Pull the Covers Over Your Head If You Like, But Rick Perry's Not Going Away

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I've been on Rick Perry Watch for several weeks, working on a feature story about him. I think I'm going to be able to break the news that he's serious about running for president.

Just kidding. I'll try to do better than that. But, man, everybody in American journalism is on this case. Just today there are a couple of interesting stories, one in The Dallas Morning News and the other in The New York Times. I think they both point to the same thing I'm finding.

It's bad news for people who want to think of him as a phantom that goes bump in the night and then goes away. He's real. He really is under your bed, and he is not going away.

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The Morning News coverage, which is behind the paper's pay wall, is in a story by Tom Benning about tonight's upcoming Republican debate. In it, Benning quotes some interesting people, some of whom have gone up against Perry in debates before and most of whom say he's a good debater.

That flies in the face of a certain expectation -- that Rick Perry is Rick Pretty, a cloud of airborne fluff that will dissipate like cottonwood seeds in a summer breeze on Paint Creek. The people in Benning's story echo what I've been getting, some of it from fairly serious Perry foes. They say it's seriously important not to underestimate his smarts.

He may not be smart in a way that resonates with Yalies. But, you know, neither was Bush II, and he was a Yalie.

The Times story is about the formation of a super PAC that says it's going to spend $55 million on Perry's candidacy. That's very serious money. The fact that it has come together this soon after Perry's late entry into the race may augur even more money ahead. And really big money means one thing in American politics: juggernaut.

People who want to fold their hands and pray him out from under their beds are putting some of their faith in the content of his books, especially the last one, Fed Up, in which he pretty much vows to gut Social Security and Medicare, and it does seem like a book is a hard thing to wriggle away from. One doesn't become an author in the heat of the moment, after all. The late Tony Garrett, a grizzled veteran of statehouse politics, told me once that every politician's prayer should be, "Please Lord, that my opponent may write a book."

But I don't know. I wonder sometimes how many Americans out there still know what a book is. You could hand a lot of them Perry's book, and they'd start searching for the on button.

I do understand why some people fear Perry. My question is whether they fear him enough. Tonight will tell.

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HCHB
HCHB

Perry should focus on corruption in his own state of Texas.   LawInjustice.com exposes a really disturbing case

GBC
GBC

Perry is right, Social Security is a Ponzi scheme!  Won't get him much traction for telling the truth.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

You do know that a Ponzi scheme is deliberately fraudulent, right?

NosyMary
NosyMary

I hear that the Obama campaign up in Chicago is rooting for Perry. Does that tell you something, Texans?

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

It tells me that whoever you heard that from is completely full of shit.

GBC
GBC

I would certainly agree that Romney has a better chance than Perry against Obama.

James Miller
James Miller

We get it.  Obama isn't the messiah you thought he would be and it chaps your ass.  Stupid economy just won't cooperate for him.  LOL

Paul
Paul

I read something the other day ...

"Will you listen to me the next time I tell you not to elect a governor from Texas as President." -- Molly Ivins

Where is Miss Molly when we need her most in our hour of darkness?

Rooster
Rooster

How pissed are people at the current president whe THIS clown actually stands a legitimate chance at winning the presidency?

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

I have not seen a candidate who can unseat Obama.   I am NOT a fan of Obama's actions so far in his presidency, and would welcome a sane, intelligent, wise alternative to vote for.  I have not seen that person yet.

Rooster
Rooster

You could run Kermit the Frog and he could unseat Obama.  I think they guy's desperate.

Catbird
Catbird

Duck, when you say "sane, intelligent, wise" what issue(s) is this code for?

I've heard others use this phrase in public to to insulate themselves from potentially dangerous liberal scrutinity while simultaneously holding themsleves out to friendly conservatives as a poteltial vote for the "right" conservative candidate.

If this is true then Huntsman seems to be your type....meaning that anyone to the right of the Ambassador is insane, stupid and unwise.

Just curious.  

scottindallas
scottindallas

I would suggest someone sane, intelligent and wise enough to use facts rather than ideology.  Someone that understands the limits of military coercion, the essential role of gov't, the limits of markets, and the limits of gov't. 

heyheymama
heyheymama

Regarding possible campaign tactics ahead:  It's as if Karl Rove exhumed Lee Atwater from the grave, somehow combined their DNA in a conservative think tank's secret laboratory (maybe on SMU's campus?), and that much-better-looking-than-his-parents offspring ran for President, instead of opting for running someone else's campaign from behind the scenes. My imagination runs wild.

Catbird
Catbird

I never liked Perry but not because he is too conservative. In fact he is not a conservative any more than he is a liberal. He is an opportunist politician who knows how to get himself elected in the manner of Bill Clinton.

