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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It’s kind of amusing to see so many Romney supporters attacking Perry from the right while Romney runs against him from the left, particularly on the Social Security/entitlement issue. A bit surreal too. This has been a strange primary season so far.

Nom de Boom on January 12, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Perry’s still my guy.

Well . . . if he pulls out, I guess all that’s left to do is pour myself a shot of single malt, light a good cigar, and smash every friggin’ dish in the house.

TheClearRiver on January 12, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Oops!

Sorry. I made a mistake when I said that was Michael Dukakis in the sepia-colored pic at the top of this thread.

Apparently it is Colonel Flagg from MASH.

Horace on January 12, 2012 at 9:30 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

So you don’t care if Perry’s benefiting from the “vultures” he’s denouncing on his self-destruct mission?

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Perry’s still my guy.

Well . . . if he pulls out, I guess all that’s left to do is pour myself a shot of single malt, light a good cigar, and smash every friggin’ dish in the house.

TheClearRiver on January 12, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Shoot, don’t do that. Well, don’t smash the dishes anyway. This country is bigger than any one politician or party, and as I’ll continue to say to anyone who will listen, the work the Tea Party groups are doing on the local and state levels is vastly more important and potentially fruitful than anything we’ll be (realistically) able to accomplish on the national level for the next 15-20 years. Get directly involved on those levels instead of wasting all that lovely anger.

Nom de Boom on January 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM

“…if he pulls out…”

HaHaHaHaHaHa!

According to the latest polls, 95% of the GOP primary voters in South Carolina and 95% of the GOP primary voters in Florida don’t think Rick “I have no problem with that” Perry is gonna pull anything.

Horace on January 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM

It’s kind of amusing to see so many Romney supporters attacking Perry from the right while Romney runs against him from the left, particularly on the Social Security/entitlement issue. A bit surreal too. This has been a strange primary season so far.

Nom de Boom on January 12, 2012 at 9:27 PM

I’ll anticipate the Romney rebuttal and just ask whether or not it’s possible to criticize behavior within the capitalist system without criticizing capitalism itself. After all, our Founders seem to have understood that even our great system of government, imbued as it was with the capitalist spirit, was insufficient defense against a people lacking morality.

Nom de Boom on January 12, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Sorry Governor but it doesn’t matter that you’re not a quitter — I and many others have already given up on you.

fed-nad on January 12, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Sorry. I made a mistake when I said that was Michael Dukakis in the sepia-colored pic at the top of this thread.
Apparently it is Colonel Flagg from MASH.
Horace on January 12, 2012 at 9:30 PM

You’re right, it’s the spittin’ image, lol. I thought it rang a bell. Good catch.

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 9:36 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

Will see who’s left standing after South Carolina. Newt’s making a point to brand himself as a Reagan Conservative he’s making a point of repeating that as often as he refers to Mitt Romney as a Moderate from Massachusetts.

I don’t understand why Perry’s campaign isn’t making a point to differentiate him from the other conservatives through strong branding? His team put’s out great ads but they aren’t doing as good job at branding his campaign. I like this “I never quit anything in my whole life, and I won’t ever quit on our country” He’s in South Carolina, he should roll out, Texan by birth, Southern by the Grace of God :)

Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 9:37 PM

whatcat

“I know what you’re up to, Gingrich and Romney.”
“I’m Romney, HE’S Gingrich.”
“OK, I can play that game, too.”

Great MASH character. Is Col. Flagg running for President or something? Hoo-Wah!

Horace on January 12, 2012 at 9:40 PM

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

*chuckle*

SparkPlug on January 12, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Dr Evil

Rick “I have no problem with that” Perry HAS differentiated himself from other conservatives and the vast majority of Americans with double-digit IQ’s.

Horace on January 12, 2012 at 9:42 PM

One of my Facebook friends who is liberal to the extreme actually posted a political comment today (mocking Republicans) that I had to agree with. The gist of it was that after all this time complaining about Obamacare, Republicans are now so foolish that they are on the brink of nominating the man who put Romneycare in place. She wondered if we should maybe do a little soul searching and get ourselves figured out–and she asked if Republicans still stand for anything.

And I had to wonder–what do we stand for? It’s like Republicans–conservatives most of all–are purposefully trying to self-destruct. We looked foolish when we defended Herman Cain (again and again) for his remarkably poor understanding of foreign policy. We looked foolish when we turned on a dime and went all in for Newt Gingrich–after dismissing him months before for his untrustworthy views on global warming (among other things). Then we looked foolish yet again when we threw our support behind Rick Santorum–after ignoring him from the start because of his lack of executive experience and questions about how he would fare against Obama (because, like Bachmann and Cain, he just seemed to be running for the sake of running–not to actually win).

And now…now!…we are on the verge of throwing support to Mitt Romney–a man who would have been totally irrelevant in the political world if not for his millions. Its his money that has allowed him to stay in the political game, not some great skill at leading. After failing to win the nomination in 2008, he had years (years!) to take a leadership role in the Republican field. But he did not. It has been people like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin who have railed against the policies of Obama and rallied us Republicans to fight against them. (There have been others, of course–but my point is that Romney has not been among them. Well, not until after he had tested the political winds.) This is my biggest problem with Romney. If he had used these years to be a leader–to take a stand when it mattered–his inconsistencies through the years and his weak explanations for policy decisions in Massachusetts would not matter. He’s had all this time to show us who he is. And all he’s shown us is that he wants to be president. Very much. (And–P.S.–how will a Mitt Romney presidency differ from a Mitt Romney governorship? If he caved on his values then to be electable, what makes people think he won’t cave now? He’s been playing the “electable” game for the last few years–thus the hesitation to take strong stands. So more than likely, he’s already very mindful of the sort of games he will have to play to pacify the more liberal among us and win a second term.)

And that brings me to this post and this ad by Rick Perry. For the life of me, I do not understand the tremendous aversion people seem to have to this man. Is he perfect? No. But his “major” issues do not raise questions about what Republicans stand for. (And for those who think he is anti-capitalist for going after Bain…come on…really? Really? You don’t think he’s just trying to attack a political opponent whose business dealings have not been properly brought to light (for good or ill)–an opponent who has based a large part of his claim to being qualified to run the country on his success in business? You really think he will, if given power, gleefully destroy the free market?)

Anyway…my point…if we nominate Perry, my liberal friend would still mock us terribly and go on and on about what a nightmare of a country the USA would become under a conservative president. But the Republican party would make sense again, and what we stand for–patriotism, freedom, the protection of the unborn, fiscal sanity, free market principles, strong national defense, etc.–would not be in question.

