Video: Rick Perry brings down the house at CPAC

posted at 11:21 am on March 7, 2014 by Allahpundit

Watch it all if you have time — it’s shorter than most CPAC speeches — or skip to around 10:00 for the big, and I mean big, finish. Nearly every media observer who watched it was taken aback by the crowd’s reaction. He’s firing some very, er, hot gas at the end here.

It’s not too late, you know.

“I’m comfortable that we’re leaving [the governor's office] at an appropriate time,” he says. “I still think I’ve got a passion for what I do. I’ve got 11 months left. I’ve got a deal that I’m working on. I got lots of deals that we’re going to be working on.”

Those “deals” Perry refers to are attempts to woo companies to relocate or expand in Texas, a major component of his economic development scheme. As Fred Barnes reported for THE WEEKLY STANDARD last year, Perry’s recovered from his self-admitted “humbling” presidential campaign by running another campaign—this one on selling Texas’s low-taxes, low-regulation, business-friendly regime as a prescription for the nation’s economic ailments. It may also be the basis for a second presidential run in 2016, to which Perry remains open. (“If I decide to be a candidate in the future” is how he discusses it.)

But as governor, his legacy in Texas may be that as a faithful and vigorous steward of the state’s economic health during a period of plenty of uncertainty and turmoil. The Lone Star State weathered the recession better than nearly every other state, and it has one of the country’s lowest unemployment rates. It’s not just the state’s standby energy industry that’s contributing to Texas’s good fortunes; tech companies like Facebook and Dropbox have recently expanded here, too.

I wrote about his 2016 prospects a few weeks ago. No one else in the field, save for Scott Walker, will make his economic record as central to his presidential pitch. That’s a nice advantage to have in a country that’s spent six years sagging. I just don’t know if GOP voters will give him a second chance given the perception two years ago that he wasn’t ready for primetime. I don’t think he has to worry as much next time about being seen as a sellout on immigration reform measures like DREAM; nearly every big name in the party has moved left on that since 2012, and besides, people who want a whipping boy for amnesty will probably have Rubio in the field as an outlet. He’s got to seize whatever opportunities he can over the next year to grab righties’ attention and convince them that he’s a different, more self-assured candidate than they saw last time. Mission accomplished today.


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Murphy9 on March 7, 2014 at 11:22 AM

It was a really good speech from start to finish.

gophergirl on March 7, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Rick!

Call me!

NativeTexan on March 7, 2014 at 11:24 AM

WOW.

Impressive speech.

rockmom on March 7, 2014 at 11:25 AM

A good speech, although giving good speeches has nothing to do with actually supporting liberty – just look at Obama.

MoreLiberty on March 7, 2014 at 11:26 AM

…hope he stays away from pain meds…from now on!

KOOLAID2 on March 7, 2014 at 11:26 AM

A good speech, although giving good speeches has nothing to do with actually supporting liberty – just look at Obama.

MoreLiberty on March 7, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Perry actually has a record to back up what he says. Obama is an empty chair/suit/head.

gophergirl on March 7, 2014 at 11:26 AM

gophergirl on March 7, 2014 at 11:26 AM

0bama has free our stuff to give to his leeches.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 11:28 AM

I just don’t know if GOP voters will give him a second chance given the perception two years ago that he wasn’t ready for primetime. I don’t think he has to worry as much next time about being seen as a sellout on immigration reform measures like DREAM; nearly every big name in the party has moved left on that since 2012, and besides, people who want a whipping boy for amnesty will probably have Rubio in the field as an outlet.

…no!…he has to worry about immigration!

KOOLAID2 on March 7, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Forget the economic record…what about tardasil??? /

changer1701 on March 7, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Aw, c’mon hagfish and APACHEWHOKNOWSEVERYTINGINTHEWOLD.

I ain’t got all day.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 11:31 AM

To Rick Perry it cannot be over yet, the Mexicans are not yet in total control. That is what he is looking forward to.

astonerii on March 7, 2014 at 11:32 AM

astonerii on March 7, 2014 at 11:32 AM

There ya’ go!

