New Perry ad in Iowa calls Congressional opponents “foxes guarding the henhouse”

posted at 1:05 pm on December 29, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

I don’t disagree that sending a pork-seeking legislator to the White House will do little to reform spending in Congress. We need look no further than the man we elected the last time for a good example of that problem, after all. Rick Perry’s argument that sending a fox to guard the henhouse won’t work is correct … as far as it goes. But it’s the part that follows that doesn’t work as well:

How, exactly, does a President force Congress to take a pay cut and revert to part-time status?  That would take both legislation (the pay cut) and a Constitutional amendment to limit the sessions of Congress to “part time,” which is an undefined term anyway.  Technically speaking, Congress is already part time work … just with full-time pay and bennies.  In 2011, the House was in session for 175 days, which is far below the 240 or so that usually counts for full-time work in the US, and I’d guess that some of those days weren’t exactly 8-hour workfests, either, although certainly a few of them burned the midnight oil.

In order to fulfill this campaign pledge, Perry would have to get Congress to go along with the pay cut, and get two-thirds majorities in each chamber to pass a Constitutional amendment that limits sessions even further than today, plus three-quarters of the states.  How likely is that?  And wouldn’t that effort be put to better use in pursuit of a balanced-budget amendment that limited the federal government’s ability to spend money — which is the real problem, and not the length of time that Congress goes into session?

These are certainly provocative campaign promises, but there is almost no chance that Perry can deliver on them.


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there is almost no chance that Perry can deliver on them.

…even if he won the primaries.
Because there is no chance that Perry could beat Obama..

itsnotaboutme on December 29, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Perry had a good start, it’s too bad he flubbed too many times; he might have been a promising candidate.

AZfederalist on December 29, 2011 at 1:09 PM

This part-time nonsense is unrealistic bilge. With the numerous national security threats against the U.S. every day, Congress has to be ready to vote at any moment. Because the Constitution requires Senators and Representatives to be physically present to vote, they have to be there most of the time.

andy85719 on December 29, 2011 at 1:09 PM

This is even more idiotic than Bachmann on MMR/autism.

KrebsCyclist on December 29, 2011 at 1:11 PM

We could amend the Constitution to allow remote voting. In that case, you might be able to have a part-time Congress “in theory,” but because they will need to be remotely voting all the time, it is still practically a full-time job.

andy85719 on December 29, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Iowans are way to smart to believe this ad. I like Perry, but I don’t think he stands a chance…

OmahaConservative on December 29, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Uh…an insider politician is an insider politician no matter where they served. Perry doesn’t really have a leg to stand on for this one. People see Bachmann and Paul more as outsiders than they do with Perry.

MNcommonsense on December 29, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Federal Government Experience vs. State Government Experience.

Hmmm.

portlandon on December 29, 2011 at 1:15 PM

These are certainly provocative campaign promises, but there is almost no chance that Perry can deliver on them.

Another parallel to Bush.

HitNRun on December 29, 2011 at 1:15 PM

This part-time nonsense is unrealistic bilge. With the numerous national security threats against the U.S. every day, Congress has to be ready to vote at any moment. Because the Constitution requires Senators and Representatives to be physically present to vote, they have to be there most of the time.

andy85719 on December 29, 2011 at 1:09 PM

What garbage! They started out as part time because of mode of travel and distance and it was too hot and humid in the summer. Since when has congress been ready to vote at any moment? Ever hear of the old expression about the difficulty of getting something done,”it’ll take an act of congress…”?

cartooner on December 29, 2011 at 1:16 PM

How exactly does a President create a “part-time Congress”?

Simply publish the Congressional attendance records.

BobMbx on December 29, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Perry had a good start, it’s too bad he flubbed too many times; he might have been a promising candidate.

AZfederalist on December 29, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Those of us here in Texas who know Rick “Zoolander” Perry knew the inevitable dumbasse’ (pronounced Doo-Maass) would emerge and scuttle his aspirations of leaving Texas.

44Magnum on December 29, 2011 at 1:18 PM

I doubt Perry will win the nomination, and doubt he could succeed in forcing a “part-time” congress.

However, there is a way he could deliver on his promises…

Reagan’s model. No one expected him to be able to deliver on his promises either, but he swept in a Senate majority and larger House minority on his coattails, and used the “bully pulpit” of the Presidency to get the “people” on his side. Many of the D’s had to appear more conservative to please constituents, leading to his economic & defense policy.

