It’s never too early to play The Blame Game

posted at 11:45 am on December 31, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

There’s an old saying that success has a thousand fathers, but failure is an orphan.  That’s not entirely true; when a big enterprise fails, it usually produces a thousand claims for paternity for someone else.  Normally people wait for the failure to actually happen first, but sometimes there are good reasons to get ahead of the curve — as Rick Perry’s campaign did with a series of leaks to Politico:

With a revamped message and a significant TV presence here, Rick Perry is hoping to revive his disappointing presidential campaign with a surprise finish Tuesday.

But even as they hold out hope that Perry can find a way back into contention, some of his advisers have begun laying the groundwork to explain how the Texas governor bombed so dramatically in a race that he seemed to control for a brief period upon entering the race in August.

For those who watched the debates, the culprit is obvious — the candidate himself.  It wasn’t his handlers that fumbled rehearsed attack lines and had to say “Oops” when the candidate lost his train of thought in the middle of an answer.  None of that, by the way, is a disqualifier for office, either.  Perry has successfully governed Texas for more than a decade, because governing takes an entirely different skill set than these game-show debates do, which is one of my biggest gripes about them.  However, the debates matter, and Perry did poorly in them, which was the catalyst to his polling collapse.

Several members of Team Perry now claim that Perry wasn’t the real problem:

Yet the view of the outsiders who took over Perry’s campaign is that the candidate was set up for failure by an insular group led by Dave Carney, the governor’s longtime political guru, which thought they could run a presidential campaign like a larger version of a gubernatorial race and didn’t take the basic steps needed to professionalize the operation until the candidate was already sinking.

“They put the campaign together like all the other Perry campaigns: raise a bunch of money, don’t worry about the [media coverage], don’t worry about debates and buy the race on TV,” said a top Perry official. “You have to be a total rube to think a race for president is the same as a race for governor.”

Because Perry had never been defeated in his career in state politics — and came from behind to crush Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in last year’s Texas gubernatorial primary — his Texas operation projected an air of supreme self-assurance and indifference to outside advice.

Carney, a longtime GOP strategist who worked for Bush 41’s presidential campaigns, declined to comment for this story.

“I don’t think so,” he said in response to an email asking to get his side. “Not much good can come from process stories like this.”

Given Perry’s rise in the polls in Iowa — he’s back in double digits, just behind Santorum and just ahead of Gingrich in the two most recent polls — one might wonder why the campaign has provoked what looks like an internecine fight.  That’s not really what this is, though.  In order for Perry to regain credibility as a contender, and especially as a Not-Romney who can take on Barack Obama, the collapse of his campaign in October has to be laid at the feet of someone other than Rick Perry.

Carney probably doesn’t appreciate that he’s being made out to be the fall guy, especially since the early team did a pretty good job until the debate flubs started; they raised $17 million in the first seven weeks, but made a couple of questionable strategic decisions about going negative before truly introducing Perry to the national audience, which didn’t help, either.  Carney’s experienced enough to know that the new team has to distance Perry from the failure if Perry wants to seriously compete for the long haul, though, and getting into a public debate over the failure won’t help Perry to accomplish that.

Besides, the new team arrived in October.  Which Perry team was most responsible for fumbling the ballot qualifications for Virginia’s primary in mid-December? The blame for that can’t fall on Carney, at least not entirely or even mostly.


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He didn’t play the “Only True Christian” card as strongly as Huckabee. Oh well.

hanzblinx on December 31, 2011 at 11:49 AM

With a revamped message and a significant TV presence here, Rick Perry is hoping to revive his disappointing presidential campaign with a surprise finish Tuesday.

Lots of luck with that, bub.

Long haired country boy on December 31, 2011 at 11:50 AM

The lesson seems not to be learned time and again. You MUST surround yourself with smart insiders, even if you are an outsider. I know, the rest of us hate this, but there is an expertise in running a good national campaign; deny it all you want.
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Perry didn’t really do that well. He didn’t have people telling him to get ready for the debates, and to focus on a few key issues. He needed someone managing him, at least early on. He didn’t. He stumbled. Game over.

neoavatara on December 31, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Oh man, Ed, you must really be looking for some hits.

This thread’s going to be the ugliest screamfest ever, probably one of the most epic ones in HotAir history.

Fasten your seatbelts; the ride may get bumpy….

cane_loader on December 31, 2011 at 11:52 AM

thanks Ed.

CoffeeLover on December 31, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Mrs. George Will is a miracle worker.

Cindy Munford on December 31, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Texas chairman of Al Gore’s presidential bid. Nuff said.

Buddahpundit on December 31, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Forget about debate gaffes and memory loss. Perry’s problem is that fraud is easy to spot, even when you go to great lengths to build that maze of smoke and mirrors to make yourself out to be the reincarnation of Reagan.