My instinct tells me that in his heart of hearts he is a globalist much like Obama, Clinton and both Bushes so if there is a President Perry the country will be run much as it has been since Ronald Reagan left office.

Also, and you'll think this is crazy, I predict that if he wins the nomination his running mate will be a woman, either Sara Palin or Hillary Clinton, depending who be beleives will deliver the most votes.

Perry hasn't a core value that isn't for sale if the price is right. In that sense he's just what the times call for: the white man's Barack Obama.  

Montemalone
Montemalone

Hillary?Man, please share whatever it is you're smoking.

Paul
Paul

It is not that far fetched ... Gov'ner Goodhair was the state campaign manager for Al Gore's presidential campaign.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

I'm not as worried about Rick Perry as I probably should be. 

Yes, he is clearly a very dangerous idiot. His biggest supporters seem to be in 1 of 2 categories: people with intellectual abilities that make Rain Man look like a math professor, or otherwise reasonably intelligent people who are so emotionally driven that they don't use the reasonably intelligent portion of the brain, overreacting to every imaginary threat and fantasy (like the audience of boneheads who applauded at the idea of Perry putting 234 people to death). Either of these people is dangerous, and they are Rick Perry's base.

But I still cling to the hope that America at large is smarter than that, that a guy like Perry can't win a general election. If I'm wrong, this country is so fucked up I'm not sure it can be fixed.

GBC
GBC

Then how did a one term senator that spent more time running for pres. than in the senate, that usually voted "present" when he did vote, that called down "W" for extending the debt limit, that had more experience as a community organizer than anything else get elected?

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

Same way a barely literate overgrown frat boy whose only "experience" was being the governor of a weak governor state got elected: he told us he was a centrist. Whether he actually is or not doesn't matter until after the election.

In a general election, bald-faced, unapologetic extremists don't win the presidency. Perry is openly pandering to the extremists. You can argue that Obama is a far left liberal if you want, but he campaigned as a centrist, and that's what America votes for in a general election. Perry isn't even trying to pretend he's anything but an extremist. How many normal people who believe in science, don't think Jesus rode on the backs of dinosaurs, and are relying on Social Security will vote for someone who is so openly hostile to their beliefs? If you want to become President, you have to at least pretend you're somewhere near the middle.

CPAguy
CPAguy

Rick Perry is a RINO.  In this age of big government at the Federal level, we don't need somebody who grew government at the state level as Perry did.  We dont need another status quo squishy politician.

The New Hampshire Tea Party group did a well sourced piece on Rick Perry:   http://www.nhteapartycoalition...  is just a bit of Perry's RINO Record:

Here  is just a bit of Perry's RINO Record:

1.  Raised Taxes billions of dollars on businesses and consumers, Increased spending 85%, Increased the debt 4 times over.  i.e. he Grew Government in a very BIG way.

2.  Executed health mandates against the will of the legislature and the people of Texas

3.  Forced the citizens of Texas to pay for the college education of illegal immigrants...giving them benefits that other US Citizens can't take advantage of

4.  Engaged in the abusive use of eminent domain

5.  Attempted to sell Texas roads to foreign interests

6.  Pro Amnesty (in the recent campaign cycle he has taken to reversing this stance as the TeaParty has become more of a threat to him than the Hispanic caucus)

7.  Engaged in wide scale cronyism by signing contracts for Texas projects to companies that give him campaign cash or for which is his former staff now work.

8.  Misused the resources of Texas by having sizable security details travel with him at all times (abnormal for a governor)...even on foreign trips...all at the expense of Texas taxpayers.

9. Misused (i.e. stole) Texas taxpayer money by spending over $600k on housing over a 2 year period.

10.  Stole well over $100k of the taxpayers' money by going on a Middle East excursion that hadnothing to do with the business of the State of Texas to meet with a convicted drug user

Rangers100
Rangers100

He didn't think twice about killing Cameron Todd Willingham despite the fact Willingham had clearly been convicted based on debunked myths.

He is a thoughtless, brutal, dangerous, radical ideologue. He's the exact opposite of conservatism. And he makes George W. Bush look like a conscientious intellectual.

Just a really, really awful human being.

scottindallas
scottindallas

He's another Tom and Daisy from the Great Gatsby, careless, destructive, utterly unreflective. 

Stillamastatit
Stillamastatit

Perry is extremely dangerous. I don't believe for a second Perry just recently made the decision to run for president. I don't believe for a second the $55 million Super PAC wasn't setup a long time before he announced he was going to run to create the illusion that Perry has a far bigger following than he truly does and to intimidate the other candidates in the watered down GOP field. I think Perry waited until as close to the deadline date as possible purely for strategy's sake. Didn't White Southern Democrats while Perry was a member have a negative reputation because of policies that suggested ties to the white hoods?

