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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Good grief… I’ve heard Perry is only in this now because his consultants want to keep getting a paycheck.

ninjapirate on January 12, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Awesome!

There’s hope for Perry, after all!

(Seriously, he needs to walk back the OWS-talk.)

Aizen on January 12, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Awesome!

There’s hope for Perry, after all!

There is no hope for Perry…

ninjapirate on January 12, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Perry’s ads have not been the problem..Excellent ad Team Perry..:)

Dire Straits on January 12, 2012 at 8:27 PM

me likey, agree very good one…
dang it…

cmsinaz on January 12, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Good video ad but too late.

VBMax on January 12, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Train has left the station perry, time to go home.

residentblue on January 12, 2012 at 8:28 PM

“Who is this guy and why doesn’t HE run for president???”

Because this guy keeps showing up instead:
“Ingraham: Only Romney’s are vultures? None of your guys, only Romney’s?

Perry: Look, Romney is running for president.

Ingraham: Yeah, you are running for president too, and you have benefitted from these firms.

Perry: Correct, and I don’t have a problem with that.”

(Ingraham Grills Perry on Donations from ‘Vultures’ -
January 12, 2012)

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 8:28 PM

I seriously hope this kid makes millions in Hollywood. As disastrous as a campaign as this has been, he’s kept his head in the game and created some pretty spectacular ads.

Hostile Gospel on January 12, 2012 at 8:29 PM

cmsinaz on January 12, 2012 at 8:27 PM

I agree!..:)

PS..Good to see you..:)

Dire Straits on January 12, 2012 at 8:29 PM

There is no hope for Perry…

ninjapirate on January 12, 2012 at 8:26 PM

I guess you’re right.

After all, Jeb Bush’s endorsement of Mitt was the nail in the coffin.

/sarc

Aizen on January 12, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Dire Straits on January 12, 2012 at 8:27 PM

ditto

:)

cmsinaz on January 12, 2012 at 8:29 PM

America needs some grammar lessons.

Dave Rywall on January 12, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Yeah!!!

Chip on January 12, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…ooops!….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

profitsbeard on January 12, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Great ad!

Anyone but Romney!

Socmodfiscon on January 12, 2012 at 8:30 PM

poor Perry, he doesn’t get it…just GO AWAY already!!!

jimver on January 12, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Dire Straits on January 12, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Hey DS :)

cmsinaz on January 12, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Great ad, but likely too little, too late.

we’re very nearly left with the thought of what might have been had he only been able to remember the Department of Energy.

This. It’s a shame but probably true.

predator on January 12, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Great ad!

Anyone but Romney!

Socmodfiscon on January 12, 2012 at 8:30 PM

That’s the spirit!!

Aizen on January 12, 2012 at 8:31 PM

cmsinaz on January 12, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Hello cmsinaz..Good to see you..:)

Dire Straits on January 12, 2012 at 8:32 PM

He actually invented a fake “Tebow” endorsement for himself. In real life.

kunegetikos on January 12, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Time to come home Rick, and bring your hypocritical butt with you.

Ingraham: You know I am going to raise the issue of Texans for Public Justice. Their analysis of your campaign contributions since 2000 [indicates] you have received more than $7 million from private-equity firms and private investment firms. Are any of those “vulture” firms?

Perry: Listen, I didn’t paint with a broad brush and say that every private equity firm out there is . . .

Ingraham: Only Romney’s are vultures? None of your guys, only Romney’s?

Perry: Look, Romney is running for president.

Ingraham: Yeah, you are running for president too, and you have benefitted from these firms.

Perry: Correct, and I don’t have a problem with that.

Link

Not enough face palms in the world.

JPeterman on January 12, 2012 at 8:32 PM

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

The money is gone. There was no lock box. And when we tried to reform the program so that didn’t happen the same people now complaining resisted any effort to reform.

This is the outcome.

amerpundit on January 12, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Was that an ad for Perry or Ronald Reagan?

bgibbs1000 on January 12, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Like I said, Perry is the T-Paw of Texas. Great guy, lousy campaigner.

NickDeringer on January 12, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Now?? Now?? This was the guy I thought I was going to vote for until he went all dingbat OWS on us. What could have been.
Go Mitt

bluealice on January 12, 2012 at 8:33 PM

It’s brutal how intolerant we are of poor debate performances and anyone who can’t skim and glide like Obama.