Fletch54 on December 31, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Perry hired the team that jumped ship on Newt. Must be Newt’s fault. /

WhatNot on December 31, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Mrs. George Will is a miracle worker.

Cindy Munford on December 31, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Yes! Mrs. Will is the father.

:-)

WhatNot on December 31, 2011 at 11:59 AM

It’s not over until the fat lady sings (Super Tuesday). This ploy may just keep him in the race at least until then. Perry is still not that bad but outside the South, I don’t think he catches fire well. I think the Bush people have their knives out for him and for that I will not vote for another Bush (bye Jeb!).

Bob in VA on December 31, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Facts are facts. Some mistakes were made early on in the campaign. Perry also made some flubs in the early debates.

Mistakes are normal and happen all the time. What matters most is how you extract lessons from them and recover.

Perry and his Team appear to have done that. And so it’s time to move on.

I don’t see this as a story worth debating and – sorry Ed – I also do not see this as the campaign trying to excuse Perry of all blame. When a campaign spokesman comes out to say that explicitly, then we can say so.

Until then, much ado about nothing.

TheRightMan on December 31, 2011 at 12:02 PM

The mistake was getting into the debates while the Governor was suffering massive back pain… He still might of screwed up, but it might not have be fatal…

phreshone on December 31, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Doesn’t matter how good his Texas record is, if he can’t get elected in a national general election or nominated in the primaries. There are scads of good people who would make excellent presidents, but they can’t get elected. On the flip side, as we have seen, absolutely horrid presidents, who have no track record, can be elected by being good at politics and nothing else.

a capella on December 31, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Not a single vote has been cast yet. Most of the country doesn’t vote until March. It’s not over yet. It has barely even begun. Perry is still the most experienced and most conservative candidate out there.

bitsy on December 31, 2011 at 12:04 PM

because governing takes an entirely different skill set than these game-show debates do

Actually, that’s not true. ‘Leadership’ is a preformance, a theatrical skill, an illusion. You are trying to motivate a mob and steer them in a certain direction.

For proof I direct your attention to Obama’s Occupy Army. Local government sends out it’s own army of uniformed paramilitary shock troops to intimidate. Unfortunately for the local government, Obama’s Occupy Army can’t be intimidated and are begging the Gestapo thugs to beat them up. The protesters want to be on television with blood streaming down their face so they can claim to be victims of oppression. When that didn’t happen, the secondary goal of the protest was to make the local government appear inept.

It doesn’t matter if you are making a speech to State Department functionaries or ACORN protesters in a bank take over, or a televised debate, you have to ‘appear’ to be in control. Just look at Obama! He doesn’t do anything except front for some cabal showing up in front of the TV cameras and looking and acting Presidential.

Skandia Recluse on December 31, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Forget about debate gaffes and memory loss. Perry’s problem is that fraud is easy to spot, even when you go to great lengths to build that maze of smoke and mirrors to make yourself out to be the reincarnation of Reagan.

Fletch54 on December 31, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Yeah.. fraud is what made him a three-term governor that has led his state into becoming the most prosperous in this Obama era. /sarc

Wouldn’t you like such a ‘fraud’ leading the nation into prosperity?

Geez… sometimes I wonder what drives some so-called conservatives to hate Perry that badly. You would think he caused them to lose their jobs. Oh wait… that was Romney.

TheRightMan on December 31, 2011 at 12:06 PM

WhatNot on December 31, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Ummmm….Perry lent Newt his gubernatorial campaign team but Newt was letting wife #3 Callista call the shots.

Accordin to Newt, she runs his campaign & he tries to re-brand her as the “New Nancy”

workingclass artist on December 31, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Perry simply lacks the talent to play at this level. His style works well in a state like Texas but that’s about it – and only because it’s basically an one-party state. Perry was always more of a machine hack than an elections politician. That’s why till this year nobody seriously considered Perry a potential presidential candidate. Everybody who knew him was aware he’d have no chance at a national level. Simply not quick enough on his feet.

No big loss anyway. Perry is a typical oil’n'estate Texas Republican (a big fan of corporate welfare), not a conservative.

joana on December 31, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Ed, you did say this is a Politico article, right?

NickDeringer on December 31, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Fletch54 on December 31, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Romney has his own scandal brewing…Solamere = Stanford $8 Billion Ponzi & why Mitt won’t release his tax returns.

workingclass artist on December 31, 2011 at 12:09 PM

I sort run hot and cold on Perry but if he has corrected organizational problems and can hit 15% in Iowa, he’s not out of this, but would need a big showing in SC.

jjshaka on December 31, 2011 at 12:09 PM

classic Politico airing anonymous dirt

commodore on December 31, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Looking at the senseless hate for Perry that is constantly being shown by some so-called ‘conservatives’ on Hot Air, I am actually looking forward to Romney becoming the nominee should Perry falter.

