Open thread: Sunday morning talking heads

posted at 8:00 am on January 15, 2012 by Allahpundit

Six days before South Carolina, it’s social-conservative Sunday. You’ve got Santorum on Fox and CBS and Perry on ABC and CNN, but Newt’s the one to watch to see how he handles Bainmania in the home stretch. Will he dig in or play good cop/bad cop with his PAC? His interview with Gregory makes “Meet the Press” this morning’s best bet.

Or actually, is “Face the Nation” our best bet? You’ve got Newt there too, plus Santorum, plus Jim DeMint in his last chance to speak directly to South Carolinians before the big vote. He’s said before he won’t endorse in the primary, but harsh words for Newt’s Bain messaging could help Romney. Here’s the line-up from the LA Times:

State of the Union With Candy Crowley (CNN) South Carolina primary; politics: Presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas). The evangelical vote in South Carolina: Rev. Brad Atkins, South Carolina Baptist Convention; Bob Jones III, Bob Jones University…

Meet the Press (NBC) South Carolina primary: Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. Upcoming political battles: Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.). GOP presidential race; South Carolina primary: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.); Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.).

This Week With George Stephanopoulos (ABC) Presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) and comedian Stephen Colbert. Panel: George Will; Cokie Roberts; Jonathan Karl; Peggy Noonan; Paul Krugman.

Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace (Fox) GOP presidential race: former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). Mitt Romney’s history with Bain Capital: Rick Tyler. Private equity: Chris Chocola, Club for Growth. Panel: Brit Hume; Kirsten Powers; Bill Kristol; Juan Williams…

Face the Nation (CBS) GOP presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum; Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.); author Jodi Kantor (“The Obamas”).


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It should be interesting to see how Gingrich the Snow Man tries to spin his way out of yeterday’s Huckabilly Forum rebuke.

NickDeringer on January 15, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Is Mitt going to be on any? No? Maybe he doesn’t want any questions about how he is backpeddling as fast as he can about his supposed “100,000″ jobs claims:

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2012_01/how_low_can_he_go034735.php

As recently as two weeks ago, Romney had a fairly specific number in mind when it came to the jobs created by his vulture-capitalist firm.

“I’m very happy in my former life; we helped create over 100,000 new jobs.”

A few days ago, the total dropped.

“People here in the state know that in the work that I had, we started a number of businesses, invested in many others, and that over all created tens of thousands jobs.”

This morning, the Romney campaign unveiled a new ad, which moved the goal post again. Greg Sargent picked up on the new message:

The ad claims Romney only created “thousands of jobs,” which is the latest shift in his campaign’s claims.

So, over the course of two weeks, Romney has gone from “over 100,000 jobs” to “tens of thousands” to “thousands.”

By next week, I expect Romney to tell us, “I probably created a handful of jobs.”

I saw on twitter a voter in SC say that she’s noticed this in his recent ads on tv. GUFFAW!

I think Newt, Perry, and Palin are on to something here.

Guess what? When Perry says the state of TX created an environment in which ONE MILLION jobs were created — it’s VERIFIABLE and TRUE.

Not so much with Mitt, LOL!!

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on January 15, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Perry and Colbert?………this scheduling is ypical of the horrible way he ran his campaign.

Please tell Rita it’s over and go back to Austin.

PappyD61 on January 15, 2012 at 8:15 AM

This Week With George Stephanopoulos (ABC) Presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) and comedian Stephen Colbert. Panel: George Will; Cokie Roberts; Jonathan Karl; Peggy Noonan; Paul Krugman.

I’ll give you one guess how THAT’S gunna turn out. Why do our candidates keep going on these lib shows when there are so many other forum for them to get their message out?

Tomolena1 on January 15, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Rick Perry is appearing on not one, but TWO shows today: CNN and ABC.

Go Perry!!

Aslans Girl on January 15, 2012 at 8:16 AM

“ypical”

How you spell typical when yer Rocking chair is movin to fast and yer workin wit tiny letters on a keyboard..

PappyD61 on January 15, 2012 at 8:18 AM

PappyD61 on January 15, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Who’s “Rita” ?

Perry’s not afraid to go on these shows and unfriendly media, unlike a certain other fellow *coughcough* Mitt.

Aslans Girl on January 15, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Allah is up early today…

Zorro on January 15, 2012 at 8:20 AM

gregory with his smugness, he’ll be a total a$$ no matter what….

cmsinaz on January 15, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Allah is up early today…

Zorro on January 15, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Nah, he sets these things to post on auto while he’s snoozing ;)

Aslans Girl on January 15, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Guess what? When Perry says the state of TX created an environment in which ONE MILLION jobs were created — it’s VERIFIABLE and TRUE.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on January 15, 2012 at 8:14 AM

I’m betting Perry doesn’t know how many zeroes are in a million.

xxessw on January 15, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Go Perry!!

Aslans Girl on January 15, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Aisians Girl give it up. Pathetic. .7 in New Hampshire. Not 7 but .7.

CW on January 15, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Meet the Press (NBC) South Carolina primary: Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. Upcoming political battles: Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.). GOP presidential race; South Carolina primary: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.); Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.).

Frick without Frack? You don’t see that very often.

Flora Duh on January 15, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Really now, it is time for Mitt to show up on these Sunday aquawk shows. Better Mitt than McCain or Lindsey Graham.

onlineanalyst on January 15, 2012 at 8:40 AM

CW on January 15, 2012 at 8:32 AM

He wasn’t campaigning in NH. And he’s getting 9% both in SC and nationally in some polls. And continuing to deliberately mess my name up is so utterly mature of you. You’re just a class act. /// You’re the one who is “pathetic”.

