Perry tweets, “Here we come South Carolina!”

posted at 11:45 am on January 4, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

When a primary candidate suffers a substantial defeat and states that he will “reassess” his campaign while suspending his travel to the next state in the campaign, it generally means that the candidate has decided to withdraw.  That’s what Rick Perry did last night in the aftermath of his expensive fifth-place finish far out of the running in Iowa:

Curiously, that reassessment seems to have taken place without a return to Texas. His official Twitter account sent out this message at 11:10 am ET today, with a picture of a jogging Perry attached:

And the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State…Here we come South Carolina!!!

Conservatives who have backed Perry will be encouraged by this development, but it prompts a few questions. What happened between last night and this morning to close out the reassessment period? And why would Perry have announced his intention to “return to Texas,” rather than proceed immediately to South Carolina, to “reassess” the campaign in the middle of a gracious concession speech, which he had to have known would be taken as a strong hint of withdrawal? It sounds as though the Perry campaign is still having problems with messaging and competency, and this time it can’t be blamed on Perry’s old campaign team. This kind of vacillation is not going to bolster confidence in Perry in the next two weeks.

Perry has the best resume in the race for conservatives, with a solid record of accomplishment in Texas for more than a decade. The campaign itself and Perry as a national candidate have proven to be less than effective on the national stage, however. If Perry does decide to stay in the race, which this tweet seems to indicate, it will keep those conservatives divided for the next couple of weeks, as Perry seems to have little hope of consolidating them in South Carolina. As I mentioned earlier, his polling in the state in December averages out to 5.7% in RCP’s calculations, behind even Bachmann, who just withdrew today. If Perry picked up all of Bachmann’s support, he would still be well behind Romney (21%) and Newt Gingrich, whose 37% average will almost surely have declined in the three weeks since the last poll, and which was dropping through December anyway.

Perry still has lots of cash and a significant organization. Perhaps he can get another chance in South Carolina, but I’d call that a long shot at this point — and the longer he stays in the race, the better it is for Mitt Romney.

Update: I added the time stamp information to clarify that this came out this morning.  The picture makes the point, if you follow the link.  In the headline thread, some people are claiming that this is a strategic head-fake to get Bachmann to withdraw, but in what universe was Bachmann a threat to any of the rest of the candidates, including Perry?


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If Perry drops out, Romney wins the nomination – period!

Please rally to Perry. The rest cannot beat Romney. Only he can.

TheRightMan on January 4, 2012 at 1:26 PM

I never cease to be amazed at the mind games you play on yourself.

After convincing millions of Americans that you’re an idiot on national TV, it becomes very hard to unconvince them.

bw222 on January 4, 2012 at 2:49 PM

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 4, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Yes, and the other GOP candidates who were old enough took deferments. Perry volunteered to join the Air Force as a sophomore (cadets make the decision to go contract between second and third year), and the war was raging full on then. Perry and Paul are the only candidates to have ever served in the military.

juliesa on January 4, 2012 at 2:52 PM

I never cease to be amazed at the mind games you play on yourself.

After convincing millions of Americans that you’re an idiot on national TV, it becomes very hard to unconvince them.

bw222 on January 4, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Did Perry really convince people he was dumb, or did Republicans get all ph34red that 0bama’s mad debate skills were going to kill Perry’s chances in the general? There is a difference, and I think 0bama’s skills are overrated.

Sekhmet on January 4, 2012 at 2:53 PM

I hope Governor Perry stays in. We need comic relief.

IlikedAUH2O on January 4, 2012 at 3:00 PM

If I was concerned about debate skills, I’d be supporting Gingrich, which I am not. To be perfectly honest the 2012 crop of Republicans is pretty bad, even by “hold your nose” standards.

bw222 on January 4, 2012 at 3:00 PM

I hope Governor Perry stays in. We need comic relief.

IlikedAUH2O on January 4, 2012 at 3:00 PM

I haven’t thought about that ‘angle’ :-)…

jimver on January 4, 2012 at 3:09 PM

2006: Democrats win house & senate by running on a liberal agenda

2008: Building on the 2006 momentum, Democrats nominate the most liberal senator for president. He runs on a liberal platform and wins big.

compare that to

2010: Republicans have a huge year by campaigning on a fiscal conservative message.

2012: Run away from 2010 success, demonize the people who made 2010 happen and nominate the most liberal candidate they can find for president.

Stupid Party. Always will be.

angryed on January 4, 2012 at 3:10 PM

That isn’t necessarily the case. Its entirely possible the campaign made an honest calculation after ‘sleeping on it’. Two weeks ago Perry was in Bachmann’s position in Iowa. His showing last night was less than expected but quite a bit better than it could have been just before Christmas.

It seems to me that Perry finally found his stride but a little late to make a difference in IA or NH. With Newt going negative and Santorum about to get a vetting that will look like a hydro-colonic and Bachmann out, Perry could in fact be the last non-Mitt standing.

I’ve supported Perry all along. If he wants to continue I’ll keep supporting him.

