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    So Tell Me About Rick Perry

    So Tell Me About Rick Perry

    The buzz is that Rick Perry has hired away some former Newt senior campaign staffers, and is giving serious consideration to jumping in the race.

    I truly don’t know much about him.  So tell me about Rick Perry.

    Updates:  Since we’re having comment function problems, I’ll post selective e-mails from readers who have been shut out.  I have no feeling for or against Perry yet, so don’t take these posted comments as reflecting my view.  A reader writes:

    I tried to leave a comment under “So tell me about Rick Perry” but I couldn’t get it to work… grrr!

    Here is my comment- hope it helps 🙂

    Im a native Texan and have voted for Governor Rick Perry 3 times. He’s not perfect- no candidate is. But if the election comes down to jobs and business growth (and it will), Perry has no equal. The guy is literally a job-creating machine.  He’s in a unique positon to unify and excite the GOP. He can easily rally Tea Partiers with plenty of down-home red meat. He’s also experienced and well-connected enough to bring a lot of establishment support with him.
    He’s a good extemporaneous speaker, full of charisma, and is immensely likeable. He connects with people very well. He’ll take some heat for the TTC and Guardasil, but he’s weathered those storms here and crushed his opposition. He’s got something of a teflon quality I have not seen since Reagan.

    This might be the best way to sum him up: Rick Perry is the anti-Obama.  Do a quick search on “Texas economy”, and you’ll see what Im talking about.

    Buckle up, folks. This race is about to get exciting – finally.

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    gs said…As a libertarian I look askance at Perry's social/cultural conservatism, but no candidate is ideal and these are not normal times.

    But there are limits.

    @Captain Obvious – "Not even Obama is stupid enough to create optics THAT absurd."

    He is determined enough to create optics that absurd. He has and he will, and his underlings the more so. Bill and Janet were just as determined and accomplished in absurd optics. For many, will and policy trump people, law, fairness and justice for other many.

    @retire05 – "Hooray for Texas!" Other than Sandy in high school and Kathy at university, my only other sorrow in life is that my parents, a New Yorker and a Hoosier, turned down a prestigious university offer in Texas "because it was Texas, they do not know how to hold tea in Texas" and raised me in SoCal, where tea was unknown (although SoCal was a wonderland in those days). Well, that last on tea is hyperbole but you get the point. Thanks for being Texas!

    David R. Graham, thanks. I am proud of my state and I get really sick of people from failed northern states and the left coast that seem to wallow in bashing Texas when most of them have never been here.

    Yeah, we have some problems. Most of them deal with education because after generations of liberal Democrats, like Ann Richards, running our state, you don't fix what is broken overnight. Yet, our minority graduation rates are higher than most other states. And yes, we build big high school football stadiums, but Friday night football in Texas is almost a religion.

    A number of people I know have moved here from not only California, but the northern states, as well. All of them, to a person, remark how friendly Texans are and how we seem to take life in stride but are the most patriotic people they have ever met. The most unfriendly town in Texas is Austin, the San Francisco of the Southwest, and a sea of deep blue in a very red state.

    Perry would be great in the WH. Jobs. Jobs. Jobs.

    * And he'd put an end to the tyranny of the EPA *

    Drill Baby drill

    In a state like Texas which is noted for having a small government with a balanced budget amendment and a governor that is constitutionally weak compared to other states' governors, shouldn't the credit for the economic performance of Texas belong to the comparative advantages that are embedded in its constitution and traditions?

    Texas is not doing well because they have excellent central planning coming out of a constitutionally weak governorship but because it is really hard to mess up as a governor in that state. Point out one thing that Perry has done that trumps the advantages TX has in attracting disgruntled companies and citizens who are fed up with hostile and oppressive state governments in high-tax states?

    Perry, as far as I can see, is a former Democrat whose "conservativism", like Bush, was shaped by the the convenience of pandering the culture of a conservative state, not that he is a believer. In one area where he could be very effective, illegal immigration, he has been all posturing (hat) and no effective action (no cattle). Everything else? Hey, that's just what Texas does when you leave things alone.

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