Is it possible that Perry could achieve some measure of “part-time” congressional changes? Sure.

Just not at all likely…

cs89 on December 29, 2011 at 1:18 PM

This part-time nonsense is unrealistic bilge. With the numerous national security threats against the U.S. every day, Congress has to be ready to vote at any moment. Because the Constitution requires Senators and Representatives to be physically present to vote, they have to be there most of the time.

andy85719 on December 29, 2011 at 1:09 PM

As an example, the House just recently passed the pay-roll tax reduction extension. If they all hadn’t been in town, that bill would never have become law.

Oh…wait.

BobMbx on December 29, 2011 at 1:19 PM

andy85719 on December 29, 2011 at 1:09 PM

So why isn’t our “full-time” congress in D.C. half the time now?

cs89 on December 29, 2011 at 1:19 PM

I wish that Congress was just part time but I’d like to win the lottery and it is just as likely.

Cindy Munford on December 29, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Federal Government Experience vs. State Government Experience.

Hmmm.

portlandon on December 29, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Compare either of those to community organizer experience.

BobMbx on December 29, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Perry already is in favor of a BBA, and I’d guess that would be his primary focus as far as amendments are concerned. This part-time, half pay congress boilerplate is playing for advantage against the least favorite branch of government at their lowest in polling. It’s just good politics.

cartooner on December 29, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Because the Constitution requires Senators and Representatives to be physically present to vote, they have to be there most of the time.

andy85719 on December 29, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Unless, of course, you are Gabby Giffords who has voted or has even been to DC exactly once since that horrible attack. I’m sorry and have all the sympathy in the world for her but she is not representing her constituency even though she has the time to do a book tour. I wish that she hadn’t been attacked by the nutjob that Dems first claimed was a psychotic Iraq War vet but she was and she clearly is not physically up to being a Congresswoman. She should have resigned. Same goes for the months that Teddy Kennedy was too sick to do his job. And don’t even get me started on the age limits that would have prevented the sad scenes of Strom Thurmond and Robert Byrd having to be shown which button to push to cast their votes.

Perry is never going to get his ideas enacted but I really like the idea that Congress doesn’t get paid until the pass a budget. After all, we are most likely to go the entire Obama administration without a single budget being passed. That shows that it just isn’t Gabby Giffords not doing their jobs in DC.

Happy Nomad on December 29, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Part-time Congress ended after the first ten or twenty Congresses. The transition to full-time politician was rather rapid. The nostalgia is distorting reality.

andy85719 on December 29, 2011 at 1:22 PM

OK, we get it, Ed Morrissey, you don’t like Perry. Oh, and you forgot to point out that Perry didn’t do well in those early debates while recovering from back surgery, so he is unelectable. Or something.

Jobs – America wants them, Perry has the record of getting the government out of the way so the private sector can create jobs. This ain’t difficult, folks.

IcedTea on December 29, 2011 at 1:22 PM

That’s pretty cynical and hypocritical of Perry considering how many chicken bones he and his pack of cronies have been chewing on in the Texas hen house.

Fletch54 on December 29, 2011 at 1:23 PM

He has a tendency to do this stuff,..make grandiose promises or recommendations that play well with some on first blush, with no chance of making it happen. Same thing on initially cutting all foreign aid to zero and pushing the no fly zone in Syria.

a capella on December 29, 2011 at 1:23 PM

There is no bite to the part time Congress thing but it is ok populist stuff when people already despise everything DC. Is he trying to imitate Obama’s logo is what I want to know.

Southernblogger on December 29, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Federal Government Non Executive Experience vs. State Government Executive Experience.

Hmmm.

portlandon on December 29, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Dr Evil on December 29, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Jesse James was a part time train robber. If being a robber part time was good enough for Jesse, it should be good enough for the politicians robbing us blind.

they lie on December 29, 2011 at 1:25 PM

You don’t have to be physically in D.C. to be acting as a member of Congress. MOCs work at their offices and travel around the world. Being in Congress is their job. We need more effective MOCs, but the notion that a person will moonlight as a Senator while working at a factory or selling houses most of the time is extremely absurd.

andy85719 on December 29, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Perry is right, but he is also one of the foxes. His henhouse (Texas) is just a bit smaller.

abobo on December 29, 2011 at 1:28 PM

OK, we get it, Ed Morrissey, you don’t like Perry. Oh, and you forgot to point out that Perry didn’t do well in those early debates while recovering from back surgery, so he is unelectable. Or something.

