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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Romney will get his test over the next week. If he survives that and wins NH big, without bleeding too heavily PSConservative on January 4, 2012 at 12:05 PM

I am guessing that’s where Gingrich going to New Hampshire instead of straight to South Carolina comes in. It’s like he’s taking Romney’s bait and reacting and not sticking to his campaign strategy of non negative campaigning. Romney’s campaign is trying to goad him into imploding.

I don’t see Huntsman or Paul effectively taking votes from Romney in New Hampshire.

Dr Evil on January 4, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Wow, he flip-flops faster than Mitt…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 4, 2012 at 12:02 PM

So you admit that Mitt is a flip-flopper?

Nice to know.

portlandon on January 4, 2012 at 12:10 PM

This truly is turning into a marathon. That’s the point of the photo on twitter.

Dr Evil on January 4, 2012

This should be a marathon shouldn’t it? Why should we be satisfied with choosing a nominee after one small state has weighed in? Personally I would like to see more, not less, of the arguments at hand.

JonPrichard on January 4, 2012 at 12:10 PM

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

Jailbreak on January 4, 2012 at 11:52 AM

South Carolina gets a higher percentage of electric power from nuclear plants than any almost other state.

Mitt needs to hire a smarter class of bigots to be midless shills for his campaign.

WhatNot on January 4, 2012 at 12:11 PM

angryed on January 4, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Yeah, but it doesn’t matter ’cause it was done on the state level. You see, all actions done by any governor are automatically “conservative” ’cause they’re like states’ rights and federalism and stuff.

And he had to govern as a leftist. One would have to have principles and core values to govern as a conservative in a liberal place like MA. You’d actually have to believe that conservatism works. And we all know that the independents hate people with core values.

/standard Romney defense

mankai on January 4, 2012 at 12:11 PM

INT-ILLUMINATI HQ

We see MITT ROMNEY standing on a dias in the middle of his vast Illuminati control room. There are large video screens everywhere, lots of control panels with blinking lights, we hear clicks and beeps. EVIL MINIONS crowd the room, speaking in soft monotones. KARL ROVE stands behind him, speaking urgently through the microphone of his blackberry. In front of MITT ROMNEY is the largest video screen of all. On it, we see RICK PERRY in a hotel room somewhere in Iowa, getting ready for his morning run. He has on a jogging suit. He is down on one knee, tying his shoes.

ROMNEY: Are you sure this will work, Rove?

ROVE: Yes, Master. The submliminal wave beam generator will be on-line in approximately one minute, thirty-five seconds.

ROMNEY: You’re absolutely sure this will work this time? Perry will change his mind and stay in the race? We need the conservative vote scattered as much as possible. Consolidation of the conservative vote on a single opponent could prove…troublesome. Perry must not drop out, do you understand? He drops out, we’re screwed.

ROVE: I stake my life on it, Master.

ROMNEY: Yes. Yes, you do. And you’re sure it won’t fry him? I mean, look at Ron Paul.

(Dr. Ron Paul is visible on one of the ancillary video screens at right, evidently giving a speech to a crowd of supporters.)

RON PAUL: Flapjacks!

ROVE: Subliminal wave beam technology has advanced immeasurably since the early Paul experiments, Master. Perry’s mind will remain largely intact.

ROMNEY rubs his hands together diabolically, twirls an imaginary mustache and drop-kicks an imaginary puppy.

ROMNEY: Then proceed, Rove.

ROVE: By your command, Master.

And so on.

troyriser_gopftw on January 4, 2012 at 12:11 PM

As governor of MA:

– raised $550M in new taxes/fees
– increased spending by 15%
– signed assault weapons ban
– ROMNEYCARE
– signed into law Cap N Trade for MA
– 80% of judges he appointed were Democrats

(Sorry to be so hateful E L)

angryed on January 4, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Bigger than F***, if the GOP thinks they can nominate a guy with the support of 25% of the party – then I will gladly go into that voting booth and pull the lever for OBAMA!

And … I won’t be the only one!

HondaV65 on January 4, 2012 at 12:11 PM

He’ll have Reid running the Senate for the first 2 years regardless of whether the GOP gets control (unless, of course, you think they’ll grow enough balls to toss McConnell).

Steve Eggleston on January 4, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Good point. But I think (hope) Nancy won’t be speaker 2013-2014 so it won’t be any different than what we have now, Democrat president, Dem Senate, GOP House. 2015-2016 we have a repeat of 2009-2010 with a clean sweep for the Democrats.

angryed on January 4, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Oh boy, Newt is not going to like this one little bit. I’m sure he was counting on those Perry voters to jump on his bandwagon.