No amount of name-calls and immaturity from you is going to make me stop supporting Perry, so bug off.

Aslans Girl on January 15, 2012 at 8:45 AM

xxessw on January 15, 2012 at 8:22 AM

You want to dispute the numbers with facts or just continue to claim he’s stupid? If he’s so stupid, how on earth did he manage to create ONE MILLION jobs in the state of Texas while Mr. Harvard Law School was shedding TWO MILLION nation-wide?

Aslans Girl on January 15, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Guess what? When Perry says the state of TX created an environment in which ONE MILLION jobs were created — it’s VERIFIABLE and TRUE.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on January 15, 2012 at 8:14 AM

I’m betting Perry doesn’t know how many zeroes are in a million.

xxessw on January 15, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Well if Texans are dumb enough to elect a dumb conservative leader and ride out this depression creating 3 out of 4 private sector jobs in America,Beat China in manufacturing attracting offshore companies back home,Balance our budget by cutting $15 Billion,Upgrade our credit rating as Obama downgrades the country,and have both a replenished $7 Billion Rainy Day Fund and a $1.6 Billion budget surplus,Lead the nation in job creation and exports for 9 years in a row and Texas the Dummy state will be on top for the next 5 years…I guess we’ll keep being dummies.

Go Perry!

Gov. Perry can do for the county what he’s done for Texas.

By the way how’s your state doin?

workingclass artist on January 15, 2012 at 8:47 AM

It should be interesting to see how Gingrich the Snow Man tries to spin his way out of yeterday’s Huckabilly Forum rebuke.

NickDeringer on January 15, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Do you mean the mention of St. Mitt’s name?
Sacrilege! The man should be put in the stocks.

katy the mean old lady on January 15, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Really now, it is time for Mitt to show up on these Sunday aquawk shows. Better Mitt than McCain or Lindsey Graham.

onlineanalyst on January 15, 2012 at 8:40 AM

No, he’ll just continue to hide under his desk and let the Establishment win this one for him. It’s what he’s been doing for three years now. What a wimp.

Aslans Girl on January 15, 2012 at 8:48 AM

workingclass artist on January 15, 2012 at 8:47 AM

:)

BTW, my state of Illinois, has been run to the ground by the oh-so-smart Dems. It’s getting to be like California, only with miserable weather. At least California has beaches and sun!

Aslans Girl on January 15, 2012 at 8:50 AM

I noticed Debbie Downer is not among any of the line-ups.

I guess after her numerous appearances during the past week, someone forgot to reprogram her Bull Chit chip.

Flora Duh on January 15, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Flora Duh on January 15, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Maybe her battery quit?

Aslans Girl on January 15, 2012 at 8:54 AM

No, he’ll just continue to hide under his desk and let the Establishment win this one for him. It’s what he’s been doing for three years now. What a wimp.

Aslans Girl on January 15, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Whatever Mitt will be doing or has already done, he is still on the top of the heap because more people like him better than Perry or Newt.

rich801 on January 15, 2012 at 8:56 AM

:)

BTW, my state of Illinois, has been run to the ground by the oh-so-smart Dems. It’s getting to be like California, only with miserable weather. At least California has beaches and sun!

Aslans Girl on January 15, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Found this…(If you ever want to re-locate we got freedom and kickass BBQ….oh and Jobs)

;)

Ill. state Senator leaves for Texas: ‘I’m tired of subsidizing crooks.’

Roger Keats, a former Illinois state senator and Cook County Board president, is packing up and leaving the Land of Lincoln for good. The 62-year-old Keats was a good government reformer who helped clean up the rampant corruption in the Chicago-area courts uncovered by Operations Greylord and Gambat.

n “Good Bye and Good Luck,” a letter to all the friends and political supporters he’s leaving behind after 60 years, Keats says he is leaving what he calls “the most corrupt big city…and most corrupt state in America” with “a heavy heart.”

“But enough is enough!” he writes. “The leaders of Illinois refuse to see we can’t continue going in the direction we are and expect people who have options to stay here.”

And that’s not the only sign of serious, and possibly irreversible, decline.

“Illinois just sold still more bonds and our credit rating is so bad we pay higher interest rates than junk bonds! Junk Bonds!” Keats points out.

“Illinois is ranked 50th for fiscal policy; 47th in job creation; first in unfunded pension liabilities; second largest budget deficit; first in failing schools; first in bonded indebtedness; highest sales tax in the nation; most judges indicted; and five of our last nine elected governors have been indicted. That is more than the other 49 states added together!…

“We are moving to Texas where there is no income tax while Illinois’ just went up 67%. Texas’ sales tax is half of ours, which is the highest in the nation. Southern states are supportive of job producers, taxpayers and folks who offer opportunities to their residents. Illinois shakes them down for every penny that can be extorted from them.”

As a recent study by Americans for Tax Reform found, migration from high-tax states like Illinois to states with lower taxes and less government spending like Texas will dramatically alter the composition of future Congresses as more and more Americans, like the Keatses, vote with their feet.

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/03/ill-state-senator-leaves-texas-im-tired-subsidizing-crooks#ixzz1jXEgamgr

workingclass artist on January 15, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Flora Duh on January 15, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Maybe her battery quit?

Aslans Girl on January 15, 2012 at 8:54 AM

She must be equipped with one of Obama’s “green energy” batteries.

Flora Duh on January 15, 2012 at 8:59 AM

workingclass artist on January 15, 2012 at 8:57 AM

I remember that! The one thing that makes me smile is that Joe Walsh is my rep. But, he has a TOUGH election coming up and DC won’t help him since he’s a passionate Tea Partier.

Aslans Girl on January 15, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Flora Duh on January 15, 2012 at 8:59 AM

LOL, I wonder if she’ll ever burst into flames ala the Chevy Volt?

