Rick Perry Chickens Out By Ducking Iowa Straw Poll? Where's True Grit When You Need It?

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Maybe I just had the wrong impression of Rick Perry. I guess I was remembering that time he shot a coyote with his .380 laser-sighted Ruger loaded with hollow-points. He said, "Don't attack my dog or you might get shot."

Now that's some macho cowboy stuff right there. I don't approve of it politically, but if it were a movie, I'd watch it.

So now he's chickening out of the Iowa Straw Poll because he's afraid of Michele Bachmann? There's a story today in The Dallas Morning News that you can't see because it's behind their pay wall, by Washington reporter Todd J. Gillman, saying Perry may duck this famous Iowa warm-up event for the presidential race because he's afraid of getting whupped up on by Minnesota Congresswoman Bachmann, a Tea Party leader.

Please understand, I'm a liberal and never a Perry fan. If anything, knowing now that Perry has these kinds of inner fears -- or just inner thoughts of any kind -- could even wind up making me like him a little better. It makes him seem so much more vulnerable, which guys like me are supposed to like. I'll have to think about that.

But there's also a big story in The New York Times today about Bachmann that you may be able to read.

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That's a mighty big pistol you got there, cowboy. Overcompensate much?
It's a mainly positive portrait of her, depicting her private life as a generous and caring mother who brought a succession of troubled foster kids into her home before going into politics full-time.

So I put the two stories together and what? Perry's afraid to go up against a foster mom? Even I, a liberal, have to say this is sort of an iffy day for Texas. I would have expected Perry to ride on up to Iowa on his horse like Rooster Cogburn with his Colt Walker on his hip and say stuff like, "Maybe that purdy little lady needs to git on back home and do some home cookin' fer all them children she's got, leave this presidential bid'ness to us men folk."

And, let me say, I would have been deeply offended by that. Offended but having fun.

But hiding from her? Afraid to go up there because she might beat him? I'm really on the fence about that. I think we men need to be liberated and all that good stuff, but you can also take it too far. I don't want my governor wetting the bed about it.

If I had a chance to talk to him, I think I'd say, "Governor Perry, it's one thing to be a sensitive and enlightened man who respects the dignity of women. But damn, sir. You've got the name and history of Texas men everywhere on your shoulders. You can't just go around being afraid of a girl."


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Mike
Mike

Rick Perry is not going to run for President. He, Sarah, and Donald showed that looking like you might run is both cheaper and more fun than the real thing. He has the NY Times and similar liberal papers hanging on to every word he says while essentially doing nothing. Running in Iowa is real work, time consuming, and expensive. Why do it that way when you can make people for whom you have no respect look foolish?

Political journalists and columnists are real saps.

pbluett
pbluett

Gov Perry is clearly far too busy "playing Doctor" without benefit of training or licensure.  He is creepily reminiscent of Norman Bates of "Psycho" with a sonogram probe instead of a knife.(Mother would be sooooooooo proud)

Cool Music
Cool Music

What I heard is that Rick Perry may want to join the list of republican presidential hopefuls but there are things in his past that he doesn’t want the press to make public. But presently Ron Paul is leading in many polls.

Renegade
Renegade

Maybe he'll have true grit if a fourteen-year-old girl hires him to run.  But, maybe not. 

Hall
Hall

Could Perry survive the scrutiny of his private life during a presidential bid? Magic 8 ball says, "hell, no." Those in the know, know what I'm talkin' 'bout.

Big Bud Goode
Big Bud Goode

I can indeed see the DMN story. I am a subscriber. I don't mind paying for good information. If someone gives you something for free, that is what is worth.

ScaredyCat
ScaredyCat

Perry didn't debate Bill White either

Martin
Martin

Perry is against law against texting while driving as he sees it as   "a government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults.".  Yet he doesn't see how that applies to women wanting an abortion. Perry will never make it in the real world outside of Texas.

Yan
Yan

That's a non sequitur, Martin.  The sonogram law neither prescribes nor proscribes abortion; it, like the new cigarette labeling, presents to the agent possible consequences and/or aspects of the agent's actions that the agent might not have otherwise considered. Neither the new labeling nor the new sonogram law is prohibitive. A law against texting and driving explicitly outlaws texting while driving. Can you spot the difference, Martin?  Perhaps a critical thinking course would serve you well.

observist
observist

Sounds like the agent took a course in obtuse pedantry that is serving the agent very well.

RW1961
RW1961

It also forces the woman to have an object shoved up her hoo-ha, which I think is definitely more government in my business than telling me I can't text.