JonPrichard on January 4, 2012 at 12:06 PM

This +10000

Just Sayin on January 4, 2012 at 3:13 PM

If the district delegates are assigned proportionally based on the caucus results, Romney, Santorum and Paul would each add 4 to the state delegates as they finished 1-2-3 or 2-1-3 in all 4 districts and close enough together that neither Romney nor Santorum would warrant 2. If the district delegates are winner-take-all, Romney and Santorum would each add 8 12 to the state delegates as they each carried 2 districts.

Steve Eggleston on January 4, 2012

Thanks for posting all that pertinent info. But geez, what a mess they make of what should be a simple allocation. The numbers I used were from Fox News last night. Maybe they just simplified the process so we in the cheap seats could understand.

JonPrichard on January 4, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Last night was like a nightmare to me. Make no mistake, It was a victory for Obama machine and MSM. Romney did not win and he will never win against obama. MSM was successful in destroying Perry, the only candidate who couls beat Obama. I hope as time passes on, conservatives rally behind Perry and lead him to nomination. Paul and Santy are joke, they will never get anywhere.

nancysabet on January 4, 2012 at 3:25 PM

So, this real smart guy Rick Perry, he has been in elected office for 30 years or so, he made a plan to run for Pres., he enters the contest, he goes to Iowa and runs in the thing there, then after it is all over he talks to his paid help and they tell him and he first learns then that Democrats can vote in the Republican thing there.

Smart as hell this Rick Perry.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 4, 2012 at 3:27 PM

I don’t believe that Perry’s brief period of reassessment hurt him at all. He never said he was quitting. I think it actually generates excitement among his supporters. This morning instead of being depressed about Iowa, I am excited that he is going to continue on. Also he now has a few days to rest and prepare for the debates this weekend.

I felt in my heart that although I would accept whatever decision he made, it is too early for him to quit. He needs time to rehabilitate his image. There was not sufficient time before Iowa, but now he has some breathing space. He has the best chance in S. Carolina where the voters are more compatible to him. I heard that the unemployment rate is not that high in Iowa, so his best selling point (jobs creation) was ineffective there.

The news is not all bad for Perry. He won 2 precincts in Iowa (Gingrich won zero). He came in second in quite a few of them. He actually got 1 delegate- the same as Gingrich. He brought up his poll numbers in Iowa, and he only ended up with 3% less votes than Gingrich. He got to polish up his stump speech. He delivered it beautifully on the last day’s rally. Michelle Bachmann dropping out is good for Perry too.

I think it was also good that so many of his loyal supporters got to work together in Iowa for him. Those who were there and got to meet each other, and Rick Perry himself, have developed more feeling of being on a team and working together for a cause they are passionate about.

We still have a chance at a more conservative candidate than Romney. Why shouldn’t Perry have a shot at it as well as the others? He is especially deserving in light of the fact that he has the best record, he is the most qualified, and is serious in his motives for running. If it ends up splitting the conservative vote in S. Carolina, that still gives time to consolidate behind one of the more conservative candidates. If people really don’t want Romney, they will still be able to elect a different choice.

Anticipating those who will say all this is wishful thinking and he has no chance so it’s a waste of time etc. or any other nasty negative comments, I just say no one knows the future and things have changed rapidly in unexpected ways a number of times already. This is a primary election like no other, and it is the most important one ever for our country. Perry, in spite of his flaws, brings things to the table that no one else can offer. God bless him for not quitting just yet.

cheetah2 on January 4, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Did Perry really convince people he was dumb, or did Republicans get all ph34red that 0bama’s mad debate skills were going to kill Perry’s chances in the general? There is a difference, and I think 0bama’s skills are overrated.

Sekhmet on January 4, 2012 at 2:53 PM

The first. Check Perry’s favs/unfavs amongst Republicans. They really dislike the man – they wouldn’t have those kind of feelings if it was just about electability.

This is funny, but in New Hampshire Perry is actually less popular than Obama with Republicans.

joana on January 4, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Some people are claiming that this is a strategic head-fake to get Bachmann to withdraw, but in what universe was Bachmann a threat to any of the rest of the candidates, including Perry?

Ed Morrissey on January 4, 2012 at 11:45 am

There was something magical about the Huckabee run in 2008 and we had hoped to repeat it in 2012 with Bachmann …I don’t expect casual’s or RINO Republicans like Morrissey to understand

apocalypse on January 4, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Perry has three reasons for staying in the race.

To defend the nation, to defeat Obama, and…and… that third thing.

Oops.

profitsbeard on January 4, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Priceless!

SauerKraut537 on January 4, 2012 at 4:09 PM

This is funny, but in New Hampshire Perry is actually less popular than Obama with Republicans.

This is funny, but in Texas democrats are more conservative than republicans in New Hampshire.

DanMan on January 4, 2012 at 4:10 PM

I love Political “experts”.

4 weeks or so ago – Cain is destined
2 weeks ago – Newt unstoppable
Now – Santorum the Iowa President

No one knows what the next 2 weeks will bring.
Santorum has never been vetted or attacked.
Romney recieved the soft glove in debates as Santorum and Bachmann attacked Perry and Newt.

A few political pastors and a reality series family turned Iowa upside down.

What will determine SC????

IMHO (still bitter clinging) Perry / West 2012

tonotisto on January 4, 2012 at 4:18 PM

One of the biggest problems I had with Perry was his lack of support for a border fence….