I knew Perry would be like the pied piper to y’all nutballs.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 11:33 AM

MoreLiberty on March 7, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Honestly, ML, if what you want is More Liberty, what could give you more liberty than Rick Perry’s defense of the original intent of the 10th Amendment? If you think he will be a big government guy ala GWB or Obaka, then you don’t know squat about Rick Perry.

NOMOBO on March 7, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Wow, way to go, Rick. Must be the glasses. :-)

Punchenko on March 7, 2014 at 11:35 AM

The GOP needs to start talking about Freedom and Liberty, distancing themselves from the Dems who want to make rule after rule after freaking rule to control everyone from cradle to grave. Never understood why young people would be for wanting to be restricted more and more.
Get Off my Freaking Back and leave me alone, let me do my own thing…….I think is a pretty powerful message.

Oh, by the way, GET OFF MY FREAKING BACK AND LEAVE ME ALONE

Privatize It on March 7, 2014 at 11:35 AM

I just don’t know if GOP voters will give him a second chance given the perception two years ago that he wasn’t ready for primetime.

Give Perry time. He’ll slowly win some over time. It remains to be seen if he can garner enough to be the last man standing.

Mission accomplished today.

Excellent! I’d take any combination of him, Jindal, Walker, Haley, and Martinez.

rukiddingme on March 7, 2014 at 11:35 AM

I figured out his geek glasses. They project the words he wants to say like a teleprompter.

He is leading the fashion trend for politicians this cycle.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 11:36 AM

His back must be much better…

d1carter on March 7, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Oh, by the way, GET OFF MY FREAKING BACK AND LEAVE ME ALONE

Privatize It on March 7, 2014 at 11:35 AM

AMEN to that

gophergirl on March 7, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Consider me #TeamRick! For now.

flipflop on March 7, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Excellent! I’d take any combination of him, Jindal, Walker, Haley, and Martinez.

rukiddingme on March 7, 2014 at 11:35 AM

How about an all Texas ticket?
Cruz/Perry or Perry/Cruz – either way…

dentarthurdent on March 7, 2014 at 11:38 AM

NOMOBO on March 7, 2014 at 11:33 AM

He is a different kind of big government.
He inherits GWB’s open borders big government position.
He enjoys forcing parents to give vaccines to young children for sexually transmitted diseases.
Like George W Bush he thinks you are a xenophobe if you do not agree with his open borders.
He is happy to give tuition discounts to illegal aliens which he denies other American Citizens from getting.
He likes to spend tax payer money on companies similar to Obama’s Solyndra.

When he denounces those past positions credibly, he has a chance to earn my vote. Until then he can count my vote held.

astonerii on March 7, 2014 at 11:39 AM

How about an all Texas ticket?
Cruz/Perry or Perry/Cruz – either way…

dentarthurdent on March 7, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Can’t – P/VP can’t be from the same state.

gophergirl on March 7, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Was that off the cuff?

Cleombrotus on March 7, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Wow, I kept waiting for the altar call after that sermon.

What’s not to like about Perry’s speech? He even ends up he can yell as well as Christie. And the orange tie is clearly a slap at John Boehner.

But he’s gotta get different glasses.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

astonerii on March 7, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Not that I’m saying illegal immigration is OK, but when the economy is exploding again and unemployment is under 4%, as would happen with a Perry presidency, I don’t think you’ll hear too much complaining about an orderly immigration policy that allows people to come here from places like Mexico.

NOMOBO on March 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Not that I’m saying illegal immigration is OK, but when the economy is exploding again and unemployment is under 4%, as would happen with a Perry presidency, I don’t think you’ll hear too much complaining about an orderly immigration policy that allows people to come here from places like Mexico.

NOMOBO on March 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Lots of assumptions there…
But lets look at one position Perry will not push for which you say we will not complain about. Perry will not push for or enact an orderly immigration policy.

astonerii on March 7, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Can’t – P/VP can’t be from the same state.

gophergirl on March 7, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Where were you in 2000 girl.