John the Libertarian on January 12, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Perry’s ads have not been the problem..Excellent ad Team Perry..:)

Dire Straits on January 12, 2012 at 8:27 PM

You know, I really am sorry Dire. :) Please don’t mistake my tours on Romney Suicide Watch duty to be any sort of actual enthusiasm.

I think Perry really could have.

Update (Allahpundit):

Wondered why this was a TK thread and not an AP thread — but I see it got sorted.

Axe on January 12, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Dave Rywall on January 12, 2012 at 8:29 PM

So it’s not the trillions in debt, excessive taxation and regulation strangling the economy?

Who knew?

Chip on January 12, 2012 at 8:35 PM

I had such high hopes for this guy……sigh

irishinfidel on January 12, 2012 at 8:36 PM

America needs some grammar lessons.

Dave Rywall on January 12, 2012 at 8:29 PM

“Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go.”

– Barack Obama, May 2008

So America needs more geographic and civic lessons, too.

amerpundit on January 12, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Dave Rywall on January 12, 2012 at 8:29 PM

LBJ would’ve have been the perfect president to model good grammar after.
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predator on January 12, 2012 at 8:37 PM

He actually invented a fake “Tebow” endorsement for himself. In real life.
kunegetikos on January 12, 2012 at 8:32 PM

That is embarrassing.

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Why is everyone so quick to give up on Perry?

McCain lost Michigan in 2008 but went on to win the nomination. We’re not even to SC.

If it’s too late for anyone but Romney to win, it’s because people like us have given up.

jazz_piano on January 12, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Because this guy keeps showing up instead:
“Ingraham: Only Romney’s are vultures? None of your guys, only Romney’s?

Perry: Look, Romney is running for president.

Ingraham: Yeah, you are running for president too, and you have benefitted from these firms.

Perry: Correct, and I don’t have a problem with that.”

(Ingraham Grills Perry on Donations from ‘Vultures’ -
January 12, 2012)

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Oh, dear God. You HAVE to be kidding me. Please tell me that’s from SNL or The Onion.

Walter Sobchak on January 12, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Great ad.

Ted Torgerson on January 12, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Perry/Huntsman or Huntsman/Perry would be a great ticket.

ABR: Anyone But Romney! (and Obama)

Aizen on January 12, 2012 at 8:39 PM

He looks almost like Bush’s twin in that AirForce jumpsuit. Even the voice incantations are freakishly like Bush.

SouthernGent on January 12, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Oh, dear God. You HAVE to be kidding me. Please tell me that’s from SNL or The Onion.
Walter Sobchak on January 12, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Ingraham Grills Perry on Donations from ‘Vultures’

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 8:39 PM

All I can say is, his back must have really been a problem for him, to have scheduled surgery before such a demanding task.

Bmore on January 12, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Sorry, Tina, this is maudlin schlock. This is all fluffy meringue. I have no problem with Rick Perry. I would gladly vote for him over Odumbo. But this ad is just to emotive and just too slick to impress me.

minnesoter on January 12, 2012 at 8:40 PM

This slick ad is nothing more than an attempt to polish a turd.

The ad maker’s skill is wasted on that incompetent bufoon/rodeo clown/cartoonish cowboy wannabe Rick Perry.

bluegill on January 12, 2012 at 8:40 PM

It’s brutal how intolerant we are of poor debate performances and anyone who can’t skim and glide like Obama.

John the Libertarian on January 12, 2012 at 8:33 PM

I overlooked the poor debates, I jumped when Perry decided to pitch a tent at Zucotti Park and join the OWS movement.

JPeterman on January 12, 2012 at 8:40 PM

I had great hopes for Perry and was really optimistic when he got in the race.

But…

Hopes were dashed like Alabama smushed LSU. Heartache.

SlaveDog on January 12, 2012 at 8:41 PM

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.

That’s the main thing I liked about Perry.

bgibbs1000 on January 12, 2012 at 8:41 PM

LBJ orders pants

Definitely worth a listen even if it is over four minutes…:)

predator on January 12, 2012 at 8:41 PM

He has a good ad team.

kunegetikos on January 12, 2012 at 8:41 PM

SlaveDog on January 12, 2012 at 8:41 PM

As I was reminded on another thread,

Zereaux.

:/

Axe on January 12, 2012 at 8:43 PM

I overlooked the poor debates, I jumped when Perry decided to pitch a tent at Zucotti Park and join the OWS movement.
JPeterman on January 12, 2012 at 8:40 PM

It wasn’t just the debates, he had a great rollout promo blitz but started stumbling over one thing after another afterwards.