May God have mercy on our lost, lost Republican souls.

butterflies and puppies on January 12, 2012 at 9:43 PM

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

kunegetikos on January 12, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Yeah, it was a pretty good ad, but that fake Tebow thing is pretty cheap. Kinda ruins the whole thing for me.

Dongemaharu on January 12, 2012 at 9:46 PM

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

There are plenty of horse pastures begging him to join in on munching the wonderful green grass up for grazing.

There are even some that have greener grass on the other side of the fence with occasional young mares sniffing around.

Given that Anita Perry is going to be one pissed off “mare” for losing this primary election, he gonna need some “beauties” to walk by so he can dream of good ‘ole days….

Mcguyver on January 12, 2012 at 9:46 PM

the work the Tea Party groups are doing on the local and state levels is vastly more important and potentially fruitful than anything we’ll be (realistically) able to accomplish on the national level for the next 15-20 years. Get directly involved on those levels instead of wasting all that lovely anger.

Nom de Boom on January 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM

I’m already a TP-er, Nom de Boom. It’s all that keeps me from going after the truck with an ax. : )

TheClearRiver on January 12, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Horace you around?

Bmore on January 12, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Great MASH character. Is Col. Flagg running for President or something? Hoo-Wah!
Horace on January 12, 2012 at 9:40 PM

I made a screen cap: Col.Flagg from MASH – season 3, episode 3:
http://oi40.tinypic.com/2rgf8n8.jpg

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 9:51 PM

butterflies and puppies on January 12, 2012 at 9:43 PM

If you look at the Hot Air polls, most people here do indeed support Perry. The angry, personal attacks mainly appear to be coming from a minority who (rightly) recognize pre-debates Perry as the main threat to Romney or Palin and just can’t turn it off now. He’s an imbecile, a buffoon, a corruptocrat, etc.

The more objective charges they make have all been made against Romney too, but I don’t see much in the way of an acknowledgement of that fact. Apart from his inability to communicate clearly, most of Perry’s weaknesses (fair or not) are virtually identical to Romney’s weaknesses, with the glaring exception of Romneycare. This whole process just underscores how little voting patterns have to do with objectivity.

Nom de Boom on January 12, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Dr Evil

Rick “I have no problem with that” Perry HAS differentiated himself from other conservatives and the vast majority of Americans with double-digit IQ’s.

Horace on January 12, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Uh Huh if High IQs counted in politicians, we wouldn’t be nearly 16 trillion dollars in debt, and climbing. You know Obama wants the debt ceiling raised again by another trillion. I wonder what genius currently serving in D.C. will keep Obama from raising the debt ceiling by a trillion dollars?

But you go on, you were comparing Perry’s intelligence to the genius’ he’s running against.

Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 9:51 PM

I’m already a TP-er, Nom de Boom. It’s all that keeps me from going after the truck with an ax. : )

TheClearRiver on January 12, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Awesome!

Nom de Boom on January 12, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Nom de Boom on January 12, 2012 at 9:51 PM

A Texas Christian Conservative is just like a New England Mormon Liberal? In what sense Perry’s always been pro life he didn’t have to have an epiphany like Mitt. Mitt believes in AGW, Perry thinks AGW is fiction.

Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 9:55 PM

This country is bigger than any one politician…

Nom de Boom on January 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Worth repeating for the paulbots.

Mr. Prodigy on January 12, 2012 at 9:56 PM

A Texas Christian Conservative is just like a New England Mormon Liberal? In what sense Perry’s always been pro life he didn’t have to have an epiphany like Mitt. Mitt believes in AGW, Perry thinks AGW is fiction.

Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 9:55 PM

I guess I’m just thinking more in terms of the criticisms that will likely be leveled against them by an Obama campaign that appears to be all in for populism. And to your point about abortion, the charge of being anti-woman would be made against both of them. Their position would be virtually identical during the general election, whether or not you believe Romney’s disavowal of his previous pro-abortion stance is genuine.

Nom de Boom on January 12, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Steve Rattner, Obama’s GM takeover advisor, has weighed in to defend Romney, and yes, there are some vulture capitalists are out there, but Bain is not one of them. So we are all good. Move along now, nothing to see here….

Perry and Newt have hit a nerve.

monalisa on January 12, 2012 at 10:00 PM

This country is bigger than any one politician…

Nom de Boom on January 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Worth repeating for the paulbots.

Mr. Prodigy on January 12, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Worth repeating for the Mittwitts.

Hey how come Gingrich supporters don’t have a label?

Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Worth repeating for the Mittwitts.

Hey how come Gingrich supporters don’t have a label?

Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Grinches? Gingers?

Nom de Boom on January 12, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Hey how come Gingrich supporters don’t have a label?
Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM

They do, it just doesn’t make it through the “language” filter here.

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Nom de Boom on January 12, 2012 at 10:00 PM

I think Obama’s team is going after the Hispanic vote, and Romney’s weak in that demographic. They will use Romney’s primary rhetoric during the General.

How is Obama going to use Perry’s heartless comment against him, and not alienate Hispanics? It would mean the Liberal Obama, would be using a non emotional appeal for votes…let’s face it, that’s the only way they know how to get votes with emotional appeals LOL!

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

Hey how come Gingrich supporters don’t have a label?
Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM

They do, it just doesn’t make it through the “language” filter here.

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Newties?

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

How is Obama going to use Perry’s heartless comment against him, and not alienate Hispanics? It would mean the Liberal Obama, would be using a non emotional appeal for votes…let’s face it, that’s the only way they know how to get votes with emotional appeals LOL!

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

If it’s used at all, I think the heartless comment would be played in conservative states with low(ish) populations of illegal aliens, e.g. Montana. In all likelihood, the attack on this front would be the same for both Perry and Mitt: use strong anti-illegal immigration statements made during primary-related events and ignore actual records, both of which indicate some level of sympathy for “the good ones.” You’re right about the emotionalism of the thing. It’s just one big attempt to buffalo Hispanics into voting D out of fear of teh eebil racist GOP.

Nom de Boom on January 12, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Hey how come Gingrich supporters don’t have a label?

Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Grinches? Gingers?

Nom de Boom on January 12, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Newters?

I often wonder where Perry would be now if he had PREPARED to run for President, with thoughtful positions on issues he could have presented to the public.