I will so enjoy the tears of these so-called conservatives as Romney goes on to lose against Obama. I bet 4 more years of Obama will cure them of their fixation on Gardasil and the Texas Dream Act. And their desire for a snake oil salesman.

4 more years of Obama speechifying. Wouldn’t that be nice?

TheRightMan on December 31, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Buddahpundit on December 31, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Silliest commenter on HA. ‘Nuff said.

cartooner on December 31, 2011 at 12:13 PM

TheRightMan on December 31, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Many of us got burned with Fred Thompson. Good creds,..lousy presidential campaign. The creds are worthless until they can be put to use after winning the election.

a capella on December 31, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Perry is a weak candidate, and his weaknesses were well known before he jumped into the race. His poor debate skills, his highly unpopular immigration policies, and his croney capitalism – all of these could have and should have been addressed and ameliorated years ago.

He was very poorly advised, and should have stayed out of the race.

Rebar on December 31, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Perry can earn my support still.

He can come out and say with no wishywashiness that he has reconsidered the in-state tuition for illegal aliens, as he has learned that it takes seats away from United (other) States of America citizens, who he feels he is more connected to than the illegal aliens he has been trying to support over the last 11 years.

He can come out and say without and wishywashiness that he does not think that the government should be used to force individuals, even with opt out allowances, to do what is best for themselves. That people have a personal responsibility to care for themselves and their families. That the only time the government should ever get involved in these decisions is when it is similar to small pox in that the danger is wise spread, and cannot be easily defended against as the disease spreads through casual contact.

I think that would be enough for me. Cut his ties to the illegal aliens, permanently and cut his heartstrings BS and stand on what intelligence tells you is right.

I do not think he has it in him. He would rather tell me how I have no heart because I do not want to illegal aliens taking the university seats other American Citizens would most definitely be taking. He would rather tell me how I would rather women die than do the right thing, which is to force insurance companies to pay for a vaccine and increase premiums to everyone else to do so. He is, has been, was even a card carrying member of the progressive society of unamericaness.

astonerii on December 31, 2011 at 12:16 PM

1 thing: the extreme ‘no exceptions’ position on abortion he just took appeared desperate. This radical, harsh, inhuman view is held by only 20% of voters. 20%. 20% is less than 50%.

Why endanger all else by taking this Custers Last Stand of a position? And don’t say that it’s cuz abortion is wrong etc. We know that.

anotherJoe on December 31, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Here is the media narrative if Rick Perry does well January 3rd in Iowa. Rick Perry unexpectedly has a good showing in Iowa. Headline: Rick Perry’s campaign regains momentum going into New Hampshire.

The media wins either way. The truth is the candidates with money are moving on to the next primary. Romney, Perry, Paul. I don’t see Newt Gingrich dropping out after Iowa even if he finished at the bottom.

I do think Iowa is the end of Bachmann and Santorum.

Than there were 5, Romney, Perry, Huntsman, Gingrich and Paul.

Dr Evil on December 31, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Perry Mitt Romney simply lacks the talent to play at this level…Perry Romney was always more of a machine hack than an elections politician. Having lost all but one election in 17 years…No big loss anyway. Perry Romney is a typical oil’n’estate Texas Republican Wall Street Insider (a big fan of corporate welfare, & Bailouts), never was a conservative.
joana on December 31, 2011 at 12:08 PM

fify

Gig Em’ & Happy New Year from Texas.

Perry 2012

workingclass artist on December 31, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Perry hired the team that jumped ship on Newt. Must be Newt’s fault. /

WhatNot on December 31, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Yeah. Newt intentionally sabotaged him! That Newt is a genius! /

besser tot als rot on December 31, 2011 at 12:19 PM

When he was soaring in the polls, before a single debate, I saw a lot of red flags.

You don’t enter a race blowing kisses and sending your love to your main rival, do the Texas two-step across NH, and make your intro into IA by threatening the Fed Chair with Texas style violence.

Just weren’t prepared. Underestimated the press, the process, and their opponents. And sorry Texans, the rest of the county isn’t as impressed with Texas as you are.

swamp_yankee on December 31, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Isn’t over yet.

But boy a lot of people sure want it to be.

http://twitter.com/#!/ArletteSaenz/status/153157758114480129/photo/1

Guess these people this morning didn’t get the message either.

gophergirl on December 31, 2011 at 12:20 PM

The mistake was getting into the debates while the Governor was suffering massive back pain… He still might of screwed up, but it might not have be fatal…

phreshone on December 31, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Yup, he should have waited or not declared at all…

Fallon on December 31, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Looking at the senseless hate for Perry that is constantly being shown by some so-called ‘conservatives’ on Hot Air, I am actually looking forward to Romney becoming the nominee should Perry falter.
TheRightMan on December 31, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Well, I’m not sure what kind of a “conservative” you are since you’ve stated here many times If Romney is the nominee, I will vote for Obama and will enjoy doing so.

