Lone Star Governor May Become All-Star Candidate

Anyone who watched the Republican presidential debate last Monday evening understands why there clearly is room for at least one more candidate – someone who is a proven conservative who can appeal to both the establishment GOP and to Tea Party activists. That potential candidate just might hail from the very same state that gave the country its last Republican president, the conservative-in-name-only (“CINO”) George W. Bush.

Already, the GOP has several candidates; each appealing to a particular segment or segments of the Party. Ron Paul clearly appeals to the libertarian wing. Former Gov. Mitt Romney’s obvious appeal is to the Republican establishment. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann excites the Tea Party faction. Rick Santorum is a darling of evangelical Right-to-Lifers. Businessman Herman Cain has a small, but perhaps growing following among Tea Partiers. Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty enjoys support scattered among establishment types and some Tea Party activists; but is not yet a comfortable fit in either camp. Finally, there is former Speaker Newt Gingrich, fighting desperately for recognition as the Thinking Man’s Republican candidate.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman will announce his candidacy tomorrow; but other than perhaps posing challenging Romney as the most handsome male candidate, it is unclear exactly where he will find a strong base of support in the GOP. Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who should be on the stage challenging Paul for the libertarian-leaning voters within the GOP, was unfairly not invited to the debate.

Still on the sidelines is Sarah Palin, who has a proven ability to excite both the Tea Party wing of the GOP and many grass roots Republican activists (but not necessarily the establishment crowd). The longer she waits to decide to become a candidate, however, the less she will be able to translate that personal appeal into primary voters (who increasingly will be sopped up by declared candidates).

Enter Rick Perry, the sitting Governor of Texas; who, with his rugged good looks and even more impressive record as chief executive of the country’s second most populace state, could pose the most serious challenge yet to every other Republican candidate. Unlike other Republican candidates, Perry’s appeal would be both wide and deep.

His conservative-libertarian credentials are well-known; as reflected, for example, is his having received high marks from both the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute, and from the establishment Wall Street Journal.

Perry has been vocal on the need to restore the Bill of Right’s Tenth Amendment, which is designed to protect state sovereignty on issues not expressly tasked to the federal government. He is on record in favor of repealing the income-tax-authorizing Sixteenth Amendment; and his record of support for the Second Amendment is outstanding.

Even more important than Perry’s philosophical credentials, are the very tangible fiscal accomplishments to which he legitimately can claim credit. From June 2009 to April this year, while states from California to Georgia have suffered high unemployment and significant job losses, some 265,300 jobs have been added to Texas’ employment rolls; accounting for “45% of net U.S. job creation” in that period, according to the Wall Street Journal.

This impressive fiscal and job-creation scenario has not happened by chance. As Richard Fisher, chairman of the Dallas Federal Reserve, noted, Texas’ success can be attributed to “reject[ing] the economic model that now prevails in Washington.” What better platform for a head-to-head with President Barack Obama?

Rick Perry just may be the GOP’s right man in the right place – and for the right reasons. His actual record offers hope that were he to run and be successful in challenging Obama in November 2012, he would be a far better president than the last one hailing from Texas. Rick Perry clearly is not a CINO.

by Bob Barr — The Barr Code

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ByteMe

June 20th, 2011
6:09 am

His 2009 secession comments are going to be enough to lose him independents and establishment-type folks.

This impressive fiscal and job-creation scenario has not happened by chance.

Neither has their huge government deficits that they’re struggling to overcome by cutting education spending.

Just (another) GOP “right man in the right place”.