He probably should have watched “The King’s Speech” before deciding to run…

Steve Z on January 12, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Horace on January 12, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Mcguyver on January 12, 2012 at 9:46 PM

anybody else remember the halcyon days when this site weeded out the dreck?

is this what the big tent shelters?

DanMan on January 12, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Hey how come Gingrich supporters don’t have a label?
Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM

huh? we’re the ABOs…solid 99%ers

IOW – all but the koskids on the board if he makes it

DanMan on January 12, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Make no mistake, take my word, if Perry does not get the nomination WE WILL HAVE 4 MORE YEARS OF OBAMA. NONE of the other candidates in the field can beat Obama. MSM/Dems and Obama machine know that, that is why from the very second Perry announced his candidacy, they went after him to crush and destroy him.

nancysabet on January 12, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Hopefully he means it and will stay in for the long haul. It’s beginning to look like Gingrich and Romney might destroy themselves while trying to destroy each other.

Murf76 on January 12, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Perry lost the moment he finished his heartless comment. His sanctimonious defense of amnesty actions made him instantly both untrustworthy and unlikable. He lost most of his support, and he never recovered.

ray on January 12, 2012 at 11:41 PM

I’ve lost a lot of respect for Ingraham.

ZGMF_Freedom on January 12, 2012 at 9:17 PM

I’ve lost a lot of respect for Fox News and most all of their talking heads/programs. They have been too much like the MSM. Oh, they throw a Conservative sentence in now and then. When they started hiring former CNN people is when I first noticed and that’s been a long time ago. I hardly watch anymore.

bluefox on January 12, 2012 at 11:46 PM

So you don’t care if Perry’s benefiting from the “vultures” he’s denouncing on his self-destruct mission?

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 9:32 PM

I do. Name the specific donors. Let’s examine their business decisions that were morally questionable.

ZGMF_Freedom on January 12, 2012 at 11:59 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

Hey missy, why don’t you post your boy Romney’s great MA record and explain each one of his flip-flops over these many years of being a “business” man? He’s sure had a lot of political flip-flops for not being a “career” politician as he likes to say.

All I’ve seen from your comments on the HA threads have been insults and pointing out commenters and other Candidates imperfections.

I certainly don’t see any wings growing on your boy Romney.

bluefox on January 13, 2012 at 12:03 AM

I’m already a TP-er, Nom de Boom. It’s all that keeps me from going after the truck with an ax. : )

TheClearRiver on January 12, 2012 at 9:49 PM

I’m waiting on the Tea Party Express that said they are going to make an endorsement prior to the S.C. Primary. That should be interesting.

bluefox on January 13, 2012 at 12:10 AM

I agree, best Perry ad.. a few months too late, and he’s still pouring poison into the well with his attacks on free market capitalism. I wish life were different but it isn’t.

DaMav on January 13, 2012 at 12:39 AM

I sort of ditched him earlier today. I take it back and will put my Perry President sticker back on the car. The guy is just so likable! And no matter what the elite DCrs say, the man is competent.
Unlike Haley Barbour, and Mike Huckster, Perry keeps the criminals in jail and fries those who deserve it.
And, he protects little dogs! Now, if he could only pull unicorns out of his ass!

lonestar1 on January 13, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Perry’s attacks against Romney’s business background have done him in. He should have stuck with his extensive experience as governor, his leadership during a crisis like the fires or hurricanes, and the rest of his background in the military and as a farmer. Instead, he attacks part of the free market. Good going.

He’s had an opportunity to explain about Social Security and passed it up. It’s appalling that so many people STILL think it’s a lockbox containing only the money they contributed, plus interest. Even if it was, it wouldn’t be as much as what they see in their checks.

It’s really sad when you have to fight the ignorance on the right in addition to the ignorance on the left.

So we’re left with Romney RINO, insider Gingrich, big government Santorum, crazy Paul, or go nowhere Huntsman. Just wonderful.

This country is doomed.

Common Sense on January 13, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Perry lost the moment he finished his heartless comment. His sanctimonious defense of amnesty actions made him instantly both untrustworthy and unlikable. He lost most of his support, and he never recovered.
ray on January 12, 2012 at 11:41 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

Finally getting around to this video….

Really bothered by the “Managed 13th largest world economy” part.

When did conservatives start believing their role is to “manage” the economy? Isn’t that what socialists believe?

redrockjk on January 13, 2012 at 1:29 AM

Perry needs to put a Confederate flag in these ads to gain traction. I am being serious, just a second or two of a the Rebel Flag with the American flag and he will see his numbers go up in South Carolina. McCain would have won South Carolina after winning New Hampshire had he not come out against the flying of the stars and bars at the state capitol after Al Gore made an issue out of it; Bush kept quiet on the issue and the rather sizable neo confederate vote rewarded him for it.

Daemonocracy on January 13, 2012 at 2:09 AM

Newties?

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

Gingrinauts!

Axe on January 13, 2012 at 2:17 AM

I’ve lost a lot of respect for Fox News and most all of their talking heads/programs. They have been too much like the MSM. Oh, they throw a Conservative sentence in now and then. When they started hiring former CNN people is when I first noticed and that’s been a long time ago. I hardly watch anymore.

bluefox on January 12, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Amen to that, and again I say, “AMEN!” Fox News does waaaay too much crapola reporting on fluff that anybody can find on MSM. Hannity is nothing but a far right wing broken record who seems to not have an ounce of intelligence in him. O’Reilly makes pretty good points mostly, but he seems to love straddling that ol’ fence. And just forget about Shep who doesn’t have the first idea of how to speak without seeming to shout all the time. That leaves Bret Baier who seems to be the only one with a decent show who knows what he’s talking about and has a panel to prove it.

HiJack on January 13, 2012 at 3:55 AM

I’ve lost a lot of respect for Fox News and most all of their talking heads/programs. They have been too much like the MSM. Oh, they throw a Conservative sentence in now and then. When they started hiring former CNN people is when I first noticed and that’s been a long time ago. I hardly watch anymore.

bluefox on January 12, 2012 at 11:46 PM

You sound like a disgruntled Perry supporter who is just upset that most other people aren’t in love with the incompetent buffoon Rick Perry. You must be upset that Perry doesn’t get the fawning coverage on Fox News that you apparently think he deserves. Sorry, but Perry has no one but his bumbling, ill-prepared, embarrassing, inarticulate, pro-illegal alien amnesty self to blame for his campaign’s troubles!