TheRightMan on December 28, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Thank you from the bottom of my heart///

JPeterman on December 31, 2011 at 12:22 PM

WhatNot on December 31, 2011 at 11:57 AM

They were Perry’s guys before they were Newtron’s. They left Newtron to return to Perry.

Kermit on December 31, 2011 at 12:22 PM

None of that, by the way, is a disqualifier for office, either.

Yes, for if it was a disqualifier, the current POTUS would not have been elected.

However, the debates matter, and Perry did poorly in them, which was the catalyst to his polling collapse.

Yes, for those preferring style over substance.

rukiddingme on December 31, 2011 at 12:22 PM

astonerii on December 31, 2011 at 12:16 PM

vote for Ron Paul

workingclass artist on December 31, 2011 at 12:22 PM

anotherJoe on December 31, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Perry clarified his position on Abortion. He’s against abortion unless the mother’s life is endangered.

What’s Rick Santorum’s position on Abortion? Do you think it’s different than many of the other candidate’s position? Because Perry’s not the only one that has taken this position.

Gingrich, Perry, Bachmann, and Santorum Go Extreme on Abortion

Dr Evil on December 31, 2011 at 12:23 PM

ooops did I click on Huff Post by mistake?

Kidding.

Happy New Year

poljunkie51 on December 31, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Perry had two problems. First, he didn’t have the six months or a year under the radar to get questioned in small groups without TV cameras present — and maybe internalize gimmicks like “what three government agencies I’s eliminate?” Similarly, he’s a Texas Republican, and that means that the only skills you have to hone are hating Washington on general principles, kissing up to the Christian right and building a monetary system where rich people donate to your campaign and you then funnel money back to rich people. He never had to build a skill set that would make him a decent candidate for national office.

urban elitist on December 31, 2011 at 12:24 PM

“This… inhuman view ['no exceptions' on abortion] is held by only 20%” Correction: meant to say inhumane. Inhuman too harsh for my intention here.

anotherJoe on December 31, 2011 at 12:25 PM

My dad was an integral part of the Perry Campaign later this year for Mississippi. He saw first hand that the campaign itself was very crooked and poorly formed. Perry was bad yes, but he says that the campaign itself was the worst part.

Kaasproav on December 31, 2011 at 12:25 PM

as Rick Perry’s campaign did with a series of leaks to Politico:

Huuummmmm…leaked to politico…

tinkerthinker on December 31, 2011 at 12:25 PM

gophergirl on December 31, 2011 at 12:20 PM

yeah he’s packin them in on every stop.

Perry will surprise folks in Iowa.

workingclass artist on December 31, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Many of us got burned with Fred Thompson. Good creds,..lousy presidential campaign. The creds are worthless until they can be put to use after winning the election.

a capella on December 31, 2011 at 12:14 PM

You got burned because you wanted to get burned.

Look at this slate of candidates:

Michele Bachmann – a House Rep with practically no accomplisment to her name.

Ron Paul – a House backbencher with a lousy foreign policy that blames Israel and the US among other things.

Newt Gingrich - a former House Speaker with baggage that when highlighted causes him to drop like a lead balloon.

Rick Santorum – a Senator, who couldn’t win re-election. A Huckabee single issue conservative.

Jon Huntsman - an otherwise decent ex-Governor but he never fails to cease an opportunity to insult his party’s base.

Mitt Romney – a one-term failed Governor, who left office with approval of 30% and run away from re-election so as not to sully his resume. Has been running for President since.

Rick Perry – a three-term successful conservative governor of the most prosperous state in America. Has impeccable fiscal, social, and national defense conservative credentials.

But the bright ones here say Perry is bad because he talks like Bush, made some ‘debate’ (not really a debate) flubs, issued an EO wrt a cancer vaccine, and allowed a piece of legislation that was supported by over 99% of his legislature to be passed into law. The legislation, upon close unbiased review, was the best approach to dealing with the federal Govt’s refusal to do its job.

So the most qualified candidate is being rejected based on superficial arguments and you think such do not deserve a second term of Obama?

TheRightMan on December 31, 2011 at 12:26 PM

So now that Rick Perry isn’t the dream candidate that most major conservative blogs were convinced he would be, it’s time to … blame someone other than the candidate? As I recall, the same people carping about Sarah Palin needing to make up her mind because she was sucking “oxygen” out of the GOP race were also convinced that Perry would fill that void. When he didn’t live up to his absurd expectations … blaaaame.

Keep lowering those expectations – always a winning strategy.

King B on December 31, 2011 at 12:27 PM

TheRightMan on December 31, 2011 at 12:06 PM

The ONLY reason Perry has remained in office is by being the lesser of all evils in Texas politics and refusing to debate his opposition. He’s as big a tax and spend corporate welfare insider statist as his predecessors, then goes to great efforts to masquerade himself as the great Tea Party messiah as pure as spring water.