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Oh, dear God. You HAVE to be kidding me. Please tell me that’s from SNL or The Onion.

Walter Sobchak on January 12, 2012 at 8:37 PM

As long as you accept the false premise that all venture capitalists are vulture capitalists, I suppose. I’m less impressed. The questioning is in the spirit of the “Do you still beat wife?”

ZGMF_Freedom on January 12, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Because this guy keeps showing up instead:
“Ingraham: Only Romney’s are vultures? None of your guys, only Romney’s?

Perry: Look, Romney is running for president.

Ingraham: Yeah, you are running for president too, and you have benefitted from these firms.

Perry: Correct, and I don’t have a problem with that.”

(Ingraham Grills Perry on Donations from ‘Vultures’ -
January 12, 2012)

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 8:28 PM

OMG. That is embarrassing.

Oh, dear God. You HAVE to be kidding me. Please tell me that’s from SNL or The Onion.

Walter Sobchak on January 12, 2012 at 8:37 PM

LoL. The Onion. When you peel back Perry’s layers there is nothing there there.

SparkPlug on January 12, 2012 at 8:44 PM

kunegetikos on January 12, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Borderline ad team at best.

Bmore on January 12, 2012 at 8:44 PM

I had such high hopes for this guy……sigh

irishinfidel on January 12, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Same here. I was incredibly excited the day he announced. And he came out with such a great commercial that day too. Then, well, you know.

But it’s still so early. Mitt may be the guy, but two states out of 50 have voted and I just do not like the fact how he’s already practically the declared winner.

JellyToast on January 12, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Enjoy your four more years of Obama or his little sister, Mitt, you heartless bastards.

carbon_footprint on January 12, 2012 at 8:46 PM

All I can say is, his back must have really been a problem for him, to have scheduled surgery before such a demanding task.

Bmore on January 12, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Surgery is always the last resort. I’m sure he went through years of medical treatment for his back.

ZGMF_Freedom on January 12, 2012 at 8:46 PM

I had such high hopes for this guy……sigh

irishinfidel on January 12, 2012 at 8:36 PM

You are not the Lone Ranger!
Silver has thrown his shoes, and I don’t know where Tonto is!

KOOLAID2 on January 12, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Axe on January 12, 2012 at 8:43 PM

They could have been the greatest college football team of all time. Instead, just the forgotten No. 2.

SlaveDog on January 12, 2012 at 8:47 PM

And that was sarcastic, because I have given up on this election. The country is doomed.

carbon_footprint on January 12, 2012 at 8:47 PM

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.

That’s the main thing I liked about Perry.
bgibbs1000 on January 12, 2012 at 8:41 PM

But it was of the things he stumbled over. The over-the-top “Ponzi scheme” rhetoric was ill advised, alienating older folks who depend on it as their sole means of support. There’s nothing wrong with walking on “the 3rd rail”, but you should tread circumspectly.

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 8:48 PM

ZGMF_Freedom on January 12, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Last resort is right, I can sympathize, still recovering from a spinal injury myself. It sucks!

Bmore on January 12, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Haters gonna hate. They sure are trying hard to sell the race is over. Just like the Cainiacs, and then the Newt fans.

Funny, I’m voting in the SC primary, and it ain’t happened yet. We’ll (the voters of SC) let you know how it will be, kthxbye.

Go Rick Perry!

IcedTea on January 12, 2012 at 8:50 PM

AP, thanks for injecting an objective dose of reality. Perry doesn’t stand a chance.

ncconservative on January 12, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Great guy. I’ll always respect him.

/It’s just not ‘his time’. It’s Mitt’s.

Gag.

Key West Reader on January 12, 2012 at 8:51 PM

As long as you accept the false premise that all venture capitalists are vulture capitalists, I suppose.
ZGMF_Freedom on January 12, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Ingraham pressed him on whether or not his campaign had vetted the ventures caps associated with his campaign, but Perry avoided answering the question. So we still don’t know what percentage of his money is coming from “vultures”.

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 8:52 PM

America needs some grammar lessons.

Dave Rywall on January 12, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Condescending Canadian leftie…and you pretend to be “for the common people”…

Lefties are neither liberal, nor progressive, ever. They just stole the terms. Snot. You and Obama are the same.

Schadenfreude on January 12, 2012 at 8:53 PM

He actually invented a fake “Tebow” endorsement for himself. In real life.
kunegetikos on January 12, 2012 at 8:32 PM
That is embarrassing.