I hate to break it to you, but Perry’s campaign has crumbled and is sinking fast. Perry had to go on the attack against free enterprise as a way to try to put a damper on some of Mitt’s momentum. Too bad for Perry that it backfired! Turns out that Republican primary voters don’t like people like Perry adopting Obama’s socialist rhetoric as a way to try to destroy other Republicans. Who would have thought?

Perry is a joke who needs to go away fast. Oh, and he should take Newt with him.

bluegill on January 13, 2012 at 6:09 AM

Has anyone ever seen a non-white person in a Rick Perry presidential ad?

Foxhound on January 13, 2012 at 6:58 AM

If Perry’s attacks on Bain were hurting him, why are Newt’s numbers holding steady, Huntsman’s going up, and Mitt’s coming down in the latest SC poll? Look at thee numbers yourselves:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/sc/south_carolina_republican_presidential_primary-1590.html

Between the 5th and the 11th, Newt’s have gone up 3, Huntsman’s have gone up 6, and Mitt’s have come DOWN 7. Newt and Huntsman were attacking Bain just as much (and in Newt’s case WAAAAAY more) as Perry. Perry’s numbers are static at 5%.

We’ll see, but it’s FAAAAAAR too early to say that what did him in was his aatacks in Bain. Newt’s done far more — he even started it, the ring-leader if you will — and it’s his PAC that put out the anti-Bain film.

Other than Perry, the candidates who have attacked Bain have actually seen a RISE in their numbers!

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on January 13, 2012 at 7:15 AM

Has anyone ever seen a non-white person in a Rick Perry presidential ad?

Foxhound on January 13, 2012 at 6:58 AM

Ok, I’m going to do the unthinkable; I’m going to defend Rick Perry.

What kind of question is that? What are you implying? Who cares what colors of skin are shown in ads? It’s totally irrelevant. That sounds like the kind of thing an Obama worshiper would ask.

Should ads have to have certain percentages of this skin color and that color?

bluegill on January 13, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Oh, and, looking at that same link: Santorum, who defended Mitt, has seen a 10% DROP in his numbers between the 5th and the 11th.

Aslans Girl on January 13, 2012 at 7:17 AM

Excuse me, Mitt’s numbers have gone down 14% just since the 5th.

This is not about Bain, if anything, it’s helping those who are attacking it (except for Perry so far).

Aslans Girl on January 13, 2012 at 7:19 AM

Other than Perry, the candidates who have attacked Bain have actually seen a RISE in their numbers!

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on January 13, 2012 at 7:15 AM

Um, I hate to break it to you, but the two who have attacked Bain and free enterprise the most as a way to try to hurt Romney are Newt and Perry. Now, I know you Perry worshipers aren’t too good with things like facts, but let’s take a look at some:

Perry’s support has dwindled to a few supporters here and there (ok, more like single digits); Perry’s support is weak and borderline inconsequential.

As for Newt, he has been dropping since the start of the New Year. Newt is dropping in national polls, in FL and isn’t going ANYWHERE in SC. SC was supposed to be the place where Newt really did well. Well, guess what, people in SC don’t want the unelectable loser Newt… and they sure as heck don’t want the incompetent buffoon Rick Perry.

The fact is that Mitt Romney is the best candidate, by far, and continues to do well!

GO MITT!

bluegill on January 13, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Aslan Girl, please stop your lying, ok?

Let’s take a look at the facts, shall we?

Here is how the candidates are doing in South Carolina. Please note that Romney continues to do well, and that Perry is floundering at the bottom of the pack:

South Carolina Polls – Romney Leads The Pack

bluegill on January 13, 2012 at 7:25 AM

bluegill on January 13, 2012 at 7:25 AM

Everything in my post is true. Mitt has lost 14 points. Santorum, his defender on Bain, has lost 10. Huntsman who attacked Mitt is up 6. Newt’s about the same except for one poll where he’s up 3. Perry has remained EXACTLY where he’s been for weeks now at 5%, he’s neither lost points nor gained any. Perry is the only one who has attacked Bain to not see a rise. We’ll see if that lasts.

Bain is KILLING Mitt, losing 14% in SC in just six days is DIRE.

Aslans Girl on January 13, 2012 at 7:29 AM

bluegill on January 13, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Again, look at the SC polls at RCP that I linked. Newt’s numbers are staying the same, but in one poll, he’s actually UP 3 points. Mitt had polled at 37% on the 5th and now he’s polling at 23%. That’s a FOURTEEN point DROP. FACTS.

Aslans Girl on January 13, 2012 at 7:31 AM

On the 5th, Mitt was leading Newt by eighteen points; in the latest poll Mitt’s lead is a mere two.

Who’s lying, blue?

Aslans Girl on January 13, 2012 at 7:33 AM

Aslans Girl on January 13, 2012 at 7:29 AM

Now I think you’re just pulling my leg. Are you not able to read the Real Clear Politics average? Romney has remained at 29-31% over the last week. Maybe you are mistaking the words “Romney” for “Perry” because both end in “Y”?

There is an easy way to tell the two apart: Romney is the smart one who can beat Obama. Perry is the dumb, incompetent one who has no chance of ever winning a national election.

Here’s the link again:

ROMNEY remains STRONG in South Carolina. Newt Goes Nowhere. Perry Rounds out the Bottom, Competing with Huntsman for Last Place.

bluegill on January 13, 2012 at 7:34 AM

On the 5th, Mitt was leading Newt by eighteen points; in the latest poll Mitt’s lead is a mere two.

Who’s lying, blue?

Aslans Girl on January 13, 2012 at 7:33 AM

Look, just go by the averages. If you want to talk about a specific poll where Romney leads by 2, you need to look at how Gingrich led Romney by 12 in the same poll just a few weeks before.

I hate to break it to you, but Gingrich and Perry are losers.

bluegill on January 13, 2012 at 7:38 AM

bluegill on January 13, 2012 at 7:34 AM

You’re an idiot. I’m not talking about the average. I’m talking about the individual polls that are between the 5th and the 11th. Mitt’s average is only holding up because on the 5th, CNN polled him at a whopping 37%. BUT on the 5th, it’s been cut all the way down to a mere 23%. On the 5th, Mitt was leading Newt by eighteen points, it’s not been cut to two.

Bain is KILLING Mitt’s numbers. The voters of SC are listening.

Aslans Girl on January 13, 2012 at 7:39 AM

BUT on the 5th, 11th it’s been cut all the way down to a mere 23%. On the 5th, Mitt was leading Newt by eighteen points, it’s not been cut to two.

Fixed.