Sorry Newt.

Game back on. Go Perry!

JPeterman on January 4, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Given that many of us got a solicitation from Rick Santorum’s campaign in our email this morning, I would say it’s wasn’t Newt counting on those voters as much as it was Santorum.

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

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

Newt has reached ramming speed toward Mitt.
Bachmann is dropping out.
The media blitzkrieg on Santorum is just firing up.

Plus there are two debates coming up, and Perry loves to do debates.

forest on January 4, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Yep. I think Ed is just disappointed, is all. Ed and Mitt Romney, lol. I am so glad he’s staying in, Santorum will be history after NH and he’ll be the only real conservative left. I feel so much better.

kg598301 on January 4, 2012 at 12:13 PM

And … I won’t be the only one!

HondaV65 on January 4, 2012 at 12:11 PM

You won’t be. But Romney and his surrogates here think you will be. I wish we could have video commenting because it will be priceless to see the looks on their faces at around 9:30pm EST on the night of Nov 6th when Obama crosses the 270 EV mark.

angryed on January 4, 2012 at 12:13 PM

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

I got one…and immediately deleted it.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 4, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Perry is back and I ask that Hot Air gives him a fair shake for once.

TheRightMan on January 4, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Go back and read some of Ed’s Perry posts when he first announced. Ed sounded like Erick Erickson for a couple weeks. If that isn’t a fair shake, I don’t know what is.

Kataklysmic on January 4, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Actually, SC is his best shot to get back in it. Someone must have reminded him that Pawlenty is kicking himself that he quit after his debacle in the Ames, Iowa Straw Poll that Bachmann won.

Bob in VA on January 4, 2012 at 12:14 PM

And he had to govern as a leftist. One would have to have principles and core values to govern as a conservative in a liberal place like MA. You’d actually have to believe that conservatism works. And we all know that the independents hate people with core values.

mankai on January 4, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Yep – that’s the defense – as sorry as it is. Fact is … if Mitt RomneyCare is elected by liberal independents – won’t he have to govern as a LIBERAL to keep their votes?

LOL – #can’tbelievethegopwillnominatetheonlyotherguyinthenationwithasocialisthealthcaresystemnamedafterhim

HondaV65 on January 4, 2012 at 12:14 PM

You would the the Romney folks would be happy about Perry staying in. It keeps the not-Romney vote from coalescing around a single candidate.

Oh well.

cozmo on January 4, 2012 at 12:14 PM

I don’t quit understand the problem with Perry saying last night that he was “reassessing his campaign”, and then today saying “onward and upward”.
What’s the problem here?
portlandon on January 4, 2012 at 11:50 AM
It doesn’t fit the HA status quo?
Seriously though Perry is going to kill me – up/down/up/down – ACK!
gophergirl on January 4, 2012 at 11:54 AM

In the clip he says he is reassessing if there is any path for his campaign to continue after Iowa.

whatcat on January 4, 2012 at 11:59 AM

I heard Perry’s statement live last night, and it seemed to me to be an honest statement that he would reassess. That seemed reasonable. It did not say he would quit, which is what all of the wise pundits and non-Perry supporters said it meant.
Do we want someone who is willing to reassess, or do we want someone like Bachmann who took her miserable showing and indicated that she would keep going?

GaltBlvnAtty on January 4, 2012 at 12:14 PM

I’ll bet Newt & Perry had a productive chat last night…

Gig Em’
Perry 2012

workingclass artist on January 4, 2012 at 12:14 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

Odd… usually people who smoke pot this early in the day are Ron Paul supporters.

/

mankai on January 4, 2012 at 12:14 PM

So Allahpundit and Moe Lane are conversing on Twitter, ML thrilled -seemingly- that Perry is staying in and AP agreeing that Perry is better than either Romney or Santorum. I’m just wondering after months of downward trajectory, why a converted democrat would be the best choice going forward.

Anyone else as firmly in the Perry camp as these two? Why?

BKeyser on January 4, 2012 at 12:01 PM

It would help if you knew a little about Texas and southern Democrats historically. But to answer your question, look at Perry’s record as governor and then you figure it out.

cartooner on January 4, 2012 at 12:14 PM

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

Not this Perry supporter. Anyone who watched Romney’s ‘victory’ speech last night had to come away dismayed, if not crushed. Romney will never inspire the mass of voters necessary to defeat Obama.

