Quotes of the day

posted at 9:00 pm on January 1, 2012 by Allahpundit

“While Iowa-watchers obsess over Rick Santorum’s miniature surge and Mitt Romney’s late strength, there’s one other candidate on an upward trajectory: Rick Perry.

“Aided by millions of dollars’ worth of television ads boosting him and tearing down his rivals, the thoroughly humbled Texas governor has crept up in Iowa polling in recent weeks, improving from his crash-and-burn to reliably score in double digits…

“As the days to the caucuses wane, Perry has things other candidates would kill for: Crowds who want to meet him, ads all over the airwaves, a decent ground organization, an anti-Washington message people are hungry for, and terrific hair. The question is whether it’s too little, too late, to get through the crowded pack ahead of him.”

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“A few months ago, who would have believed that Gov. Rick Perry would spend his last five days before the Iowa caucus running attacks on Rick Santorum? But there Perry was, in a tiny room upstairs at Doughy Joey’s Peetza Joynt in Waterloo, uncorking a mini stem-winder, assaulting Santorum for his time in Washington: Santorum voted for pork barrel projects and earmarks, including a teapot museum in North Carolina and Alaska’s Bridge to Nowhere. Santorum also voted—multiple times—to raise the debt ceiling. (Perry has an ad up on the air hitting Santorum on these same points.)

“It was the kind of performance that reminds you why Perry is still dangerous. He was forceful, direct, and fluid. The crowd of 100 interrupted him with applause. Both before and after the speech, he worked the room with smooth professionalism. Perry hasn’t won every election he’s entered since 1985 by accident.”

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“Aside from Iowa frontrunners Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, Perry is thought to be the only Republican candidate here with the kind of sophisticated ground game to pull off a much-needed comeback

“As of Friday, the Texas governor had signed up 1,500 precinct leaders in Iowa, a source inside the Perry campaign told CNN…

“The Perry camp also has 470 out-of-state volunteers descending on Iowa this weekend (including Perry’s own family, which flew in on Friday).

“The source said that by caucus night, ‘we will easily have over 2,000 Perry volunteers’ fanning out across the state knocking on doors and speaking for Perry at their voting sites.”

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“A flat tax. A part-time Congress. An ad that praised celebrating Christmas in schools and scorned gays in the military. A sharpened stance against abortion. And this week, Perry barnstormed Iowa with a conservative rock star, Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona, condemned by the Obama Justice Department for alleged civil rights abuses.

“Ever since Perry vaulted to the top of the pack upon entering the race in September — and tumbled almost as quickly in part because of a series of erratic, and sometimes downright comedic, debate performances — he’s been groping for a way to get hot again. And more than any other candidate in the field, he’s resorted to the kind of gimmick plays that can sometimes turn things around, but can just as easily backfire

“Perry has pledged other seemingly Herculean feats. He vowed to balance the budget by 2020, in part by capping federal spending at 18% of gross domestic product — a cap so low that most economists have dismissed it as impossible. He told one attendee at an event in Creston that if he failed to balance the budget by then, he’d slash his own executive salary — never mind that 2020 would be the final year of a second Perry term…

“Supporter Bill Thomas, 63, of Indianola was impressed, saying Perry had overcome his debate foibles. ‘Yeah, he’s getting better,’ Thomas said. ‘It’s not so much what they say; it’s what they’ve done.’”

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“Almost all the candidates had one or another of these factors working in their favor. Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, was named the most knowledgeable, for instance, Mr. Romney the most electable, and Representative Ron Paul of Texas the most likely to reduce the size of government. Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and Rick Santorum, the former senator of Pennsylvania, rated well on the attribute of relating to ordinary Iowans.

“Mr. Perry was the exception; he did not lead the field in any of the nine categories. For all his swagger, in other words, Mr. Perry is failing to stand out from the crowd. Despite spending $4.3 million in advertising, his brand has become poorly differentiated from the other Republican contenders…

“In turning his attention to Mr. Santorum and to socially conservative voters, Mr. Perry may have helped to entrench his status as a second-tier candidate, competing for a fraction of the electorate that can help a candidate to win Iowa but becomes less relevant outside of it.”