Aslans Girl on January 15, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Whatever Mitt will be doing or has already done, he is still on the top of the heap because more people like him better than Perry or Newt. bought into the media meme of electability just like they bought into Hope and Change in 2008

rich801 on January 15, 2012 at 8:56 AM

In this economy Romney can’t beat Obama

Romney makes it look like Wall St. is buying the White House.

Romney inflated his job creation numbers & has a lousy record of Taxes, spending and jobs in MA.

workingclass artist on January 15, 2012 at 9:02 AM

LOL, I wonder if she’ll ever burst into flames ala the Chevy Volt?

Aslans Girl on January 15, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Eh, she’s been running around with her hair on fire ever since the Republicans retook the House.

Flora Duh on January 15, 2012 at 9:03 AM

workingclass artist on January 15, 2012 at 8:57 AM

I remember that! The one thing that makes me smile is that Joe Walsh is my rep. But, he has a TOUGH election coming up and DC won’t help him since he’s a passionate Tea Partier.

Aslans Girl on January 15, 2012 at 9:00 AM

1300 – 1500 / per day FedUp! economic refugees come to Texas…and it aint’ for the welfare.

workingclass artist on January 15, 2012 at 9:04 AM

katy the mean old lady on January 15, 2012 at 8:47 AM

That was quite a battle royale in the other thread last night. I wonder if the major participant is waking up feeling bloodied and bruised this morning?

Flora Duh on January 15, 2012 at 9:08 AM

and i was right….gregory being an a$$

cmsinaz on January 15, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Aslans Girl on January 15, 2012 at 8:14 AM

For this to be pulled off across the country, it would mean he would have to have the EPA consider the issues the same way TCEQ does. For that to occur, the EPA will need to be cleansed. Who is planning on fixing that rat farm?

ericdijon on January 15, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Flora Duh on January 15, 2012 at 8:50 AM

dingy harry instead on mtp…bleh

cmsinaz on January 15, 2012 at 9:11 AM

workingclass artist on January 15, 2012 at 9:02 AM

wall street already bought the wh for dear leader via goldman sachs….he’s got more GS employees working in there….

cmsinaz on January 15, 2012 at 9:12 AM

dingy harry instead on mtp…bleh

cmsinaz on January 15, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Harry can’t quite pull off the “cute and sweet” factor that Debbie does.

Flora Duh on January 15, 2012 at 9:14 AM

He wasn’t campaigning in NH. And he’s getting 9% both in SC and nationally in some polls. And continuing to deliberately mess my name up is so utterly mature of you. You’re just a class act. /// You’re the one who is “pathetic”.

No amount of name-calls and immaturity from you is going to make me stop supporting Perry, so bug off.

Aslans Girl on January 15, 2012 at 8:45 AM

You’re using your common sense and principles like a happy warrior…

Gov. Perry was solid last night at the Huckabee forum. Not too wonky or dodgy like the others but straight up speaking as a regular guy who happens to govern the most successful conservative state in the nation and offering real hope for those voters in SC with 10% unemployment. He was the only candidate to mention right to work…and Obama’s War on the states.

You’ll enjoy this humorous dig at Jay Root a liberal reporter from Austin who dogs Perry for the Tribune…cracked me up.

“After spending about 15 minutes in the range, Perry showed off his target to reporters with the holes closely clustered in the head and chest. He fired two guns, a 9-mm Ruger SR-9 and an AR-15 manufactured by the Palmetto State Armory.

He adorned the target with the name of the range, his signature, and the word he has said represents his campaign: “Freedom!”

Was he picturing one of his opponents? The world will never know. When reporter Jay Root from the Texas Tribune asked whose face was on the target in his mind, Perry simply responded, “not you.”

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57358907-503544/perry-unwinds-at-the-shooting-range/

workingclass artist on January 15, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Newt is on the right track. Its the GOP that is off course. Estranged, beseiged US private sector (non union/non govt) workers need an advocate. They’re by far the largest block of voters. Go Newt. DD

Darvin Dowdy on January 15, 2012 at 9:15 AM

I have no problems with attacks on mitt but the way newt and perry attacked capitalism and the rheteric goes way over the line. Vulture capitalism?? Im seriously sick of Newt and at one time I was leaning towards him. Theres not much he can say or do to get me back. I also have been disappointed with the way Perry has handled himself pn the national stage. Looks like right now Ill vote for Santorum on super tues unless something happens or its Mitt vs Paul then Ill vote Mitt. I will wholeheartedly support the repub nominee and do everything in my power to defeat Obama.

ldbgcoleman on January 15, 2012 at 9:16 AM

ericdijon on January 15, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Rick Perry can’t wait to get his hands on the EPA. He said so again at Huck’s forum last night. Perry and the state of TX has tangled with the EPA, lawsuits and everything, so I know he can’t wait to clean house there.

Aslans Girl on January 15, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Flora Duh on January 15, 2012 at 9:14 AM

heh

cmsinaz on January 15, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Stephen Colbert on This Week. Total waste of time. Have the sound off. He’s a one-trick pony, making fun of conservatives. Not that funny. Not much talent. Wooden. Why did they have him on?

Paul-Cincy on January 15, 2012 at 9:20 AM

***New scandal brewing*** Romney buying votes in South Carolina!/

Buy Danish on January 15, 2012 at 9:20 AM

xxessw on January 15, 2012 at 8:22 AM
You want to dispute the numbers with facts or just continue to claim he’s stupid? If he’s so stupid, how on earth did he manage to create ONE MILLION jobs in the state of Texas while Mr. Harvard Law School was shedding TWO MILLION nation-wide?
Aslans Girl on January 15, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Spoken like a true Keynesian.

aryeung on January 15, 2012 at 9:21 AM

That was quite a battle royale in the other thread last night. I wonder if the major participant is waking up feeling bloodied and bruised this morning?