JonPrichard on January 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM

No, Ed, you and the other pundits read meanings into his statement. I warned you in the other thread that this could happen.

Reassess means to reassess. Nothing more, nothing less.

And yet Perry is the one that is accused of butchering the English language.

Perry is back and I ask that Hot Air gives him a fair shake for once.

The strategy of media blackout – where good news about Perry is suppressed and only bad news is highlighted – must stop. Other media outlets/blogs aside Hot Air are also doing that to Gov. Perry.

It is not over until it is over, period!

TheRightMan on January 4, 2012 at 12:09 PM

And if Bachmann hadn’t taken the bait this morning, Perry probably would have followed the course of every other politician who “reassesses” his or her political future and dropped out.

Steve Eggleston on January 4, 2012 at 12:15 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

Are all Romney supporters this dense?


You do nothing to further your cause.
pj

pj808 on January 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM

El rushbo likes both Ricks

cmsinaz on January 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM

pj

pj808 on January 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM

You would the the Romney folks would be happy about Perry staying in. It keeps the not-Romney vote from coalescing around a single candidate.

Oh well.

cozmo on January 4, 2012 at 12:14 PM

I think Perry is the only one with the money to actually compete. Newt’s ego won’t let him drop out.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 4, 2012 at 12:16 PM

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

Rick Klein from ABC News:

@rickklein Rick Klein
Perry sees new signs of campaign life w/ Bachmann withdrawal, headed to NH for debates and SC for campaigning, per @arlettesaenz
10 minutes ago

Flora Duh on January 4, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Well dang..lemme try again.

Savannah River Site

pj

pj808 on January 4, 2012 at 12:16 PM

And he had to govern as a leftist. One would have to have principles and core values to govern as a conservative in a liberal place like MA. You’d actually have to believe that conservatism works. And we all know that the independents hate people with core values.

/standard Romney defense

mankai on January 4, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Yep. He couldn’t stand up to MA Democrats and lower the tax rate from 5.3% to 5.0%. But he will stand up to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Because Reid and Pelosi to cut $10T in spending.

And the sad part is they really believe this.

angryed on January 4, 2012 at 12:16 PM

I am guessing that’s where Gingrich going to New Hampshire instead of straight to South Carolina comes in. It’s like he’s taking Romney’s bait and reacting and not sticking to his campaign strategy of non negative campaigning.
Dr Evil on January 4, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Newt will take out Romney in NH & Perry will go after Santorum in SC.

workingclass artist on January 4, 2012 at 12:16 PM

No Mitt Romney supporter who calls himself a conservative can honestly look at the tax plans of all the candidates and conclude that Romney’s is the best.

No way. It’s the worst of the bunch and it plays the class warfare card.

It’s gotta be the suit, the hair, and fear of the “independent vote” (which also brought us such conservative stalwarts as Bob Dole and John McCain).

mankai on January 4, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Perry staying in will only help Romney unless Perry, Santorum and Newt all focus their attack against Willard.

they lie on January 4, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Newt will take out Romney in NH & Perry will go after Santorum in SC.

workingclass artist on January 4, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Uh.. have you seen the polling in NH?

41.0 Romney (+22.2)
18.8 Paul
12.5 Gingrich

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 4, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Perry obviously believes that the nominee must be either himself or Romney — both of whom have executive experience — and that Santorum and Gingrich are losers to Obama in November.

And he’s right.

Perry won’t be Romney’s VP, but he could get a cabinet position if desired or have unique access as Governor of Texas to the White House.

matthew8787 on January 4, 2012 at 12:19 PM

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

A$$hole.

I guess Thomas Sowell is a just dumbass redneck?

I’d suggest you read the various tax plans and offer a defense as to why Romney’s is the best isn’t the worst, but I suspect that reading tax plans is above your pay grade.

He sure has a nice haircut though, doesn’t he? YUUUUPPPPIE!

mankai on January 4, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I think that a) the vetting has only begun on Rick Santorum, and b) Southern states like SC and FL have a more typical GOP than Iowa. Religiosity is great, but it better be coupled with good fiscal policy. Iowa’s GOP has dwindled to RINOs and the ultra-religious, without much in the way of petroleum and aerospace workers, immigrants from unfree nations, conservative non-Christians, and the like to go in between.

Gingrich is collapsing, and may go kamikaze on Romney.