The VP can move. Cheney did.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 11:41 AM

But he’s gotta get different glasses.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Yeah – his wife and daughter need to drag him to Lens Crafters pronto. They are too small for his face or the wrong shape.

gophergirl on March 7, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Meh. Politician gives a rousing speech to supposedly like-minded individuals. Meh.

gryphon202 on March 7, 2014 at 11:41 AM

How about an all Texas ticket?
Cruz/Perry or Perry/Cruz – either way…

dentarthurdent on March 7, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Unconstitutional. Remember how Cheney had to change residency to Wyoming to run with GWB?

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 11:41 AM

But he’s gotta get different glasses.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

It’s his Clark Kent disguise. You should see what he’s wearing underneath.

Cleombrotus on March 7, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Dude!?!? Lose the dang glasses!

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 11:42 AM

astonerii on March 7, 2014 at 11:39 AM

SING IT SISTER!

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 11:42 AM

He can’t.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 11:42 AM

But he’s gotta get different glasses.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

It’s his Clark Kent disguise. You should see what he’s wearing underneath.

Cleombrotus on March 7, 2014 at 11:42 AM

HUD glasses you sillies.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 11:43 AM

It’s his Clark Kent disguise. You should see what he’s wearing underneath.

Cleombrotus on March 7, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Well it makes him look like an older Jay Carney or a female version of Rachael Madcow.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Ooooo….did Allahpundit just throw his panties on stage???

Blake on March 7, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Speech was good, except for the mail part. Not Constitutionally required, I believe.

Bif Malibu on March 7, 2014 at 11:44 AM

The establishment will encourage him to run to take votes from Cruz.

Jon0815 on March 7, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Privatize It on March 7, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Perry Started his 2012 campaign on the right path. Unfortunately he was easily jeered down from that path.
Social Security and Medicare are a Ponzi Scheme.
Unfortunately he does not believe enough in liberty and freedom. Just not enough back bone there to say and do what is right.

astonerii on March 7, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Speech was good, except for the mail part. Not Constitutionally required, I believe.

Bif Malibu on March 7, 2014 at 11:44 AM

More importantly, I seriously doubt the conservative wing of the GOP is going to go to the mattresses over Saturday delivery of mail. Must be a Texas thing.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 11:45 AM

God Bless Texas and our great governor!!! We’ll miss you when your gone. I hope that the douchetards that make up the republican primary electorate can once more looks passed the moderates they are so fond of losing with and actually embrace a conservative with a record of principled leadership. But based on the many comments I see above, I fear this is a lost dream. It seems that single issue voters and uninformed opinionist’s carry sway in our party now. As Reagan said “we are never more than one generation from tyranny.” I fear this is that generation of which he warned.

iidvbii on March 7, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Bif Malibu on March 7, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 11:45 AM

I take it y’all weren’t around for the malaise speech.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Speech was good, except for the mail part. Not Constitutionally required, I believe.

Bif Malibu on March 7, 2014 at 11:44 AM

I thought he was being facetious. Hey, the feds can keep mail delivery if they want, but stay out of everything else.

changer1701 on March 7, 2014 at 11:48 AM

How about an all Texas ticket?
Cruz/Perry or Perry/Cruz – either way…

dentarthurdent on March 7, 2014 at 11:38 AM

I’d like to see Cruz sharpen his knives for a bit longer, but other than that, sure.

rukiddingme on March 7, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Now this is a true experienced conseravtive with a record to back it up with. Rick Perry 2016. I’ll take Perry’s record of experience over any junior senator’s thin resume any day of the year!

bzip on March 7, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Big deal, he read the teleprompter well for an audience of marks.

Moesart on March 7, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Unconstitutional. Remember how Cheney had to change residency to Wyoming to run with GWB?

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 11:41 AM
I guess I missed that part of the Constitution. Where does it say that?
I always understood the different states deal to be mainly an “advertising gimmick” – spread the home field advantage a bit so to speak.
And I thought Cheney was originally from Wyoming anyway.

dentarthurdent on March 7, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Hang in there Newt…!

… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on March 7, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Always liked this guy….mainly because he’s a man..

seems to have the same character qualities men had years ago..

..Sure i could vote for him…..do not think he’ll win the
nomination….but I would have no problem voting for the guy..

..I’ll let the people of Texas critique him further…

ToddPA on March 7, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Always liked this guy….mainly because he’s a man..

ToddPA on March 7, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Um okay, but don’t we have enough gay threads here already?

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Ooooo….did Allahpundit just throw his panties on stage???

Blake on March 7, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Awesome comment.

Perhaps if this Rick Perry had shown up during the primaries, he would have had a better shot. At least he didn’t make any cheapshots about lacking compassion for illegals.

SAZMD on March 7, 2014 at 11:52 AM

I love Perry threads :)

The Paul speech thread should be equally as good.

gophergirl on March 7, 2014 at 11:53 AM

I’ll take Perry’s record of experience over any junior senator’s thin resume any day of the year!

bzip on March 7, 2014 at 11:49 AM

okay….. but how would he stack up against an aging hag whose rabid supporters insist that eight years in the White House, Senate time, and four years as SecState make her the “whole package?”

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 11:53 AM

It’s his Clark Kent disguise. You should see what he’s wearing underneath.

Cleombrotus on March 7, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Well, glasses make all the difference.
Most voters won’t recognize him as the same guy who ran before….

dentarthurdent on March 7, 2014 at 11:53 AM

I dunno…parts of Perry’s CPAC speech were a little too Howard “The scream” Dean-esque

JetBoy on March 7, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Pretty good speech, from a by all accounts a great Governor! Got em riled up good. ; )

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 11:53 AM

I was 13 at the time, but I’m not sure of your point, cozmo. Could you expand, please?

Bif Malibu on March 7, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Sans the glasses of course.

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Mostly though I’m thankful his back seems mended.

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 11:54 AM

“My fellow conservatives, the future of this nation is upon you — it belongs to you,”

That is rich. Are we sure he knew that the audience was made up of American Citizens?

astonerii on March 7, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Big deal, he read the teleprompter well for an audience of marks.

Moesart on March 7, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Your Perry reaction is wonderful.

I’m looking forward for your tantrum/meltdown after Palin speaks.

Put down plastic beforehand. It usually gets messy.

portlandon on March 7, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Hang in there Newt…!

… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on March 7, 2014 at 11:50 AM

(:->)

KOOLAID2 on March 7, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Hopefully he will do better in the debates…

OmahaConservative on March 7, 2014 at 11:55 AM

…hope he stays away from pain meds…from now on!

KOOLAID2 on March 7, 2014 at 11:26 AM

It was mostly Jay Lenno keeping the jokes about Governor Perry alive. With him gone perhaps they will die.

slickwillie2001 on March 7, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Can’t – P/VP can’t be from the same state.

gophergirl on March 7, 2014 at 11:39 AM

I think they can….its just that one of them would lose the electoral votes from that state. Coming from two different states is to assure the support of those two states instead of one to secure the electoral votes if the candidates are popular enough, I think.

hawkeye54 on March 7, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Hopefully he will do better in the debates…

OmahaConservative on March 7, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Hey my friend are you enjoying the warmer weather FINALLY?

gophergirl on March 7, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Unconstitutional. Remember how Cheney had to change residency to Wyoming to run with GWB?

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 11:41 AM

And he was a congressman from Wyoming from 79-89 before he became SecDef – so why would he have to change his residency?

dentarthurdent on March 7, 2014 at 11:56 AM

I just can’t seem to get excited about any of the CPAC speeches. I think my enthusiasm well has run dry with the staggering defeat of Romney.

I just don’t care anymore.

Personally, I’m in the “let it burn and the fittest will survive” camp.

We’re not going to take back the presidency in 2016… Hillary already has her asscheck print in that chair. All we’re going to do is huff and puff about how our country is going to hell in a handbasket and we wont have any power to do anything about it.

Thus… let it burn.

Defenestratus on March 7, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Bif Malibu on March 7, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Perry doesn’t care about Saturday mail delivery. But it is a catchy line and resonates with anybody who has been paying attention to the waste that has been going on in Washington.

