He's Got "The Calmness" In His Heart. And So, Texas Gov. Rick Perry Will Run for President.

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It's a done deal: Come Saturday, Rick Perry will announce he's running for president, which isn't nearly as shocking as the fact we may not hit 100 degrees today. (I mean, it's nice out.) Look, the governor of Texas says so right there in his interview with Mark Halperin that's just hit Time's website:
Does any aspect of running for President intimidate you?
No.

Does any aspect of it excite you or enthuse you?
Yeah, I'm kind of getting to the haul-in point and the idea that, this is what I'm supposed to be doing. I mean, this is starting to get to that comfort level and I've got the calmness in my heart. I think that was a bit of a hurdle initially but I'm very calm in my heart that this is what I'm supposed to be doing.
So, might as well go ahead and post Stephen Colbert's Super PAC ads for Rick Perry ... pardon, Rick Parry, the "A" for America (and Iowa). They're after the jump. Boom.



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Volta
Volta

So he's going to deffect to the United States?

Steve
Steve

Barack never had a chance.  Goddamned Super-Majority and his own party couldn't pick a lane.   Then they inexplicably get their necks stomped by the fuckin' TEA party.  Might as well throw Perry in - - I think hey said "Brutha!"  six or seven times during that SC speech.

OKay
OKay

Shhhhhh...this is the private-enterprise that will save the country. You should be shouting PRAISE THE LORD!!!

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

This is awesome. 

Worst case, Perry is going to cause so many Dem's heads to explode in rage over the things that he says, Barry won't have enough voters left to win a close race against whomever wins the Repub nomination.

AlexJames98705
AlexJames98705

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Lone Stranger
Lone Stranger

Never underestimate the American public to vote against their self interest. Remember Bush got reelected a second time even though he lied to get us into a war. Americans just love being abused and they are going to vote for more. 

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

I looked it up---- 40% of the "new": jobs in texas he brags about were minimum-- or BELOW minimum wage jobs. THIS is bragging? Geesh.

Oldgus
Oldgus

Lordy, Lordy, what a nice ring: President MoFo.

Justanobody
Justanobody

I vowed I would never vote for Rick Perry but if it's him against Oblabbermouth I don't know what I will do....

Nunya
Nunya

Kinda hard to take you seriously when you result to name-calling. "Oblabbermouth?"

What are you, a third grader?

Nunya
Nunya

*resort. Yes, I know. Edit button doesn't work for me.

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

The "calmness in his heart" comes from the "emptiness in his soul." How he can brag about Texas, in the state she is in, is ridiculous--and to take credit for what? Screwing schools, the poor, the environment? Helping his cronies? Trying to use imminent domain for his stupid toll road from hell?

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

Well when you say it like that it sounds so negative.

SteveT
SteveT

There may be enough scared, ignorant, desparate, delusional people to nominate and then elect this guy.  Too bad he's delusional himself about the problems facing not only the nation, but civilization:  Sever overextension (ecological and economic), creating resource constraints, enviornmental payback, and financial chaos.  Perry won't handle these thngs any better than the other candidates; he'll probably do worse.

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

Well...a year ago I would've said the country's not ready for another Texan in the Oval Office, but now, not so sure.  You gotta admire the man though.  While nobody was looking he racked up the longest governorship in state history, and other gov's are looking to him for how to turn their states' piss-poor economies around.  He doesn't have the foreign-policy chops, but he's more credible than Palin, Bachmann, or Romney, and more charismatic than Pawlenty and the other guys.  With the right campaign team, he could go the distance.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Most states are not looking to him, that's just something that people in Texas think. All the Texas job growth hasn't prevented one of the worst budget deficits in the country. 

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

And hey...would any Congressman dare shout "You lie!" at him during the State of the Union, knowing he's packing?

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

If yall had just voted for the handsome gentleman holding a cigar none of this would have come to pass...

Chris
Chris

Every one of these comments is a winner.