Ron Paul can’t win a spam-proof poll, and only came in third in a very spammable caucus.

Perry’s the best bet to stop Romney.

Sekhmet on January 4, 2012 at 12:20 PM

With the unelectable Santorum rising, Perry will get a second look at this upcoming debate — a very strong second look — and his team knows this. But he can’t just survive the debate. He needs to hit the most epic home run of his political career and convince people he won’t be mutilated at the hands of Obama, which is what pretty much everyone assumes right now. I’ll be watching.

Rational Thought on January 4, 2012 at 12:20 PM

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.

JonPrichard on January 4, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Ding!

You get it, you really do.

There were several articles that came out prior to Iowa that said the exact same thing. Probably if Perry had skipped some of the debates and stuck to retail politiccs, which he excels at, he would have taken Iowa.

I believe his campaign has taken cognizance of this and will shun some unnecessary debates to focus on retail politics.

TheRightMan on January 4, 2012 at 12:20 PM

This is slightly off topic but primary related: Rush says that that you have to “nudge Romney to the right”. Good luck with that, Rush! Even if you manage to do so it is only dust in the wind.

And you can’t “nudge Romney to the right” with other big-gov candidates that are running to the left on some issues compared to Romney’s official platform, temporary as it is.

Go Ron Paul!

FloatingRock on January 4, 2012 at 12:21 PM

If Huntsman is still in having skipped Iowa completely, I see no reason why Perry should quit.

Glad Bachmann made a dignified exit. She wasn’t my candidate but she did make a valiant effort.

scalleywag on January 4, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Perry staying in will only help Romney unless Perry, Santorum and Newt all focus their attack against Willard.

they lie on January 4, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Ring-a-ding-ding. I believe we have a Comment of the Day™ nominee.

Remember the rules of a battle royale, gang – if confronted by a 400-pounder, gang up on the 400-pounder and toss him before beating each other up; otherwise, he will toss each of you in turn.

Steve Eggleston on January 4, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Steve Eggleston on January 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Isn’t that the beauty of bluffing? Perry goes away (even if only for 12 hours) to “reassess”. Bachman comes out and says “Ok I am done” and bam Perry is back in now that Romney’s attack chihuaha is gone. If you think Perry isn’t good at strategery, I ask you examnine exhibit A. Of course we don’t know this for sure but that is what appears happened. Now we need to see who gets Bachman’s support.

JAGonzo on January 4, 2012 at 12:22 PM

I can’t wait to see the debate Sat. night. Newt is going for Willard’s jugular. Pass the popcorn. If Newt stays on Willard’s azz, Willard will get so mumbly and flustered he will fold like a cheap lawn chair. Might even see some million dollar bets by Willard.

they lie on January 4, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Any sliver of chance that “NotRomney” would win the day just went out the window. Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, and Santorum duking it out in South Carolina means Romney can go up through the middle. Even if Romney does lose (doubtful with the momentum from New Hampshire and backing of SC Governor) it will still be a fractured field.

BradTank on January 4, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Newt, Santorum and Perry are running to the left of Romney on amnesty for illegal aliens, for example.

FloatingRock on January 4, 2012 at 12:23 PM

How can candidates that are running to Romney’s left pull him to the right, Rush Limbaugh?

FloatingRock on January 4, 2012 at 12:24 PM

– 80% of judges he appointed were Democrats

100 percent of lawyers in mass. are democrats(mostly)

gerrym51 on January 4, 2012 at 12:24 PM

This truly is turning into a marathon. That’s the point of the photo on twitter.

Dr Evil on January 4, 2012

This should be a marathon shouldn’t it? Why should we be satisfied with choosing a nominee after one small state has weighed in? Personally I would like to see more, not less, of the arguments at hand.

JonPrichard on January 4, 2012 at 12:10 PM

When I thought the only viable conservative candidate was dropping out, my next thought was this is it the race turned from a marathon into a sprint for Romney.

Dr Evil on January 4, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Bigger than F***, if the GOP thinks they can nominate a guy with the support of 25% of the party – then I will gladly go into that voting booth and pull the lever for OBAMA!

And … I won’t be the only one!

HondaV65 on January 4, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Brother, I will beat you to the voting booth in order to vote for Obama and I have said so many times.

:)

TheRightMan on January 4, 2012 at 12:24 PM

I have such a spring in my step – my lunch walk will be that much more enjoyable.