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“The two Iowa surveys released this week (from CNN/Time/ORC and NBC/Marist) have each shown Romney, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum in the top three. Senior Romney advisers argue, convincingly, that if those three ultimately constitute Iowa’s top tier the order in which they finish won’t matter much: any of those combinations would benefit Romney. The reason is that such a finish would deny an Iowa boost to Newt Gingrich or Rick Perry.

“Each man, for all of his struggles in the race, still probably has more residual potential to attract a broad coalition against Romney in other states than Paul or Santorum. But given the wounds Gingrich and Perry have accumulated (many self-inflicted), neither is likely to revive enough to present such a threat without a strong injection of momentum from Iowa. Even that might not be enough to really earn them a second look in other states, but without such a boost their odds of making a last stand against Romney could dwindle toward the microscopic…

“What’s more, it’s highly possible that even if Santorum finishes near the top here, the outcome will be too jumbled to convince Gingrich or Perry, and maybe even Michele Bachmann, to quit the race before making a last-stand in South Carolina. That would create what the Romney camp considers ‘an ideal situation, to be blunt,’ as one puts it: the possibility that several candidates to his right will continue to fragment conservative voters in New Hampshire and especially in South Carolina.”

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“‘We have Fred Thompson to thank for McCain as the Republican nominee in 2008,’ wrote Lane, who said he sees Santorum playing a similar role this time by undercutting better-funded opponents.

“Referring to the local social conservative leaders in Iowa who have endorsed the former Pennsylvania senator in recent weeks, Lane continued, ‘If Santorum gets traction, we’ll have Santorum (and the IA ‘Family Policy Boys’) to thank for Romney as the Republican nominee in ’12, and the reelection of Obama on Nov. 6, 2012.’

“In an email to POLITICO, Lane elaborated: ‘Right now it looks like 2008. Evangelicals, generally speaking, don’t understand politics.’”

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“Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry will skip New Hampshire Wednesday, hours after the nation’s first presidential contest in Iowa, to campaign in South Carolina — a strong sign the Texas governor is depending on the Palmetto State to help keep him in the race…

“‘Why use resources in a state where there is no fit?’ said the source close to the Perry campaign, who requested anonymity because he had not been cleared to comment by Perry’s national campaign. ‘The effort is being made to focus and hunt where the ducks are. For Rick Perry, those ducks are clearly in South Carolina. For Mitt Romney, those ducks are clearly in New Hampshire.’”

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“Two thousand twelve was supposed to be the year the Tea Party picked a Republican presidential candidate. It was supposed to be this great, historic opportunity for conservatives to finally get a nominee without compromising. But the two candidates who would probably be judged the most pure of all could be days away from seeing their campaigns ended, and the two candidates who are seen as having strayed the most from the party line over the years are leading nationally.

“Lots of factors combined to bring us to this point, but the simplest explanation is that Republicans are going for intellect — which brings with it a sense of competence — over ideology. Bush fatigue probably explains a lot of that, as does the desire to beat Obama, who is far less intellectual than he is made out to be, but who is nonetheless a sharp and nimble adversary. Republican voters seem to be seeking a nominee who is sharper than Obama and more competent than Bush, and judging both Bachmann and Perry as inadequate by both measures.”

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I always liked Palin…But her supporters have been trashin Perry ever since he entered the race.

I can assure you at least in my case this isn’t true.

There is one person I can’t abide(*) on the GOP ticket and that is Ron Paul, based on his record the man is a loon.

The press will have a field day ripping him to pieces if he was to get the nomination. Why the GOP doesn’t pull him aside and get him to take a seat is beyond me. Pity as his son seems to have a good head on his sholders.

As Rush states- Any of the GOP contenders would be better than the current fool in the white house.

