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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

On the Republican Field -- Give Me More, Faster Please

I saw this interview of Rick Perry yesterday afternoon, and I was impressed. 

I'm not willing to commit yet, because the field is not complete and I don't know enough about him, but I'm intrigued by Rick Perry.  (Thanks for all your prior comments, give me more.)

We cannot rest with those who were on the stage for the New Hampshire debate.

I like Tim Pawlenty the most of those on the stage, but he needs to break out of his shell. I could like Michele Bachmann, but not as long as she has an Andrew Sullivan as her campaign adviser; its a non-starter for me. Mitt Romney is the guy I want to like, a decent chap, but I'm not sure he shares my view that better big government is not the goal, better smaller government is the goal.

Give me more. And as he says, faster please.

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  1. Very impressive.

    Communication wise, the following made me cringe:Bush 1,Dole,Bush 2,McCain. Perry made me smile

    I think we are do for an effective communicator.

  2. I travel to Texas often on business and ask you to pay close attention to Gov. Perry's $10,000 BS Tuition/fees program. He's tasked UT to come up with a program where at least some BA/BS degrees could cost no more than $10K. Last I heard even the entrenched UT administrators this could be done in the $10-15K range for some majors.

    This and his TX job creation history is a big crowd pleaser

  3. As someone from Texas who has seen Perry campaign, I think he is the most disciplined campaigner I have ever seen from either party. He is relentless, does not care what the secular media thinks of him, and refuses to allow others to frame the debate for him.

    I don't like his position on some issues, but there is no question he knows how to win, and knows how to deal with a hostile and vindictive media. He would be a formidable candidate.

  4. A number of conservative blogs have had articles on Rick Perry in the last few days. With standard predictibility, the Obamabat trolls are out in full force, posting the same "cut and paste" anti-Perry claptrap on each blog. I understand they think they are the sharpest tacks in the box, but it is clear they have all been given the same anti-Perry talking points. Case in point; John Podesta's (Soros funded) Think Progress and this morning's LA Slimes, both doing hit pieces on Perry (TP thinks Perry is too "Christian" and Andrew Malcolm basically thinks Perry brags too much).

    So why all the vitriol from the left for a man who has not even announced his run? Simple, he is a threat to them. Compare Perry's success in Texas to Obama's failure. The contrast is stark. Perry has run a state of 25 million for ten years. Obama has never run a lemonade stand, and it shows. While Obama exports jobs, Perry exports products made by Texans. While Jeffrey Immelt of GE is appointed to Obama's Economic Recovery Commission, and continues to send jobs overseas, Perry convinces him to build a plant in Texas. While Toyota says "Sayonara, California" they say "Hello, Texas." While other states roll over like whipped dogs, caving to the Obama administration, Perry orders the Texas Attorney General to sue the Obama administration for their overreach on the 10th Amendment.

    Look for the Organizing For America Obamabots exploding heads if Perry does decide to get in the race.

  5. I've been impressed with Perry ever since it became obvious that he was reaching out to Tea Party types, while Kay Bailey Hutchinson implied he was some sort of "out of the mainstream" conservative.

    His deliberate non-engagement with Texas newspapers - instead going directly to the public with ads, organization and social networking - also impressed me mightily.

    And since then his approach (slapping down the first attempt at an "Amazon tax", etc.) has REALLY impressed me.

    My only concern with his possible Presidential run is that if he's successful, Texas will be at the mercy of Lt Gov Dewhurst (aka "DewCrist") and Jackass Joe Strauss. That concern is more than theoretical, since I'm now a Texan (transferred to company's Houston office 2 days ago).

  6. If he's willing to pull a Texas Chainsaw Massacre (veto) on Congressional overspending, I'd be happy to have him as President.

    I think he's hard to read, because his eyes looks he's smiling when he's not. Great poker face.

  7. As a life-long Texan, I am quite pleased with Rick Perry as our governor, and I can easily see him as President. (I'm a HUGE fan of Sarah Palin, and if she runs, it would be a difficult choice between her and Perry in a primary)

    Perry attended Texas A&M back when it was still mandatory for students to be in the Corps of Cadets, and he was elected as a Yell Leader his junior and senior years (anyone who knows of A&M's Yell traditions knows what a HUGE thing that is). He is also an Eagle Scout.

    He's a great off-the-cuff speaker, and can win over a crowd with ease. I'd love to see Perry and Palin double-team Obama in a debate - there would be nothing left but a picked-clean carcass...

  8. Speaking as a newly engaged conservative, I am extremely disappointed that he ever signed into law a state mandated gardisil vaccination for girls as young as 11 and 12. From everything I've read, it smacks of crony capitalism and nanny state government, only with republican spots.

  9. I live in Texas. We don't need Bush 3. Look elsewhere. Unless the Republican nominee is Ron Paul or Sarah Palin my vote goes elsewhere.

    I predicted some time ago that Dole/McCain/Romney would be the Republican nominee in 2012 and Obama would be re-elected. I see no reason to change my prediction. The Republican Party cannot be reformed. [end of rant]