:)

gophergirl on January 4, 2012 at 12:24 PM

FloatingRock on January 4, 2012 at 12:23 PM

You’re a Ronulan so your opinion matters not.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 4, 2012 at 12:25 PM

I have such a spring in my step – my lunch walk will be that much more enjoyable.

:)

gophergirl on January 4, 2012 at 12:24 PM

I’ll have a spring in my step-if I can drag my lazy ass away from the PC and go do my errands.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 4, 2012 at 12:26 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

Odd… usually people who smoke pot this early in the day are Ron Paul supporters.

/

mankai on January 4, 2012 at 12:14 PM

That’s not pot, that’s a double dose of Gardasil. Bachmann said so. /

ElectricPhase on January 4, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Obama: rich = people who make $250K+ and deserved to be taxed more
Romney: rich = people who make $200K+ and deserved to be taxed more

ObamaCare: funding for abortion is NOT mandated
RomneyCare: funding for abortion IS mandated

Obama: No tax increases his first year
Romney: $550M in new revenue from new/increase fees/taxes

Obama: increased spending by 20% his first year
Romney: increased spending by 15% his first year

On the whole, Obama is slightly to the right of Romney when comparing records

angryed on January 4, 2012 at 12:26 PM

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?

Bachmann shared some of the same base as Perry she got 5% last night and Perry got 11% would her support have gone to Perry or Santorum. In theory they could have gone to Santorum last night….so Perry would have had 16% instead of 11% just saying Bachmann was Romney’s stalking horse. Look who came in 2nd and 3rd. – no threat to Romney.

Dr Evil on January 4, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Newt has also made it clear that he is ready to go nuclear on Romney. That may not do much in N.H. but it could have bigger implications in other states. Does that mean that Newt will benefit? No, but he could do enough damage to Romney to assist another candidate. Perry maybe?

Mitt’s PAC has already attacked Perry and if history is any indicator, they will now begin to tear Santorum up like a pinata at a home run derby.

JAGonzo on January 4, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Good Rick Perry. You are the last hope of stopping Obamney. If you fail, we fail as a nation.

jjnco73 on January 4, 2012 at 12:27 PM

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

A phone call from Romney offering him the bottom of the ticket if Perry spends the rest of his campaign beating down Santorum and Gingrich? Perry makes a lot of sense as Romney’s VP: his executive experience reinforces Romney’s core message of competency, his so-con bona fides throw a bone to the base, and he’s got a great staff, donor and endorsement network that would be a valuable addition to Team Romney. And Lord knows Joe Biden will make Perry look like Cicero in the VP debates.

Fabozz on January 4, 2012 at 12:27 PM

This is a marathon, at least until 01 APR when it switches form proportional to winner-take-all primaries.

You don’t have to do extremely well, just outlast less well funded candidates and pick up delegates here and there. Make the case that you are there for the long haul after others drop out… I don’t know if Santorum or Gingrich can do that. Perry has the possibility to do it, at least.

ajacksonian on January 4, 2012 at 12:28 PM

You’re a Ronulan so your opinion matters not.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 4, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Ron Paul was my backup behind Bachmann, who I hoped would surge again. Now that she’s out I am firmly in the Ron Paul camp, though.

Go Ron Paul!

FloatingRock on January 4, 2012 at 12:28 PM

– 80% of judges he appointed were Democrats

100 percent of lawyers in mass. are democrats(mostly)

gerrym51 on January 4, 2012 at 12:24 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

When I thought the only viable conservative candidate was dropping out, my next thought was this is it the race turned from a marathon into a sprint for Romney.

Dr Evil on January 4, 2012 at 12:24 PM

The media/Romney/Mittbots are taking this decision by Perry to stay in the race pretty hard.

You see… Iowa matters little in the scale of things. Infact, because of changes to the primary delegate allocation, a candidate can remain till April, lose several states and still be viable.

Who here thinks Romney would have dropped out had he placed 5th in Iowa? We would be hearing ad nauseum from his media spinners how Iowa is irrelevant.

Who here thinks Romney will drop out should he lose NH to Huntsman?

So we have different standards for RINO and conservative candidates.

All Romney wanted for Christmas was Iowa to force either of Perry or Gingrich (or both) to drop out. Unfortunately, Santa gave him a lump of coal instead.

TheRightMan on January 4, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Could be that what happened here is Perry was genuinely disappointed and dejected after his poor showing last night… but was woken up by big time donors telling him ‘like hell you’ll get out of the race now’. He has always been the only one with the money to compete with Romney. With money comes ‘responsibility’. You have to believe that big time donors in Texas were burning the phone lines to his campaign after his ‘reassess’ remark last night…..

