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12. Rick Perry


Chris and Jeb

Once upon a time, I was a Rick Perry type of guy. He seemed to “get it,” and has been better for Texas as governor than W. ever was. Plus, Texas is generally a good state to have in your electoral college tally. However…

Texas Governor Rick Perry
Texas Governor Rick Perry

The only problem I really have with Rick Perry is that his 2012 run was an utter disaster. While he may hold the right values, he can’t communicate them effectively. And that’s almost as bad as having the wrong values. Whoever wins the GOP nod is gonna have to face Shrill Hill, the Porcelain President-in-Waiting, who can get away with saying “What does it matter?” about Benghazi and still be in the national dialogue for 2016.

There are people who have the right values, as Perry does, who will be far more effective than he’s proven to be thus far at actually articulating and communicating those values. Perry’s skill-set for running an effective and winning campaign is suspect because of his deficiencies in this regard.

While he’s not running for re-election as Texas Governor, thus clearing his schedule for another White House bid, my prediction is 2012 left too sour a taste in most people’s mouths and Perry will be overlooked by a number of more-appealing candidates with better skills in public speaking, debates, and out-n-out truth-telling.

I don’t think he’ll last long in 2016. But maybe he’ll surprise me. My doubts about him, though, are what place him this low on my list.

Even so, yes, he’d still be better than Jeb Bush or Chris Christie.

Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann lead in South Carolina

Texas Governor Rick Perry and Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann lead the pack currently in South Carolina, which should be a relief to conservatives and Tea Party activists nationwide. The rest of the pack might fare better seeking geneticist jobs, despite the liberal media trying to puff up the chances of the RINO-esque Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman in the state.

South Carolina, the fourth state to vote, looks set to be a pivotal state once again. A Perry-Bachmann or Perry-Cain ticket would certainly be intriguing.

Bachmann, Pawlenty square off

If all Michelle Bachmann accomplishes in her run for the White House is delineate the difference between the real conservatives and the John McCain/Mitt Romney-style RINOs, she’ll have done the nation a huge service. Her first chance to accomplish that came last night at a debate in Iowa between the eight declared GOP presidential candidates. (Texas Gov. Rick Perry did not attend, as he intends to announce his official campaign on Saturday.)

After the floundering campaign of former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty took the first swipe last night, accusing Bachmann of accomplishing nothing more than “she’s got a record of misstating and making false statements.” Pawlenty, who is polling in the single digits, seems to have fixated on discrediting Bachmann to lift his own profile, rather than focusing on front-runner Mitt Romney.

But Bachmann refused to wear Cherokee scrubs and play the role of Pawlenty’s punching bag, countering his weak, unfocused, non-specific criticisms with specific issues she took with the way the Governor governed while in power in Minnesota.

Bachmann pointed out that Pawlenty implemented a state cap-and-trade energy policy, praised President Barack Obama’s “unconstitutional individual mandate” that will requires all Americans to buy health insurance, and quoted Pawlenty as uttering the phrase, “the era of small government is over.”

“That sounds more like Barack Obama, if you ask me,” Bachmann said, capping the list of Pawlenty’s left-wing prevaricating.

Of course, for Bachmann, upending Pawlenty’s history of RINOism is like shooting fish in a barrel; he’s from her own state and her knowledge of his shortcomings comes from first-hand experience. With Bachmann emerging from the debate still impressive and relatively unscathed, she’ll need to move on soon to a new target.

Lord knows, there are plenty of weak-willed RINOs still in the race, like Jon Huntsman, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and most importantly, current front-runner Mitt Romney.

Let’s be honest; Rick Perry is probably the best-qualified to take on Barack Obama. He has ingratiated himself to the Tea Party, has executive experience by winning three consecutive terms as Texas Governor, and is a solid conservative suspicious of the overreaching aspects of federal power, a devoted Constitutionalist.

The best scenario is for Bachmann to act as the conservative bulldog, revealing the unclothed emperors in the GOP field and helping clear the way for Perry to win the nomination. Then, if he could select Bachmann or Herman Cain, either way, the GOP would have a virtually unbeatable ticket that would be the best the nation has seen since Reagan-Bush.

Perry will consider a 2012 run?

In one of the best bits of news conservatives have heard in a while, Tea Party-friendly Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is loud and outspoken about opposing Federal overreaching of the Enumerated Powers clause of the Constitution, has finally admitted he will consider a 2012 run for the White House.

He’d being much needed star quality to a GOP field awash in too many RINOs and lesser names. And if he sticks to his pro-Constitutional guns and somehow gains the party nomination and the White House, there’s a chance the US could return to the sort of Constitutional limits on federal power that haven’t been seen since prior to the days of FDR.

Heck, if Perry’s in, I’ll start printing posters for his campaign now. Aside from Herman Cain, Perry would become my immediate favorite for the top job in the nation’s government.