When Perry slinks home, he can begin explaining why he’s spent 1.2 million in taxpayer dollars on personal security. After that, he can open the books on his corporate welfare slush fund and de- construct giving away millions in free student aid to illegals attending Texas universities as in state students.

Fletch54 on December 31, 2011 at 12:27 PM

I’m a strong Perry supporter and hope he becomes the eventual nominee but come ON- the ONLY reason Rick Perry’s candidacy has struggled is because of…Rick Perry.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 31, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Normally people wait for the failure to actually happen first, but sometimes there are good reasons to get ahead of the curve — as Rick Perry’s campaign did with a series of leaks to Politico:

Haahaha. That’s good Ed. Nothing like shoring up the hull before the captain runs the ship aground. Got to hand it to the Chiefs.

ted c on December 31, 2011 at 12:28 PM

yeah he’s packin them in on every stop.

Perry will surprise folks in Iowa.

workingclass artist on December 31, 2011 at 12:26 PM

I think so too. Boy will HA be interesting on Tuesday if he does.

gophergirl on December 31, 2011 at 12:28 PM

He never had to build a skill set that would make him a decent candidate for national office.

urban elitist on December 31, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Perry was busy building the best conservative executive record…And that will matter in this election.

Results Matter

workingclass artist on December 31, 2011 at 12:29 PM

joana on December 31, 2011 at 12:08 PM

There’s no end to brand spanking new myths about Texas popping up to trash Perry. “Basically a one-party state” LOL! Democrats are still competitive in Texas and before the 2010 GOP “sweep” the Republicans only had a 3 seat advantage in the House and the Dems didn’t lose one seat in the Senate. The only “machine” Perry is part of is his own after 11 years as Governor.

cartooner on December 31, 2011 at 12:29 PM

workingclass artist on December 31, 2011 at 12:18 PM

The proof you fixed it wrong is that Romney will easily win the nomination and Perry will be lucky to finish top-4 in any state before bowing out. I say he gets to double digits in Iowa and stays in single digits till retiring.

I don’t like Romney and I don’t think he’s specially talented as a politician, but Perry is nowhere near his league – he’s that bad. And for all his faults, Romney a machine hack? Really? Republicans in Massachussets can’t be machine hacks; there’s barely a party let alone a machine.

joana on December 31, 2011 at 12:29 PM

gophergirl on December 31, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Go Perry!

annoyinglittletwerp on December 31, 2011 at 12:30 PM

In related news, Ken Cuccinelli has assisted PerryGingrich’s saving-of-facepalm moment by allowing them onto the VA ballot.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/12/31/virginia-attorney-general-intervenes-in-gop-primary-ballot-dispute/

ted c on December 31, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Cowboy Ricky
-Middle of the pack in Iowa
-Bottom of the pack in New Hampshire
-Middle of the pack in South Carolina
-Middle to bottom of the pack in Florida
-Back to Texas in time for the round-up and the Gay Rodeo, A Texas Tradition, in Fort Worth April 20-22, 2012. Giddy-up!

Probably will take it out on them coyotes in Texas. Look out, critters, Rick’s coming and he ain’t gonna be in much of a good mood.

Horace on December 31, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Horace on December 31, 2011 at 12:31 PM

I’m glad that Rick Perry is my governor.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 31, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Slightly OT:How run a campaing and win Palin tells how to win, but no one is listening!

ConservativePartyNow on December 31, 2011 at 12:34 PM

The ONLY reason Perry has remained in office is by being the lesser of all evils in Texas politics and refusing to debate his opposition. He’s as big a tax and spend corporate welfare insider statist as his predecessors, then goes to great efforts to masquerade himself as the great Tea Party messiah as pure as spring water.

When Perry slinks home, he can begin explaining why he’s spent 1.2 million in taxpayer dollars on personal security. After that, he can open the books on his corporate welfare slush fund and de- construct giving away millions in free student aid to illegals attending Texas universities as in state students.

Fletch54 on December 31, 2011 at 12:27 PM

I don’t know any other way to put it, Fletch, sorry, but you’re a bald face liar. I’d try abject ignorance, but I’ve seen your posts elsewhere on Perry, and nobody’s that uninformed so it has to be purposeful lying.

cartooner on December 31, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Yeah Rick Perry and his team forgot one very simple, significant, important, little thing. When he came from behind to crush Kay Bailey Hutchinson, he had Sarah Palin! This time though….

Like I said before and always maintained, Rick Perry never had any intention of running for or being President. His ego couldn’t let him see that when all else and especially the Redstate fanbois where blowing smoke up you know what and stroking his Texas size ego.