PSConservative on January 4, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Count me in as well! Romney most be stopped!

jjnco73 on January 4, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Bigger than F***, if the GOP thinks they can nominate a guy with the support of 25% of the party – then I will gladly go into that voting booth and pull the lever for OBAMA!

And … I won’t be the only one!

HondaV65 on January 4, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Brother, I will beat you to the voting booth in order to vote for Obama and I have said so many times.

:)

TheRightMan on January 4, 2012 at 12:24 PM

I can’t vote for a progressive of any brand, but Gary Johnson (libertarian) is now commanding my default choice LOL! I like my Rep Michael Burgress MD. So I will keep voting to send him back.

Dr Evil on January 4, 2012 at 12:30 PM

And if Bachmann hadn’t taken the bait this morning, Perry probably would have followed the course of every other politician who “reassesses” his or her political future and dropped out.

Steve Eggleston on January 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Yep, it was a brilliant strategy by Perry, wouldn’t you say?

Now I wonder how Romney gets Bachmann into the game again…

Ha ha ha ha…

TheRightMan on January 4, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Fabozz on January 4, 2012 at 12:27 PM

I’ll eat my hat if Romney picks Perry for VP. Perry is too unpolished, too mistake prone. No way Romney picks him. Secretary of energy? Maybe. But not VP. I think it’ll be someone southern but someone far more polished than Perry. Hell, unless Perry improves, freakin’ Crazy Uncle Joe Biden would clean his clock in a debate, and that’s just a sad truth.

Rational Thought on January 4, 2012 at 12:31 PM

You’re a Ronulan so your opinion matters not.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 4, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Anybody is welcome to answer the question:

Newt, Santorum and Perry are running to the left of Romney on amnesty for illegal aliens.

How can candidates that are running to Romney’s left pull him to the right, Rush Limbaugh?

FloatingRock on January 4, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Could be that what happened here is Perry was genuinely disappointed and dejected after his poor showing last night… but was woken up by big time donors telling him ‘like hell you’ll get out of the race now’. He has always been the only one with the money to compete with Romney. With money comes ‘responsibility’. You have to believe that big time donors in Texas were burning the phone lines to his campaign after his ‘reassess’ remark last night…..

PSConservative on January 4, 2012 at 12:30 PM

I prefer the “snooker” theory.

Steve Eggleston on January 4, 2012 at 12:33 PM

*shrug* Perry had me until he made those ill-fated remarks for illegal immigrants. Cain had me til that bit about that 13 year affair thing came out. I’ve never liked Gingrich or Romney. That leaves me with Paul and Santorum, neither of which I think has a chance against the O-man.

*sigh* Beam me up, Scotty.

sage0925 on January 4, 2012 at 12:33 PM

unless Perry improves, freakin’ Crazy Uncle Joe Biden would clean his clock in a debate, and that’s just a sad truth.

Rational Thought on January 4, 2012 at 12:31 PM

You’re assuming that Crazy Uncle Joe will be on the ticket……

PSConservative on January 4, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Ron Paul was my backup behind Bachmann, who I hoped would surge again. Now that she’s out I am firmly in the Ron Paul camp, though.

Go Ron Paul!

FloatingRock on January 4, 2012 at 12:28 PM

What a strange choice…

Better get your a** in line and join the Perry camp.

:)

TheRightMan on January 4, 2012 at 12:34 PM

And Lord knows Joe Biden will make Perry look like Cicero in the VP debates.

Fabozz on January 4, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Aww geez–it’s the Special Olympics.

ElectricPhase on January 4, 2012 at 12:34 PM

A phone call from Romney offering him the bottom of the ticket if Perry spends the rest of his campaign beating down Santorum and Gingrich? Perry makes a lot of sense as Romney’s VP: his executive experience reinforces Romney’s core message of competency, his so-con bona fides throw a bone to the base, and he’s got a great staff, donor and endorsement network that would be a valuable addition to Team Romney. And Lord knows Joe Biden will make Perry look like Cicero in the VP debates.

Fabozz on January 4, 2012 at 12:27 PM

That will never work.. Perry on top of the ticket only..

jjnco73 on January 4, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Yep. He couldn’t stand up to MA Democrats and lower the tax rate from 5.3% to 5.0%. But he will stand up to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Because Reid and Pelosi to cut $10T in spending.