Jobs – America wants them, Perry has the record of getting the government out of the way so the private sector can create jobs. This ain’t difficult, folks.

IcedTea on December 29, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Ed has a valid point here. It’s like having a dysfunctional sales team and solving it by giving them every other month off work. We need a president who says they are going to whip congress into shape and lead. I am for the pay cut though!

MNcommonsense on December 29, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Jesse James was a part time train robber. If being a robber part time was good enough for Jesse, it should be good enough for the politicians robbing us blind.

they lie on December 29, 2011 at 1:25 PM

At least the James gang had the balls to take the money directly, instead of trying to convince you that higher and higher taxes are for your own good.

BobMbx on December 29, 2011 at 1:28 PM

That’s pretty cynical and hypocritical of Perry considering how many chicken bones he and his pack of cronies have been chewing on in the Texas hen house.

Fletch54 on December 29, 2011 at 1:23 PM

THIS!

MNcommonsense on December 29, 2011 at 1:29 PM

andy85719 on December 29, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Former staffer or congressional wanna-be?

BobMbx on December 29, 2011 at 1:30 PM

We need a president who says they are going to whip congress into shape and lead. I am for the pay cut though!

MNcommonsense on December 29, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Ah…the Devo congress. Whip it good.

BobMbx on December 29, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Sometimes the timing of internet ads on a web page are scarily right-on when gauging my interests in the marketplace.
Except now.
There’s a Spanish-language JC Penney ad on this page.
?

itsnotaboutme on December 29, 2011 at 1:32 PM

andy85719 on December 29, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Bilge, my ass! Those bozos can be called into session in a flash. The only time we really need them is for a declaration of war, and they haven’t been able to do that properly since WWII!
As for their buget duties, the Senate has abbrogated that for 3-years AND YOU’RE STILL GETTING PAID!!!Which, from what I have read of your too many posts is a waste of taxpayer dollars. How do you find the time to write all this bilge water while in a combat zone?

tomshup on December 29, 2011 at 1:32 PM

No, undergraduate majoring in Aerospace and Mathematics who wants nothing to do with government employment.

andy85719 on December 29, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Update from the road

My crowd count of Perry’s event in Cedar Rapids is inching towards 150 people standing, can’t even see the people sitting in seats

gophergirl on December 29, 2011 at 1:36 PM

gophergirl on December 29, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Here is the whole twitter thing with quotation.


@ArletteSaenz
Arlette Saenz My crowd count of Perry’s event in Cedar Rapids is inching towards 150 people standing, can’t even see the people sitting in seats

gophergirl on December 29, 2011 at 1:37 PM

ArletteSaenz Arlette Saenz
This is 1 of – if not the most – fired up crowds Perry’s seen on his two week bus tour. Lots of clapping, cheering & “yeahs” in Cedar Rapids
42 seconds ago

More :)

gophergirl on December 29, 2011 at 1:38 PM

How exactly does a President create a “part-time Congress”?

Why, shoot, it’s no harder’n convincin’ a steer to leave the cows in the north pasture alone.

First, ol’ Rick puts on his boots – “Freedom” and “Liberty” – on the correct feet, one hopes. Then he puts on his cowboy hat, that he named “Bill of Rights.” Goes out and puts his saddle, which he named “Republic” on his horse, named “Constitution,” and rides out.

Head down to the Congressional feedlot, chase the Congress critters out, lock the gate and then herd ‘em on back to their own states/pastures, shouting “Get along there” and yodeling on the way.

In other words – he has no power, no constitutional basis and, certainly, no votes in Congress to do such a thing. Just alot of campaign nonsense from a candidate who is going down, down, down in all polls.

Rick will be returning to the Ponderosa sometime after the New Hampshire primary. Maybe someone can organize a square-dance in the barn to welcome him back.

Giddy-up!

Horace on December 29, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Federal Government Experience vs. State Government Experience.