HerneTheHunter on December 31, 2011 at 12:34 PM

classic Politico airing anonymous dirt

commodore on December 31, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Or team Perry is planting media head fakes :)

They need to come in under the media’s radar. It’s better for Perry to be seen as trailing at this point. Right now the MSM is attacking Paul and Gingrich – the lamestream media thinks they are the threat to Romney’s coronation. Gingrich is a contender. I am beginning to wonder if the Paul support is really going to materializes on the 3rd or if Paul’s a paper tiger. A small dog will pee high on the wall to make other dogs that come by, and sniff think it’s a bigger dog, and threat then it really is, so it can continue to survive in the dominant dog’s territory. Ron Paul is not an alpha dog he’s Omegalomaniac GRIN.

Dr Evil on December 31, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Well, I’m not sure what kind of a “conservative” you are since you’ve stated here many times If Romney is the nominee, I will vote for Obama and will enjoy doing so.

TheRightMan on December 28, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Thank you from the bottom of my heart///

JPeterman on December 31, 2011 at 12:22 PM

I sure will vote for Obama over Romney. That is my current state of mind.

I threw a challenge to Romney supporters here at Hot Air to try convincing me as to why Romney will be better for the conservative movement than Obama.

As you can guess, it’s been ‘crickets’.

With Obama, it’s easy. An Obama term from 2012-2016 will result in a conservative resurgence in 2016. It will also deal a damaging blow to the RINO wing of the GOP because Romney, the most electable, will have lost to Obama.

Who are they going to pitch next time? Huntsman? Jeb Bush? That dog won’t hunt.

But a Romney term will be like the way he governed in Mass. And he will pave the way for a Dem to take over just like how he took over from a Republican governor in Mass and paved the way for Mass to turn blue.

I won’t be a party to that suicide.

TheRightMan on December 31, 2011 at 12:35 PM

gophergirl on December 31, 2011 at 12:28 PM

making liberal heads explode…
http://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/rick-perry-with-increasingly-larger-weapons

workingclass artist on December 31, 2011 at 12:35 PM

annoyinglittletwerp

I’M glad Perry is your governor, too.

Texas unemployment – 8.4%
Nebraska unemployment – 4.2%

Horace on December 31, 2011 at 12:35 PM

There’s no end to brand spanking new myths about Texas popping up to trash Perry. “Basically a one-party state” LOL! Democrats are still competitive in Texas

cartooner on December 31, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Democrats haven’t won a relevant statewide race in Texas since 1990. And even then the candidate won with less than 50% of the vote.

John Sharp was re-elected Comptroller of Public Accounts in 1994.

joana on December 31, 2011 at 12:36 PM

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Cedar

workingclass artist on December 31, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Go Perry!

annoyinglittletwerp on December 31, 2011 at 12:30 PM

I hope he just shocks the heck out of everybody on Tuesday. Heck I hope I’m even shocked at how well he does.

I will enjoy living up to my PerrySuperFan/Perrykrishna title for one night if that happens.

gophergirl on December 31, 2011 at 12:37 PM

workingclass artist on December 31, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Talk to the “/”

WhatNot on December 31, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Horace on December 31, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Lubbock is thriving.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 31, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Horace on December 31, 2011 at 12:35 PM

1500 economic refugees move to Texas a day from failed blue states.

workingclass artist on December 31, 2011 at 12:38 PM

As I recall, the same people carping about Sarah Palin needing to make up her mind because she was sucking “oxygen” out of the GOP race were also convinced that Perry would fill that void. When he didn’t live up to his absurd expectations … blaaaame.

Keep lowering those expectations – always a winning strategy.

King B on December 31, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Another bitter Palinista.

Welcome to Hot Air and for the umpteenth time, Perry cannot be blamed for Palin not running. It’s a decision that only Palin and her family chose to make.

Capiche?

TheRightMan on December 31, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Jon Huntsman – an otherwise decent ex-Governor but he never fails to cease an opportunity to insult his party’s base. TheRightMan on December 31, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Huntsman is growing on me, but the truth is he needs to be more disciplined.

Dr Evil on December 31, 2011 at 12:39 PM

The mistake was getting into the debates while the Governor was suffering massive back pain… He still might of screwed up, but it might not have be fatal…

phreshone on December 31, 2011 at 12:02 PM

should have contacted Rush’s drug dealer,so he could get some of them ” pain med’s.”

svs22422 on December 31, 2011 at 12:40 PM

annoyinglittletwerp

I’M glad Perry is your governor, too.

Texas unemployment – 8.4%
Nebraska unemployment – 4.2%

Horace on December 31, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Unemployment is always low in Nebraska no one wants to live there.

Dr Evil on December 31, 2011 at 12:40 PM

making liberal heads explode…
http://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/rick-perry-with-increasingly-larger-weapons

workingclass artist on December 31, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Holy crap those are some big guns.

gophergirl on December 31, 2011 at 12:40 PM

HerneTheHunter on December 31, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Uh, yeah, he had the Palin endorsement, THAT’S how he won his 3rd term…yeah, that’s the ticket! You so funny!

cartooner on December 31, 2011 at 12:41 PM

I’M glad Perry is your governor, too.