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 8:37 PM

I thought the same thing! It’s pathetic.

The whole “Perry the Leader” thing is a myth. There is nothing to the man. His ads, while well-made, are overly emotional and sentimental. Now, I actually like ads that pull at the heart strings or evoke strong emotions, but not when that’s all you have to offer. You need to have some substance, too!

It seems like Perry got elected in TX by dressing up like a cowboy clown in his tv ads and posing like some actor. Have you guys seen those old TV ads? They’re really something. I guess Perry thought he could do the same thing in his campaign for president.

Sorry, Perry, you don’t have what it takes!

bluegill on January 12, 2012 at 8:53 PM

And that was sarcastic, because I have given up on this election. The country is doomed.

carbon_footprint on January 12, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Many feel that way.

SparkPlug on January 12, 2012 at 8:53 PM

First I lost Sarah.
Then I had to let go of Perry.
Sigh…
I turned to Mitt for comfort and steadiness.
But compared to the nightmare in the WH I find Ron Paul comforting.
I still think Perry is a great governor.

bailey24 on January 12, 2012 at 8:54 PM

This is what I dislike about our primary system-two states in and the prevailing opinion is that Perry is done. If the first primary state was Texas, he’d be riding high. I’m not sure who I’d vote for by the time my state has it’s turn but none of the candidates are really better or worse than the others. They all have their problems and they all have their good points. The fist states get to choose for us and we get to choose out of who is left.

hopeful on January 12, 2012 at 8:55 PM

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.

Why is HotGas even posting about Perry?

What if he hadn’t stumbled at the debates and Romney had continued pounding him on entitlements?

What if everyone had pounded him on his Obama-style crony capitalism?

What if everyone had pounded him for calling for a re-invasion of Iraq?

itsnotaboutme on January 12, 2012 at 8:55 PM

bluegill on January 12, 2012 at 8:53 PM
Do you happen to know who is doing Romney”s work?

Bmore on January 12, 2012 at 8:55 PM

And that was sarcastic, because I have given up on this election. The country is doomed.

carbon_footprint on January 12, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Newt let us down too. Bastid.

SlaveDog on January 12, 2012 at 8:56 PM

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

One problem with Social Security is that recipients, particularly the early recipients, received more money than they paid in. I call that theft.

Another problem is that even the money paid in was not locked away. Profligate politicians spent it on other things. I call that theft. But at least the people alive at the time suposedly received some diluted benefit from the spending of their SS money on those other programs for politicians they kept voting for.

Another problem with SS is that even if you received back every dime you personaly paid in, your rate of return would be negative due to inflation and the fact that the money was not invested in any way. If you had kept your SS money you could have at least earned interest at a bank, or ironicaly even in government bonds. I call that theft of the future value of all of that money. But people kept voting for politician who did not change the system but instead promised them more than they paid. This is a classic con man routine that works because of people’s greed.

No, I, and my generation will now be stuck paying for the retirement of the previous generations, while they CONTINE to vote against anyone who would dare touch their ill gotten SS gains. Please, when you say that is your money, where is my money?

If someone else from my generation is asking where is my money, I say we should be glad to END the continuing forced theft and be glad to escape the losses of the house on fire with our shirts and our lives. Otherwise this country will burn down around us.

AnotherOpinion on January 12, 2012 at 8:56 PM

AP, thanks for injecting an objective dose of reality. Perry doesn’t stand a chance.

ncconservative on January 12, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Is that a Gardisil joke or something? I am searching…searching for humor cause things look bleak. House and Senate is a must win now to keep Romney on point.

Who am I kidding they won’t.

SparkPlug on January 12, 2012 at 8:57 PM

For every one of our candidates, except Romney, how you say things is very important.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 12, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Rick is right. Govt needs a major overhaul; govt needs a wrecking ball, not tweezers. And religion and associated values are under attack.
But if it’s not Rick P, we need a horse than can get to the water. If we get the horse there, we can help him drink. But not getting the horse to the water is not an option.

anotherJoe on January 12, 2012 at 8:57 PM

bluegill on January 12, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Do you happen to know who is doing Romney’s ad work?

Bmore on January 12, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Many feel that way.

SparkPlug on January 12, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Yep.

Newt let us down too. Bastid.

SlaveDog on January 12, 2012 at 8:56 PM

And yep, good to see you…:)

carbon_footprint on January 12, 2012 at 8:59 PM

The over-the-top “Ponzi scheme” rhetoric was ill advised, alienating older folks who depend on it as their sole means of support. There’s nothing wrong with walking on “the 3rd rail”, but you should tread circumspectly.

