Video: Rick Perry’s best ad yet

posted at 8:20 pm on January 12, 2012 by Tina Korbe

As The Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis tweeted, “Who is this guy and why doesn’t HE run for president???” South Carolina is Rick Perry’s last-ditch effort and he’s not even polling in the top three there. The outlook is bleak for Texas’ jobs governor, and we’re very nearly left with the thought of what might have been had he only been able to remember the Department of Energy. Then again, the gist of this ad is that Perry isn’t prepared to give up yet — and he’s never lost an election in his life. Do you believe in miracles?

Update (Allahpundit): Just to elaborate on the point that he’s not polling in the top three in SC, he’s actually not polling in the top five either. Right now he’s in sixth place at five percent, two points behind Jon Huntsman(!) in a southern state that was supposed to be one of his strongholds. Really. And for all the talk of him underperforming like Fred Thompson did, when you look at the numbers you realize that so far that comparison’s actually unfair to Fred.

There are a lot — a lot — of what-ifs to come after Perry finally throws in the towel, but here’s a good one from BuzzFeed. What if he hadn’t stumbled at the debates and Romney had continued pounding him on entitlements? Would he still be in contention?

But at a meet-and-greet with voters here today, Perry was reminded Thursday that he still hasn’t overcome the very first issue his opponents seized on this cycle: his early proposals to radically alter Social Security. The South Carolina exchange was a reminder that Perry’s challenges weren’t just stylistic, but would also have meant a fight to drag the Republican Party to the right on sensitive political issues.

After a fire-and-brimstone sermon on the waste and fraud that plagues federal entitlement programs, Perry invited a question from local resident Sheryl Cox, sitting right in front of him. A small business owner, Cox voiced concern over the candidate’s social security stance, and asked whether he grouped the retirement program with the entitlements he had just railed against.

“That’s my money,” she reminded him forcefully. “That’s my money.”

That would have been a debate worth having, but like I said earlier, you might not like the answers you get from Republican voters when you start asking certain difficult questions.

Exit question: Is that a little Tebowing I see happening at seven seconds in?

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Exit question: Is that a little Tebowing I see happening at seven seconds in?

Sure as heck doesn’t look like a cheerleader to me!

Trochilus on January 13, 2012 at 2:26 PM

It wasn’t sanctimonious. The law requires the public schools to educate illegals as well as legal residents. What would you have him do after these kids go through 12 years of public education in TX? His position is no different that any of the other candidates. They just chose to remain silent on it knowing what would happen to them.
The man is also very good in a crisis, he took in refugees from Katrina and later hurricanes, making it look easy, organized and handled our wildfies as best they could be with no help from the fed gov’t and he understands the border and that a wall is not practicable in many parts. Unless all the Perry haters are willing to travel to our southern border and hand around for awhile becoming familiar with the situation, they should just shut up and let us only think their ignorant, instead of proving it to us.
God Bless Texas!

lonestar1 on January 13, 2012 at 12:50 AM

THIS!!! Sad to say it, but sometimes the anti-illegal (I’m one to0) can be irrational, ignoring the laws and rulings that constrain our options. These issues have to be considered on a State by State basis with regards to their realities. It is what it is and Perry did well, even if the outcome isn’t totally to our satisifaction.

AH_C on January 13, 2012 at 2:45 PM

“Exit question: Is that a little Tebowing I see happening at seven seconds in?”

Okay, it is definitely not a cheerleader. And the number is wrong to be Tebow.

So, who is it?

The body shape definitely does NOT look much like another guy named Perry who wore number 72 . . . nope!

You know, “The Refrigerator” …?

And I’m just “guesstimating” it isn’t another Texas great, ““Too Tall Jones” either. The red uniform color is all wrong.

Wait a second!! You don’t suppose it’s Matt Light, do you?

Rick Perry is a New England Patriots fan?


Or, how about college? Think is it supposed to be TCU’s Bob Lilly?


Trochilus on January 13, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Good theme message, ad. But Obama has good ads to, and look where that got the US

georgealbert on January 13, 2012 at 3:03 PM

I think I got it!!

That number 72 in the ad is none other than Dan Dierdorf!


Trochilus on January 13, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Number, shrumner. It’s a good ad for perry. I like him saying he won’t give up.

He does sound like a George W Bush though. Another Texas governor may be yet another liability for him.

billrowe on January 13, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Exit question: Is that a little Tebowing I see happening at seven seconds in?

No. Tim Tebow is not the only NFL player who has shown his faith on a football field. (I do realize Perry compared himself to Tebow in one of the debates, but it was a comparison of competence or credit not of religious faith.)

I’m still a Perry backer because I just don’t see anyone else who is as overall conservative as him.

jazzuscounty on January 13, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Perry’s the only one to call Obama an outright socialist… and he did it on the debate stage.

A couple more debates like that before SC votes, plus his 2-wk tour of SC, and we’ll see what happens.

Aslans Girl on January 13, 2012 at 5:27 PM