Raymond

June 20th, 2011
6:11 am

Why on earth is Bob Barr promoting Rick Perry when there’s a perfectly good conservative-libertarian in the race? Ron Paul has wide appeal to both real conservatives and libertarians, something that is very hard to accomplished. I’d like to see Mr. Barr using this column to promote the only real conservative and libertarian in this race, Ron Paul.

topofthechain

June 20th, 2011
7:23 am

I’d like to remind the honorable Mr. Barr that no politician creates jobs. The best a government can do is to foster an environment where private enterprise can flourish with minimal regulation. And by minimal, I mean none.

jt

June 20th, 2011
7:35 am

“but other than perhaps posing challenging Romney as the most handsome male candidate, ”
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“Enter Rick Perry, the sitting Governor of Texas; who, with his rugged good looks”
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Pant crease gazers should not vote.
Please control yourself Mr. Barr.
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Ron Paul 2012.

Mike

June 20th, 2011
7:50 am

Maybe we can get Deal to run well out of Georgia maybe.

Tom

June 20th, 2011
9:31 am

The GOP always has room for one more whackjob.

a reader

June 20th, 2011
9:46 am

what will the new country be called christexas?

Pie Chart

June 20th, 2011
9:54 am

There’s always going to be room in the Tea Party for another idiot.

Pie Chart

June 20th, 2011
9:57 am

CATO would never endorse a CINO.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

June 20th, 2011
9:59 am

Good morning all. Although I am behind Mr. Cain, and I like Ms. Bachmann, Mr. Perry would be a good choice. Of course, compared to the current occupant, Hugo Chavez would be an upgrade.

grammarnazi

June 20th, 2011
10:13 am

populous (adj.)
Having more people, as a relative comparison of regions; having a large population; densely populated.

populace (n.)

The common people of a nation, the inhabitants of a nation.

Usage notes
Do not confuse populace (a noun) with populous (an adjective).

conservatives are maggots

June 20th, 2011
10:31 am

Bob Barr,
You are a total loser and were a joke as a congressman. You spent all your time in congress trying to sniff Clintons weiner to see if it had been in Lewinsky’s mouth. You licked the stain off Monica’s dress and posted the porn details on the internet while you smoked the cigar. Thanks to Clinton’s ability to multi-task…he was still able to balance the budget and had huge surpluses.
Of course Clinton had to veto the republicans attempts to cut taxes for the wealthy. He knew they would create the massive deficits that we now have…thanks to that voo doo economic theory aka “trickle down” economics that Bush and republican congress gave us. You fail again….LOSER
Bring on Rick Perry or any other wacko repubs from bizarro world! Obama 2012 b*tches !!!

Whacks Eloquent

June 20th, 2011
10:33 am

I really like the sound of a Cain/Perry or Perry/Cain ticket!

Obozonomics

June 20th, 2011
11:02 am

conservatives are maggots
Do you have anything to say or just name-calling, typical liberal? Better yet since you think you have all the answers feel free to run for office. I guess you are one of the blame Bush crowd, and you love Obozo? I guess that you realize that Obozo has continued almost all of the Bush policies, and even expanded the patriot act. So please if Bush was bad Obozo must be worse right, conservatives are maggots?

Gator Joe

June 20th, 2011
11:05 am

Bob,
When you close your eyes and listen to Rick Perry speak, his voice and inflection, the image that comes to mind is of nighttime with men standing in a circle listening to Perry, a burning cross in the center of the circle, with everyone clothed in white robes, pointed hats and holding torches.

TRUTH

June 20th, 2011
11:06 am

Perry may cause a problem to the ever widning field of GOP (or wahtever the title is these days), but the larger issue is defeating a President that has a plan that appeals to most Americans. The folly of the Republicans is that they only appeal to their particular faction and not to the citizenry as whole. The continued embrace of far right extremist and the now apparent bait and switch of now elected Republicans, have wrankled those who casted their vote for the GOP and now having buyer’s remorse. Americans, by and large, have woken up and are tired of the obvious cow-towing too big business, banks, and whoever else lines the pockets of the GOP. Weiner may have resigned for his personal flaws, but his statement that, “…the Republican Party is a wholly owned subsidiary of Big Business (sic) and the Banking and Insurance industry..,” still resonates. And sadly, the GOP embraces that approach while thinly trying to veil it.

Join the race Mr. Perry, so the country can watch the continued deconstruction of GOP selfishness and childlike behavior.

