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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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    Astroman | December 6, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Despite Gingrich’s claim that he has already won the primary, the primary isn’t even close to being over. If y’all think the current frontrunner has it locked up, check this out:

    Yes, Perry can make a comeback. It is an uphill battle for him, but he has better chances than most folks realize.

    GrumpyOne | December 6, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    In reflection to all the optimists on this page, this Texas resident would and will work tirelessly to make sure that it DOES NOT happen.

    All of you need to take a good close look at his record and when you do, you will find that he is a useful tool of the special interests and influence peddlers not to mention being one slippery critter.

    I know of not one Perry supporter in my Republican circle of friends. Not one!

    And it all results to his weak stance on illegal immigration, to corruption in highway construction and lack of leadership as to the impending, (gasp!), public pension crisis that will be facing the state in the not-so-far future.

    Perry indeed… NOT!

    The Republican party is one of ideas. Perry demonstrates most of those well, some not as well. If Perry doesn’t win this time, I hope its not that last we see of him on the national stage.

    workingclass artist | December 6, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    New Media especially bloggers will play a pivotal role in this election. It’s one of the reasons Perry announced at RedState since Gov. Perry reached out to conservative bloggers during his last gubernatorial election fairly snubbing the Big Media editorial boards. He’s hosted Blogger forums in Austin and is very active on Twitter,FB and the net. He sees this as a more direct medium to interact directly with his constituents and listen to them without the usual media filter.

    He pays attention to bloggers.

    Under Gov.Perry Texas has updated and re-vamped it’s websites to insure easy access and transparency.

    Texas along with Tennessee ranks at the top of all the states for governmental transparency scoring a 96%

    On his site he’s put up a blogger action center…He’s got good team but Perry tweets on his own account directly from his blackberry.

    This election is being impacted more by New Media then Old Media would like to admit.

    workingclass artist | December 6, 2011 at 12:42 pm


    “And it all results to his weak stance on illegal immigration, to corruption in highway construction and lack of leadership as to the impending, (gasp!), public pension crisis that will be facing the state in the not-so-far future….”

    Vote with your feet Grumpy One if you can’t stand Texas…

    TTC is a dead horse!!

    Highway construction moves forward under a different plan and now manufacturers can move their product to the freekin airport (Dell in Austin for example) Now traffics moves in DFW during Rush Hour…Sheeesh!

    Perry doesn’t have a weak stance on illegal immigration & you know it. It is a federal problemo & Texas has been going to SCOTUS fighting this problem for years till we lost the K-12 case. Bush abandoned the border and started poaching our agents causing the first in a series of border crisis that the Texas congressional caucus made public in 2003 & 2005 & Perry picked up the slack. Obama has made it even worse.

    Texas has provided $400 million in border security and law enforcement funding since 2005 to help fill the gap left by the federal government ($152 million in 2011; $121.5 million in 2009; $110.3 million in 2007, and $29.8 million through grant funds in 2005-2006).

    In August 2009, Texas expanded its border security efforts by sending highly skilled Ranger Reconnaissance (Ranger Recon) teams to address the ever-evolving threat along the Texas-Mexico border.

    Gov. Perry’s border security initiatives have helped stem illegal activity along the border, resulting in the seizure of 6.8 million pounds of marijuana; 82,353 pounds of cocaine; 1,835 pounds of heroin; and 7,552 pounds of methamphetamine which has an estimated value of more than $6.5 billion. In addition, officers have seized $227 million in currency and more than 3,500 illegal weapons.

    Gov. Perry has made repeated requests to the White House and Congress for thousands more National Guard and Border Patrol troops, strategic fencing and Predator drones to monitor the U.S. Mexico border and provide real-time intelligence to law enforcement.

    Texas joined with several other states in opposing the federal lawsuit against Arizona’s immigration enforcement policy.

    Gov. Perry Championed a Voter ID law that ensures only American citizens will be able to vote in elections.

    Signed into law a requirement that only citizens and legal residents may obtain a driver’s license.

    Declared legislation outlawing “sanctuary cities” an emergency item in Texas, and added it to the call of the 2011 special session.

    Signed into law tougher penalties for those who engage in human trafficking.

    Signed a law that requires counties to assist the state in tracking the number of illegal immigrants in Texas county jails.

    Protected a Texas law that prevents any public agency, taxing jurisdiction or economic development corporation from receiving public subsidies if they have been found to have hired undocumented workers.

    Tejanos in Texas want Border Security too…And they will campaign and vote for Gov. Perry because as a Conservative Texan he’s not a bigot like Tancredo. Perry is firm but fair and above all conservatively practical.

    Illegal immigration has been going down for over 2 years which is why Obama is trying to stack the deck with catch & release…He’s panicking.

      spartan in reply to workingclass artist. | December 7, 2011 at 12:14 am

      @workingclass artist

      Why do you waste your time with grumpy?
      I tried to get some details about the immigration problem in TX in another thread and he refused to respond. This has not been the first time, either. Now he claims to not know one Perry supporter in his (grumpy’s) ‘circle of friends’.
      Either the poster has a very small circle of GOP friends, thinks KBH is just peachy, is a Ron Paul believer, or he is a troll. When someone does not defend his views, I am not quite sure which of the four options to believe. I am leaning ……….

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