Flora Duh on January 15, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Hopefully, she’ll spend the day under the bed.

katy the mean old lady on January 15, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Can we just get this stupid farce over already. I’m prepared for another 4 years of Obama. We don’t deserve to win this.

tkyang99 on January 15, 2012 at 9:22 AM

workingclass artist on January 15, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Thank you :)

Perry was ON FIRE last night, I haven’t seen him this energetic since he first entered; it was great to see. He was truly awesome.

That “not you” quip was so funny and then when I learned that Root is from a liberal TX paper and Perry knows him, it made it funnier.

I love his sense of humor, he’s Reaganesque that way, no matter what, he keeps that smile on his face.

Aslans Girl on January 15, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Really now, it is time for Mitt to show up on these Sunday aquawk shows. Better Mitt than McCain or Lindsey Graham.

onlineanalyst on January 15, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Mr. Romney is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon) which observes the Sabbath on Sunday. They devote the whole day to worshiping God, resting, and taking a break from worldly pursuits.

I don’t expect to see him on any Sunday talk shows.

TheClearRiver on January 15, 2012 at 9:23 AM

why are some putting down Perry then laughing at his low polls? what are they afraid off could it be that he comes off more genuine than some other candidates.

evergreenland on January 15, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Whatever Mitt will be doing or has already done, he is still on the top of the heap because more people like him better than Perry or Newt.
rich801 on January 15, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Combined…

aryeung on January 15, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Mr. Romney is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon) which observes the Sabbath on Sunday. They devote the whole day to worshiping God, resting, and taking a break from worldly pursuits.

I don’t expect to see him on any Sunday talk shows.

TheClearRiver on January 15, 2012 at 9:23 AM

How do you explain his participation in the Saturday and Sunday debates last week?

Paul-Cincy on January 15, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Mr. Romney is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon) which observes the Sabbath on Sunday. They devote the whole day to worshiping God, resting, and taking a break from worldly pursuits.
I don’t expect to see him on any Sunday talk shows.
TheClearRiver on January 15, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Things change when you run for POTUS

aryeung on January 15, 2012 at 9:27 AM

TheClearRiver on January 15, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Oh, what a knee-slapper! If that’s his reasoning then why did he do Meet the Press with Tim Russert a few years ago?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc1DnZ9KDoY

This is the interview where he came out for amnesty

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uf85Vsl6A-Q

THe above is the real reason why he’s too afraid to do any Sunday shows — he fears sticking his foot in his mouth again.

Aslans Girl on January 15, 2012 at 9:29 AM

wall street already bought the wh for dear leader via goldman sachs….he’s got more GS employees working in there….

cmsinaz on January 15, 2012 at 9:12 AM

We know that…the average independent voter doesn’t. Obama will just have to decide which strategy to use cause he’s been preparing for over a year for both…
FDR v Hoover or Truman v Dewey

Romney is literally handing voters money just like Obama…

“SUMTER, S.C. — Amid shaking hands and signing campaign posters, Mitt Romney did something he has never done before on the ropeline: He took out his wallet and handed a wad of cash to a woman waiting to shake his hand…

Williams, who would not specify how much money Romney gave her, said also that South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis paid her light bill on Thursday. A spokesman for Loftis, one of Romney’s major endorses in the state, confirmed to ABC News that he paid Williams’ bill. While Loftis didn’t know the amount of the bill, he confirmed that he gave her $150…”

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/01/romney-gives-unemployed-woman-cash-on-ropeline/

How Perry can beat Obama

PERRY, OBAMA, AND HARRY TRUMAN

“It’s starting to look like 1948 all over again….

2012 does not have to end like 1948, with Zero defeating a plastic wedding cake man. In running against Do Nothing Republicans, Zero is teeing up the ball for Perry, who has already made a “part-time Congress” a signature campaign theme. If Perry lines up with the disgust and contempt conservatives have for the do-nothing-for-freedom Boehner Congress, he’ll hit a drive that makes the green. Carpe diem, Rick.”

http://www.tothepointnews.com/content/view/4824/2/

workingclass artist on January 15, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Aslans Girl on January 15, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Yes.

What about proper identification? In an effort to decrease the activity of long-term unregistered foreign or out of state visitors, if they want to do anything that is administrated by the State of Texas, they need proper and current government issued identification. Texas law requires you to obtain a driver’s license or id card within 30 days of arriving to the state. Without that, you won’t be able to register or even purchase any personal transportation, obtain financial assistance, or apply for a job.

Who is going to address this in DC?

ericdijon on January 15, 2012 at 9:34 AM

I have no problems with attacks on mitt but the way newt and perry attacked capitalism and the rheteric goes way over the line.

ldbgcoleman on January 15, 2012 at 9:16 AM

I’m not attacking you, just asking your opinion about Governor Romney’s use of “liberal scare tactics” against Governor Perry’s statements about Social Security?

I will wholeheartedly support the repub nominee and do everything in my power to defeat Obama.

ldbgcoleman on January 15, 2012 at 9:16 AM

ditto!

Flora Duh on January 15, 2012 at 9:39 AM

why are some putting down Perry then laughing at his low polls? what are they afraid off could it be that he comes off more genuine than some other candidates.

evergreenland on January 15, 2012 at 9:25 AM

This? (Perry is running an outsider grass roots campaign and excels at ol’fashioned retail politickin’ cause he likes being with people and voters know it)

“Free from being the front-runner — or the candidate anyone else in the field is focused on — Perry’s letting it all hang out. He’s taking his time. He’s more relaxed. And he’s finding something to say to everyone.