Just saying…

TRUTH

June 20th, 2011
11:07 am

Apologies for the typos!!!

old timer

June 20th, 2011
11:18 am

Rick Perry would be an excellent change in leadership. He has done a good job in the 10 years he has been in Texas.

redneckbluedog

June 20th, 2011
11:20 am

Sure, there’s room for Gov. Perry…in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, Wyoming, and perhaps Kentucky and Florida…Probably not Arkansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Arizona, or West Virginia…..

He sure sounded very divisive in his speech on Saturday….I sure hope America doesn’t dissolve into that kind of “party-over-country” type of nation, though. We’re doomed if we do….We need cooperation and compromise…Not “my way or the highway”….

redneckbluedog

June 20th, 2011
11:34 am

@topofthechain,

I’d like to remind the honorable Mr. Barr that no politician creates jobs. The best a government can do is to foster an environment where private enterprise can flourish with minimal regulation. And by minimal, I mean none.

So it doesn’t matter to you if the Gulf of Mexico is brown oil and coal workers die every day..? Or if coal ash from fossil fuel plants leach in to your ground water…or nuclear waste for that matter..? Or hydraulic fracturing fluids..? As long as people have a job..? And no insurance for that matter..? Nice…nice vision of America…that would stop the illegal immigration problem though…that vision makes Mexico look like paradise….

MrLiberty

June 20th, 2011
11:37 am

As Ron Paul correctly said, Perry will just carve up the status quo vote. Everyone in the race basically supports some version of government that will tell me how to live my life or will tell the world how to live theirs – except of course Ron Paul.

So yes, let Rick join the party. The more these statist clowns open their mouths, the more obvious it is becomming to everyone that there is only one unique candidate that is willing to tell the truth and offer up REAL solutions to the nation’s problems (and who have voted consistently for the past 30 years in congress as well).

redneckbluedog

June 20th, 2011
11:37 am

There’s room for Gov. Perry in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Wyoming, Kansas, and maybe Florida and Texas…Probably not Arkansas, Missouri, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Nebraska…Not a chance anywhere else….

He sounded really divisive in his speech on Saturday….I think we need to solve our problems through cooperation and compromise…If we get into a “party-over-country scenario”, we’re doomed as a nation…..”My way or the highway” doesn’t seem to me to be healthy political posturing in these times….

redneckbluedog

June 20th, 2011
11:39 am

Perry sounded very divisive on Saturday…he can’t win outside the South

Dr. Pangloss

June 20th, 2011
12:00 pm

Perry is another Republican who gets by on his looks like Dan Quayle, Sarah Palin and Scott Brown. This is the jerk who said that it would be a good idea to have a gunfight in the state capitol and talked about seceding as if it were a serious idea. He’s also a creationist and has talked about solving the nation’s economic problems with a national prayer meeting.

He thinks he needs a “snake gun” to go jogging in Austin where you’ll never see a poisonous snake, and he’s sticking the taxpayers of Texas for an apartment that costs $10,000 per month while the governor’s mansion is renovated. This is at a time when the state has an $11 billion budget shortfall.

This is what comes of electing an Aggie cheerleader with a degree in animal science governor.

Roberto

June 20th, 2011
12:01 pm

What a lot of people fail to remember, or are just stupid (Conservatives are Maggots comes to mind) about “Clinton’s Economy” is 1) The dot.com boom was just getting started when he became prez. and 2) The dot.com bust was happening at the end.

The fact that he didn’t resign over Monica is proof enough he was a turd. That means Conservatives are Maggots (CareM’s) wouldn’t mind if I boinked his wife (assuming CareM’s is a married male).

ViewFromMidtown

June 20th, 2011
12:07 pm

Texas’ job growth has nothing to with Rick Perry and everything to do with its natural gas and oil reserves. For a review of his ‘leadership’ take a look at the gigantic multi-billion dollar deficit the state is currently facing as well as its atrocious education statistics.