Then, come September 2012, when Perry's not quite as pretty hair has punched Romney out to take the nomination; when unemployment is still 8.9% and your neighbor has just been laid off, some say, to put the company under 50 employees for the sake of Obamacare; when another mass Chinese hacking attack has enabled them to launch the Lotus wonder tablet computer world wide at half the price, slashing Apple's market share; when your little sister signs up over your screaming so that she can "at least do something to help those poor Libyan people"; when your wife gets another headache come beddy-bye because your last raise was a measly .87%; when all that's been served up for Thanksgiving, your country will settle in to decide whether is wants as its next President

R - Gary Cooper

D - David Alan Grier

Again, wonderful comments above, every last one of them.

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

God, it almost makes you miss  GW Bush. Almost. As an Aggie, I want to apologize right now for any stupid thing his C- Average brain says. I promise you, most of us were really brighter than him.....

Phelps
Phelps

I see Diane is dutifully repeating the talking points...

Darryl
Darryl

Not talking points. Facts. saying it's just talking points is a talking point.

Darryl
Darryl

I got the bumber sticker:(P)rick Perry for (P)resident!

David Niles Jr
David Niles Jr

Great, I can sleep better knowing Rick Perry (who was once Democrat) is running for Prez. Now, if we can vaccinate ALL our daughters instead of just Texans.....

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Can he go ahead and resign now, or will he spend even less time in the state than he did before?

He's been an absentee governor and he doesn't even mail us alimony checks.

Ubaldo99
Ubaldo99

Rick Perry shot my pet coyote.

RR
RR

Your pet looked and acted guilty, as all coyotes do. Its their nature I suppose. Perhaps if he wasn't lugging around that dynamite and plunger detonator he would have fared better.

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

Replace "coyote" with "mexican" in that first sentence and you've distilled Perry to his core.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Actually, Perry echos Shrubya on immigration: the more the merrier.Cheap labor to mow the grass, wash the dishes, and watch the lids, with the added benefit of driving down wages for everybody else.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Goodhair must be part of Shrubya's plan to rehabilitate his image.Imagine a President Perry. The whole country would yearn for the Bush era.

It might be just what we need to forever consign the teagop party to the trashbin of history.

Phelps
Phelps

No need.  We already yearn for the Bush Era.

Zeeklafreek
Zeeklafreek

so, everlasting, how long you been in the war contracting bidness?

ts
ts

Where exactly did I make mention of what I did and didn't support?  I was responding to what you yearn, not what I yearn.  Obama is merely continuing Bush's foreign policy, and someone who's yearns for Bush should applaud Obama on that front. 

Phelps
Phelps

You really can't wrap your head around this stuff, can you?  My position is consistent.  I was for the liberation of Iraq and Afghanistan.  I'm for the liberation of Libya, but Obama is doing a piss-poor job of it since he's decided to do it illegally instead of getting authorization from Congress.

You on the other hand want to cry about Bush's wars, but are silent about Obama's wars.

ts
ts

Since you yearn for the Bush era you had to have been completely behind Iraq and Afghanistan, but minimal US involvement in Libya and continued involvement in Somalia (War on Terror yo) that's been hot/cold since 1989 gives you pause?  Awesome.  Obama is merely continuing Bush's foreign policy, you should be happy.

Jay
Jay

....and he'll have us in Syria within the month.

Phelps
Phelps

I wish I was. Obama has kept ALL of the bush wars AND added libya and Somalia.

Nunya
Nunya

Speak for yourself.

Rooster
Rooster

I wonder who on earth told Governor Goodhair he has a snowball's chance in hell on the national stage?

I mean, how many times do with think his competition is going to play the infamous "Adios Mofo" soundbyte?

Alan
Alan

Don't get cocky, Rooster.  I laughed in 1980 at the thought Ronald Reagan could become president.

jackwagon
jackwagon

Look at our options in the last election.  If Obama doesn't fix the economy or fulfill any of the other campaign promises, Perry might actually win.  And I'll cry.  Maybe he'll run Craig James as his VP.

jfpo
jfpo

Great. He's got a calmness in his heart and now I have an ulcer in my stomach. Thanks a lot, Rick.

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