Some of it’s more generic — anyone in University of South Carolina gear gets a diatribe about the Gamecocks beating his beloved Texas A&M Aggies in the College World Series. Older veterans gets tales of his father’s time as a B-17 tail-gunner pilot in World War II; younger ones hear about Perry’s own military experience flying C-130s.

But he regularly goes deeper, demonstrating an ability to churn a connection out of the smallest shred of information. After meeting man who served in Afghanistan, for example, he told the story of a confidant he visited who served in a small town outside Jalalabad.

“He was out there where the Indians were,” Perry said in Orangeburg, speaking of his friend. “It was tough country.”

If you know someone in Paris, Texas, you might get the story about his friends who own the jewelry store – the son just graduated from college. A mortician here Thursday heard about the Holdens, who were the morticians in Haskell, the small town near Paint Creek, Texas, where Perry grew up. In fact, nearly every mom-and-pop store in this state’s small towns reminds Perry of Haskell.

A doctor gets a long story about his father-in-law — 91 and a pilot in the military — who went to Baylor Medical School. Motorcycle riders might hear about his hog – he only rides it sometimes. He even ran into a man on the street in Summerville who served in the Texas National Guard – after a moment of chatting, Perry realized they had a friend in common.

“We flew together in our first flights,” he said while walking away. “Tell him I said hello.”

Every politician works the stump, but Perry embraces it more than most. Even his campaign stop speeches are interactive: Talking about the nation’s $15 trillion debt, he often picks out a young person in the crowd to label as saddled with the debt. His entire stump speech is sometimes interlaced with the name of someone in the crowd — the host, or a local legislator who has endorsed him.

And he rarely fails to make the greater local connection..Palmetto State natives William Barrett Travis and James Butler Bonham rode into the Alamo together.

“If there wasn’t a South Carolina, there wouldn’t be a Texas,” he says.

Katon Dawson, a former state party chair who has traveled with Perry this week as a senior adviser to the campaign, said Perry’s better suited to the approach they’ve taken this week instead of the debate-heavy schedule they had been keeping.

“Absolutely,” Dawson said. “Now that he’s planted here he’s a retail politics politician that connects with people on the stump. We are the underdog, and that’s sort of where he’s been in every election. He very seldom starts out on top.”

Margaret Snow, an elderly woman who was at Duke’s Barbeque, told Perry she was from Albuquerque. Perry replied that he’s “got a good friend who lives across the river in Corrales.”

Snow later grabbed Perry and told him the story of her son: a fourth-generation West Point graduate who is now a ventilator dependent quadriplegic.

“God bless you,” Perry told her. She’s now considering voting for Perry.

“I felt he was taking a personal interest in me,” Snow said in an interview.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71394_Page2.html#ixzz1jXOpipdi

workingclass artist on January 15, 2012 at 9:39 AM

No amount of name-calls and immaturity from you is going to make me stop supporting Perry, so bug off.

Aslans Girl on January 15, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Attaboy girl! Aww, but then you started name calling….(your disqualifying Wimp usuage).
It’s Perry’s support of Dream Act II that is the deal breaker for me—but I would never belittle you for supporting Perry. He is after all, light years better than Obama.

Oracleforhire on January 15, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich blabbing on some morning shows? Sounds like a snoozefest to me. Wake me up when Mitt’s the nominee. Then we’ll be in business.

Until then, I’m not interested in listening to some incompetent, bumbling, fourth-rate Texas governor (Rick Perry) or some pompous, desperate, dishonest, endlessly self-promoting bloated gila monster (Newt Gingrich).

I bet the only people (other than those simply looking for comedic material) interested in watching Perry on these shows are members of Perry’s bigoted band of groupies. I also don’t think Newt Gingrich has many real fans… at least not too many willing to publicly identify themselves as such. Oh, how I would love it if Gingrich came in 3rd or worse in South Carolina. It would serve that slimey serial adulterer right. Come on, Santorum! I’m rooting for you!

By the way, I saw some of the Huckabee forum last night. The people I was watching it with all thought Perry sounded like an idiot. Can’t say I disagree with their take. Oh, and I thought Newt Gingrich came off terrible, especially when he violated the rules and tried to attack Romney, who is ten times the man Newt could ever hope to be. The audience reacted negatively to Newt’s nastiness, unsurprisingly. Newt is such a loser.

bluegill on January 15, 2012 at 9:45 AM

working class…
Perry? really? He has yet to make ANY type of mark on this election. Did you see the recent article that he has not even reached Fred Thompson numbers?

I love Texas and visit as often as I can BUT Texas is a State more on cruise control because of its people and what has been in place for quite awhile through Perry AND OTHER elected officials. It’s success is not so much directly because of Perry…he is just riding the wave…IMO.

g2825m on January 15, 2012 at 9:46 AM

“ypical”

How you spell typical when yer Rocking chair is movin to fast and yer workin wit tiny letters on a keyboard..

PappyD61 on January 15, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Funny how those letters get smaller with each passing year.

JohnGalt23 on January 15, 2012 at 9:47 AM

workingclass artist on January 15, 2012 at 9:39 AM

I think we get it that you are for Perry,

If only more then 15,000 voters would have voted for him, But it looks like America is not hot for Perry

OrthodoxJew on January 15, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Gingrich is just continuing his scorched earth…errr…..Mitt campaign. He left the House the same way in 1998 and it was not pretty and he is only hurting himself acting the way he is now. The Party will not be too happy with the way he has been acting the last few weeks. He, frankly, should have stayed with the positive campaign even though he was getting reamed by Paul and Romney ads his numbers were a lot better then.

g2825m on January 15, 2012 at 9:49 AM

I can’t help but think the left is snickering to themselves, the media minions with the complicit RNC are succeeding in their status quo regime.