Texas unemployment – 8.4%
Nebraska unemployment – 4.2%

Horace on December 31, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Unemployment is always low in Nebraska no one wants to live there.

Dr Evil on December 31, 2011 at 12:40 PM

You know? Logic is really hard for Horace at times. I put it down to his age.

You are growing old, cowboy Horace. Time to retire from blogging?

:)

TheRightMan on December 31, 2011 at 12:42 PM

In related news, Ken Cuccinelli has assisted PerryGingrich’s saving-of-facepalm moment by allowing them onto the VA ballot.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/12/31/virginia-attorney-general-intervenes-in-gop-primary-ballot-dispute/

ted c on December 31, 2011 at 12:30 PM

I was watching that interview live. He said this is going to be fixed before the Virginia Primary in March.

Dr Evil on December 31, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Actually, that’s not true. ‘Leadership’ is a preformance, a theatrical skill, an illusion. You are trying to motivate a mob and steer them in a certain direction.

For proof I direct your attention to Obama’s Occupy Army. Local government sends out it’s own army of uniformed paramilitary shock troops to intimidate. Unfortunately for the local government, Obama’s Occupy Army can’t be intimidated and are begging the Gestapo thugs to beat them up. The protesters want to be on television with blood streaming down their face so they can claim to be victims of oppression. When that didn’t happen, the secondary goal of the protest was to make the local government appear inept.

It doesn’t matter if you are making a speech to State Department functionaries or ACORN protesters in a bank take over, or a televised debate, you have to ‘appear’ to be in control. Just look at Obama! He doesn’t do anything except front for some cabal showing up in front of the TV cameras and looking and acting Presidential.

Skandia Recluse on December 31, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Yes and no.

Leadership really isn’t a performance. Not in my experience. Leadership is getting things done.

If it were a performance, Barry would be the greatest President, not simply the 4th greatest. /

‘Armchair’ leaders, butt-kissers, the brown-nosers, those are the ‘performance’ leaders. Everyone knows their full of shite. You can see it. They taint everything they touch.

Of course there are some elements of ‘performance’ as well, but they are tertiary to a good leader.

Again, in my experience.

catmman on December 31, 2011 at 12:43 PM

The RightMan, this is for you. Keep riding that “bitter Palinista” horse to the rodeo. That’s the same horse Rick Perry will ride back to Texas.

Rick Perry WILL not be the GOP nominee. Rick Perry WILL not be President. But by all means keep riding the “bitter Palinista” horse, but remember to give it some water to drink. Rick Perry will need that horse.

HerneTheHunter on December 31, 2011 at 12:43 PM

When Perry slinks home, he can begin explaining why he’s spent 1.2 million in taxpayer dollars on personal security.
Fletch54 on December 31, 2011 at 12:27 PM

I guess you worked for Kerry?

Texas Law requires the security for the governor.

workingclass artist on December 31, 2011 at 12:43 PM

should have contacted Rush’s drug dealer,so he could get some of them ” pain med’s.”

svs22422 on December 31, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Wow! A Perry hater that also hates Rush Limbaugh.

You know? This actually gives me great hope for Perry in Iowa and beyond. If some of his most vocal haters here at Hot Air are simply Romneybots and Obamabots, then no big deal.

TheRightMan on December 31, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Lots of Perry supporters are like those liberals who love Obama because he’s black, studied at Harvard, has a cosmopolitan background, worked as a community organizer, etc.

Perry talks a lot about God, wears cowboy boots, speaks with a Southern accent and carries big guns.

Who cares if the men promoted in Texas the same type of economic policies Obama promoted at a federal level (even though Perry subsidized different companies)? Identity politics – there’s a conservative version of it too.

joana on December 31, 2011 at 12:45 PM

vote for Ron Paul

workingclass artist on December 31, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Now there’s a worthless candidate.

catmman on December 31, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Rick Perry WILL not be the GOP nominee. Rick Perry WILL not be President. But by all means keep riding the “bitter Palinista” horse, but remember to give it some water to drink. Rick Perry will need that horse.

HerneTheHunter on December 31, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Care to tell me who will be GOP nominee and President, oh All-Knowing One. Omniscient HerneTheHunter.

And while you are it, I will appreciate some winning numbers for the lottery.

TheRightMan on December 31, 2011 at 12:47 PM

annoyinglittletwerp

I’M glad Perry is your governor, too.

Texas unemployment – 8.4%
Nebraska unemployment – 4.2%

Horace on December 31, 2011 at 12:35 PM

I know Horace, everybody from every blue state in the nation is rushing to Nebraska for one of those $35 per hour jobs shucking corn and calling pigs. All 1,800,000 of you have jobs!

cartooner on December 31, 2011 at 12:47 PM

annoyinglittletwerp

According to the FBI State and City Crime Statistics for 2010, Lubbock is “thriving” with drug gangs, meth manufacturing and being a major narcotics hub for Mexican cartels. Over 1,900 home and auto break-in’s, the majority of which are attributed to drugs and drug gangs. On the FBI Crime Index, Lubbock has a 6, with 100 being the safest, so Lubbock is safer than 6% of the cities in America.