But now I understand why what is being built now doesn’t make sense after reading this story..

Unless the US scraps this pos decades-old treaty with Mexico and actually builds the fence ON THE BOARDER… There is no reason to support a boarder miles from the actual border that traps US land in no-mans-land…

Perry seems to be the most conservative candidate in this race… Hope he ups his game for SC…

I

Y314K on January 4, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Perry has three reasons for staying in the race.
To defend the nation, to defeat Obama, and…and… that third thing.
Oops.

that’s ok. 2 are enough.

cheetah2 on January 4, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Hooray for good news!

Go Perry!

bitsy on January 4, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Perry and Huntsman are good friends. Maybe Perry staying in helps Huntsman too by denying the inevitability of Mitt.

As a Perry supporter, I was so deflated this morning. I supported Romney last go around, gave money, met him,his wife etc. Just can’t get there this time. He seems so smarmy. Let’s hope Perry can get his act together. I’m tired of all these Fox commentators thinking they can be President when Perry is without a doubt the most conservative and successful executive.

monalisa on January 4, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Perry and Huntsman are good friends. Maybe Perry staying in helps Huntsman too by denying the inevitability of Mitt.

As a Perry supporter, I was so deflated this morning. I supported Romney last go around, gave money, met him,his wife etc. Just can’t get there this time. He seems so smarmy. Let’s hope Perry can get his act together. I’m tired of all these Fox commentators thinking they can be President when Perry is without a doubt the most conservative and successful executive.

monalisa on January 4, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Then [url=http://gopbriefingroom.com/index.php?topic=64505.0] this should make you happy[/url] — looks like he is getting a good leg up in SC today.

Rapunzel on January 4, 2012 at 5:18 PM

I also think Perry flirted with ending the campaign to make certain parties mess their shorts with the thought of having to back Santorum, Gingrich, or Romney.

Sekhmet on January 4, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Ugh. I was trying to think of who I would support, and I couldn’t do it.

cptacek on January 4, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Typical Romney excuse. He had to govern like a liberal because he was in MA. OK fine. Let’s go with that, he had to govern as a liberal. But that’s all he’s done. He has held 1 elected position. And in that 1 position he was to the left of Obama.

And based on that we’re supposed to leap to the conclusion that he will be a conservative as president? Why?

angryed on January 4, 2012 at 12:29 PM

We will be disappointed in Romney just like we are disappointed with Scott Brown. The “but he’s from MA” excuse doesn’t help when we are betrayed.

cptacek on January 4, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Rick Perry is a dumb cornpone. A yokel who has little sense of Federal policy or politics. The people who continue to support him fanatically at this point are worse than he is.

Reggie1971 on January 4, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Are you sure he’s not evil instead? Because every Republican running for President has to be dumb or evil.

/sarc

cptacek on January 4, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Two thoughts:
1) Perry sabotaged his chances in the first few debates. Nothing will change that early impression. Perry will spend many more millions trying, to no avail.

2) With Santorum, Paul, Gingrich and Perry all splitting the non-Romney vote, Romney does even better in SC than if Perry had dropped out.

writeblock on January 4, 2012 at 1:54 PM

My sister asked me who I was going to vote for, because she doesn’t really follow politics, and she was just starting to look into who was running. I kind of ran down who each of the candidates were, and what they have done, and what the drawbacks were to each of them. I told her that “Perry didn’t do very well in the debates, so many people don’t like him.” She looked at me like I was crazy.

debates:Presidency::ice skating:Presidency

cptacek on January 4, 2012 at 5:41 PM

So, this real smart guy Rick Perry, he has been in elected office for 30 years or so, he made a plan to run for Pres., he enters the contest, he goes to Iowa and runs in the thing there, then after it is all over he talks to his paid help and they tell him and he first learns then that Democrats can vote in the Republican thing there.

Smart as hell this Rick Perry.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 4, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Perry is just a regular guy. I don’t think he has ever pretended to be a “real smart guy.” If you’re really hell bent on worshiping smart politicians, I would recommend Jindal. There are names for people who are accepted to both Harvard Medical and Yale Law School. They are called Bobby Jindal.

ZGMF_Freedom on January 4, 2012 at 5:42 PM

According to a post election analysis out of Iowa today the big player was ethanol. Romney and Santorum support subsidies for it, Newt does, too, Perry is against subsidizing it.

Rapunzel on January 4, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Rick Perry is a dumb cornpone. A yokel who has little sense of Federal policy or politics. The people who continue to support him fanatically at this point are worse than he is.

Reggie1971 on January 4, 2012 at 1:25 PM

I support him because he is honest and has humility. Do you feel smarter when you call others stupid?

ZGMF_Freedom on January 4, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Good news..Go Team Perry..:)

Dire Straits on January 4, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Good thing about South Carolina, no money grubbing Ethanol lobby.

iowa-ethanol-industry-celebrates-romney-santorum

IMHO Perry / West 2012

tonotisto on January 4, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Praise the Lord!

I prayed a lot last night so this is wonderful news to hear.