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

We all know the texting thing is a revenue move, and will only be an add on to get more $$$ from people.

Republicans never made any sense because you can pay for a thousand abortions for what one year in prision costs.

RW1961
RW1961

Iowa and those other early caucus states - where 10 people sit in rooms and yell at each other about their favorite candidate until they get worn down and vote for whomever brought the donuts - get way too much power over who our choices are for candidates. These podunk states with minute populations have held more sway than the states voting on Super Tuesday, etc. It's time someone (Romney, Perry, etc.) has stood up to them and said they aren't going to play their silly game of corn subsidies and the like.

Of course, I too am afraid of Michelle Bachman. No matter how much she hides behind her foster children, she is beyond the right wing. Her whole reason for being is abortion, and she continually makes up "facts" out of thin air and goes in front of any camera to spout them.

If either she OR Perry get anywhere close to a Republican nomination for anything national, the Republican party has some big problems.

Martin
Martin

I thought he might be hiding out since Huffington Post brought back the story about him being gay.

Cuecat
Cuecat

Rick Perry is a native Texan, an Aggie, an Air Force veteran, a rancher, and, most importantly, he is NOT a lawyer. We would be well served by having a maverick like him in the White House.

Big Bud Goode
Big Bud Goode

He is also a moron and would do anything to get a vote.

Bill Lumbergh
Bill Lumbergh

Rick Perry would be as big of a mistake as Belo's purchase of your namesake (Cuecat) back in the 90s.

Ellum08
Ellum08

Being an Aggie should automatically disqualify you from holding ANY office. Especially an Aggie cheerleader or whatever they call them down there.

Admonkey
Admonkey

Because we were so well-served by the last native Texan, Air Force veteran, ranching non-lawyer in the White House.

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

GWB was not a native TEXAN

observist
observist

Yeah, native TEXAN-ism, as opposed to long-term Texas residency, would make all the difference.

Dickvermeilcrysalot
Dickvermeilcrysalot

So...  "WASHINGTON REPORTER Todd J. Gillman, saying Perry MAY duck this famousIowa warm-up event for the presidential race because he's afraid ofgetting whupped up on by Minnesota Congresswoman Bachmann, a Tea Partyleader," and you make this into an article.  VVM really will pay you for doing nothing.  Then again, they paid you to go to a rave to "report."  Good for you, Schutze. Bad for the reader.

MattL1
MattL1

I can't stand Perry, but I don't blame him here.  Iowa is a royal pain in the ass.

Phelps
Phelps

lulz

The thicker the flak gets, the closer you are to the target.

Admonkey
Admonkey

:roll:

I guess that means Gingrich wins the nomination.

Admonkey
Admonkey

There's no upside for Perry, and he doesn't have an Iowa organization to speak of. One of three things can happen if Perry enters: a win, a loss or a trounce, and unless Perry can stack the odds in his favor he won't play, regardless of the game (but the game's always about Perry).

Poppymann
Poppymann

My post should read "real men"

Poppymann
Poppymann

Scatterguns are for real not .380s or laser sights.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

In keeping with his tradition, does that mean if elected President he'd spend as much time out of the country as possible? An international book tour or some other fabricated BS?

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

I'll not criticize you for taking any opportunity to snipe at Gov. Goodhair, but it's probably worth noting that Iowa hasn't voted for the eventual Republican nominee in any contested caucus since ... as it turns out, ever.  And Perry isn't the only GOP candidate skipping it this go round.

Jay
Jay

I gotta tell you I have great ambivalence about Gov. Good Hair running for president.  On the plus side, running would get him the hell out of the Governor's office, but on the down side, he might win.

Steve
Steve

Congrats, you're todays winner of the obligatory "if Perry runs it'll get him out of Texas but if he wins he'll mess up the country" comment that appears in every single post about Perry. Who will be tomorrows winner? Stay tuned!

Jay
Jay

Is there any other way to frame the issue? Perry has been a disaster for Texas.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Win? Have you been into Wilonsky's bourbon?

Jay
Jay

Montemalone......never over-estimate the intelligence of the American electorate. Just look at the current roster of frauds, crooks and buffoons holding office today.

Enrique De La Fuente
Enrique De La Fuente

Perry does not want to be POTUSA.  Being President requires him to do work, which he does not do much of anyways. 

Howard
Howard

Didn't seem to stop his predecessor.

Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk

In addition to currently living in Minnesota, Bachmann is a native Iowan. The longer Perry holds out, the less likely he is going to run, IMO.

space2k
space2k

Shorter: Rick Perry is a pantywaist and he's afraid of girls.

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