Gary

(*) I didn’t think Bachmann had the chops for the white house months ago but thought she might make a great speaker of the house.

And then she opened her mouth about gardasil and was all done. Been all downhill from there for her.

gdonovan on January 2, 2012 at 6:23 AM

Finally got to see Gov. Perry’s Sunday interview with Chris Wallace. When asked about his tough luck, mistakes, etc. on the campaign trail, Mr. Perry answered that he had suffered some “Bumps and Grinds”. Before I could rewind the Tivo because naw…that’s not what he said, Gov. Perry doubled down by sympathizing that all the candidates had a few “Bumps and Grinds”.

My inner child (apparently a 14 year old boy) went straight to Miss Mazeppa & her horn.
:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 2, 2012 at 6:43 AM

It’s still just hard not to think that Obama wouldn’t destroy him in a debate.

Obama or the moderator would just repeatedly come out with some little known factoids about the middle east and Perry would just stand there and stare into the headlights. I keep having this image of the debate being nothing more than a discussion between the moderator and Obama.. with Perry looking up at the ceiling. Can’t shake it.

JellyToast on January 2, 2012 at 6:52 AM

I agree. I would like to take csdevan out to the woodshed. And I wasn’t even a commenter here when Palin was still thinking about it. If Romney loses, expect a whole thread of BWAHAHAHAHAs.

cptacek on January 2, 2012 at 12:14 AM

Ah yes…..the violent rhetoric from the St Palin the Victimized worshipers. It’s been a while since I’ve seen that. Tell the group, is that like a warm blankie on a cold night for you?

csdeven on January 2, 2012 at 6:59 AM

I keep having this image of the debate being nothing more than a discussion between the moderator and Obama.. with Perry looking up at the ceiling. Can’t shake it.

JellyToast on January 2, 2012 at 6:52 AM

Perry had what? A couple of debates in which he made some flubs?

Never mind the fact that aside the flubs, his performance in those debates was pretty decent.

Never mind the fact that he improved in the subsequent debates with some pundits proclaiming him the winner in at east two of the most recent debates.

Nope, facts can’t get in the way of the meme that Perry can barely string two sentences together in a debate – according to a commenter called ‘Jelly Toast’.

Hope you enjoy Obama’s second term and you can thank yourself for it.

TheRightMan on January 2, 2012 at 7:00 AM

cptacek on January 2, 2012 at 12:12 AM

Here ya go…

“In Texas, Perry signed a state budget that slashes funding for the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality from $833.3 million to $565.5 million over the next two years. In his budget proposal, Perry had provided even less: $552.5 million. Texas boasts the second largest environmental agency in the world, behind only the EPA; the state agency had requested $882.6 million just to maintain current programs.

The cuts were part of the governor’s plan to slash $15 billion in state spending to cope with revenue shortfalls in the sagging economy. Environmentalists complained that the cuts will hurt the most effective clean air programs in the state, including ones that were helping to reduce auto emissions…”

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44929138/ns/politics-decision_2012/t/perry-slashed-environmental-enforcement-te

workingclass artist on January 2, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Perry…….Dark Horse?

Sorry that pony has some serious $$$$$ in the saddle. No way someone has that kind of cash and is considered a dark horse.

And really since he’s an open borders kinda guy I guess it really makes him a free range horsey.

PappyD61 on January 2, 2012 at 8:02 AM

This election will be won on TV and the alphabet media will see to it.

Rio Linda Refugee on January 1, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Nope. Most folks get their news on the net & traffic the blogs & research on the net.

This will be a twitter & Youtube election & folks will want to meet the candidates..not rely on the old established media.

workingclass artist on January 1, 2012 at 11:09 PM

This is where alot of people are mistaken. It is easy for those of us who are political news junkies to think that others “get their news on the net & traffic the blogs & research on the net”.

But I have found this not to be true among 99% of the people I come in contact with. Heck, there’s still a large portion of the voting public, like my elderly mother, who don’t even have computers. In fact, because of the cost she doesn’t even get the cable news stations, so she gets all of her news from newspapers and the alphabet media.