Aslans Girl on January 13, 2012 at 7:40 AM

You’re an idiot.
Aslans Girl on January 13, 2012 at 7:39 AM

Aslan Girl, the fact is that Romney is still doing well. The poll you are talking about (Insider Advantage) has Romney leading by 2. The same poll a few weeks prior had Gingrich leading by 12. And this is good for Newt, how?

I know you are desperate for Rick Perry to do well, but that doesn’t mean you should start making up facts.

I expect the race to tighten over the next week, as all the candidates unleash all kinds of ads against each other. But one thing is clear: Newt’s desperate attacks have so far gotten him nowhere, and there is evidence that they hurt him badly in NH. NH voters said that Newt was the one who ran the most unfair campaign of them all. That should tell you something.

Anyway, the real questions are: will Huntsman finish ahead of Perry? And should Perry withdraw from the race next week? The man is finished.

bluegill on January 13, 2012 at 7:43 AM

While we’re on the subject of polls, let’s take a closer look at the latest polls from FL:

ROMNEY LEADS THE PACK IN FL

Here we can see that Romney is well ahead of the others. Now, I expect things to tighten up, as they always do, but it is interesting to note that the FL voters have not been fooled by the desperate antics of the detestable Newt Gingrich and the incompetent buffoon Rick Perry.

And, oh, dear… who is that candidate who has dropped to 2 PERCENT(and behind Huntsman?!) in the latest FL poll? Is that Rick Perry? Why, I do believe it is. Poor Rick… I guess voters don’t want as president an incompetent pro-illegal alien amnesty idiot who attacks free enterprise using moveon.org-style rhetoric.

bluegill on January 13, 2012 at 7:52 AM

That’s James Richard Perry. Rick’s smarter identical twin avatar brother. And we can vote for him.

Lots of past presidents named James, none named Willard.

monalisa on January 13, 2012 at 7:55 AM

The race is a joke, not a one of these dwarfs is going to do squat, they all have more baggage than an airport and will be absolutely shredded by Barry & the MFM in the general…the only hope conservatives have is to keep everyone in the race and have a brokered convention where None Of The Above has a chance to be drafted. And if my chance even one of these idiots happens to win the Big Chair, they are ill-equipped to do little better than postpone economic catastrophe a year or two. BFD!

insidiator on January 13, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Newties?

Dr Evil

Who Gives a Fig Newtons.

(Met you on bloggers row at CPACFL! How ARE ya?!)

tree hugging sister on January 13, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Other than Perry, the candidates who have attacked Bain have actually seen a RISE in their numbers!

Aslans Girl on January 13, 2012 at 7:15 AM

I’ve seen nothing to demonstrate that Republicans spouting anti-capitalist dogma is working in changing the dynamics of the primaries. And you can’t cite a single poll in SC to say otherwise. Put another way you don’t see mainstream Republicans joining the OWS crowd and their rat population down in DC demanding we overthrow venture capitalism. Most Republicans are smarter than that.

Personally, I’m glad Newt has recycled the Democrat talking points from the 2008 election. The whole issue will be dead by the time Romney faces the jug-eared socialist in the general election. And as much as Perry/Gingrich/Santorum/Huntsman supporters think that SC provides the magic beans that will make the difference in their election bids, it isn’t going to happen. There may be some dynamic out there that could still change the outcome of the primary process but Newt and Perry spouting comments that could come out of Obama’s campaign isn’t going to do it.

P.S. The only thing I can see that might change the dynamic is that meeting of social and evangelical leaders in Houston this weekend. They represent a significant bloc that is necessary for grassroots activism going into the general election. They may not be able to dictate the nominee but whoever that is ignores this bloc at their own peril (it was part of the reason McCain failed in 2008).

Happy Nomad on January 13, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Fake Tebow shot = pathetic

Dave Rywall on January 13, 2012 at 8:06 AM

the only hope conservatives have is to keep everyone in the race and have a brokered convention where None Of The Above has a chance to be drafted.

insidiator on January 13, 2012 at 7:58 AM

I disagree for two reasons. First, like it or not this is not the 1930s. Campaigns require massive grassroots organizations and warchests. You really think the GOP can wait until August to figure out their candidate and start opening up state/local organization, printing campaign materials, buying air time, raising funds, etc…. To go to a brokered convention is to hand the jug-eared socialist a second term and make no mistake that an Obama unfettered by another campaign will be twice the socialist he was in the last three years of abject failure, curtailment of freedoms, and massive spending.

Secondly, This is not a social issues election. This is about bringing America back from the economic brink. This election is about jobs, spending, the size of government, entitlement reform, tax reform, and associated issues. It would be wonderful to find a guy who has the right position on all these issues and still has the background to foster economic recovery and jobs creation but social issues are not what people are going to be voting about.

Happy Nomad on January 13, 2012 at 8:11 AM

The picture for this article tells me 2 things: 1) Santorum has asked Tebow to endorse him, attempting to USE Tebow’s faith to POLITICALLY sway Christians. (Tebow ain’t buying that – he has refused to allow his faith to be ‘marketed’ to sell ‘politics’.) 2) Although being told ‘No’ by Tebow, Santorum would not be denied what HE wanted to benefit HIMSELF and used an image EXTREMELY CLOSE to the images of Tebow. Santorum would not be denied – either Tebow would willingly help Santorum or santorum would go ahead and use a likeness/similar image of Tebow anyway for his own personal benefit…just like a politician. Hope I am wrong, but this is sure what it SEEMS like with this ad…(if that picture is in the ad/has anything to do with the ad).

easyt65 on January 13, 2012 at 8:20 AM

This is about bringing America back from the economic brink. This election is about jobs, spending, the size of government, entitlement reform, tax reform, and associated issues.