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 8:48 PM

He could have added “It’s a Ponzi scheme… for the younger folks. We’ll support our seniors getting all of their well-earned, well-deserved benefits, but a host of corrupt Congresses, literally for generations, have looted the social security ‘lockbox’ for giveaways and goodies and left us all with a passel of worthless IOU’s. Our political panderers made it a Ponzi scheme, and I intend to flush these crooked varmints out of power and clean house.”

He failed in the follow-up.

He just doesn’t have it.

profitsbeard on January 12, 2012 at 8:59 PM

He actually invented a fake “Tebow” endorsement for himself. In real life.
kunegetikos on January 12, 2012 at 8:32 PM

That is embarrassing.
whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 8:37 PM

I thought the same thing! It’s pathetic.
bluegill on January 12, 2012 at 8:53 PM

I would have avoided using it because it’s so incredibly obvious in it’s desperateness. It’s like inserting an Elvis impersonator into an ad. Unintentionally funny.

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 9:00 PM

America needs some grammar lessons.

Dave Rywall on January 12, 2012 at 8:29 PM

As someone who had to live in Canada and experience the “wonderful” personalities (*cough, cough*) of Canadians for 4 months, I can tell you that Canadians are in no position to criticize Americans about much of anything, including the way they speak. Those Canadians, especially in Toronto, are cold, inhospitable, passive agressive, little snide twits.

bluegill on January 12, 2012 at 9:00 PM

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

Did he ever answer the question?

Does anyone think he can recover for 2016 election? Does he run for gov again, or go for the senate?

herm2416 on January 12, 2012 at 9:01 PM

The only ad better is the one for Chevy Volt.

galtani on January 12, 2012 at 9:02 PM

bluegill on January 12, 2012 at 8:53 PM
Do you happen to know who is doing Romney”s work?

Bmore on January 12, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Nope, but what do you think of Romney’s ads?

I think they are well-made, but nothing too special. The “Obama Isn’t Working” line was a good one, though. (harkening back to the winter of discontent when Thatcher used the “Labour Isn’t Working” line) The RestoreOurFuture (Romney Super PAC) ads are much better than the official campaign ones, in my opinion.

bluegill on January 12, 2012 at 9:03 PM

He could have added “It’s a Ponzi scheme… for the younger folks. We’ll support our seniors getting all of their well-earned, well-deserved benefits, but a host of corrupt Congresses, literally for generations, have looted the social security ‘lockbox’ for giveaways and goodies and left us all with a passel of worthless IOU’s. Our political panderers made it a Ponzi scheme, and I intend to flush these crooked varmints out of power and clean house.”
He failed in the follow-up.
He just doesn’t have it.
profitsbeard on January 12, 2012 at 8:59 PM

People will listen and consider “inconvenient truths” if they are discussed in a thoughtful, rational manner sans emotionally charged rhetoric. Throwing out linguistic bombs works as red meat for a short season, but they turn out to be duds in the bigger picture.

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 9:04 PM

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.

While this all may be true, I wonder how Allahpundit would feel if Tina threw in a “oh yeah, Perry sucks worse than Fred” update right in the middle of one of his post instead of at the bottom where it belongs? Just a bit inappropriate in my humble opinion.

Rovin on January 12, 2012 at 9:04 PM

bluegill on January 12, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Do you happen to know who is doing Romney’s ad work?

Bmore on January 12, 2012 at 8:59 PM

As someone who had to live in Canada and experience the “wonderful” personalities (*cough, cough*) of Canadians for 4 months, I can tell you that Canadians are in no position to criticize Americans about much of anything, including the way they speak. Those Canadians, especially in Toronto, are cold, inhospitable, passive agressive, little snide twits.

bluegill on January 12, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Don’t mean to be overly persistent. Just what to see if you do while your still on this thread.

Bmore on January 12, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Wow the latest ads have been awesome. We have Newt’s hysterical Romney debate flubs ad and his Massachusetts moderate “Like John Kerry, he even speaks French!” ad. and now this positive Perry ad!

I’m sensing a conservative alliance, Perry/Newt ticket with Huntsman as Sec of State and Santorum at HHS. We can send Romney to Europe as Ambassador to the Euro mess.

monalisa on January 12, 2012 at 9:05 PM

bluegill on January 12, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Thanks.