Even if Romney wins.

Speakup on January 15, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Newt’s going to release his tax returns; Huckabee on F&F saying that is a dumb move. It will give the press more things to pick apart and tax returns can be complicated, especially for those who are successful.

Newt’s trying to antagonize Romney into releasing his, and it’s not going to work. Romney won’t do it unless he gets the nom.

Philly on January 15, 2012 at 9:49 AM

I’m so sick of all of them I wouldn’t watch even if I was in front of a tv. If they’re not sounding pious or righteous, they’re talking down their opponents or spouting off the same tired rhetoric and talking points they think will win them some votes. In the end I’ll have to vote for one of them, but I’m sure not enthusiastic about any of them. Any of them can do a better job than what we’ve got now, though.

scalleywag on January 15, 2012 at 9:49 AM

But it looks like America is not hot for Perry

OrthodoxJew on January 15, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Orthodox…
I thought I saw Perry on Hot or Not as well and he did not score too well!

g2825m on January 15, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Philly on January 15, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Totally agree!

Gingrich is supposed to be this super smart political animal and to me he is showing each day how much he IS NOT the politico he makes himself out to be.

g2825m on January 15, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Mitt can’t fight Obamacare – he can only pray that the whole law is thrown out by SCOTUS this summer in hopes that its off the table as an issue in the general election. Evidently, there are many videos of Mitt stating that he hopes that Romneycare becomes the “National model” for delivery of healthcare in the USA. Further, the whole “Mitts’s advisers became Barack’s advisers thing” is really troubling given all of the flip flopping that he has done. Romney seems weak unless all you are after next time around is a weakened status quo in a post Obama White House.

I am in SC and I am at the point where I am ready to vote for anyone BUT Mitt. I cannot vote for the second coming of John McCain. I really liked Perry, still do, but unless his numbers improve, it is looking like my vote next Saturday will go to whoever has the best poll numbers against Mitt Romney.

famous amos on January 15, 2012 at 9:53 AM

FNS: Kristol is correct – Clinton & Panetta magnified the pissing event by making public statements which agreed with the Taliban enemy in Afghanistan. The meat of Clinton’s outrageously outraged statement (military-hater that she is) was replayed on FNS.
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How can these two be so clueless and still be in positions of power, influence and policy-making? Stupid administration we have in power, no?

ExpressoBold on January 15, 2012 at 9:54 AM

The people I was watching it with all thought Perry sounded like an idiot. Can’t say I disagree with their take. Oh, and I thought Newt Gingrich came off terrible, especially when he violated the rules and tried to attack Romney, who is ten times the man Newt could ever hope to be.

bluegill on January 15, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Wow, there’s a schocker? /

BTW, I’m still waiting for you to prove this.

Flora Duh on January 15, 2012 at 9:54 AM

why are some putting down Perry then laughing at his low polls? what are they afraid off could it be that he comes off more genuine than some other candidates.

evergreenland on January 15, 2012 at 9:25 AM

You nailed it.

Perry comes off as a regular guy who happens to be Governor of Texas…not a slick polished politician or a dodgy lawyer…or a wonky data spewing academic.

A straight shooter who’s not afraid of nuthin’ and likes people. Perry has always been approachable to voters. Folks stop him on the street to ask questions or he often stops by to shoot the breeze when he’s on his way somewhere…

Video at link

“[My father] said you know what, the federal government is supposed to do three things really well, he said they’re supposed to stand the military, he said they’re supposed to defend and secure our borders and they’re supposed to deliver our mail, preferably on Saturdays and on time,” Perry said. “You know two out of three isn’t good enough anymore, ladies and gentlemen…

“Earmarks are the gateway drug to overspending in Washington,” he said.

Though before a largely receptive crowd Perry was asked the electability question by one audience member who noted “a local paper” endorsed Romney because it said he is the most electable.

“The pundits, the newspaper editorial boards, the establishment doesn’t decide who is going to be the next president, you do,” Perry responded…

And that electability question seems to plague not only Perry, but everyone not named Mitt Romney. It is the biggest obstacle for Perry according to U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney who represents South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District and was traveling with the candidate.

Mulvaney said the only reason Perry gets that question is because of poor debate performances, and said that President Barack Obama isn’t so great when speaking off-the-cuff either…

One of those undecided voters is College of Charleston senior Melissa Colebank. She voted for Obama in 2008 but has been disappointed with his performance on fiscal matters and by campaign promises he hasn’t kept.

“I’m looking for a fiscal conservative, someone who can balance the budget,” Colebank said.

She said she likes Perry’s strong stance on states rights because she has been disappointed by the Obama administration’s stepped up enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states where medicinal marijuana has been approved. She is president of Students for Sensible Drug Policy at CofC and asked Perry about his stance on allowing states to make their own decisions on drug policy.

“That is a state issue and should be decided by the states,” Perry said. “I don’t always agree with what they do in other states, but that is the beauty of the 10th Amendment.”

He added that if someone wanted to live somewhere that is highly taxed and regulated he or she can move to Massachusetts…”

http://goosecreek.patch.com/articles/perry-talks-border-security-in-charleston#video-8895595

workingclass artist on January 15, 2012 at 9:55 AM

These guys are like a 2 day old tuna sandwich from a vending machine. If you’re hungry enough, you’ll buy it, but what you really want is a CHEESEBURGER.

scalleywag on January 15, 2012 at 9:57 AM

I am going to skip the talking heads this morning. I’ve had enough of them for a weekend. I’ll watch Chris Wallace this evening. Blah.

