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    It is 11:09pm, and Rick Perry needs to run not walk away

    It is 11:09pm, and Rick Perry needs to run not walk away

    I guess I don’t understand the world of big time bloggers and CNN commentators who support presidential candidates.

    I thought that if you support a candidate, you don’t go out of your way to turn people against your candidate.

    But what do I know?

    I’ll give Rick Perry some unsolicited advice, similar to what I gave Michele Bachmann and others about Ed Rollins:

    Run, don’t walk, away from people who put their own self-aggrandizement and ego ahead of your campaign’s best interests.


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    retire05 | October 1, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Professor, exactly what does Rick Perry have to do with what RedState does? If RedState is supporting Perry, and from what I have read the few times I have been over there lately, not so much, how is that any different than your support for Sarah Palin?

    Are you laying the blame for what they say at the feet of Rick Perry because it darn sure sounds like it. And what does Rick Perry have to do with Ed Rollins? Seems Rollins claims he is still “advising” the Bachmann campaign.

    What Erick Erickson chooses to put on his blog, or Twitter account, has not one damn thing to do with any other candidate and it is grossly unfair for you to indicate otherwise.

    If you don’t like Perry, fine. That is your choice. But your lede is misleading at best, dishonest at worst. Perry has never even mentioned Palin to my knowledge, although she has taken some [false] pot shots at his state.

    This is over the top and not worthy of you.

    If you want to turn this blog into the Pandering For Palin Place, fine, just give us a head’s up that is what you are doing.

      William A. Jacobson in reply to retire05. | October 1, 2011 at 9:32 am

      Perry announced he was running at a RedState gathering, and the owners of RedState are big Perry backers. Erickson is the face of RedState. Perry isn’t to blame for Erickson’s childishness, and I never said he was. But it hurts him, because Palin supporters are a natural pool of support for Perry. If I were a Perry campaign advisor, I’d be furious with Erickson’s antics. They are unnecessary and harmful to Perry’s campaign. (And as you know, I’ve always been neutral to favorable about Perry, waiting for him to show us what he has.)

        retire05 in reply to William A. Jacobson. | October 1, 2011 at 10:14 am

        Correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t the Red State Gathering much like the Kos Convention, except it is a convention of conservative bloggers? So how can you lay at the feet of Rick Perry what Erickson does, since Erickson has nothing to do with the Perry campaign, and like it or not, that is exactly what your lede does.

        Must Perry now denounce every idiot that makes stupid statements or prints dumb comments? Or is it just that any mocking of Palin is out of line in your book and you have to blame another candidate for that?

        Neutral to Perry? Huh? When, where, when you advise the Perry campaign to run from an independently owned blog? Do you hold Palin to the same standard, demanding that she distance herself from every negative comment made about her? Does it hurt her to just ignore stupid comments? Please, I ain’t buying that story line.

        And how are Palin supporters a natural pool for Perry when her own people in Iowa are saying that if she doesn’t get in, they will not back anyone else choosing to “sit this one out in the stands”? It seems to me that many Palin supporters, such as the ones that respond to you, are “No one but Palin” people.

        Ron Paul supporters (and I know many of them in my area) are the same way. No one but Ron Paul. How does that help defeat Obama? It doesn’t.

          rightConcept in reply to retire05. | October 1, 2011 at 12:25 pm

          retire05, That whole meme yesterday by Erickson was about a deadline of September. It was a fabrication and an exaggeration. Palin herself has spoken about September/OCTOBER. Erickson looks like a fool today. Much like Charles at LGF.

            retire05 in reply to rightConcept. | October 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm

            I am not a fan of Red State and have never been. It isn’t even on my favorites list like LI. So I really don’t care what Erickson has to say.

            But that is no excuse for Professor trying to lay this at the feet of Rick Perry, which he did in his lede.

            If we are to hold candidates responbible for what bloggers say, that opens up a can of worms I don’t think any of us want to deal with.

    Erickson obviously had fun with these posts, but it is hard to see any other upside for him. If Palin announces that she is running in the next few weeks, then his demanding an end-of-September decision looks silly. Palin told Trapper that “as a practical matter” it looked like the end of September would be a drop dead date, but as the end of September approached, she obviously found that as a practical matter is was not the drop dead date. If she announces that she is not running, he can gloat that he was correct, but people who wanted Palin to run will still resent his boorish attack on a person whom they liked. The only way I see that Erickson will look good as a result of these post is if Palin ultimately decides to run third party.

    I think the point is – as it was with Bachmann and Rollins – that they, and we, must keep our eye on the ball, the target. The Target is removing the activist in chief from the White House.

    We do not know who the nominee will be. We do know that no matter who we nominate, we will be told ‘they ca’t win.’ They will be subjected to brutal character assassination, vilified, mocked and denigrated by the SorosPR/CNN Media.

    We do not need to play in to their hands, nor do we have to let them control the debate. What RedState has done hurts everyone, while the “Obama Administration” dropped Fast and Furious documents late in the day on Friday, and behind the scenes, Townhall reports: Multiple sources, including sources from ATF, DOJ and Congressional offices have said there is a white paper circulating within the Department of Justice, outlining the essential elimination of ATF. According to sources, the paper outlines the firing of at least 450 ATF agents in an effort to conduct damage control as Operation Fast and Furious gets uglier and as election day 2012 gets closer.

    Czars, government by fiat, spending into oblivion, the perpetual candidate President’s goons sent out at every turn – thugs sent in by the busload to intimidate his target du jour… this latest attempt to gin up an “American Spring” to give him a horse to ride into re-election… wake up people!

    Stick together.

    It may be Cain. It may be Perry. It may be Bachmann, it may be Palin, might be Romney – no matter – ONE OF THEM HAS TO ACHIEVE THE GOAL. And anyone who isn’t working toward that goal helps Obama. This is no ordinary election. And the fate of the world may well depend on us sticking together. Republicans, Independents, PUMAs, thinking rational people of all stripes, creeds, colors, income levels, political leanings – Obama is not what he promised to be. He is not what he was portrayed to be. He is a dishonest, sneaky, conniving…. ok, it does no good to rant.

    He’s out there – his focus groups have zeroed in on the things we want to hear as a nation – set aside partisanship (so he says it as if he is doing it, and he never has), a “warrior for the middle class” (certainly something he is no, but he is trying to assume the mantle, knowing those words resonate) – even Purdue, carrying that water saying what we all think, decide what’s right for the country without worrying about re-election. Trouble is, for her, that means suspending elections – for us that means Scott Walker, who did what needed to be done, and damn the re-election.

    It matters – and I hope RedState sees that too.

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