Hmmm.

portlandon on December 29, 2011 at 1:15 PM

The two types of experience require different skills no matter how much those with state experience make the claim they can make a difference on the federal level and former federal officials make the claim they can govern on the state level.

All I can say is that George W. Bush (and now Perry) make the claim that they have all the requsite skills because of the size of the Texas economy and proximity to Mexico providing foreign affairs experience. I’m not convinced that this is a valid argument. Conversely, Ron Paul has been in the Congress for 12 terms and is a blithering idiot when it comes to foreign affairs despite the fact he is on the foreign affairs committee!

This is why I think you need to judge the candidate and not necessarily the resume. George W. Bush created an experienced professional team around him that compensated for experience shortfalls (compare to Obama who just hired a bunch of Chicago cronies as corrupt as he is). The elder Bush, however, had about the best record one could expect in a candidate including time as an Ambassador, Director of the CIA, a Congressman, and the VP for eight years yet he was an utter dud as President.

That’s why I’m more interested in knowing where candidates stand on specific issues. Where, for example, they stand on cutting the defense budget and the idea of changing the military retirement system. Where they stand on amnesty for the illegals in this nation. What they intend to do about the national debt caused by Obama’s spending spree and how they will seek to overcome the partisan gridlock in Congress. How they plan to approach our unacceptably high unemployment rate, etc. These are times that require serious leaders with ideas, vision, and leadership. Sadly, I don’t see that in far too many of the announced GOP candidates.

Happy Nomad on December 29, 2011 at 1:41 PM

gophergirl on December 29, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Did you get down to IA after all?

OmahaConservative on December 29, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Hey, wait a minute! “Foxes in the henhouse?”

Well, I’ll be dadgum! Ol’ Rick stole that line from Hubert Humphrey’s 1968 campaign. When asked at a press conference about RFK’s and McCarthy’s proposal to involve the Viet Cong in a coalition government in Saigon, Humphrey said, “That would like putting a fox in the henhouse.”

Rick a sly one. Those coyotes in Texas better watch out. Rick will be returning soon and he won’t be in a very good mood neither.

Horace on December 29, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Did you get down to IA after all?

OmahaConservative on December 29, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Nope – too far to go with not a 100% reliable car.

Reading twitter feeds is about how close I’m going to get.

gophergirl on December 29, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Part time to me is term limits…

2 and out.

`lay out a term and you can run again. If the people miss you so darned much you’re a cinch for 2 more.

:)

golfmann on December 29, 2011 at 1:48 PM

dumbasse’ (pronounced Doo-Maass)
44Magnum on December 29, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Dang it! Now I hafta do this.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on December 29, 2011 at 1:49 PM

The only candidate that doesn’t stand a chance against obama is Romney. Perry or Newt would beat obama.

M_J_S on December 29, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Part time to me is term limits…

2 and out.

`lay out a term and you can run again. If the people miss you so darned much you’re a cinch for 2 more.

:)

golfmann on December 29, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Huntsman was talking term limits this morning…..

Dr Evil on December 29, 2011 at 1:52 PM

perry has as much chance of passing this as cain did at passing 9-9-9 or gingrich does of bringing judges up to capitol hill to be scolded. actually perry might have more of a chance if there is a groundswell. i find it surprising that a conservative website is scoffing at a proposal to limit the size of govt. but then “captain ed” has never been much of a conservative…

chasdal on December 29, 2011 at 1:52 PM

gophergirl on December 29, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Oh, sorry about that. I still plan on going over for the caucuses. Should be interesting…

OmahaConservative on December 29, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Ed rightly points out that the part-time congress proposal may not be well thought out. My take on Governor Perry is that he simply doesn’t do “well thought out.”

For all of Mitt Romney’s real and imagined short comings, he has planned and prepared diligently and for a very long time to run for and be president. It seems to me that Governor Perry ran for President on the spur of the moment. That’s fine if you are going out to a new restaurant, but doesn’t work so well when you’re running for president.

The office of Texas Governor is arguably a constitutionally weak position (by design), and one much better suited to Rick Perry’s talents than President of the United States.

MessesWithTexas on December 29, 2011 at 1:58 PM

but the notion that a person will moonlight as a Senator while working at a factory or selling houses most of the time is extremely absurd.

andy85719 on December 29, 2011 at 1:27 PM

No more absurd than the fact that the Congressional Directory lists John Dingell’s occupation as lawyer after 29 terms in Congress. Ditto John Conyers after 24 terms. Charlie Rangel after 21 terms.

