Saturday, May 28, 2011

Rick Perry 2012?

Austin American-Statesman: Gov. Rick Perry today gave his strongest indication yet that he may run for president.
“I’m going to think about it” after the legislative session ends Monday, Perry said. He added, “But I think about a lot of things.”
For years, Perry has said that he would not run for president and that he had no interest in the job. He has often said that he has said no to the presidential question in as many ways as he could.
But he and his advisers have inched closer to saying he may run all week, following the announcement that Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels would not enter the GOP field. A couple of days ago, he told Greta Van Susteren on Fox News that a run was tempting.
Many conservatives have called on Perry to enter a field which could have room for a social and fiscal conservative with Perry’s energy and charisma. And, intentionally or not, the governor has set himself up for a run over the last couple of years, making a Texas/Washington contrast the focus of his 2010 re-election and writing a book called “Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America From Washington. [MORE]
I think Rick Perry getting into the 2012 would sure make things exciting. He would certainly outshine all of the establishment bore snores. I can almost see Perry calling out Mitt Romney on his crazy mixed and muddled message on healthcare reform.

I can also see Rick Perry causing trouble for conservatives like Palin and Cain. Perry is every bit as charming, charismatic and dynamic as Palin and Cain. Plus his three terms as governor from a state leading is job creation certainly trumps both their records.

The downside for Perry would be winning the general election. It would be all to easy for the left to come up with themes of Perry as the crazed Texas cowboy secessionist (given Washington's extremely poor performance of late, secession may not be the crazy idea it use to be). Granted, the left tried this theme with George W. Bush and it went no where, but in 2012 Obama needs distractions and Perry's secession stuff might be too much of a distraction.

At any rate, I say Rick Perry should jump in just to bring some much needed excitement to a thus far dull election.

Via: Memeorandum
Via: Austin American-Statesman


John B. Hefmier said...

I get the impression that the ONLY reason why Perry would run for President is because of the border issue, given what he said on Greta Van Susteran's TV program. I have heard some Texans state that they have been upset with him over issues such as Toll Roads (I drove on one in Houston). I would love to hear from some Texas residents here on what your thoughts of your Governor are.

Jg. for FatScribe said...

still stand my predicting a Mitt Romney ticket. i think he has to get out early and get his message re: the Mass. healthcare fiasco, other than that, "the Mayor" (not rahmboscumbaga) Rudy G. would kill our chances.

the media will keep propping up a (mccain) disaster waiting to happen for 2012.

when will we learn, ABC?


Hot Sam said...

I really like Perry. I was at a business forum recently in Southern California, and they said that Perry was in Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego trying to poach businesses from California - and he was succeeding!

But I fear you are right about his chances in the general election. That is the election we need to worry about.

He can't beat Obama. Obama would have to make a MAJOR mistake right before the election.

An important Supreme Court decision just went against us 5-4, and another one was in our favor 5-3 (Kagan recusing herself). That's two more pieces of evidence that the Supreme Court is the supreme battle ground for 2012. No other issue matters more.

We can have a Republican House, Senate, and President pass all the great laws we want, but they mean NOTHING if a leftist Supreme Court overturns them. There are WAY too many 5-4 decisions; Justice Kennedy is the most powerful man in America right now.

Kennedy, Scalia, and Ginsberg are really old. If we lose Kennedy, Scalia or Thomas, we've failed. Even if Obama replaces Ginsberg, he will rejuvenate that seat. We cannot...we MUST NOT give Obama two more appointments to that court. The court could swing to the left for the next 25 years!

A small county judge and an appeals court just overturned Governor Walker's collective bargaining measure in Wisconsin. The Minnesota Supreme Court will likely uphold the decisions. If people didn't think courts were important before, they should know better now.

We need to nominate the person with the R after their name that has the highest probability of beating Obama - period! It doesn't matter if they don't pass a litmus test of conservative views. It doesn't matter if they have raised taxes. It doesn't matter if they are pro-abortion. It doesn't matter if they cooperated with a Demon Rat legislature to pass some big government proposal. Their message can be muddled and mixed, but if they can WIN, then they need to be the choice.

The ONLY thing we need the next president to do is nominate conservatives to the Supreme Court and to federal courts. Anything else we get beyond that is gravy. Obama's agenda is already dead, so the courts and the cabinets are his only remaining power.

We CANNOT make the same mistakes we made in 1996 and 2008 - nominating a LOSER to run against a Demon Rat who is young, charismatic, perceived to be moderate, has a cult following, has strong union support, has a history of drawing swing voters to his side, and has COLOSSAL abilities to raise cash! (for the record, I voted for both Dole and McCain)

The Electoral College is moving in our direction, so we don't have excuses for failure this time.

I'm a principled conservative just like the rest of you. But I'm also a political pragmatist. You can't BE a great president until you WIN the seat. Winning the presidency is all about the Electoral math. And being president is no guarantee that you'll get your way, even if the House and Senate share your party. Clinton, Bush, and Obama learned that lesson!

We can't hope for a Hail Mary mistake by Obama in the final months of the campaign. We can't count on a double-dip recession. Go ahead - nominate Bachman, Gingrich, Palin, or Johnson. Obama will be raising a BILLION dollars for the campaign. He will get another billion is soft money and free union labor.

We need to put all our money and all our effort behind the top candidate, and to choose that person EARLY.

Otherwise, we'll be handing the Supreme Court to Obama and elevating him to the pantheon of two-term wunderkinds!

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