-Aslan’s Girl who is praising the Lord today :)

Aslans Girl on January 4, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Oh, and the other good news today is Bachmann’s out. Good news all around!

Aslans Girl on January 4, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Then [url=http://gopbriefingroom.com/index.php?topic=64505.0] this should make you happy[/url] — looks like he is getting a good leg up in SC today.

Rapunzel on January 4, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Great Info! Fox (Perry blackout) News nor most of the blogs will report this positive news.

The Perry’s have already opened shop in SC and Gov. Perry has been endorsed by the following South Carolina GOP leaders:

State Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler, Cherokee
State Senator Paul Campbell, Berkeley
State Senator Ronnie Cromer, Newberry
State Senator Larry Grooms, Berkeley
State Senator Mike Rose, Dorchester
State Rep. Todd Atwater, Lexington
State Rep. Liston Barfield, Horry
State Rep. Eric Bedingfield, Greenville
State Rep. Alan Clemmons, Horry
State Rep. Marion Frye, Saluda
State Rep. Dan Hamilton, Greenville
State Rep. Bill Hixon, Aiken
State Rep. Chip Limehouse, Charleston
State Rep. Philip Lowe, Florence
State Rep. Chris Murphy, Charleston
State Rep. Andy Patrick, Beaufort
State Rep. Bill Sandifer, Oconee
State Rep. Gary Simrill, Rock Hill
State Rep. Tommy Stringer, Greenville
State Rep. Bill Taylor, Aiken
State Rep. Mark Willis, Greenville

IMHO Perry / West 2012

tonotisto on January 4, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Romney

Good: Says he is a Reagan Conservative
Bad: Says he is a Progressive Moderate.
X-factor: Inoffensive. Even his derisive nickname, “mittens” is bland. Generic politician. No real convictions.

Santorum

Good: True unquestionable social conservative
Bad: Questionable fiscal conservative. Was Senator during wild spending Bush years. Voted for large medicare expansion (part d).
X-factor:May have a nonverbal issue with parts of the electorate. Looks like he snearing all the time. Looks may trump substance for some. Is going through frontrunner vetting process.

Ron Paul
Good: Believes in limited government and Constitution.
Bad: Does not recognize the danger of theocratic Islamic fascism. Questionable evolving stances on race and/or total lack of insight and managerial skills.
X-factor: He’s Ron Paul

Perry
Good: 1 million jobs. Longest serving governor. Humility to own up to mistakes
Bad: In-state tuition for children of illegals, Gardasil government overreach, extremely poor early debate performances
X-factor: Great resume but can he overcome the desire of some Republicans not to have to defend someone perceived as “stupid” a la GWB?

ZGMF_Freedom on January 4, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Aslans Girl on January 4, 2012 at 6:09 PM

..:)

Dire Straits on January 4, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Perry is just a regular guy. I don’t think he has ever pretended to be a “real smart guy.” If you’re really hell bent on worshiping smart politicians, I would recommend Jindal. There are names for people who are accepted to both Harvard Medical and Yale Law School. They are called Bobby Jindal.

ZGMF_Freedom on January 4, 2012 at 5:42 PM

and funny thing Jindal just said he still supports Perry 100%

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas/jindal-stands-by-rick-perry-for-gop-nomination-2080325.html

Rapunzel on January 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

X-factor: Great resume but can he overcome the desire of some Republicans not to have to defend someone perceived as “stupid” a la GWB?

ZGMF_Freedom on January 4, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Who cares if he can govern…Doesn’t in Texas. Besides he’s great at making liberal heads explode.

workingclass artist on January 4, 2012 at 6:20 PM

I support him because he is honest and has humility. Do you feel smarter when you call others stupid?

ZGMF_Freedom on January 4, 2012 at 5:46 PM

To answer your question, no. What I feel is exasperation at the fact that a person would be so dense as to not realize that his campaign has been DEAD for weeks, and staying in at this point only helps Mitt Romney.

Reggie1971 on January 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Who cares if he can govern…Doesn’t in Texas. Besides he’s great at making liberal heads explode.

workingclass artist on January 4, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Meant to type Who Cares if He can govern. Doesn’t matter in Texas (What matters is results)

workingclass artist on January 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Reggie1971 on January 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Perry raised the money & you want him to drop out after a single caucus so your life is easier?

Perry raised the money & has great policies so he’s in it as long as he wants to be.

Texas California & NY deliver a big chunk of delegates & Texas is in April.

How many states did Mitt win in the south in 2008?

workingclass artist on January 4, 2012 at 6:26 PM

All true conservatives must support Perry now. Otherwise, Obama will be re-elected. Romney will be a re-run of McCain who lost to Obama. Santorum & Gingrich do not have the $$$. So, there is your choice, folks…..

Perry or Obama. It is that simple.

If Obama gets 4 more, America is nevermore.

purgatory on January 4, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Rapunzel on January 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

I <3 Jindal! He is my second favorite governor :)

Aslans Girl on January 4, 2012 at 6:44 PM

And Perry just won the Hot Air poll yesterday, remember? Woohoo :)

Aslans Girl on January 4, 2012 at 6:46 PM

According to a post election analysis out of Iowa today the big player was ethanol. Romney and Santorum support subsidies for it, Newt does, too, Perry is against subsidizing it.