Oh, and according to the Texas Workforce Commission report, Lubbock unemployment in November 2010 was 6.1%, UP from 5.4% in October 2010.
The unemployment rate in Grand Island, Nebraska is 3.7%. Now, THAT is “thriving.”

So Long and Thanks for All the Fish!

Horace on December 31, 2011 at 12:48 PM

cartooner

$35 an hour for shucking corn and calling pigs.

Obviously, you have never shucked corn or called pigs.

$35 easy dollars per hour.

I might have to go sign up!

Muchos Groucho, amiger!

Horace on December 31, 2011 at 12:51 PM

gophergirl on December 31, 2011 at 12:37 PM

We’re leaving CA to drive home tomorrow…straight through.
I’ll probably be in the throes of post-vacay letdown on Tuesday. I’ll try to be usefully in my own way. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on December 31, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Hey Cartooner, Sarah Palin ain’t coming to Rick Perry’s aid. She will not be coming to any of the other candidate’s aid, I presume, she said as much. She’s back in Wasilla, Alaska in the comfort of her family and I also presume, very happy indeed.

But she is not the one who rode in with all fanfare, trumpets and triumph after making her Presidential announcement in SC and then proceed to fall flat every which way since. That was Rick Perry!

HerneTheHunter on December 31, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Who cares if the men promoted in Texas the same type of economic policies Obama promoted at a federal level (even though Perry subsidized different companies)? Identity politics – there’s a conservative version of it too.

joana on December 31, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Trust me, my dear Joana, if Obama had implemented half the policies that Perry has implemented for Texas – he would be running unopposed in the general and sailing to re-election.

But I don’t expect a Romney supporter to know that. After all, one such supporter here at Hot Air (sheryl) simply loves Romney because he speaks French and she finds that romantic.

Excuse me while I go to pour myself a stiff drink.

TheRightMan on December 31, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Holy crap those are some big guns.

gophergirl on December 31, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Yeah…That is Perry’s Golf

At his last Blogger shindig in Austin he took em’ to the shootin range.

When asked by a voter in Iowa if he plays Golf he laughed and said no and that he wouldn’t take 19 day long vacations to Hawaii either.

He then riffed on budget battles and leadership. Perry has signed 6 balanced budgets in Texas…The last budget battle was epic but got our credit score upgraded to AA+, saved the Rainy Day Fund from depletion it will be back up to $7Billion in 2013

Texas will have surplus of $1.6 Billion this year and revenues are back to 2008 levels.

Results Matter

workingclass artist on December 31, 2011 at 12:53 PM

building a monetary system where rich people donate to your campaign and you then funnel money back to rich people. He never had to build a skill set that would make him a decent candidate for national office.

urban elitist on December 31, 2011 at 12:24 PM

He who lives in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Perry is a piker compared to your side. A pox on both sides. Crony capitalism should be a crime.

chemman on December 31, 2011 at 12:54 PM

Democrats haven’t won a relevant statewide race in Texas since 1990. And even then the candidate won with less than 50% of the vote.

John Sharp was re-elected Comptroller of Public Accounts in 1994.

joana on December 31, 2011 at 12:36 PM

I forgot, Ann Richards was a Republican and so was Bob Bullock/

cartooner on December 31, 2011 at 12:54 PM

I’M glad Perry is your governor, too.

Texas unemployment – 8.4%
Nebraska unemployment – 4.2%

Horace on December 31, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Nebraska population: 1,826, 341
Texas population: 25, 145, 561.

catmman on December 31, 2011 at 12:54 PM

cartooner

Also, your implication seems to be that folks in blue states won’t rush to Nebraska for jobs shucking corn and calling pigs.

God, I hope not. We’re very, very red and hope to stay that way.

Allriverdearchi!

Horace on December 31, 2011 at 12:54 PM

You know? This actually gives me great hope for Perry in Iowa and beyond. If some of his most vocal haters here at Hot Air are simply Romneybots and Obamabots, then no big deal.

TheRightMan on December 31, 2011 at 12:44 PM

theRightMan is not a very good ID for you.

svs22422 on December 31, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Hey Cartooner, Sarah Palin ain’t coming to Rick Perry’s aid. She will not be coming to any of the other candidate’s aid, I presume, she said as much. She’s back in Wasilla, Alaska in the comfort of her family and I also presume, very happy indeed.

HerneTheHunter on December 31, 2011 at 12:52 PM

You know, you can go pitch an Occupy tent in front of her house and beg her to reconsider.

“Sarah, only you can save us…”

/sarc

TheRightMan on December 31, 2011 at 12:56 PM

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