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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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    Can Rick Perry make a comeback?

    Probably not, if you mean coming back to win the 2012 nomination. It’s not impossible.

    However, he can continue to get his sea legs on the national stage in preparation for the next contested nomination.

    If he looks strong at the end of the primaries, he can improve his prospects for the VP slot.

      workingclass artist in reply to gs. | December 6, 2011 at 1:30 pm

      I’d be surprised if Perry took a VP slot. He’s a top dog kinda guy. It would depend on certain factors I guess including who the nominee is.

      I know this is hard to believe outside of Texas but Perry is famous for his disdain of DC. He thinks something happens to good people when they cross the Potomac into the corrupt Bureaucratic bubble of Washington. He got in late because it didn’t look like other conservatives would stop Mitt = Obamalite. I mean he would’nt have loaned his campaign staff to Newt if he planned on running and when Newt went on the cruise and wanted Callista to co-manage his campaign Perry’s staff quit. He’s had to spend most of his time scrambling to match Romney in fundraising which he did in 1/2 the time in the first quarter. He’s been adapting to the national stage and is improving in both strategy & performance. He’s been humbled by the process but he’s not going to try and be something he’s not. What you see is what you get with Perry and he’s consistent.

      If he doesn’t make a comeback for the nomination he’ll come back to Texas and finish his term. He’s already a legendary governor of Texas which means a lot to a native son.

      Perry is always underestimated by his opponents. If he doesn’t win the nomination he’ll shrug it off & it won’t affect his standing in Texas. He’s the man in the arena and he’s got folks talking about the 10th amendment in a national conversation that is more accessible than Ron Paul’s libertarian argument. That in itself is a victory.

      The debates interfere with what is Perry’ strength on the stump which is retail politicking where he is often compared to Bill Clinton with regards to skills & likability. It’s how he wins.

      So we’ll just have to see how it plays out. At any event Rick Perry is driving the platform narrative and has been since he entered the race. He has a knack for putting his ideas in a plainspoken rhetoric that sinks into the psyche of the voter because it reflects what most voters think & talk about. It resonates. Currently the part time citizen congress is resonating & that is straight out of his philosophy from his book Fed Up. Folks have forgotten that is how it used to be and given that Texas can get business done with a part-time legislature while the states with full-time legislatures are in trouble,it is a powerful argument.

      There are some Texans who don’t want to lose him to DC because so many economic refugees are moving here from failed liberal states and bringing their failed liberal politics with them.

    JEBurke | December 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Of course he CAN, although with each day, it gets less likely.

    For Perry, there was only one clear route recovery after his several lousy debate performances culminating with his “oops” moment, namely to devote all his time and resources to win or place in Iowa and prepare intensively for further debates.

    Unfortunately, Perry appears to have opted instead to launch a hugely expensive national media campaign aimed af boosting his cratered numbers in national polls. It has not worked and meanwhile the race in Iowa is resolving into a three-way affair among Gingrich, Romney and Paul.

    It’s still not too late, akthough Perry has squandered most of his once big campaign chest. He can still focus 100 percent on Iowa while staking a claim to being the true conservative, unlike either Mitt or Newt, and having the most relevant experience.

    workingclass artist | December 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm


    This primary is more like a democratic primary. There is an 8 week lag after the early contests before Super Tuesday.

    Plenty of time for stumpin’ & retail politicking.

    Newt will have to have the money to do that. According to Newt his wife is managing his campaign & he’s dependent on the debates.

    So far in this marathon the only opponent with a competitive war chest is Romney.

    National coverage of Perry is different than local coverage of him on the stump which is more positive.

    workingclass artist | December 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Perry is flooding Iowa with 600-700 Texans to campaign and volunteer for him for the caucus. He’s got some heavy hitters on the stump for him ( Including Atty. Gen. Abbott & Comptroller Combs) telling Iowans the Texas Story & how the conservative Texas model adapted by states to fit their needs can win the day against Obama and how Perry will fight to move the federal govt. out of the way. He’s got Gov. Jindal on the media & Arpaio.

    The only polls that count are the ones at the voting booth.

      JEBurke in reply to workingclass artist. | December 6, 2011 at 2:56 pm

      Hmmm, I wish Perry well, truly. But when I hear something like 600-700 Texans swooping into Iowa, I have to wonder, what about the Iowans?

      In every hotly contested Iowa campaign, candidates bring in out-of-state volunteers but usually they don’t crow about it because Iowa caucus goers are a proudly parochial bunch.

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