Philly on January 15, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Maybe Newt wants to prove that he is part of the 99 percent. Doubt it, but Lord only knows what’s going on in his mind. Newt just can’t get enough of that compulsive high-risk behavior. Keep playing with fire, Newt. It’s done wonders for your campaign.

Philly on January 15, 2012 at 10:00 AM

workingclass artist on January 15, 2012 at 9:55 AM

I got enthused about Perry and he’s still my top choice. He’s more of a cheeseburger than a tuna sandwich :)

scalleywag on January 15, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Whatever Mitt will be doing or has already done, he is still on the top of the heap because more people like him better than Perry or Newt.

rich801 on January 15, 2012 at 8:56 AM

How true that is.

Perry and Gingrich look so pathetic biting at the heels of the vastly superior Romney. It’s almost comical. Newt is obviously getting extremely frustrated and desperate… you can just see it in his face.

As for Perry, he seems to have already come to terms with the fact that he has zero chance of getting the nomination. I get the sense from Rick Perry that he is just trying to save face by finishing his campaign without making any more serious public gaffes. Perry probably wants nothing more than to just go home to TX and pull the blankets over his head. How embarrassed that man must feel after running one of the lousiest campaigns in modern presidential history… and with the only real result of all that time and money spent is everyone now knowing he’s an incompetent buffoon. Just think of it: millions and millions wasted, months spent campaigning… and for what? To show the country (and, indeed, the world) that you are a moron. In a way, one can’t help but feel bad for Rick Perry.

Do you all think Rick Perry will be given a speaking role at the Tampa Bay GOP Convention when Romney/Rubio 2012 is officially presented? Should Perry be given one? I wouldn’t have a problem with it (Perry would be good for some space-filler during the non-primetime convention programming), but I hope they tape Perry’s speech in advance… just as a precaution to avoid any potential Perry mess-ups during the live proceedings.

bluegill on January 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Wow, there’s a schocker? /

BTW, I’m still waiting for you to prove this.

Flora Duh on January 15, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Prove what?

bluegill on January 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM

I love Texas and visit as often as I can BUT Texas is a State more on cruise control because of its people and what has been in place for quite awhile through Perry AND OTHER elected officials. It’s success is not so much directly because of Perry…he is just riding the wave…IMO.

g2825m on January 15, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Utter Hogwash.

Perry battled the legislature to push through the largest budget cuts since WWII when they wanted to deplete the Rainy Day Fund to balance the budget the easy way. Perry worked with the legislature to push through Tort Reform in Texas and earned the enmity of the Trial Lawyers Association which is why the Bush Machine out of Houston did everything they could to knock him out and put in the RINO Hutchinson in a Rove campaign and he womped her bony ass at the polls after everybody said e was a dead horse. Perry campaigned in all 264 counties in Texas speaking to voters like he’s doing now while she stayed in the Big Cities and suburbs.

Texas didn’t even have a republican majority in both houses until 2010.

Perry has done a great ob leading Texas and moving her right.

workingclass artist on January 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM

I thought Perry did a great job last night. He was very relaxed and low-key, and we got to see his sense of humor. In that forum, candidates can better explain their positions and interact, which benefited Perry. To me, he raised his stature.

Philly on January 15, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Perry campaigned in all 264 counties in Texas.

typo.

meant to say 254 counties.

Perry campaigned in all of them from the smallest county King pop 352 to the largest Harris pop 4.1 million

workingclass artist on January 15, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Prove what?

bluegill on January 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM

How dare you tell people not to be so hard on Perry and Newt.

bluegill on January 13, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Flora Duh on January 15, 2012 at 10:13 AM

I thought Perry did a great job last night. He was very relaxed and low-key, and we got to see his sense of humor. In that forum, candidates can better explain their positions and interact, which benefited Perry. To me, he raised his stature.

Philly on January 15, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Agreed. He stuck to his record,plans and states rights.

workingclass artist on January 15, 2012 at 10:13 AM

***New scandal brewing*** Romney buying votes in South Carolina!/

Buy Danish on January 15, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Paying the light bill and handing a benjamin to a volunteer of his own campaign is “buying votes?” I thought it was a nice gesture. Chill.

entropent on January 15, 2012 at 10:13 AM

“That is a state issue and should be decided by the states,” Perry said. “I don’t always agree with what they do in other states, but that is the beauty of the 10th Amendment.”

He added that if someone wanted to live somewhere that is highly taxed and regulated he or she can move to Massachusetts…”

That would be a good statement by Perry if it were accurate. The Massachusetts tax burden is average, it is definitely not one of the higher states. Though it is one of the highest states for per capita income. I guess he is too busy to educate himself while lobbying to grab a huge amount of private property for his Mexican highway.

ray on January 15, 2012 at 10:13 AM

“Perry and Gingrich look so pathetic biting at the heels of the vastly superior Romney.”
bluegill on January 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Why am I not surprised that a person who writes such arrogant nonsense offers not a scintilla of proof to back that up.

Mittney *does* have the ability to speak out of both side of his mouth: HE’S PRO-CHOICE! *AND* HE’S PRO-LIFE!

Here’s your boy, bg: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OQoBxZZPqU&feature=player_embedded

Vote for him, and you can bet on hatin’ Obama for 4 more years.

Czar of Defenestration on January 15, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Paul Krugman is on GPS on CNN talking economy, he mentioned Bain at the beginning. Krugman’s position is that as an equity firm Bain is no worse than any other. His problem is that Mitt Romney is using it as some kind of claim that he knows how job creation works because of it.

I missed Candy Crowley. I’ll have to watch video online of the interviews.