There is such a thing as a political class. They may make visits to their constituencies while in office but they never leave DC. They go from Capitol Hill to K Street.

Happy Nomad on December 29, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Oh, sorry about that. I still plan on going over for the caucuses. Should be interesting…

OmahaConservative on December 29, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Absolutely. The fact that they are talking about counting them in a secret location just makes it even more interesting.

It will all be over by the time I get to vote which is sad.

gophergirl on December 29, 2011 at 2:01 PM

This part- time congress meme is too simplistic to be effective, and too long to be a good bumper sticker.

This idea makes 9-9-9 seem brilliant.

WhatNot on December 29, 2011 at 2:04 PM

On surface a part time Congress sounds like a great idea, however here’s what people are missing:

Unlike Texas, the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of government are co-equals. Our founders wisely set up a set of checks and balances to make sure no one person, or persons is able to dominate the process of governing.

The problem with Perry’s idea, is the president is no more the boss of Congress, than Congress is the boss of him. Other than having the authority to call Congress back in session, and under extreme circumstances, adjourn their session, the president has no say whatsoever in what Congress does or doesn’t do.

As someone who wants smaller government, I would fear a part time Congress, and so should everyone else.

Now if we elected a strict constitutionalist as president, we might have something, but can you imagine Obama with a part time Congress, able to create all sorts of new laws and regulations by executive fiat?

Without Congress watching over the president, any president, the chances of the Executive Branch turning into an imperial presidency, looking more like a dictatorship, rather than part of a Representative Republic, are high.

LevinFan on December 29, 2011 at 2:07 PM

DC IS the problem. The only hope for the US is the TX/red state model. It’s the red states against DC, and I want the red states to win. I don’t want a DC legislator. I want a red state governor.

Btw, this proposal for a part time congress is his biggest applause line at Iowa events, and he got big applause for it at the last debate too. That’s why he’s pushing it in ads.

juliesa on December 29, 2011 at 2:08 PM

The only candidate that doesn’t stand a chance against obama is Romney. Perry or Newt would beat obama.

M_J_S on December 29, 2011 at 1:49 PM

You’re on the right track.

Mittens could beat Obama, but the chances of losing to Obama the more moderate candidate you run against him.

Rumpelstiltskin would not beat Obama.

LevinFan on December 29, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Will Perry come out of Retirement if he does win?

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on December 29, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Governor Perry is that he simply doesn’t do “well thought out.”

MessesWithTexas on December 29, 2011 at 1:58 PM

I am 100% in the Perry camp, but this line has given me my first laugh on this site since the “Hot Gas” comment…Thanks!

tmontgomery on December 29, 2011 at 2:12 PM

“Let ‘em get a job like everyone else”….Oh he11 yeah. Get ‘em tricky Rick.

Long haired country boy on December 29, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Btw, this proposal for a part time congress is his biggest applause line at Iowa events, and he got big applause for it at the last debate too. That’s why he’s pushing it in ads.

juliesa on December 29, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Did you see these pictures from his latest event? From someone who is supposedly “third tier” there are a lot of people who want to hear what he has to say apparently.

http://twitter.com/#!/ArletteSaenz/status/152465825775878144/photo/1

http://twitter.com/#!/ArletteSaenz/status/152465879035150336/photo/1

gophergirl on December 29, 2011 at 2:13 PM

This is even more idiotic than Bachmann on MMR/autism.

KrebsCyclist on December 29, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Um, not quite. The vaccine thing is dangerous.

changer1701 on December 29, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Perry is a great contrast to the current occupant of the White House. Obama jets around the country stirring up class warfare and whipping up hatred of the so-called rich.

Here, Perry is pointing out that the bloated government class is the REAL problem, not successful business owners. Stirring up anger against an entrenched, detached, over bearing Congress that lives like royally on the tax payers’ backs is a welcome move.

This is a great counter to the progressive anti-capitalist agenda. This is great politics.

bitsy on December 29, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Cutting Congress Down to Size: How a Part-Time Congress Would Work

It’s a bit old (November 2, 1994) but it still addresses the question.

Fallon on December 29, 2011 at 2:36 PM

“These are certainly provocative campaign promises, but there is almost no chance that Perry can deliver on them.”