Happy Nomad on January 13, 2012 at 8:11 AM

You appear to be a person who is in possession of more optimism than I can accept based upon the reality that I see. Our political and judicial systems are broken. And politicians are not held accountable by a fat, lazy and (in many cases) stupid electorate. Not one piece of the Obama Regime’s unconstitutional acts is being fought using every means possible, not one. It is from this pool we are pulling these dwarfs from, and you think any of them have a snowball’s chance in hell of reducing the size of government and restoring the constitution? We are headed for fiscal Armageddon, that script is written now and nothing is going to stop that. What use is there in extending this farce another year or two? This was the election to put the right candidate up against Obama and it is not going to happen, to seriously think Willard or gNewt etc can turn the ship of state around a full 180 degrees on all fronts is unrealistic. Your only hope in pushing any of these guys is to buy time, and time is running out. When the crap hits the fan, and it will, whoever is in office will be blamed by mobs of angry, starving, desperate people…the little letter following a name won’t matter a damn. The GOP and its Ruling Class PTB’s and media incubi like “The Butthead” (Rove) torpedo Tea Party candidates and are fond of saying if real conservatives don’t toe the line and vote for “whoever the nominee is” (code for “you will swallow your principles and vote for the Ruling Class whore we chose for you”!), then it is our fault the GOP disintegrates and Obama gets re-elected. Fine, push that false meme; I’m sure it will help immensely when the troubles start. Ronald Reagan, a former Democrat, once said that he “never left the Democrat Party, the Democrat Party left me”. Same goes for the GOP. I refuse to accept their false choices and I hold them accountable. I could stomach a vote for Perry or Santorum, pretty sure I could not tolerate the rest…and if the rest is all the choice they give…well, the party is on its own, brother. And no amount of bullying or badgering will shake my resolve. Principles and accountability matter, well past time OUR representatives learn who is the servant and who is the master.

insidiator on January 13, 2012 at 8:38 AM

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

Bain owns Clearchannel…so there ya go.

workingclass artist on January 13, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Perry qualifies for both debates in SC~

http://blog.chron.com/rickperry/2012/01/because-wed-miss-gov-perry-if-he-werent-at-the-debates/

kg598301 on January 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM

I still like Rick, but he needs to not say stupid stuff. His actions are what matter, but his words have made him look bad. I’m afraid he may be in deep Doh now.

jeffn21 on January 13, 2012 at 9:02 AM

And now…now!…we are on the verge of throwing support to Mitt Romney–a man who would have been totally irrelevant in the political world if not for his millions. Its his money that has allowed him to stay in the political game, not some great skill at leading. After failing to win the nomination in 2008, he had years (years!) to take a leadership role in the Republican field. But he did not. It has been people like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin who have railed against the policies of Obama and rallied us Republicans to fight against them. (There have been others, of course–but my point is that Romney has not been among them. Well, not until after he had tested the political winds.)

This is my biggest problem with Romney. If he had used these years to be a leader–to take a stand when it mattered–his inconsistencies through the years and his weak explanations for policy decisions in Massachusetts would not matter. He’s had all this time to show us who he is. And all he’s shown us is that he wants to be president. Very much. (And–P.S.–how will a Mitt Romney presidency differ from a Mitt Romney governorship? If he caved on his values then to be electable, what makes people think he won’t cave now? He’s been playing the “electable” game for the last few years–thus the hesitation to take strong stands. So more than likely, he’s already very mindful of the sort of games he will have to play to pacify the more liberal among us and win a second term.)

butterflies and puppies on January 12, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Best post I’ve read on Romney in awhile, so true!

kg598301 on January 13, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Perhaps there is another reason that a football player appears in that video:

“He was the popular quarterback of Paint Creek High School, which, because of its size, played six-man football.”

Yes, Rick Perry was a quarterback.

GrandeMe on January 13, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Great Ad by Team Perry.

I really don’t think Obamalite can beat Obama in his economy and it will look like Wall St. is trying to buy the White House. That is the political reality.

I don’t think Newt who has a great record but left office under a cloud and has ties to Fannie Mae can beat Obama because despite his rhetorical skills his entire campaign will be dogged by Bill Clinton reminding independents of shutdowns and the chaos left in the republican caucus who tied to remove speaker Gingrich. That is the political reality.

I don’t think Santorum can beat Obama because he’s been dogged by an awful google problem since 2003 which has marginalized him as a religious extremist, his ties to K Street,his brittle persona and Santorum lost his last race because of his voting record. That is the political reality.

I don’t think Jon Huntsman can beat Obama. Obma was his boss and Obama will use that.

I do think that Gov. Perry can beat Obama because as the nation withered under Obama..Texas thrived under Perry.
That is the political reality.

While Obama lied about the safety of the border Perry spent $400 million of Texas money doing the federal job of fighting crime on the border and billed the federal government.

While Obama lies about Global Warming to push a crippling green agenda and shut down the Gulf Perry fought the EPA that tried to shut down the Texas Grid to cripple Texas and cleaned up Texas air by partnering with the private sector.

While Obama sued states for initiating their own laws for their own citizens Perry joined in those law suits in the Gulf,AZ and has been an consistent vocal critic against Federal over-reach,spending and for states rights and the 10th amendment. He embraced the Tea Party early because for a budget pitbull like Perry he’s been waiting a long time for a movement like that to build. He led a historic republican sweep of both houses for a super majority in 2010.

Video Tea Party Rally Arlington,Tx. rally April 15,2009

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYpJ65T3NmY

While Obama cuts the military Perry has stood up for veterans.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQhJvErMxao

While Obama wages war on the Catholic Church Perry called it what it was…a war on religion and conservative values and Perry signed into law more regulation in Texas that closed down abortion clinics in Texas.

While Obama allowed the congress to bail on the budget, Perry signed 6 balanced budgets in Texas and in the last session Perry stood up to the legislature, saving the rainy day fund from depletion by the democrats for a quick fix and balanced the budget initiating the largest budget cuts since WWII.

While Obama oversaw a downgrade of the US credit rating Perry oversaw an upgrade of Texas and was cited by S&P for his leadership of the legislature.

While Obama waged war on states using agencies under the executive Perry led governors to compete for job creation and every state that has adopted their own version of the Texas Model has seen job growth.

While Obama sweetalks Unions Perry as former head of the RGA encouraged states to legislate Right to Work laws to boost their economies.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0l6XBPgrtI

While Obama traveled the world bowing to Kings,wishing he was president of China and apologizing for America Perry went around selling Texas is open for business and brought off shore companies home to create jobs.

While the media was pounding Palin after she resigned and the Tea Party Movement Perry called her the face of the republican party (WSJ 2009) and asked her to campaign for him in Texas.
http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2010-texas-governors-race/palin-campaigns-with-perry-in-houston/

While Obama oversaw Job losses nationwide Perry led Texas in job creation, Tort Reform and Regulation roll backs. Texas created 3 out of 4 jobs in the nation and led the nation in exports for 9 years in a row mostly through small business and manufacturing as Texas has diversified her economy. Texas beat China in manufacturing from 2004-2008.

To me this is as strong a difference in conservative governing success through action and results as there can be.

Perry isn’t a polished lawyer,an academic or a smooth talker and he isn’t going to try and pretend he is.