Rapunzel on January 4, 2012 at 5:43 PM

VERY interesting. No wonder he didn’t do better!

kg598301 on January 4, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Rapunzel on January 4, 2012 at 5:43 PM

I tried telling people here that last night, and was laughed at, so I’m glad you have provided a link to prove it. Thanks!

Aslans Girl on January 4, 2012 at 7:12 PM

So, Ol’ Rick’s gonna put the saddle back on his horse and head over there to South Carolina after striking it big with FIFTH place in an Iowa Clown Circus?

I thought something was up when he planned to go back to Texas for a “thinkin’ session.” Those always give him bad headaches.

Anyway, when he said he was going back to Texas last night, I was almost as sad as I was the day the cancelled “Hee-Haw.” But, as Gene Autry once sang, Ol’ Rick is “back in the saddle again.”

YYYYYEEEEEEEHHHHAAAAA!

Horace on January 4, 2012 at 7:23 PM

According to a post election analysis out of Iowa today the big player was ethanol. Romney and Santorum support subsidies for it, Newt does, too, Perry is against subsidizing it.

Rapunzel on January 4, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Good thing about South Carolina, no money grubbing Ethanol lobby.

iowa-ethanol-industry-celebrates-romney-santorum

IMHO Perry / West 2012

tonotisto on January 4, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Didn’t catch you upstream. Yep, one of the great untold stories.
Perry and Bachmann did not sign on to Ethanol.

The wallet matters, the Ethanol lobby wants the Pork back.
Makes me wonder if Perry’s anti-pork stand against Santorum in Iowa actually hurt Perry’s numbers.

tonotisto on January 4, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Agreed. He’s not gonna win South Carolina. But what he could do is siphon off 10-13% of the vote which will hurt Santorum and Newt.

Doughboy on January 4, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Newt is just a smarter but uglier Romney. I’m up in the air about Santorum. I don’t know enough about him.

ZGMF_Freedom on January 4, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Screw it! I’m still behind ya Perry!
Please stay in so I can vote for you!

southernms on January 4, 2012 at 7:42 PM

“We’re going to South Carolina! and Oklahoma! and Arizona! and North Dakota! and New Mexico! and we’re going to California! and Texas! and New York! … And we’re going to South Dakota! and Oregon! and Washington! and Michigan! and then we’re going to Washington, D.C., to take back the White House!

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH!

DavidW on January 4, 2012 at 7:46 PM

One of the poster above claimed somehow Ethanol was the deciding factor for Romney and Santorum and the only article I see on that is a Washington Examiner article that mentions a tweet by an Iowa Ethanol group that was happy with the results.

Where is the evidence Ethanol was a major factor in the minds of Iowa Caucus goers? Is there some article out there with entrance polling I haven’t seen yet?

Bluray on January 4, 2012 at 7:54 PM

One of the poster above claimed somehow Ethanol was the deciding factor for Romney and Santorum and the only article I see on that is a Washington Examiner article that mentions a tweet by an Iowa Ethanol group that was happy with the results.

Where is the evidence Ethanol was a major factor in the minds of Iowa Caucus goers? Is there some article out there with entrance polling I haven’t seen yet?

Bluray on January 4, 2012 at 7:54 PM

I didn’t hear anything about it in the news either. There is, however, a history of Iowians severing punishing McCain for not supporting the subsidies. I, too, would like to see some links.

ZGMF_Freedom on January 4, 2012 at 8:08 PM

What happened between last night and this morning to close out the reassessment period?

Easy.

Michelle Bachmann dropped out and he hopes to pick up her supporters.

dukecitygirl on January 4, 2012 at 8:11 PM

I realize this is just a troll, trolling. But it is indicative of the Romney mindset and the Romney supporter in general.

angryed on January 4, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Yes and it makes the idea of voting for Romney more distasteful.

dukecitygirl on January 4, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Easy.

Michelle Bachmann dropped out and he hopes to pick up her supporters.

dukecitygirl on January 4, 2012 at 8:11 PM

keikaku dori

ZGMF_Freedom on January 4, 2012 at 8:14 PM

AWESOME!!!!

The more anti-Romney nuts fighting for the YEEEEHAAAW vote, the better for Mitt Romney.

Mitt will smoke em all in New Hampshire, making him 2 for 2.

Mitt will probably lose South Carolina…I mean the people there arent exactly splitting atoms…know what I mean?

And then Mitt will end it in Florida and the nomination will be his.

Amen and amen

Jailbreak on January 4, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Ew, that was like Howard Dean’s scream.

dukecitygirl on January 4, 2012 at 8:29 PM

I didn’t hear anything about it in the news either. There is, however, a history of Iowians severing punishing McCain for not supporting the subsidies. I, too, would like to see some links.

ZGMF_Freedom on January 4, 2012 at 8:08 PM

I know about McCain, but that was in 2000, he actually got booed at an Iowa debate for his stance and Bush went on to talk about how great Ethanol is and how we need to make investments in it and make it a fuel for the future.