Perry-Bachmann sound good to anyone? How about Perry-Cain?

Mitch says No to 2012

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, hyped by the White House and the liberal media — never a good sign — as the GOP’s best hope, has decided to bow out of a 2012 bid for the White House. While Daniels has earned a fair amount of credibility as a budget cutter, some question his conservative credentials, especially amid the “strange new respect” Daniels has earned from the Obama White House and the liberal media of late.

While he may come by his reputation unfairly, Daniels bowing out actually increases the chances of a more reliable conservative winning the nomination; the most prominent RINOs still in the race are Mitt Romney and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.

Of those who have declared, the clear favorite for my money – at the moment – is Herman Cain. He’s the best speech giver and public speaker, and has a wide resume in both government work and the private sector, and has succeeded pretty much at every step along the way.

Newt Gingrich’s time is passed; his expiration date arrived when he attacked the Paul Ryan budget and coined the term “right-wing social engineering.” Might not be a RINO yet, but he’s certainly a RINO-in-training.

Gary Johnson has no chance, and neither do Fred Karger, Tom Miller, Tim Pawlenty, Vern Weunsche.

Who’s left? Rick Santorum doesn’t fire me up; Ron Paul does, but not in a good way. And Mitt Romney is a RINO, and the last thing I want to see is another John McCain fiasco.

So who’s left?

Plenty of promising conservatives, that’s for sure.

There’s Michele Bachmann, who is more likely to end up as someone else’s running mate. There’s John Bolton, who would bring a lot of needed honesty and foreign policy experience. And there’s a dark-horse move to draft Texas Governor Rick Perry, which wouldn’t be a half-bad idea.

I’m less than interested in Charlie Crist and Lindsay Graham. And Jon Huntsman is a nobody.

And then there’s Sarah Palin, who could be the best of them all … except for Herman Caine.

So here’s my list, in order of preference, at the moment, for the top of the GOP ticket.

1. Herman Cain
2. Sarah Palin
3. Rick Perry
4. Michele Bachmann
5. John Bolton

All of those in my Top 5 are far more conservative than Romney, Pawlenty, Gingrich and Santorum. I’d vote for any one of those five over President Obama in a hot second. But especially Cain.

And the future looks bright for the GOP. Here are some names to keep in mind for 2016, 2020 and beyond: Chris Christie, Scott Walker, Paul Ryan, Bobby Jindal, Jan Brewer, Nikki Haley, Susanna Martinez, and Mary Fallin. They are all powerful conservatives and the political equivalent of unlocked cell phones.

Perry new head of RGA

Texas Governor Rick Perry has been selected as the new head of the Republican Governors Association. He succeeds Haley Barbour, and will strike the most conservative take on the organization in years, a welcome reform. Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty was among the RGA’s leadership in recent years, typical of the watered-down nature of the group.

No longer. Joining Perry are Louisiana governor and Reaganite conservative Bobby Jindal, as well as New Jersey’s Chris Christie, Nikki Haley and Susanna Martinez. Overall, it’s the most conservative board of leaders to serve as heads of the RGA in years – possibly decades. While Dems concern themselves with apidexin reviews, let’s hope that Perry and company eye a much more important prize: continued conservative victories across governors mansions and statehouses throughout the US.

Palin hints she will run

Sarah Palin has made it clear that she is considering a presidential bid in 2012, and that if she runs, she believes she could score a knockout punch to the Obama Administration. Despite her personal convictions, though, some in her party remain unconvinced, preferring long-time party loyalists like Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and others.

The landscape has changed somewhat since Palin ran as the lifesaver of the doomed McCain ticket, making the race closer than it otherwise would have been. One such change is that Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal’s stock has dropped without much explanation, while New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s stock is soaring due to his tax-cutting, budget-slashing, plain-spoken ways in a largely blue state.

The main problem is that party loyalists types like Romney still control the party, despite the advances made by Tea Party activists like Palin. If Tea Party support were key, though, Texas Governor Rick Perry would likely top the list over Palin, despite the fact that he has never indicated interest in a demotion from being Texas Governor to being US President.

So ultimately, Palin’s blatant water-testing is interesting, but much remains to be seen. If forces like Christie, Perry or Jindal enter the race, Palin would likely fade as a favorite. But if compromising John McCain types like Romney, Huckabee and Gingrich remain her stiffest competition, Palin could easily become the next GOP presidential nominee, just due to a lack of other energizing conservatives on the scene.

But it’s early; one’s time is better spent on designer furniture shopping than prognosticating 2012 political results.

Battle of the midgets

The mainstream media, never tiring of telling conservatives which RINOs to vote for, are already trying to sell Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty as the major feud for the 2012 GOP race to face off with President Obama. And the GOP would be utterly stupid to go with either of these tin men.