And we know how fair and balanced they are. /

Flora Duh on January 2, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Go Perry Go!!!!!! here’s hoping he pulls off a surprise win, place or show in Iowa…..with one of the following scenarios:
WIN: (1) Perry (2) Paul (3) Santorum (4) Gingrich (5) Bachmann (6) Romney
PLACE: (1)Paul (2)Perry (3) Santorum (4) Gingrich (5) Bachmann (6) Romney
SHOW:(1)Ron Paul (2) Santorum (3)Perry (4) Gingrich (5) Bachmann (6) Romney

Pragmatic on January 2, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Pragmatic on January 2, 2012 at 8:19 AM

works for me

cmsinaz on January 2, 2012 at 8:23 AM

MJBrutus on January 2, 2012 at 5:41 AM

His proposal of creating over one million jobs immediately does not require ANY action by Congress. As POTUS, he has promised to push back the over-regulations on drilling on day one. His jobs proposals are the most important of all and he made sure that he would not need Congress’ approval to jump-start the economy.

From his site:


Expand energy exploration offshore and on federal and private lands across the country by executive order, creating over 1.2 million jobs.

Aslans Girl on January 2, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Aslans Girl on January 2, 2012 at 8:25 AM

All of the candidates have made the same promise. I don’t see opening up lands for energy exploration as an issue that sets him apart in the least.

MJBrutus on January 2, 2012 at 8:33 AM

I suspect something happened behind the scenes between them that we don’t know about. She went to Texas to campaign for him during a tough primary, and the next thing you know she trashed him on FOX. I’m guessing they had some kind of deal and one of them didn’t hold up their end of the bargain.

Walter Sobchak on January 2, 2012 at 12:47 AM

What happened was John “Bhopal” Coale, a former trial lawyer married to Greta Van Susteren. He negotiated Palin’s Fox Contract, acts as advisor and funded her Super Pac & Bus Tour. He later advised the Herman Cain Campaign as a friend during the politico kerfluffle. He has it in for Perry over the tort reform passed in Texas, particularly Loser Pays Law. Within days of Perry’s announcement he said he would rally the trial lawyers in America and do everything he could to take down Perry. Coale supported John Edwards in 2008 & has a history with the Clintons.

Gov. Perry didn’t do nuthin’…Palin has her piper(s) to pay (Ailes & Coale) & Politics makes strange Bedfellows.

Its pretty simple really…But the naivete of her followers gets as tedious as Paulbots & Obamabots. It happens in Personality Cults.

Here’s a coupla articles from wayback on Senor “Bhopal” Coale

http://old.nationalreview.com/flashback/flashback-goldberg010302.shtml

http://abovethelaw.com/2006/08/lawyerly-lairs-greta-van-susteren-and-john-coales-big-apple-crash-pad/

The reason Palin didn’t run is because of her association with Coale. This association would not have withstood the scrutiny with conservatives and she knew it. She strung it along as a ratings booster for Fox News. I know that sounds harsh but Palin is now a corporation and well these are the time in which we live. The moment Palin resigned from her governorship she quit being an active influential politician within the GOP. She has regrouped through social media & Fox but in order to be taken seriously she will have to re-build her political career outside AK and win office & complete a term in office.

Gingrich is pandering to her followers by floating a cabinet position or even a slot on the ballot but it’s all BS.

Gov. Perry has never said an unkind word about his friend Palin and defended her in the WSJ…She repaid him by calling him a crony capitalist which is a term straight out of the Alex Jones Lexicon…sheeesh!

Texas along with Tennessee tops the nation in governmental transparency scoring a 96%…innovations championed by Perry as Governor.
Trying to nail him with that is like nailing jello to a wall & Democrats hate him for being clean & careful.

workingclass artist on January 2, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Just(like 15 minutes ago) home from CA. Whilst in Orange County I saw one Ronulan sticker, 2 Zero stickers, and one Perry sticker.
The Perry sticker was on our car.
Go Perry.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 2, 2012 at 8:44 AM

And really since he’s an open borders kinda guy I guess it really makes him a free range horsey.

