry crowd here had a double dose of caffeine this morning.

PatrickHenry599 on December 20, 2011 at 10:54 AM

By the way, there is no “coporatism” involved with Bain. There were no bailouts invlolded with Bain.

swamp_yankee on December 20, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Buy Danish on December 20, 2011 at 10:51 AM

No let’s not dispense with the Finance Industry is in charge of our country because it is. You might not have noticed but they have been printing money like it’s going out of style – you have heard of fiat money haven’t you? And good old Goldman Sach’s employee Tim Geithner is the Secretary of the Treasury. In fact how many Goldman Sachs employees do you think have circulated through the Bush and Obama administration? If Obama looses, and it doesn’t look good for Obama. They want to replace him with one of their own. By his own admission Romney has stated that’s why he’s an attractive candidate, his time spent working on Wall Street.

Dr Evil on December 20, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Pah, it’s a fair shot .
CorporatePiggy on December 20, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Here’s some “fair” for ya:

It’s also worth noting that one of Perry’s own top campaign officials, his national finance co-chairman James H. Lee, has plenty of ties to Wall Street himself. Lee worked as an investment banker in mergers and acquisitions in the 1980s at Lehman Brothers and First Boston Corp. Lee, who now runs an investment firm, also was chairman of the board for Texas’ $80 billion teacher retirement fund in 2008, one of the largest institutional investors in the world.

So Perry’s campaign is not without its own connections to powerful Wall Streeters. And in addition, one of the biggest criticisms of his governorship has been that he has taken cronyism in the state to new heights.

Buy Danish on December 20, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Naw-it’s too cold for spideys right now.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 20, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Maybe up there in yankee Texas. Are y’all gonna’ catch any of that blizzard?

cozmo on December 20, 2011 at 10:56 AM

We need a President who will reach across the aisle and work with Democrats, friend. Don’t expect to get America going again without the help of Democrats in Congress.

Romney 2012

Punchenko on December 20, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Like McCain??? I’d say “reaching across the aisle” hasn’t worked out too well over the last several years. These aren’t your Father’s or Grandfather’s Democrats. Until we start dealing with reasonable, rational, and not hyper-partisan loons, the bipartisanship will arrive via delivery on the next unicorn.

If you’ve noticed, this sort of attempt is a one way street. The way to help counter that is with a filibuster proof Senate and a significant enough majority in the House.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on December 20, 2011 at 10:56 AM

The fact is, government put the banks in the position to fail via their social engineering schemes in the housing market. They had to be bailed out. Now I’ll grant you it was horribly managed but do you seriously think we could have survived the complete meltdown of our financial system? Meanwhile, most TARP funds have been repaid, although the sector will continue to struggle thanks to an ever-worsening economy and Dodd-Franks legislation.

Buy Danish on December 20, 2011 at 10:51 AM

It’s an iceberg and you’re only looking at the tip. I’m sure you’ve heard of regulator capture so expand that concept to the ultimate regulators, the regulators who write, or more importantly change(d) the laws. The investment banking sector has captured the regulators, all of them.

DFCtomm on December 20, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Rick Perry has a lot better chance of winning then Mitt does. Perry actually grew his state economy while Mitt days as governor the economy did not grow at all. People left Mass to go to Texas. So people have already choose Perry over Mitt.

BroncosRock on December 20, 2011 at 10:57 AM

I don’t see why people don’t see Rick Perry as the strongest nominee. Clearly the democrats won’t attack him for being dumb and being George Bush reincarnated (even though polls show the general public still blaming much of the economic turmoil on Bush). They also won’t attack him for getting the full benefit of social security payments while calling it a Ponzi scheme.

cd98 on December 20, 2011 at 10:57 AM

By the way, there is no “coporatism” involved with Bain. There were no bailouts invlolded with Bain.

swamp_yankee on December 20, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Too bad the same thing can’t be said for JP Morgan Chase and Jamie Dimon, Obama adviser and contributor to Mitt Romney’s campaign fund.

Dr Evil on December 20, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Not if Perry ends up as the nominee by using this desperate anti-capitalist argument. If Perry is the nominee, Obama wins. Not only is Perry an incoherent mumbler, how can Perry attack Obama for being anti-profit and anti-capitalist after stooping to this? What’s he going to say?: I hate capitalism too! We are the 99%? Dodd-Franks Woo Hoo! Occupy Wall Street!

Buy Danish on December 20, 2011 at 10:37 AM

You are right, My problem is that i am convinced Romney will be the nominee, so i want him to have to prepare his answers for the Obama propaganda machine, That’s why i see this as a good thing, Because it will help Romney articulate the right response

All I want to do is beat Obama period. If Romney is the nominee I’ll gladly vote for him. In fact he’s now my second choice. That should confuse a few people here on HA LOL!

gophergirl on December 20, 2011 at 10:43 AM

I know, I think your friend (I don’t remember for sure nwisder ?) convinced you to choose him as a second LOL

Okay gotta go to work, have a good one

OrthodoxJew on December 20, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Naw-it’s too cold for spideys right now.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 20, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Maybe in Lubbock, but they’re still out, down here in S TX. There was a tragic incident just last week. Boy was out hunting jackalopes, didn’t watch where he was stepping, and BOOM-spider food. It’s a year-round problem here.

juliesa on December 20, 2011 at 10:59 AM

cozmo on December 20, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Oh, I hope not. I don’t have any boots. Today it’s just cold and windy. I’m a Chicago girl-so biggie. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on December 20, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Too bad the same thing can’t be said for JP Morgan Chase and Jamie Dimon, Obama adviser and contributor to Mitt Romney’s campaign fund.

Dr Evil on December 20, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Newsflash. All candidates inclduing Perry solicit money from whoever will give it them. This is quite the lame line of attack. Lamer than attacking Romney fro working in private equity.

swamp_yankee on December 20, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Here’s a clue to Perry voters. I don’t like Mittens NOT because he made a career of scarfing up dying companies and turning them around. It’s because of Mittens tendency of trying to appeal to the stupid. Having YOUR candidate also start trying to appeal to the stupid will not get my vote either.

MNHawk on December 20, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Appealing to the TEA party movement, the folks who were behind the landslide in the 2010 Mid Terms elections is not stupid. What would be stupid is ignoring them, and playing by Romney and Gingrich’s rules as if either of their records and back ground are off limits.That’s stupid.

Dr Evil on December 20, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Perry can get away with the Bain attack with little to no scrutiny. It’s not like Perry can actually win the nomination — not after his fatal political weaknesses have been exposed for all the world see.

Perry 2016: Opps, I did it again.

Punchenko on December 20, 2011 at 10:23 AM

So what we want (according to you) is the PERFECT speaker (from a screen), really working it for the CAM, and draws in all the LAAAADIES….

Look nobody is perfect. Had anyone and I mean ANYONE vetted the current POTUS, we wouldn’t be having this discussion. Fact is Perry may not be perfect, but his dirt is fairly mild in comparison to RINO ROM, NEWT and his…you get the idea.

landowner on December 20, 2011 at 11:01 AM

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