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    The case for Rick Perry remains the same (Reader Poll)

    The case for Rick Perry remains the same (Reader Poll)

    Prior to Rick Perry announcing he would run for President I brought on Katie Thompson to make the case for Perry.  Katie now is a leader of Students for Perry, and I predict, a future mover and shaker in Republican circles.

    Given all that has happened over the last several months, I reached out to Katie and wondered whether she would be interested in writing another post along the lines of “Why I still support Rick Perry.”

    Here was her response:

    Here’s my post:

    Governor Perry’s positions have not changed. His record is unmatched. What works in Texas will work for America.

    What more can I say?

    My first reaction was, sorry for asking.  But on reflection, isn’t that right?  Perry has not changed his positions, tacked to the center or anywhere else, and has been substantively steady through a fairly disastrous roll out of his campaign and debate hiccups.

    It may be right, but I’m not sure it’s enough.  My issue with Perry never has been his record or his positions, it’s whether he demonstrated he had the wherewithal to be a national candidate.

    I don’t think it’s over until it’s over, but can Rick Perry make a comeback and bring himself back into contention for the nomination?

    Reader Poll open until 8 p.m. Eastern today.


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    Valerie | December 6, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I don’t know why Rick Perry’s allegedly poor debate performance in the very early phases of the election should be a problem.

    I watched Hillary debate Barack Obama, and she cleaned his clock. That didn’t matter to the Democratic-supporting talking heads: They were lavish with praise for him in ways I found disingenuous. He wasn’t inspiring: he was amateurishly ill-informed, and she quietly and deftly called him on it.

    When a Republican does that, it makes the national news. With BO, nothing.

    Take-home is this: Republicans need to learn to defend their own. They need to say what they like about their favored candidates, and leave it at that. Giving ammunition to the Democrats is —


    Henry Hawkins | December 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Any putative comeback by Perry will have to begin in Iowa and will have to involve Perry overtaking someone for at least third place. Bear in mind – in Iowa, any socially conservative, devoutly Christian candidate stands a chance. It would not surprise me in the least to see an outcome in the Iowa caucuses of Gingrich, then Perry, then Paul, which would count as a Perry resurgence regardless of the hard numbers. So too could Bachmann resurge in Iowa, based on her religiosity.

    However, if Perry comes out of Iowa a distant 4th or worse, with a single digit %, it is very hard to see how he’ll begin any resurgence elsewhere. Given the number of Christian evangelist voters in Iowa, if it doesn’t happen there for Perry, it isn’t going to happen at all.

    workingclass artist | December 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I’m not worried about Perry debating Obama…

    “The Smartest President In The History of The World Confuses Texas And Kansas…

    All you bitter clingers look the same.” – Zip

    Video at link.

    No, there is no comeback for Perry with his less than honest response regarding the dying lady who was supposedly lobbying for Gardisil BEFORE it passed when in fact it was after the fact. No, I don’t tolerate misrepresentation/fudging the facts/shading the truth/little white lie. Perry like Gingrich would have eventually kissed and made up with conservatives over having a heart on subsidizing children of illegals going to college and Gardisil. BUT fibbing is another matter. Yes, politicians are stereotyped as being two-faced when it comes to implimenting their campaign promises. BUT needlessly fibbing on the Gardisil issue doesn’t go over well. We already have a liar as POTUS, why would I nominate one that feels it’s ok to act like a Democrat and tell little white lies? We can handle the truth, apparently Perry can not. This (integrity) is a character issue and character counts when there is a defect found.

    If Perry makes a comeback, it will only be as a VP to whomever gets the GOP nomination. I would prefer Cain as VP to either Gingrich or shutter…Romney. Even at 65, Cain would be prepped 8 years later with experience to win in 2020 at the age of 73.

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