PappyD61 on January 2, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Perry isn’t open borders but I’ll play along.

Tell me PappyD61…How do you propose building a wall in the middle of a 1200 mile river (That Pesky Rio Grande) that is protected by 3 International Treaties, A Tri-State Compact between Texas, New Mexico & Colorado and congressional legislation as a Heritage River…or perhaps we should cede the millions of acres of wetlands back to Mexico? That will fly really well.

“An un-manned obstacle is not an obstacle” – Gov. Perry

workingclass artist on January 2, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Perry had what? A couple of debates in which he made some flubs?

Yeah, two debates. Wait, wasn’t there a third?

Never mind the fact that aside the flubs, his performance in those debates was pretty decent.

Pretty decent isn’t going to cut it against The One.

Never mind the fact that he improved in the subsequent debates with some pundits proclaiming him the winner in at east two of the most recent debates.

Hahahaha! He was the “winner” only in the sense that he didn’t forget his last name and he knew in which direction to stand in order to have his face on camera.

Nope, facts can’t get in the way of the meme that Perry can barely string two sentences together in a debate – according to a commenter called ‘Jelly Toast’.

Hope you enjoy Obama’s second term and you can thank yourself for it.

TheRightMan on January 2, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Perry can’t even garner support from the indies in a GOP primary and you think he has a chance to compete with Obama?

csdeven on January 2, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Perry can’t even garner support from the indies in a GOP primary and you think he has a chance to compete with Obama?

csdeven on January 2, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Perry has been driving the narrative of this race since he entered in August.

He’s broken the 3rd rail on SS reform. Championed the 10th Amendment and elimination of federal agencies.
He’s exposed the AGW scam. He’s focused on Border Security & now he’s after Congress & Wall Street corruption.

workingclass artist on January 2, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Pragmatic on January 2, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Can you provide substantial data that backs up those scenarios? Because no one has seen one iota of scientific data that supports them as you laid them out. As a matter of fact, ALL data over the last few weeks suggest otherwise.

csdeven on January 2, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Perry has been driving the narrative of this race since he entered in August.

The only narrative Perry is driving is that he is incompetent.

He’s broken the 3rd rail on SS reform. Championed the 10th Amendment and elimination of federal agencies.
He’s exposed the AGW scam. He’s focused on Border Security & now he’s after Congress & Wall Street corruption.

workingclass artist on January 2, 2012 at 9:01 AM

He called SS reform a Ponzi scheme, and true or no, the narrative was taken from him and he was defined as an extremist.

Romney, Gingrich, Bachmann, and Ron Paul, (RON PAUL!!!) have been beating the drum on reducing federal agencies and states rights drum when Perry was swearing on his soul that he would never, never, ever, run for POTUS.

No one believes Perry is tough on border security when he is supporting magnets for illegals.

Perry simply jumped on the 99% bandwagon to attack wall street. Class warfare is his schtick.

The guy is ten steps behind the real candidates like Romney, Paul, Santorum, and Gingrich.

csdeven on January 2, 2012 at 9:11 AM

The guy is ten steps behind the real candidates like Romney, Paul, Santorum, and Gingrich.

csdeven on January 2, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Paul is a backbencher Nutball who couldn’t win a statewide office if he paid Texans in gold & is already tanking because of his paranoid newsletters.

Romney is a failed liberal who won a single election in 17 years of trying & was a tool or Swim Coach Teddy giving us the blueprint for Obamacare.

Santorum lost his last election by 20 points, he’s a poster child for K street, is broke and in debt & has a google problemo he can’t stop whining about.

Gingrich…where to begin? Well how about summarizing that Americans don’t elect quitters to the presidency.

Yeah…these are Winners!