Crummy sakes, Ed. he didn’t promise to have it happen. If anything he promises to “call” for it if elected president. He would deliver on that promise, there’s no doubt about that.

And what to waste in terms of political capital if he did so, while also calling for a balanced budget amendment. Has he not called for that, too?

Sheesh. What’s your problem?

Dusty on December 29, 2011 at 2:40 PM

I really liked Rick Perry. He was my Hope for Change.
He’s still a fighter, but he has not been handling himself well.

KOOLAID2 on December 29, 2011 at 3:15 PM

The office of Texas Governor is arguably a constitutionally weak position (by design), and one much better suited to Rick Perry’s talents than President of the United States.

MessesWithTexas on December 29, 2011 at 1:58 PM

It’s funny you don’t realize how powerful of a position Perry has transformed the governor’s office into. if you’re going to “Mess with Texas”, at least come armed.

cartooner on December 29, 2011 at 3:17 PM

[MessesWithTexas on December 29, 2011 at 1:58 PM]

Well, then, I’m looking forward to a President Perry who will cut the government down to a size that better suits his talents.

Here’s hoping it’s somewhere around 50%.

Dusty on December 29, 2011 at 3:33 PM

andy85719 on December 29, 2011 at 1:33 PM

I’m sorry….your signature is similar to someone who was in the service in a war zone, now, and a huge suppporter of his hero, Romney.Also, use of a very Navy term, bilge, threw me off.
Happy New Year!

tomshup on December 29, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Gee, Ed, I wish you had been on top of vetting the candidates’ promises when Mitt promised to give waivers from ObamaRomneyCare to all 50 states when he took office. Of course, per the legislation, waivers cannot be granted after 2012. But I guess we’re supposed to allow a little leeway to progressive/conservative candidates.

Vetting is fine. Ignoring your candidate’s undoable pledges is usual but reminds me of Wright/Ayers.

theo22 on December 29, 2011 at 3:46 PM

I wouldn’t count Rick out just yet. He has a history of pulling it out from behind. That being said, I like Rick, certainly better than I do Mitt or Newt. We need to be careful not to let the media elect our candidates. They “Helped” us pick John McCain in 2008 and the next thing you know we had Obamacare. No – lets not do that again.

famous amos on December 29, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Perry is not the ideal candidate. BUT…
He has the most experience “governing” among the candidates.
He appears to be the most conservative.
He is definitely a Washington outsider.

IMHO the best of a mediocre bunch

amadan on December 29, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Perry is not the ideal candidate. BUT…
He has the most experience “governing” among the candidates.
He appears to be the most conservative.
He is definitely a Washington outsider.

IMHO the best of a mediocre bunch

amadan on December 29, 2011 at 3:53 PM

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Funny, I was at a party having a discussion very much like your statement. Basically, I made the point that out of all the idiots on our side, he was the least offensive for every reason you just stated.

Unfortunately, every mistake or misstatement that he makes will never be characterized by the press like they do when Obama makes them:

“How many states are there? – 57″ – That is Presidential
“How old do you need to be to vote? – 21 – So sorry, you are too stoopid to be President

See how that works? Lets not let the media choose our leaders any longer.

famous amos on December 29, 2011 at 4:12 PM

famous amos

Agreed!

Didn’t they call Reagan ” The amiable dunce” ?

Unfortunately too many people accept the media’s opinion.

amadan on December 29, 2011 at 4:33 PM

I don’t believe that Perry could convince Congress to make themselves part-time, but – he could pressure them to spend more time in their districts, and cut their staff.

NbyNW on December 29, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Go Perry. Anything to shrink the federal government and its interference in our daily lives is good. Washington DC is bloated and harmful.

jazzuscounty on December 29, 2011 at 5:31 PM

We need Congress in session to undo so much of what it has done.

Especially, we need proposed Amendments coming out that will restore the firewalls against unlimited government power.

mockmook on December 29, 2011 at 6:28 PM

How exactly does a President create a “part-time Congress”?

Why, shoot, it’s no harder’n convincin’ a steer to leave the cows in the north pasture alone.

First, ol’ Rick puts on his boots – “Freedom” and “Liberty” – on the correct feet, one hopes. Then he puts on his cowboy hat, that he named “Bill of Rights.” Goes out and puts his saddle, which he named “Republic” on his horse, named “Constitution,” and rides out.