What Perry can do is govern and lead as a commonsense conservative…His record proves it.

workingclass artist on January 13, 2012 at 10:01 AM

To answer Matt Lewis…That’s the governor we know in Texas. and he is running for president and has the record and policies to beat Obama.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0l6XBPgrtI

workingclass artist on January 13, 2012 at 10:05 AM

So you don’t care if Perry’s benefiting from the “vultures” he’s denouncing on his self-destruct mission?

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Perry isn’t against ethical venture capitalists because they thrive in Texas…He’s against lying hypocrites like Romney who won’t release his tax returns and inflates his jobs record because his governing record in Taxachussettes is so bad he runs away from it.

workingclass artist on January 13, 2012 at 10:11 AM

I still like Rick, but he needs to not say stupid stuff. His actions are what matter, but his words have made him look bad. I’m afraid he may be in deep Doh now.

jeffn21 on January 13, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Perry dropped Bain and hasn’t mentioned it on the stump since Wednesday…Romney sent out scare fliers to seniors saying Perry wanted to strip them of their social security…and he’s till sending them.

workingclass artist on January 13, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Bain is KILLING Mitt’s numbers. The voters of SC are listening.

Aslans Girl on January 13, 2012 at 7:39 AM

That’s right…Americans don’t want Wall St. to buy this election or the White House.

workingclass artist on January 13, 2012 at 10:16 AM

butterflies and puppies on January 12, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Excellent summary of the bizarro state of things…

fabrexe on January 13, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Oops – My bad….replace ‘Santorum’ with ‘Rick Perry’…(Sorry, Santorum. You are just guilty of defending Pork Sending, not ripping off the image of Timmy Tebow, who won’t endorse you either…)

easyt65 on January 13, 2012 at 10:34 AM

“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.

Sorry, cupcake, but once you hand that money over to the government, it is gone. Why do you think Gov Perry called it a Ponzi scheme? Because it is, and ‘your money’ is already spent. What you are really asking for is a new generation of dupes to fund your retirement.

Maybe after four more years of President Downgrade or four years of Mitt ‘I can build a better beauracracy’ Romney, a majority of Americans will be ready to talk substantial entitlement reform.

bitsy on January 13, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Regarding Bain and Mitt, from what I read in more detail, Mitt was not part of Bain when these companies were closed, that some Canadian company had bought them and did so. Either way, who cares?

A business is going out of business and its workers will lose their jobs. Bain / Investors come in and invest a lot of money to save the company, and thus the workers’ jobs. After a while it becomes obvious that they can’t rurn a profit, so they decide to shut the business down. Only the US Government keeps funding businesses that continue to lose money – Amtrack, US Post Office, Sloyndra…! Does Bain / Do other companies get credit for TRYONG to save the jobs and turn a profit at the same time? NO! Even if a company comes in and buys a business just to get their hands on and sell the resources/equipment, that equipment will go to other businesses who will in turn grow and hire more workers, CREATING JOBS! Herman Cain bough his Pizza Franchise and immediately closed stores, laying off workers, in order to reorganize and make the business stronger. He then came back stronger, opened more stores, and hired even more people than before.

All this talk about Romney and Bain is BS and Anti-Capitalim Leftist rhetoric. Obama certainly doesn’t want to ‘go there’. We now know he has received a LOT of money from Bain and they even helped advise him during the auto bailouts, directing him to close a lot of dealerships (GOP-Supporter owned Dealershis!), thus causing job LOSS! And if Obama does open his mouth about lost capital, poor investments, or bad business practices, all Romney has to do is bring up Solyndra and the on-going investigation! Obama used Tax-payer millions – 1/2 a BILLION – to invest in big donor-invested/owned companies, & gave them priority to get their money back over US tax payers if it went under. Now, just like the bogus bank bailouts and other bailouts under Obama, we see Solyndra CEOs/Execs getting Massive tax-payer dollar-funded bonuses for doing such a ‘great job’ just before the business goes under and the Obama donor gets paid his money back thanks to US tax payers! If you want to talk about criminal investing / activity resulting in fraud, waste, abuse, and job loss you have to START with Obama!

easyt65 on January 13, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Perhaps there is another reason that a football player appears in that video:

“He was the popular quarterback of Paint Creek High School, which, because of its size, played six-man football.”

Yes, Rick Perry was a quarterback.

GrandeMe on January 13, 2012 at 9:56 AM

good point.

Perry is a 5th generation Texan son of cotton farmers. Eagle Scout. Quarterback.A&M Aggie. Air Force Pilot Veteran. Partnered with his Dad and expanded cotton farm to include ranching. Husband and father. Legislator (2 terms) Agriculture Commissioner (2 terms) Lt. Governor elected as the first republican Lt. Governor since reconstruction. (Bush spent most of his second gubernatorial term preparing to run for the presidency) assumed Governors office when Bush became President and won re-election in 2002,2006 and 2010 to be the longest serving governor in Texas History.

He can do for this country what he’s done in Texas and govern to turn this economy around and he’s asking voters to look at his record & his policy plans and decide.

http://www.rickperry.org/energizing-american-jobs-html/

http://www.rickperry.org/issues/

workingclass artist on January 13, 2012 at 10:47 AM

easyt65 on January 13, 2012 at 10:46 AM

You don’t get it. The political reality is that it looks like Romney and Wall St. are buying the White house.

That is how it will play in this economy and Obama will paint himself as the second coming of FDR and will fold Red State economic successes (Like Texas) into his national numbers and claim credit. The toadie media will help him do that.

For Romney against Obama
Bain Capital is now tied into Auto Bailouts so that’s off the table.

Romneycare advisors drafted Obamacare so that’s off the table.

Romney as posterboy for Wall St. who supported TARP so that’s off the table.

Now add Romney’s Tax Hikes,jobs record in MA and flip-flops and he loses the election.

workingclass artist on January 13, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I don’t understand why Perry’s campaign isn’t making a point to differentiate him from the other conservatives through strong branding? His team put’s out great ads but they aren’t doing as good job at branding his campaign. I like this “I never quit anything in my whole life, and I won’t ever quit on our country” He’s in South Carolina, he should roll out, Texan by birth, Southern by the Grace of God :)

Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 9:37 PM

He has as a DC/Wall St Outsider Conservative. He said today in Hiltonhead.

“There is a difference in Washington between Democrat and Republican Insiders…They’ll both spend your money but Republicans will feel bad about it”

Crowd laughed at the joke.