But I don’t think that was the main reason Bush won in 2000, and entrance polls from last night showed that Santorum’s supporters were mainly evangelicals and social conservatives, and Romney’s supporters were mainly more moderate republican voters and higher income voters concerned about the economy. The entrance polls I saw didn’t mention Ethanol as an important issue to voters.

Bluray on January 4, 2012 at 8:32 PM

The entrance polls I saw didn’t mention Ethanol as an important issue to voters.

Bluray on January 4, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Then most likely it is just a rumor started by Perry supporters to make themselves feel better after the disappointing result in Iowa.

ZGMF_Freedom on January 4, 2012 at 8:36 PM

South Carolinians for Rick Perry Facebook Page.

Dr Evil on January 4, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Busy day, just reading the thread. Thanks for the link!

bluefox on January 4, 2012 at 8:42 PM

I’ve been a strong Rick Perry supporter from the start. Love the guy! He’s my Governor, and I am extremely proud of him for the campaign he’s run.

But this morning I’m switching to Mitt.

I am now a Romney for President backer. As I imagine a good number of other Perry longtime supporters may be in the coming hours and days, as well.

ericdondero on January 4, 2012 at 11:57 AM

I agree, you have an active imagination, lol! Oh, and I highly doubt you were ever a “strong supporter” of Perry’s. Suuuuuure you were :rollseyes:

Aslans Girl on January 4, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Mittbots acting all bitter since Perry confirmed he is not dropping out should open all conservatives’ eyes.

Please rally to Perry. The rest cannot beat Romney. Only he can.

TheRightMan on January 4, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Hi RM, was out running errands most of the day…. Yes, I noticed the deflation of the Romney supporters:-)

Gov. Perry, still the one!!

bluefox on January 4, 2012 at 8:53 PM

I agree, you have an active imagination, lol! Oh, and I highly doubt you were ever a “strong supporter” of Perry’s. Suuuuuure you were :rollseyes:

Aslans Girl on January 4, 2012 at 8:49 PM

I think your the one with the overactive imagination if your assuming that there is no possible way someone could be a Perry supporter and then support Romney.

Bluray on January 4, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Reggie1971 on January 4, 2012 at 1:25 PM

See, bluefox?

Now here is a supposed ‘conservative’ that doesn’t want Romney to be nominated.

TheRightMan on January 4, 2012 at 1:33 PM

“supposed” is the key word and you had that right. No Conservative uses that kind of language:-) Easy to spot.

bluefox on January 4, 2012 at 9:03 PM

bluefox on January 4, 2012 at 1:44 PM

He might not know what you’re talking about. You better sign it from the Perry Girls at HotGas!

Perry 2012

mrsmwp on January 4, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Oh, yeah. I forgot about that new name for the site:-) I sent my email right after my comment and then have been out until recently. Trying to catch up.

bluefox on January 4, 2012 at 9:21 PM

I think I’ll email Perry as I did before and sign it, from the Perry girls on Hotair:-)

bluefox on January 4, 2012 at 1:44 PM

I emailed him last night, too (campaign@rickperry.org, is that the one you used?) and signed my real name. My mom said I should’ve signed it my username here :)

Aslans Girl on January 4, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Y314K on January 4, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Thanks for posting that article. I’ve never seen nor read about that fence before. Shaking my head over that:-)

bluefox on January 4, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Praise the Lord!

I prayed a lot last night so this is wonderful news to hear.

-Aslan’s Girl who is praising the Lord today :)

Aslans Girl on January 4, 2012 at 6:08 PM

That makes two of us, LOL

bluefox on January 4, 2012 at 10:17 PM

tonotisto on January 4, 2012 at 6:10 PM
Thanks for posting the endorsements of Gov. Perry. I agree and am quite aggravated in Fox and other networks not covering positive clips of him. So much for “fair & balanced”. Fox News have been out of balance for several months, imo.

bluefox on January 4, 2012 at 10:21 PM

X-factor: Great resume but can he overcome the desire of some Republicans not to have to defend someone perceived as “stupid” a la GWB?

ZGMF_Freedom on January 4, 2012 at 6:11 PM

If anyone perceives Gov. Perry as stupid, then that tells me they have not taken the time to know his record. They have listened to “sound bites” from the MSM and other so called Fox News “experts” define him.

They need to educate themselves and not be “stupid” and uninformed.
That’s my opinion.

bluefox on January 4, 2012 at 10:42 PM

I think I’ll email Perry as I did before and sign it, from the Perry girls on Hotair:-)

bluefox on January 4, 2012 at 1:44 PM

I emailed him last night, too (campaign@rickperry.org, is that the one you used?) and signed my real name. My mom said I should’ve signed it my username here :)

Aslans Girl on January 4, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Yes, that one. I just checked and haven’t received an answer yet, LOL I didn’t sign my real name, but just replied to the latest email I received from Anita Perry. Thot maybe she has more time to read them. I marked “URGENT” in the subject line, LOL

bluefox on January 4, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Rick Santorum “may” be a really nice guy, but he is a big government “passionate conservative” in the vein of George Bush… and this is not going to play well in South Carolina I suspect Perry will do well in SC.

http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/01/04/this-wont-play-well-in-south-carolina/

Rapunzel on January 4, 2012 at 11:40 PM

South Carolinians for Rick Perry Facebook Page.