Head down to the Congressional feedlot, chase the Congress critters out, lock the gate and then herd ‘em on back to their own states/pastures, shouting “Get along there” and yodeling on the way.

In other words – he has no power, no constitutional basis and, certainly, no votes in Congress to do such a thing. Just alot of campaign nonsense from a candidate who is going down, down, down in all polls.

Rick will be returning to the Ponderosa sometime after the New Hampshire primary. Maybe someone can organize a square-dance in the barn to welcome him back.

Giddy-up!

Horace on December 29, 2011 at 1:40 PM

As a native Texan, your constant put-downs of Rick Perry as a bumbling country yahoo is getting old, and I take offense to that description of Texans, and all other Texans should also.

silvernana on December 29, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Bravo. If there’s one thing we don’t have enough of in this race, it’s stupid gimmicks.

RINO in Name Only on December 29, 2011 at 7:06 PM

As a native Texan, your constant put-downs of Rick Perry as a bumbling country yahoo is getting old, and I take offense to that description of Texans, and all other Texans should also.

silvernana on December 29, 2011 at 7:04 PM

I am not a native of Texas, but I find these postings very offensive, also. Some people seem to think that putting down natives of other states, elevates their own status? Not so…it just reveals their own ignorance. I’m sure there are a few of the new registrants, who are only here to troll for some candidate, by poking ignorant “fun” at others. I hope they’re getting paid well, because they’re ineffective, and only irritating.

FoxyLady on December 29, 2011 at 8:09 PM

gophergirl on December 29, 2011 at 1:38 PM

I’m in Soviet Orange County until Sunday.
You are soooo lucky.
Go Perry!

annoyinglittletwerp on December 29, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Wake up Iowa, know who are you voting for. 45% of all the jobs created in the entire US in the last 2 years have been created in TX under Governor Perry’s policies of low taxes, low regulation, and tort reform.
TX has gained 4 Congressional seats during Perry’s tenure as governor. Businesses and jobs are pouring into TX.
If you want a proven leader with a record of job creation and a record of choosing strict constructionist judges and a record of military service, You will vote for Rick Perry.

Rick Perry is a winner. He has been re-elected governor 3 times. He has never lost a race and he has been down and counted out before.

nancysabet on December 29, 2011 at 9:19 PM

there is no chance that Perry could beat Obama..
itsnotaboutme
Wrong. He is the only one who can beat obama, that is why msm and obama camp were so scared of him when first he entered the race. They did every thing to destroy him. They still do, whenever Perry gains a momentum. Just imagine Perry , a giant 3 term successful gov. of a huge state, alomg the side of fake phony obama on the stage!!

nancysabet on December 29, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Horace on December 29, 2011 at 1:40 PM

herp derp I make fun of people who talk differently than me herp

cptacek on December 30, 2011 at 1:10 AM

The office of Texas Governor is arguably a constitutionally weak position (by design), and one much better suited to Rick Perry’s talents than President of the United States.

MessesWithTexas on December 29, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Who has the power in Texas? The Lt. Governor? Who was that while Bush was Governor? Oh, was that Perry? hmm. Seems he did a good job then…

cptacek on December 30, 2011 at 1:11 AM

Now if we elected a strict constitutionalist as president, we might have something, but can you imagine Obama with a part time Congress, able to create all sorts of new laws and regulations by executive fiat?
LevinFan on December 29, 2011 at 2:07 PM

What, more than he is doing now?

cptacek on December 30, 2011 at 1:12 AM

silvernana on December 29, 2011 at 7:04 PM

FoxyLady on December 29, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Never has anyone made it onto my “Do Not Read” list as quickly as this chap. He is exceedingly tiresome.

DrMagnolias on December 30, 2011 at 7:04 AM

I hope any Iowans reading this will seriously consider Perry as their choice! He is the whole Conservative package! Strong Christian Values, strong JOB creating record, willing and able to take on the status quo to bring America back to Greatness! I’m just a Texan who’s had the privilege to live in a state that has benefitted from having Gov. Perry in office…helping us make it through the toughest times in my lifetime a bit better! Please vote Perry…you won’t regret it!

nancysabet on December 30, 2011 at 10:54 AM