Bmore on January 12, 2012 at 9:06 PM

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?

This is all about him being a fraud, one who never really was the conservative everybody gave him credit for.

It always has been his social con creds (anti-abortion) that kept him going here in Texas, not his economic policies.

I give you three (3) links to prove this:

1. Perry.

2. Raised.

3. Taxes!

Mcguyver on January 12, 2012 at 9:07 PM

bluegill on January 12, 2012 at 9:03 PM

I’ll give them a tumble and let you know, check back later.

Bmore on January 12, 2012 at 9:09 PM

You can make fun and ridicule this good man all you want. His record and character says it all for me. When we get four more years of Obama you will be wishing you had given this proven leader a chance, but sadly it will be too late.

Tn.-Vol on January 12, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Dave Rywall on January 12, 2012 at 8:29 PM

I know that’s right. (sarc)

Damn the economy, military, Jobs, Energy, and on and on.

It’s ebonics that’ll save us.

Texyank on January 12, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Ingraham pressed him on whether or not his campaign had vetted the ventures caps associated with his campaign, but Perry avoided answering the question. So we still don’t know what percentage of his money is coming from “vultures”.

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Then Ingraham is being disingenuous. Why would Perry waste dozens of hours going through every single donor he has had since 2000 looking for philosophical disagreements? It’s silly. I’ve lost a lot of respect for Ingraham.

ZGMF_Freedom on January 12, 2012 at 9:17 PM

The over-the-top “Ponzi scheme” rhetoric was ill advised, alienating older folks who depend on it as their sole means of support. There’s nothing wrong with walking on “the 3rd rail”, but you should tread circumspectly.

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 8:48 PM

The payroll tax cut extension actually demonstrates that it is a Ponzi scheme. Congress has now decoupled the only funding mechanism we have for social security and actual social security payments.

That 2% cut that everyone is receiving now (for two months, you remember the pizza dinner?) could easily be converted to a permanent personal retirement account. Make it optional for people to sign up, any age. $1000 bucks a year in your own personal retirement account or continued crumbs from the democrat party. This is really easy folks.

monalisa on January 12, 2012 at 9:18 PM

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

Ms. Cox, I hate to break it to you, but politicians spent the money you contributed to Social Security about 30 or 40 years ago. You might remember a few people raising some questions about The Great Society, Medicaid, free cell phones/food/housing/computers/school and a whole bunch of other stuff we probably couldn’t afford.

Now, I don’t know you, nor do I know how you’ve voted over the years. But a lot of Americans voted for those things, thinking that everything would be ok. And a lot of politicians told them they were right and good and compassionate.

They were wrong. You’ve been robbed, bamboozled, run amuck. Your money’s not here, and if we all keep insisting on collecting even though we let ourselves be robbed blind, why we’ll be no different than those politicians who told us we could spend and spend and spend.

Ms. Cox, you seem like a good-hearted woman. You’re not a thief. Well neither am I. I won’t stand by and watch the government rob from future generations in order to serve the lie that we can keep all these checks coming. I want to tell you about my plan to make sure you get your check, but in such a way that we don’t become a nation of thieves. I promise I’ll do my best to make that a reality, and I’d appreciate your vote, ma’am.

/If I were Rick Perry

Nom de Boom on January 12, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Another Perry thread – another sepia-colored pic of Michael Dukakis at the top. Don’t get it.

Perry’s staff needs him to stay in for paychecks and he needs to stay in to keep collecting funds for campaign debts.

With 5% in South Carolina and no movement, and 5% in Florida with no movement, his “Alamo” strategery isn’t working.

So, it would appear that Rick “I don’t have a problem with that” is headin’ for the last round-up.

I certainly wouldn’t want to encounter the Wrath of Anita, but Perry is a cowboy, or mensch, or something or other.

“$7 million for my campaign from investment firms? I don’t have a problem with that.” – Rick “Yell Boy” Perry

Horace on January 12, 2012 at 9:19 PM

You can make fun and ridicule this good man all you want. His record and character says it all for me. When we get four more years of Obama you will be wishing you had given this proven leader a chance, but sadly it will be too late.

Tn.-Vol on January 12, 2012 at 9:09 PM

The truth is that Rick Perry is a big spending, pro-illegal alien amnesty crony capitalist buffoon! Rick Perry is probably a decent man, but is NOT presidential material.

bluegill on January 12, 2012 at 9:20 PM

It’s still just a political ad. Call me cynical.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on January 12, 2012 at 9:21 PM

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