Oh and the book people keep calling Perry's wasn't written by him at all. Perry's political campaign advisers hired a ghost writer to create the text and simply put Perry's name on the cover.  

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

I never underestimate the potential idiocy of a population scared in a time of recession.

I wouldn't let this guy go out with either of my sisters, would you?

Montemalone
Montemalone

I'd keep him away from your brother.

Austy
Austy

Ironically, I just heard GAY rumors about Perry. I had never heard he was Gay until recently, and now I have been bombarded with it. Not a problem, just would not have pegged him as gay. 

scottindallas
scottindallas

the rumor was started by his wife.  She said he prefers these boy aids to her own company.  And, she wasn't as ambiguous as I was.

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

I doubt he is gay, and if he was, nobody cares. The rumor is just meant to actually make people feel sorry for him.

El Rey
El Rey

But would you peg him, Austy? j/k...

I know first-hand his halitosis will knock you over. I have a second-hand source that swears he has a thing for fit, young men.Is it worth following up? I doubt it. My guess is he just enjoys longing looks at other guys in the sauna and hasn't acted on his urges.

Facebook User
Facebook User

Don't worry Jim, even if Perry gets elected he won't have the ability to do anything. The Democrats control the Senate and even if the GOP takes control they won't have filibuster proof control. Look forward to much of the same.

RTGolden
RTGolden

And therein lies the problem with the American government and the two-party system.  Each side is absolutely opposed to whatever it is the other side wants, and will stall, duck, dodge or flee to prevent "them" from getting it.  What ends up is WE don't get what WE need, which is positive change in government.I did not support Obama's campaign, nor did I vote for him.  I didn't vote for McCain either. I fully support Obama as our President.  I had great hopes for his attempt at health care reform, even though I didn't, and don't agree with the direction he's trying to go.  I had hopes for it because it was different, he was trying to change the status quo (or appeared to be trying).We the people cannot get what we need from our government until we dismantle the two-party stranglehold on it.  There must be third, fourth and fifth parties with viable platforms that we can vote in. The presence of alternate parties with their own agendas will force the R&D's to compromise, to negotiate, in short, to do the will of the People.

AintNoSunshine
AintNoSunshine

I get the whole, "don't ever underestimate your opponent thing", but seriously. If this country is crazy enough to elect W on steroids/growth hormone/crack, then we shall get what we deserve. This thought almost makes me puke, gotta run to the toilet now. 

GBC
GBC

And how is the current one working for you?

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

55 Million dollars starting in  September 2011 for an election that occurs a little more than a year away.   It seems to me that politicians should be limited in campaigning at least 6 months before the election not 1 plus years before.    It also seems to me that these monies should be taxed heavily by the federal government.  After all this is a job that is an elected office (a public position) for the people.

scottindallas
scottindallas

It seems to me that voters would be suspect of politicos that are able to raise the most money.  But, that's the kind of stupid we are.

TimCov
TimCov

The problem is, the voting for the Texas primary (and several others) is a few months away.

Montemalone
Montemalone

I'd like to think that despite the fact Obama has been a disappointment, the electorate won't be too quick to fall for another good ole boy from Texas with all the answers.

Andy Nold
Andy Nold

This guy has always struck me as a a political windsock. And when you do whatever it takes to get re-elected in a state like Texas, you come off looking like a conservative - most of the time.Texas Conservatives Against Perry http://www.facebook.com/groups...

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

The problem is that for the Republican nomination his biggest opponent is Mitt Romney, who makes a "windsock" look like a granite pillar.

El Rey
El Rey

Hey, I have a LaRue Tactical hat. Can I run for president, too?

(The LT hat actually bolstered my opinion of him.) Now the score is Perry: 1Anyone Else: 99

JimS
JimS

Watch that A&M yell leader turn John Stewart's audience against him:http://www.thedailyshow.com/wa...

Bill
Bill

Seriously, who watches Jon Stewart? What are you, twelve?

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

You start your blog post with "Seriously..." and it contains only two questions, both of which are insults.

What are you, eleven? 

G_David
G_David

I know he uses a lot of 3 and 4-syllable words, but if you use the pause button on your DVR, and keep a dictionary at hand, you'll be able to keep up.  I promise.

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

Uh, no, middle-aged. Keep up.... He has everyone on his show. He covers major topics. why aren't you watching him?

Tyler
Tyler

Plenty of us do, get out from under the rock every now and then. 

Sam
Sam

Political whore...nothing more, nothing less...and that may be enough to win.

GBC
GBC

Sort of like Obama that was elected with no experience!

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

The only people with any meaningful experience are ex-Presidents.

trimps
trimps

dude, saw this coming back when bush was running. saw hilary as far back as monica..

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