I’ll stick with the Governor of Texas…Cause he delivers results & the Texas Economy Proves it.

workingclass artist on January 2, 2012 at 9:21 AM

csdeven on January 2, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Mitt Romney is a latter day saint third party whackjob. You cannot seriously be supporting that level of stupidity…

tom daschle concerned on January 2, 2012 at 9:27 AM

He called SS reform a Ponzi scheme, and true or no, the narrative was taken from him and he was defined as an extremist.

csdeven on January 2, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Telling the truth hurts a politician? I guess you can base your assessment on how you perceive others will react to the truth. As for me, it makes me want to vote for the guy even more. Truth and politicians; not usually a combination you hear of.

ZGMF_Freedom on January 2, 2012 at 9:30 AM

“You got a name?” :)

golfmann on January 2, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Re: Gov. Perry, a Commenter Wrote -

“And really since he’s an open borders kinda guy … “

I don’t know where you got that nonsense (Gov. Perry has led the way in border enforcement), but I’ve seen no evidence of your claim.

What do you say to a youngin who was brought to America at age 1, 2, 3, … That you now have to “go home”? What “home”? As long as the Feds demand that States educate illegals, allowing someone in-state college tuition rates when they had no choice but to relocate here as an infant/child is just vindictive and impractical.
Secure the border, clarify the Constitution re: “anchor babies”, and then let’s move on.
Rick Perry is America’s only chance.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 2, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Navy Seal Hero Marcus Lutrell & Forbes are joining Gov. Perry in Iowa today.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/01/rick-perry-joined-on-stump-by-navy-seal-hero-he-helped/

workingclass artist on January 2, 2012 at 12:04 PM

The Rick Perry volunteers at Sheraton Des Moines are on fire. Many of us met Anita Perry one on one. She is dyanmic, smart, authentic and very down to earth and accessible. The PerryPerry campaign is rolling.

dr. bob and I are covering two of the Iowa precincts tomorrow.

bobguzzardi on January 2, 2012 at 1:04 PM

I’ve been away for a while: What a change!

It’s heartwarming to log in to see the work being done here by workingclassartist (man, your research is wonderous to behold!), Karl Magnus, ZGMF, annoyinglittletwerp, TheRightMan (who has been doing battle largely by himself until today), Aslans Girl (another strong warrior), and pragmantic.

I’ve been out of touch for the last few days. Husband had an acid burn at work. But, it’s hugely heartening to see the uptick in the media about Perry (they’re actually mentioning his name now -ha!), and now this!

Lookin’forward to bob’s followup about his and doc’s endeavors tomorrow. Doc said you both were warming up your speaking notes?

RICK PERRY 2012
If you’re not on the boat, get outta the way!

avagreen on January 2, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Rick Perry’s record will play well in these states as he picks up steam in SC.

“Unsurprisingly, both states rank among the 11 highest in the nation in unemployed young people:

NORTH CAROLINA

Youth Unemployment Rate (20-24): 18.4%

Youth Unemployment Rate (16-19): 27%

Number of Unemployed Youth: 124,000

Overall Unemployment Rate: 10.5%

NEVADA

Youth Unemployment Rate (20-24): 19.6%

Youth Unemployment Rate (16-19): 32.8%

Number of Unemployed Youth: 43,000

Overall Unemployment Rate: 14.4%

http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/286842/democrats-losing-young-voters-north-carolina-nevada

workingclass artist on January 2, 2012 at 1:41 PM

The PerryPerry campaign is rolling.

dr. bob and I are covering two of the Iowa precincts tomorrow.

bobguzzardi on January 2, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Rock It in Iowa!

avagreen on January 2, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Good to see ya. Hope your husband is feeling better.

workingclass artist on January 2, 2012 at 1:43 PM

csdeven on January 2, 2012 at 6:59 AM

You act like an annoying child having a temper tantrum. Someone needs a spanking. Don’t bother responding. I will not play your idiotic game.

cptacek on January 2, 2012 at 4:21 PM

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