Dr Evil on January 4, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Busy day, just reading the thread. Thanks for the link!

bluefox on January 4, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Do you have a link please?

Rapunzel on January 4, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Where is the evidence Ethanol was a major factor in the minds of Iowa Caucus goers? Is there some article out there with entrance polling I haven’t seen yet?

Bluray on January 4, 2012 at 7:54 PM

I didn’t hear anything about it in the news either. There is, however, a history of Iowians severing punishing McCain for not supporting the subsidies. I, too, would like to see some links.

ZGMF_Freedom on January 4, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Why do you think no one wants to take on the very wasteful Ethanol lobby? and Iowa is all about corn and ethanol, there is a reason that — like Texas — they have a low unemployment rate — it is related to energy only in Iowa it is energy and food, they can’t grow corn fast enough in that state to meet demand… do you think anyone is going to do well saying they are going to cut the cord to the golden goose? Everyone complains that the Tea Party hasn’t managed to cut spending, but no one seems willing to support a candidate who is honest and says…… no…… to a boondoggle like corn ethanol that uses more energy to convert to energy than we get back.

Rapunzel on January 4, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Rick Santorum “may” be a really nice guy, but he is a big government “passionate conservative” in the vein of George Bush… and this is not going to play well in South Carolina I suspect Perry will do well in SC.

http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/01/04/this-wont-play-well-in-south-carolina/

Rapunzel on January 4, 2012 at 11:40 PM

“It’s not just Rick Santorum knocking Jim DeMint (!!!) when not hiding behind DeMint to claim tea party bona fides, Santorum is also going to have trouble in South Carolina because of his voting record. He opposed National Right to Work legislation.

In the 104th Congress Sen. Santorum joined all Democrats and a minority of Republicans in voting to filibuster the bill S. 1788, the National Right to Work Act of 1995. (“On the Cloture Motion (motion to invoke cloture on motion to proceed to consider S.1788),” Senate Bill Clerk, Vote Number: 188, http://www.senate.gov, 7/10/1996)

During that same congressional session, Santorum also voted to retain the 1930s-era Davis-Bacon Act that forces taxpayers to pay union wages in government-funded construction and gives Big Labor an unfair advantage over non-union companies and workers (“On the Motion to Table (motion to table Kennedy Amendment No. 4031 to S.Amdt. 4000 to S.Con.Res. 57),” Senate Bill Clerk, Vote Number: 134, http://www.senate.gov, 5/22/1996)”

Yeah…Santorum will crash

workingclass artist on January 5, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Rapunzel on January 4, 2012 at 11:46 PM

It’s killing ranchers on feed

workingclass artist on January 5, 2012 at 12:40 AM

Rapunzel on January 4, 2012 at 11:41 PM

http://www.facebook.com/#!/SCforRickPerry

workingclass artist on January 5, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Rapunzel on January 4, 2012 at 11:41 PM

http://www.facebook.com/#!/SCforRickPerry

workingclass artist on January 5, 2012 at 12:42 AM

thank you!

Rapunzel on January 5, 2012 at 1:40 AM

Yeah and the biggest blackout of all is by Fox News. As a Perry supporter I actively look for things I’ve heard about and can’t ever find any coverage of Perry’s numerous plans. Only Gardisil, N-Rock, heartless, etc. It is disgusting and so obvious.

mrsmwp on January 4, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Yep and in repsonse, I’ve BLACKED OUT Fox from my home. It’s been MONTHS since I watched anything other than their biased debates.

Did you know that Greta’s husband, a lawyer, vowed to destroy Perry because Perry passed tort reform in TX? There’s NOTHING fair or balanced at Fox-Mitt-Romney-News.

Aslans Girl on January 5, 2012 at 3:32 AM

Somehow I think Palin is waiting for Perry to straighten up
his act so she can endorse him. Then watch out! If Palin
goes on the campaign trail with Perry and McCain goes on the
campaign trail with Romney, who will attract the most crowds?

I cannot see Palin campaigning with Romney, altho stranger things
have and will happen.

Amjean on January 4, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Dear God, no! I hope Sarah stays faaaaaar, far away from Perry.

Perry himself draws crowds just fine, thankyouverymuch! Sarah has done nothing but BASH Perry from her perch on FNC for months — he’s a “crony capitalist” according to her and remember she agreed with Bachmann about how dangerous the Gardisil shot was?. I hope she never endorses him. She is a circus act.

Aslans Girl on January 5, 2012 at 3:46 AM

He debates poorly? Yeah, but he has a record like none other.

Rhetoric won’t beat Obama, records will.

TheRightMan on January 4, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Ah, but he’s been debating sooooooo much better lately! Enough of those (and, boy, are there a lot more coming up) and people will stop harping on this.

Aslans Girl on January 5, 2012 at 3:58 AM

 In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. – George Orwell

Perry’s whole life is a lie, and that is the essence of his failure.

The so called underground current of truth via emails and blog posts not merely destroyed but simply confirmed that “Ricardo” Perry’s whole so called conservative record is a lie made out of whole unsubstantiated cloth supported in rhetoric only, by those who have itching ears to hear of a political Savior that takes away their hard work of maintaining and keeping the house of this people’s constitutional Republic.