And the sad part is they really believe this.

angryed on January 4, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Romney is also going to stand up to (but not shut down) the entrenched bureaucracy of the EPA – even though he was the first Governor in the country to regulate CO2 as a toxin.

Romney is also going to work for our own economic freedom through energy independence – even though when he signed the CO2 bill it cause the shut-down of power plants in Mass and made the state dependent on other states for power production.

But then-
A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise-
Niccolo Machiavelli

batterup on January 4, 2012 at 12:35 PM

The reason Santorum, Gingrich and Perry aren’t attacking Mitt as much as each other is because Mitt was maxed out on his support and they needed each others conservative votes. I suspect that will change in NH.
The idea that Perry staying in benefits Romney is way off. I’m sure Mitt, Newt and Santorum spit up coffee, or in Mitt’s case OJ, when they heard Perry was staying in.
Perry staying in helps Perry and hurts Romney. Gingrich is deflating and Santorum won’t pass muster.

cartooner on January 4, 2012 at 12:36 PM

What I don’t get is how Romney is the de facto winner of the whole thing when Gingrich is leading in SC and FL. How is Iowa and NH more important than SC and FL when the combined population of IA/NH is less than metro Miami alone?

angryed on January 4, 2012 at 12:36 PM

I’ll eat my hat if Romney picks Perry for VP. Perry is too unpolished, too mistake prone. No way Romney picks him. Secretary of energy? Maybe. But not VP. I think it’ll be someone southern but someone far more polished than Perry. Hell, unless Perry improves, freakin’ Crazy Uncle Joe Biden would clean his clock in a debate, and that’s just a sad truth.

Rational Thought on January 4, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Yeah I know what you mean, it’s all about a three letter word J.O.B.S.

LOL!

Dr Evil on January 4, 2012 at 12:37 PM

I’m just wondering after months of downward trajectory, why a converted democrat would be the best choice going forward.

I can think of one ‘converted Democrat’ who was quite a successful — and conservative — Republican President.

Perry’s reassessment likely had zero to do with Bachmann’s status as of this morning, but his own backers… given his poor showing in Iowa, they probably wanted to talk to him about the future before he made any announcements.

I like Governor Perry, and he’s been my candidate since before he declared. I think he needs to do something big, right now, to draw attention to himself, and to drive lesser candidates out of the race (Huntsman, Gingrich, Santorum) — pick a running mate. Imagine Perry introducing, just for example, Marco Rubio as his running mate at a press conference tomorrow. :-)

pjcostello on January 4, 2012 at 12:38 PM

You know Ed, you keep saying he has the best record of all the candidates, yet bitch and moan when he stumbles–not out of frustration, but as a sign he should just get out of the race. Well, if he’s the best candidate, why the rush to make him leave?

Joffen on January 4, 2012 at 12:39 PM

South Carolinians for Rick Perry Facebook Page.

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

The strategy of media blackout – where good news about Perry is suppressed and only bad news is highlighted – must stop. Other media outlets/blogs aside Hot Air are also doing that to Gov. Perry.

It is not over until it is over, period!

TheRightMan on January 4, 2012 at 12:09 PM

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

I’m just wondering after months of downward trajectory, why a converted democrat would be the best choice going forward.
BKeyser on January 4, 2012 at 12:01 P

People who use this as their argument against Perry know nothing about the Governor, and are totally ignorant of the history of Texas politics. Do a little research, then you can answer your own question.

Susanboo on January 4, 2012 at 12:41 PM

A phone call from Romney offering him the bottom of the ticket if Perry spends the rest of his campaign beating down Santorum and Gingrich?

Fabozz on January 4, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Good luck selling the line that Perry is in cahoots with Romney.

If there is anyone that Romney hates more than those illegals, who didn’t know he was running for office for Pete’s sake, it is Perry.

Santorum is more likely to be the spoiler for possibly a cabinet position.

He loves him some big Govt. same as Romney.

TheRightMan on January 4, 2012 at 12:41 PM

If i was being tortured by Al Queda to vote for romneycare, i wouldn’t!!!! they could pull out my fingernails, stick needles in my eye or cut off my testicales and I still wouldn’t vote for that empty liberal rino suit.

By the way, Romney the mormon believes when he dies he’ll have seven planets. Since he’s a socialist does he spread the wealth and give us minnions one of his planets!!!