If he had said “shining city on a hill” his theme would have been too obvious.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Hey my friend are you enjoying the warmer weather FINALLY?

gophergirl on March 7, 2014 at 11:56 AM

I sure am, how about you? it is 42 right now…

OmahaConservative on March 7, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Well, glasses make all the difference.
Most voters won’t recognize him as the same guy who ran before….

dentarthurdent on March 7, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Oh, most probably wouldn’t remember from so long ago as last month, anyway, without prompting from Perry’s primary opponents and then the Dem party which can be counted upon to dredge up negatives from the past, or make it up if need be.

hawkeye54 on March 7, 2014 at 11:59 AM

astonerii on March 7, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Stoner, your assumptions are pretty wide and deep. I didn’t know you were clairvoyant, but maybe that’s what you get when you are a stoner.

Drop the drugs, because the ECONOMY and STATE”S RIGHTS will set you free.

NOMOBO on March 7, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Big deal, he read the teleprompter well for an audience of marks.

Moesart on March 7, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Well then, the fact that he can actually read the teleprompter gives him an advantage over our current POTUS.

rukiddingme on March 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Article I, Section 8, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution, known as the Postal Clause or the Postal Power, empowers Congress “To establish Post Offices and post Roads”.

NativeTexan on March 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Now this is a true experienced conseravtive with a record to back it up with. Rick Perry 2016. I’ll take Perry’s record of experience over any junior senator’s thin resume any day of the year!
bzip on March 7, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Sorry, he is a Neostatist, Pro Amnesty shill. I’ll pass. More conservatives to choose from. We don’t need another Bushie

Brock Robamney on March 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Give me another cup of that hot yellow koolaid.
That’s what I’m talkin about.

Moesart on March 7, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Save your stale pretzel for the gas jets.

MontanaMmmm on March 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

“My fellow conservatives, the future of this nation is upon you — it belongs to you,”

That is rich. Are we sure he knew that the audience was made up of American Citizens?

astonerii on March 7, 2014 at 11:55 AM

And that reminded me of THIS

JetBoy on March 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Perry doesn’t care about Saturday mail delivery. But it is a catchy line and resonates with anybody who has been paying attention to the waste that has been going on in Washington.

If he had said “shining city on a hill” his theme would have been too obvious.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Texans don’t do “subtle.”

Murphy9 on March 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

It was good.

But just remember how to get to Carnegie Hall…

JohnGalt23 on March 7, 2014 at 12:01 PM

portlandon on March 7, 2014 at 11:55 AM

She will bring down the house tomorrow…and every single Concern Troll that showed up on Dustin’s Tea party Thread will show up on that thread, scared out of their minds.

kingsjester on March 7, 2014 at 12:01 PM

I guess I missed that part of the Constitution. Where does it say that?
I always understood the different states deal to be mainly an “advertising gimmick” – spread the home field advantage a bit so to speak.

And I thought Cheney was originally from Wyoming anyway.

dentarthurdent on March 7, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Cheney was originally from Wyoming but had been living in Texas for years.

But it is more than an advertising gimmick.

From the 12th Amendment:

The Electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves

An all Texas ticket would throw out those 38 electoral votes!

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Can’t – P/VP can’t be from the same state.

gophergirl on March 7, 2014 at 11:39 AM

I think they can….its just that one of them would lose the electoral votes from that state. Coming from two different states is to assure the support of those two states instead of one to secure the electoral votes if the candidates are popular enough, I think.

hawkeye54 on March 7, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Exactly what I found as well. There is no legal restriction against the Pres and VP being from the same state, but there is a twist in how the electoral college is run.

dentarthurdent on March 7, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Everyone keeps saying they want an experienced leader with a record of success. Well, here you go.

Perry has done some things I don’t agree with. To deny the current state of Texas, but also try and give all the credit to Dewhurst is a bad idea. He has done what a leader should do. He has lead. He isn’t meddling. He isn’t legislating from on high. He has lead Texas to being one of the few shining lights in the current economic mess we are in as a nation.