People are stuck on an oops! that happened 2 months and 9 debates ago…and they’re still buying the telegenic electablity myth pushed by Romney and the media.

Hopefully this has been blown by now.

workingclass artist on January 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM

This isn’t new for Perry, he was criticizing Bush for NCLB,Medicare Part D, The Border and Republican Spending.

workingclass artist on January 13, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Romney has 12 delegates and GOP wants to call it early.

They are trying to get Perry out of the race before Texas and Atty. Gen Abbott is fighting for Texas on the BOGUS Democratic Sham Case at SCOTUS.

Liberal justices on the court hinted that maybe now the Texas primary might be pushed back to June which would violate Texas Law.

Texas has 155 delegates.

workingclass artist on January 13, 2012 at 11:16 AM

You don’t get it. The political reality is that it looks like Romney and Wall St. are buying the White house.

That is how it will play in this economy and Obama will paint himself as the second coming of FDR and will fold Red State economic successes (Like Texas) into his national numbers and claim credit. The toadie media will help him do that.

For Romney against Obama
Bain Capital is now tied into Auto Bailouts so that’s off the table.

Romneycare advisors drafted Obamacare so that’s off the table.

Romney as posterboy for Wall St. who supported TARP so that’s off the table.

Now add Romney’s Tax Hikes,jobs record in MA and flip-flops and he loses the election.

workingclass artist on January 13, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Great point. I don’t think the strategy would be all that different if Obama were facing Perry, but charges of insider-ism just ring false the first time you hear the guy speak. He makes insiders cringe.

Nom de Boom on January 13, 2012 at 11:19 AM

That’s a great ad. Too bad Perry DQ’ed himself for other reasons.

First, his failure to name 3 reasons after saying he had 3 reasons.

But much worse, his attack on capitalism this week. He’s trying to back away, like Gingrich, and say it was just about Romney. But it’s not that limited.

Romney said he likes having the ability to fire service providers. That’s so fundamental to a capitalistic society.

Instead of saying he was wrong, Perry doubled down and accused Romney of being a “vulture” capitalist. But the facts don’t support Perry here. Of course a few companies Bain worked with would fail. But the successes are overwhelming. But even if they did liquidate failing companies, that’s what the market is all about. If someone had a clue about how to restore a failing enterprise to viability, they would have tried. When assets’ greatest value is their fire sale value, business viability is, well, the kind of thing the Obama administration might invest in. Think Solyndra.

EconomicNeocon on January 13, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Steve Rattner, Obama’s GM takeover advisor, has weighed in to defend Romney, and yes, there are some vulture capitalists are out there, but Bain is not one of them. So we are all good. Move along now, nothing to see here….

Perry and Newt have hit a nerve.

monalisa on January 12, 2012 at 10:00 PM

The nerve they hit is the political reality that because of Bain Capital Mitt will make it look as if Wall St. is buying the White House and will lose to Obama in this economy.

workingclass artist on January 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Great point. I don’t think the strategy would be all that different if Obama were facing Perry, but charges of insider-ism just ring false the first time you hear the guy speak. He makes insiders cringe.

Nom de Boom on January 13, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Obama v Perry

Obama – Folks we are turning this economy around…we added jobs and private sector job growth at a little over 1.5% in November 2011.

Perry – Texas added jobs at twice that rate at almost 3.5% cause in Texas we know how to grow an economy even when times are tough.

Obama – Well Rick that’s because Texas has oil and folks I cleaned up the oil spill in the Gulf…Cause Global Warming is killing the planet.

Perry – Those job growth numbers were in hightech,manufacturing,small business,construction,alternative energy and healthcare cause doctors can afford to practice in Texas. In 2010 we created over 200,000 jobs in Texas…over a million jobs since I became Governor.
Hey Obama how come you shut down the gulf and put those folks out of work. Over a million jobs lost in the next 5 years and why after Texas cleaned up our air faster than any other state you tried to put us out of business by shutting down our grid? You and your Union Cronies are trying to break the economies of Red States cause most of us are Right to Work States like you did in South Carolina. It’s a power grab by DC and I’m for the 10th amendment.

Obama – Hey folks I’m trying to cleanup the mess Bush created…and the republicans won’t deal.

Perry – I inherited an economy too and in tough times to but in Texas we didn’t blow it cause we know how to pull conservatives and liberals together as a team for the good of the state to make tough choices. You bailed out Wall Street and added so much to the debt my kids grandchildren will be payin on it if we don’t stop.

I’ve dealt with a legislature and we balanced 6 budgets and cut the budget. It hurt a little bit but while President Obama got a downgrade and deficit…Texas got an upgrade and a surplus…I can do that in DC…It’s called Leadership. In other words Bush passed me the football and unlike President Obama I didn’t fumble it.

Obama – Smart People who believe in science know Climate Change is the problem and we are working with other nations to save the environment.

Perry – You are trying to turn America into a socialist country like Europe..and Europe is broke. Americans want to remain Americans and liberals need to accept that.

Obama – I got Osama Bin Laden…and ended two wars…and toppled 2 tyrants Kaddaffy & Mubarak.

Perry – You even made a mess of Bushe’s policies by leading from behind. Egypt is in turmoil, our enemies are taking over the region and you totally blew the Iran opportunity to overthrow the looneytoon achmedinnerjacket after the people were beggin’ you for help in 2009. You insulted our ally Israel and wanted Prime Minister Netanyahu to give back their land? You’ve made a mess of the military with liberal social experiments and now want to cut the budget at the same time Iran tries to shut down the straight of Hormuz, get Nukes and along with Hamas and Hezbollah are setting up camp in Mexico and Latin America? I served in the military as a volunteer…served 5 years in the Air Force and you were a liberal union community organizer in Chicago for an outfit ACORN that has been busted for corruption.
You told the enemy in a time of War when we were going to leave the region…you don’t have a lick of common sense and placed our soldiers and those that helped us in Iraq and Afganistan in danger to score cheap political points with operation Pink.

Obama – You want to overturn Roe v Wade.

Perry – Damn Straight…It’s a states rights issue.

Obama – You’re against Gay Marriage

Perry – Damn Straight…It’s a states rights Issue. Your job according to the constitution is to defend DOMA. You have declared war on religion. By the way have you read the US Consitution cause I’ve got a copy right here in my pocket and I’ll loan it to ya.

Debates can be won by a plainspoken conservative with a strong record and strong policy plans.

Perry has been solid in the last 9 debates…and He’s looking forward to debating Obama.

workingclass artist on January 13, 2012 at 12:47 PM

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