Dr Evil on January 15, 2012 at 10:18 AM

I love Texas and visit as often as I can BUT Texas is a State more on cruise control because of its people and what has been in place for quite awhile through Perry AND OTHER elected officials. It’s success is not so much directly because of Perry…he is just riding the wave…IMO.

g2825m on January 15, 2012 at 9:46 AM

You are very right. TX was a job creating machine under both Bush and Richards. Perry has done nothing special.

Is Perry a horrible man? I don’t think so. Not in the least. Although I despise Perry’s pro-illegal alien amnesty positions, I don’t despise Perry like I do Newt Gingrich… I just think Perry is an incompetent buffoon. I’m sure Perry is a nice enough guy, but he simply he is not up to the task of taking on Obama. The man has a hard enough time remembering his own positions.

bluegill on January 15, 2012 at 10:18 AM

“How embarrassed that man must feel after running one of the lousiest campaigns in modern presidential history..”
bluegill on January 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM

How embarrassed must you feel when your candidate Prince Romney openly hands out cash to voters like Obama did…Pays politicians to endorse him…uses operatives to crunch the primary calendar…All because this loser has no principles whatsoever and has a Daddy Complex.

Romney = Obamalite

workingclass artist on January 15, 2012 at 10:19 AM

I wish people would educate themselves,

before they shoot their mouths off.

franksalterego on January 15, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Paying the light bill and handing a benjamin to a volunteer of his own campaign is “buying votes?” I thought it was a nice gesture. Chill.

entropent on January 15, 2012 at 10:13 AM

You missed the sarc / tag. BD is one of the civil Romney supporters on HA.

Flora Duh on January 15, 2012 at 10:21 AM

I’m suspending judgment on all of these Republican contenders, but I have to ask, why are these strong Romney words not out in front of the voting populace?
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71449.html

onlineanalyst on January 15, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Newt’s set to continue his robber baron attack on Romney today. EPIC FAIL. Even the party has asked him to lay off the private equity/VC smear tactic. Romney is benefiting from these ridiculous attacks.

Philly on January 15, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Is Perry a horrible man? I don’t think so. Not in the least. Although I despise Perry’s pro-illegal alien amnesty positions bluegill on January 15, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Another lie.

Tell us about Romney’s stellar record as Governor of Taxachussettes…or WHY he quit touting those 100,000 jobs he created and now uses the generic tens of thousands…or that his plans got a grade D by Andy Roth who said “Romney wants to institutionalize a permanent deficit”

workingclass artist on January 15, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Perry and Gingrich look so pathetic biting [blah blah blah] proceedings.

bluegill on January 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM

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To tell you the truth, your posts comments are so slobbering over Mitt and so negative (even viscerally so) towards Perry and Gingrich that you just might as well post on long comment and just refer back to it whenever you want to vent.
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Really, you remind me of an Øblama supporter. You are that worshipful and exclusionary. I have to laugh at you, frequently, because you are just too predictable. I can send you over the edge with one statement and get pages and pages of comments from you that are a riotous laugh-fest. You really are a joke.

ExpressoBold on January 15, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Flora Duh on January 15, 2012 at 10:21 AM

So I did. I apologize.

entropent on January 15, 2012 at 10:28 AM

I wish people would educate themselves,

before they shoot their mouths off.

franksalterego on January 15, 2012 at 10:19 AM

So do I…

Romney’s tax hikes should worry taxpayers

“As Romney drained his constituents’ pockets, the Public Policy Institute of New York’s Cost of Doing Business Index rated Massachusetts in 2006 as America’s fourth costliest state in which to practice free enterprise. The Tax Foundation dropped Massachusetts from America’s 29th most business-friendly state to No. 36. The Tax Foundation also calculated that, under Romney, Massachusetts’ per-capita tax burden increased from 9.3 to 9.9 percent. In real dollars, the Romney-era per capita tax burden grew $1,175.71…

Notwithstanding the higher taxes and fees that Romney himself advocated, he claims that he was a powerless victim of a Left-wing legislature. Nonsense. The profusion of Democrats on Beacon Hill did not prevent Romney’s GOP predecessors from dramatically cutting taxes. Former Republican governors William Weld and Paul Cellucci​ signed more than 40 tax-cut bills while Democrats ran the state house.

Romney seems stuck at 25 percent support among Republicans. That’s because 75 percent of GOP voters simply don’t trust him. There are at least 740.5 million reasons not to trust Romney on taxes, either..”

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=48596

workingclass artist on January 15, 2012 at 10:28 AM

BREAKING:

South Carolina’ largest newspaper, “The State,” endorses Jon Huntsman.

http://www.thestate.com/2012/01/15/2114108/huntsman-could-bring-us-back-together.html

raf on January 15, 2012 at 10:28 AM

TheClearRiver on January 15, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Oh, what a knee-slapper! If that’s his reasoning then why did he do Meet the Press with Tim Russert a few years ago? . . . he’s too afraid to do any Sunday shows — he fears sticking his foot in his mouth again.

Aslans Girl on January 15, 2012 at 9:29 AM

I’m a Rick Perry supporter, so I’m not carrying water for Romney. However, since the Mormans do observe their Sabbath on Sunday, it’s one legitimate reason why he’s not making the rounds, today. There could be others, as you point out ~ and thanks for the links.

Carpe diem, Rick.”

http://www.tothepointnews.com/content/view/4824/2/

workingclass artist on January 15, 2012 at 9:29 AM

From one who has actually picked cotton ~ Carpe the Cotton-Pickin’ Diem, Rick!

Perry/2012

TheClearRiver on January 15, 2012 at 10:29 AM

“on” long comment = “one” long comment
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NB: I heard Dingy Harry on the TV and got distracted by revulsion, so I made a slight mistake.

ExpressoBold on January 15, 2012 at 10:30 AM

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