He isn’t the only choice for 2016, but I do believe he is a good one.

JAGonzo on March 7, 2014 at 12:03 PM

And he was a congressman from Wyoming from 79-89 before he became SecDef – so why would he have to change his residency?

dentarthurdent on March 7, 2014 at 11:56 AM

IIRC, Cheney had a Texas residence, a TX DL, paid taxes there as a resident, and had registered to vote there. To remove all doubt, he re-established residency in WY, in the nick of time, evidently.

hawkeye54 on March 7, 2014 at 12:03 PM

The Electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves

An all Texas ticket would throw out those 38 electoral votes!

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 12:01 PM

But that’s not a constitutional restirction against them being from the same state. It’s a rule about how electoral college reps must vote – and as such, makes it a bad idea for them to be from the same state, in a close race – but does not prohibit it.

dentarthurdent on March 7, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Great speech!

But where’s bluegill complaining about Perry being pro-illegal immigrant?

GOPRanknFile on March 7, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Saturday mail delivery = “shining city on a hill”

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 11:58 AM

That really the comparison you’re making?

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 12:04 PM

I sure am, how about you? it is 42 right now…

OmahaConservative on March 7, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Mid 30′s – it feels like 80 after all this below zero crap.

gophergirl on March 7, 2014 at 12:04 PM

astonerii on March 7, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Moesart on March 7, 2014 at 11:50 AM
Brock Robamney on March 7, 2014

Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!

I missed the nutball Perry-hatin’ screemin’ mimis.

It’s good to see y’all can pull the band back together so quickly.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Perry is right.

LOOK TO THE STATES

You people who scream “HE IS FOR AMNESTY” at every turn – STHU.

jake-the-goose on March 7, 2014 at 12:04 PM

I just don’t know if GOP voters will give him a second chance given the perception two years ago that he wasn’t ready for primetime.

I’m open to giving him another shot. His downfall last time was due to a poor choice of words(or in one case, forgetting his words) at a debate. Not a lousy record or stabbing the base in the back with an amnesty bill. If he performs better in the debates this time and can pitch his record as governor to the country, he could win the nomination.

I still lean toward Scott Walker though if for no other reason than him winning twice already in a bluish state could have huge electoral implications. We all know Texas is going to the GOP in 2016. But flipping Wisconsin would be big.

Doughboy on March 7, 2014 at 12:04 PM

I knew Perry would be like the pied piper to y’all nutballs.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Exactly. astoner stinks up every thread he stumbles into.

John the Libertarian on March 7, 2014 at 12:05 PM

I don’t know. I haven’t heard a speech yet — here or elswehere — that does it for me. We’re missing the mark and the moment in history. We need a “Time for Choosing” speech, something that distills the astonishing anti-American drama unfolding before our eyes and equally chills and inspires us. On one hand, I can’t believe we don’t have a figure that can bring together the elements of this disastrous and malicious presidency into Narrative focus, and yet I do, as the Republican Party is about as thoroughly mediocre right now as any time in my memory.

Maybe Palin was right — we shouldn’t be looking for a leader, but to ourselves. But still, we do need leaders.

rrpjr on March 7, 2014 at 12:05 PM

I like the cut of his jib…

… but I hear there is some rock somewhere with some paint on it.

Seven Percent Solution on March 7, 2014 at 12:05 PM

How about an all Texas ticket?
Cruz/Perry or Perry/Cruz – either way…

dentarthurdent on March 7, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Nah. How about President Perry appoint Cruz as Chief Justice of SCOTUS, and boot Benedict Roberts down the ladder.

NOMOBO on March 7, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 12:04 PM

No, but the theme is the same.

Sayin’ something like “shining city on a hill” would have been too obvious.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 12:06 PM

The bouncing up and down at the end was kinda weird, but it was good overall.

faraway on March 7, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Seven Percent Solution on March 7, 2014 at 12:05 PM

I think that rock met with an unfortunate explosive accident not too long ago.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 12:07 PM

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