God I hate the republican establishment for giving us this retread hack liberal!!1

Danielvito on January 4, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Does Governor Perry believe his ability to articulate will markedly improve before South Carolina, before the convention or before a national debate?

Does he think his level of eloquence would stun the President into reticence?

I don’t think so.

The governor may be a great executive but unless he can match speaking skills with a deft liberal running to the right Obama its not going to work out well.

This President will take credit for economic success in Texas and his minions will validate exactly that, Perry would have to counter that without stumbling, without hesitation and with overwhelming authority.

That hasn’t been the case so far.

Speakup on January 4, 2012 at 12:42 PM

What I don’t get is how Romney is the de facto winner of the whole thing when Gingrich is leading in SC and FL. How is Iowa and NH more important than SC and FL when the combined population of IA/NH is less than metro Miami alone?

angryed on January 4, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Newt Gingrich is going to be the recipient of Romney’s SUPER PAC, just like he was in Iowa where he wasn’t doing so poorly until the Super PAC spent millions of dollars in attack ads to erode Newt in the polls. Newt Gingrich knows this is what he faces in every state here on out. It’s why he stated Romney is trying to buy the Presidency. His Super PAC is going to spend the money on his behalf. To be fair to Romney he can’t coordinate with his Super PAC none of them can. Romney has the money edge that’s a given.

Dr Evil on January 4, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Good luck selling the line that Perry is in cahoots with Romney.

If there is anyone that Romney hates more than those illegals, who didn’t know he was running for office for Pete’s sake, it is Perry.

Santorum is more likely to be the spoiler for possibly a cabinet position.

He loves him some big Govt. same as Romney.

TheRightMan on January 4, 2012 at 12:41 PM

At the end of the day, all of them will sell their souls to the highest bidder.

angryed on January 4, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Newt, Santorum and Perry are running to the left of Romney on amnesty for illegal aliens, for example.

FloatingRock on January 4, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Paul is, Perry isn’t.

cartooner on January 4, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Dr Evil on January 4, 2012 at 12:30 PM

My ‘default’ is…Jon Huntsmann.
I hate myself. LoL
Go Perry!

annoyinglittletwerp on January 4, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Well, this makes sense that he stays in, especially since he’s still got money.

John the Libertarian on January 4, 2012 at 12:45 PM

On the whole, Obama is slightly to the right of Romney when comparing records

angryed on January 4, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I’m not a big Romney supporter but Romney was governing the Democrat craphole of Massachusetts and Obama is governing the US which is divided more evenly between Dems and Repubs.

That being said, I still don’t trust that Romney would govern as a true conservative if elected POTUS. And I supported him over McCain in 2008.

mrsmwp on January 4, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Perry staying in will only help Romney unless Perry, Santorum and Newt all focus their attack against Willard.

they lie on January 4, 2012 at 12:17 PM

There ya go. Newt is chomping at the bit now, Santorum will be as soon as Mitt’s attack machine gears up on him.

Remember what McCain and Huckabee did to Romney in West Virginia in 2008? And how he whined about it afterward like a leettle girl?

http://firedoglake.com/2008/02/05/mccain-screws-romney-throws-west-virginia-to-huckabee/

Good times my friends, good times.

kg598301 on January 4, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Romney is also going to stand up to (but not shut down) the entrenched bureaucracy of the EPA – even though he was the first Governor in the country to regulate CO2 as a toxin.

Romney is also going to work for our own economic freedom through energy independence – even though when he signed the CO2 bill it cause the shut-down of power plants in Mass and made the state dependent on other states for power production.

batterup on January 4, 2012 at 12:35 PM

We Romney have has always been at war with Eurasia. for energy independence.

angryed on January 4, 2012 at 12:47 PM

South Carolinians for Rick Perry Facebook Page.

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

Just left a comment there.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 4, 2012 at 12:48 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

maybe Cain will UN-suspend his campaign now, lets make this a complete clusterfark and ensure mittens is the nominee and odumbo is re-elected.

smitty41 on January 4, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Three cheers for Perry! IMO Ed is wrong: the longer Perry stays in the harder it will be for Romney to sew this up. Newt hinted this morning he might start forming an anti-Romney alliance with Santorum; I’m thinking that if Perry stays in Newt will include Perry in this alliance. Perry has a far bigger chance of winning South Carolina (and the nomination, for that matter) than Santorum anyway.

These next few weeks are gonna be pretty exciting. Let him run his race!

louisianapatriette on January 4, 2012 at 12:49 PM

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