Romney sold Massachusetts on RomneyCare, which bears a strong resemblance to ObamaCare, on a state level. There’s nothing Reagan-esque about him, and only by comparison did Romney seem even mildly conservative; that’s what standing on a podium next to the RINO king, John McCain will get you.

And Pawlenty? A McCain disciple if ever there were one. He nearly beat out Palin as McCain’s running mate, and would have if he’d been even slightly diverse on views from McCain. But he’s not, so McCain went with Palin in an effort not to lose all the conservatives in his race against Obama.

Here are some names of conservative substance to take a long look at in 2012: Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Jim DeMint and John Thune. Sure, toss Sarah Palin in there if you must. As least she’s more energetic and better-informed than Joe Biden, who apparently eats CAD drawings for lunch, thinking they’re an exotic chocolate.

The point is, any combination of that group would make a fine set of opponents for the Obama-Biden ’12 fiasco ahead.

Whether it’s Perry-Thune or Jindal-DeMint, I don’t care… just as long as it’s not Obama-Biden again when the dust settles.

Perry prevails in GOP primary

Two-term incumbent GOP Texas Governor Rick Perry fended off strong challenges from three-term GOP Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson and Tea Party activist Debra Medina to secure his party’s nomination for an unprecedented third term.

Perry, who has embraced the Tea Party Movement and anti-Obama sentiment, secured 51 percent of his party’s support, followed by 31 percent for the more liberal Hutchinson, and around 18 percent for the more conservative-leaning Medina. None of them seem including toward selling life insurance, so Hutchinson will continue in her Senate seat while Medina made a strong enough showing to be heard from again.

However, Perry holds several distinctions; even without a third-term, he’s the longest-serving governor in Texas history and will face former Houston mayor Bill White in the fall in a bid to extend his reign. Perry’s first term was relatively quiet but as the Bush presidency was ending, he emerged from his predecessor’s shadow to become a strong conservative voice.

At a Tea Party meeting last summer, Perry even gave voice to Texas independence if Obama’s strong-arm federal approach didn’t tone done… a note he struck again in his victory speech Tuesday night.

Emissions: Perry to the rescue!

Texas governor Rick Perry and several national industry groups filed several separate petitions in Federal court today, questioning the US Government’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Generally, Perry and the other groups are arguing that emissions regulations are not a Constitutionally-mandated power and, as such, ought to be left to individual states to decide.

Of course, the Environmental Protection Agency will be among those arguing the government’s “Oh yes we can” case. While backing the government off emissions would be a huge Federal budget fat burner, the likelihood of the case gaining traction in court is slim; the US Court System stopped using the US Constitution as its guiding light decades ago…

Obama behind latest 9-11 scare … really!

The Obama Administration is behind the latest strategy to remind New Yorkers of September 11, 2001; they chose to get a “photo op” of Air Force One flying in front of the Statue of Liberty at an elevation of only about 1,000 feet. Naturally, the airheaded stunt caused a panic in NYC that included some 9-11-style evacuations of office buildings. Those free insurance quotes couldn’t arrive fast enough!

While the President quickly claimed, ala Colonel Klink, that he knew nothing, he saw nothing … well, it’s the President’s own plane, for crying out loud. We’re supposed to swallow that? Let’s just hope New York remembers it come Election Day 2012.

“For seven years, George W. Bush kept America safe from a second 9-11… In about 100 days, Barack Obama re-enacted it. Who do you trust with America’s homeland security. It’s time to put the adults back in charge. Palin-Perry 2012!”

Court throws out seizure of kids in Texas

According to the Third Court of Appeals in Austin, TX, “authorities had no right to seize more than 440 children in a raid on the splinter group’s compound last month. The Third Court of Appeals in Austin said the state failed to show the youngsters were in any immediate danger, the only grounds in Texas law for taking children from their parents without court action.”

This decision comes in the wake of a Texas raid on a polygamist sect called the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (“Fundamentalist Mormons” or “FLDS” from here on out). The ruling by the appeals court could force the state Child Protective Services to return the children to their parents, though that could be forestalled if the state decides to press the decision to the level of the Texas Supreme Court.

Although most kids worry about things like the school dance and acne treatment, Texas Child Protective Services claimed sexual abuse charges, using them to justify taking away all the kids from the FLDS, even those who were among traditional two-parent families.

“Even if one views the FLDS belief system as creating a danger of sexual abuse by grooming boys to be perpetrators of sexual abuse and raising girls to be victims of sexual abuse … there is no evidence that this danger is ‘immediate’ or ‘urgent’,” the court said. “Evidence that children raised in this particular environment may someday have their physical health and safety threatened is not evidence that the danger is imminent enough to warrant invoking the extreme measure of immediate removal.”

Kinda brings Waco to mind, doesn’t it? Don’t expect Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) to be running for the White House any time soon, after this embarrassment.