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The fact is, there are NO shortcuts to the maintenance, constant vigilance, and rebuilding of a constitutional republic by, of and for the people.

Rick Perry, being a lie made out of whole cloth is not answer to our problems.

Mcguyver on January 5, 2012 at 5:44 AM

Perry’s advertising blitz and two weeks of retailing with Jindal and others helped to bring him out of single digits. Imagine where his numbers would have placed had he started in the beginning of December? Folks that walk away from Perry events feel good about him, widely reported in the media. Alot of enthusiasm for him at his Iowa events, Mitt Romney events, otoh, reported the exact opposite. He actually got 8 votes less than last time, for all of his billions and pseudo electable narrative. Perry’s stance on corn ethanol
subsidies probably cost him a few votes.

See: http://iowansfueledwithpride.com/voterguide.pdf

sunshinek67 on January 5, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Do you have a link please?

Rapunzel on January 4, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Facebook Page

South Carolinians for Rick Perry

Dr Evil on January 5, 2012 at 10:13 AM

For all that’s good and decent in the world…Gov. Perry…please, please, get the heck out the race! If you care anything at all about the future of this country, please get out! Don’t you realize you’re merely siphoning votes away from either Santorum or Gingrich–conservative candidates who actually have a CHANCE to defeat the timid, moderate Romney?

jfs756 on January 5, 2012 at 11:15 AM

For all that’s good and decent in the world…Gov. Perry…please, please, get the heck out the race! If you care anything at all about the future of this country, please get out! Don’t you realize you’re merely siphoning votes away from either Santorum or Gingrich–conservative candidates who actually have a CHANCE to defeat the timid, moderate Romney?

jfs756 on January 5, 2012 at 11:15 AM

The Iowa caucus is the first in the primary it’s not the determining caucus for the nomination. Huckabee won the Iowa caucus and he went on to be a Fox News Show Host. Maybe if Santorum plays his cards right he can get a gig as a Fox News contributor too.

Rick Santorum has no more chances of getting the nomination than Ron Paul.

The only viable candidates are Perry, Romney, Gingrich and maybe Huntsman, if he manages to poll in the top 3 in New Hampshire on the 10th.

Dr Evil on January 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM

For all that’s good and decent in the world…Gov. Perry…please, please, STAY the heck IN the race! If you care anything at all about the future of this country, please STAY IN! Don’t you realize you’re A MUCH BETTER POTENTIAL PRESIDENT THAN either Santorum or Gingrich–conservative candidates who actually have a CHANCE to LOSE TO the timid, moderate Romney?

There you go jfs756 now you post actually makes sense.

Perry 2012….. Experience Integrity Results…..

iidvbii on January 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Perry is finished, Karl Rove said so.

Norky on January 5, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Someone posted this on the SC For Perry Facebook Page:

]When the 25 MILLION residents of Texas asked for JOBS: Gov Perry delivered right to work, less regulations and lower taxes .

When the 25 Million residents of Texas asked for more affordable HC: Gov Perry delivered Tort Reform

When the 25 Million residents of Texas asked for voter Integrity: Gov Perry delivered Voter ID

When the 25 Million residents of Texas asked for lower Taxes: Gov Perry delivered a balanced budget, cut government waste and gave them a surplus .

When the 25 Million residents of Texas asked for lower energy costs : Gov Perry delivered

When the 25 Million residents said they HATED the light bulb mandate : Gov Perry got “shove that light bulb ban passed .

When the 25 Million residents of Texas asked to defund Planned Parenthood : Gov Perry delivered

When the 25 Million residents of Texas asked for more property rights : Gov Perry delivered a stronger eminent domain law.

When the Million residents of Texas asked for lower costs values in education : Gov Perry delivered

When the Million residents asked for stronger law enforcement : Gov Perry delivered , Judicial reforms , law enforcement reforms, abolish sanctuary cities , more funding for border security, (the federal obligation)

When the 25 Million residents of Texas faced hurricanes, droughts, fires, floods : Gov Perry delivered the assistance they needed .

When the Federal Gov’ment failed to deliver : Gov Perry delivered all that he could legally deliver under States Rights . ~ ~ The state of the state of Texas is working ~ ~

Rapunzel on January 5, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Rapunzel on January 5, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Terrific governor. Lousy POTUS candidate.

MJBrutus on January 5, 2012 at 6:34 PM

More proof ethanol did play a roll in the end results

http://iowansfueledwithpride.com/voterguide.pdf

Rapunzel on January 6, 2012 at 12:25 AM

Rapunzel on January 5, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Thanks for posting that SC Facebook info. Quite a record. Maybe that is why Fox & the MSM are blocking him. I’ve also noticed on quite a few of his Videos on Youtube that the comments are disabled and on one at least you can’t even bring up the comments that have been made. Looks like the debates will be the only way he will get noticed.

Re your link concerning Iowa/ethanol, many Dems were voting, so in my opinion the results were suspect. Iowa didn’t learn from all of the fraud of 2008. Seems like they would rather be “first” instead of accurate.

bluefox on January 6, 2012 at 1:39 PM

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