Civilian

June 20th, 2011
12:09 pm

conservatives are maggots June 20th, 2011 10:31 am – I nominate you as a candidate for President. Even someone with your mental vacancy would be an improvement over the current tenant in the White House.

RGB

June 20th, 2011
12:18 pm

Governor Perry would be Kryptonite to Obama.

Run Rick Run!!

MrLiberty

June 20th, 2011
12:40 pm

Can’t take credit for the content. Lot’s of folks commenting on this clown this morning:
From another blog – things going against Perry:

perhaps it is his plan to steal millions of acres of Texan land to build a road to help Mexicans drive to Canada.

Or the other issue where he tried to get all teenage girls vaccinated with an untested vaccine (Gardasil) as a favor to his corporate cronies.

Or perhaps the fact that he’s a big Al Gore supporter and was first elected as a Democrat…

Or the biggest one in just one word: Bilderberg

Yep, looks like a big-government, establishment, crony-capitalism type to me….

conservatives are maggots

June 20th, 2011
12:42 pm

I laugh my arse off at all the comments that say ” Run, _____________ (insert name) run !!”
It will make it especially enjoyable when Barack Hussein Obama is sworn in for his second term.
Despite all your rage, you are still just rats in a cage.

Tommy Maddox

June 20th, 2011
12:43 pm

If Gov Perry gets in, he’ll plow over Gov. Romney.

ProgressivePeach

June 20th, 2011
12:44 pm

Sure, let’s elect a Texas governor President. How much harm could one do?

WOW

June 20th, 2011
1:05 pm

conservatives are maggots

How much acid do you drop on an hourly basis? The reason I ask is because your comments make about as much sense as you ramming your small brain into a brick wall.

WOW

June 20th, 2011
1:07 pm

“Perry sounded very divisive on Saturday…he can’t win outside the South”

Obozo lost the white vote. Perry will clean house with the white vote. Remember ma’am, Michigan, Ohio and Penn are all red states now.

Good luck with that one, klanner.

WOW

June 20th, 2011
1:09 pm

I would love for any brain dead left winger to tell us all how Obozo will win in 2012.

Obozo has carried on every single Bush policy and we are now in three wars.

Come on brain dead left wingers, tell us about Obozo’s winning strategy.

WOW

June 20th, 2011
1:10 pm

“Sure, let’s elect a Texas governor President. How much harm could one do?”

Love ignorant drop outs like Peach. Better question, WHAT has Obozo done to get re-elected?

Remember ma’am, NO incumbent has ever won re-election with unemployment over 7.2%.

conservatives are maggots

June 20th, 2011
1:11 pm

@WOW
I’m sure you will be doing alot of that when President Obama is reelected by another landslide.
Granny doesn’t take too kindly to her social security and medicare she paid into her whole life being cut…and in the case of medicare ENDED ! WOW… can’t wait for 2012 elections…buh bye

ATF

June 20th, 2011
1:11 pm

The problem with so many of the wanna be’s is that they don’t really have a plan to address the problems. We have been cutting taxes ad infinitum and ad naseum and what we get is a short burst of job creation with no sustainable growth. All the tax cuts have led to top 20% getting 60% of the income each year, as opposed to 50% of the income in the early 1980s. In addition, wealth concentration is the highest it has been since the Great depression – and since the measures I have seen were before the Bush Recession, I have to wonder if we haven’t now met the statistics of the Great Depression. The elimination of the inheritance tax will affect 0.6% (that is six tenths of one percent) of estates and reduce federal taxes by $1 trillion between 2012 and 2022 – that is just the tax on the estates, not the value of the estates. All the corporate tax cuts have not reduced the outsourcing of jobs overseas and now U.S. companies want another tax break to repatriate the profits they derived from their overseas ventures.

A good idea carried to an extreme becomes a caricature of itself. And that is where we are with tax cuts to the wealthy and tax cuts to corporations. Those tax cuts did not make the U.S. a better place for most of us – it just made the wealthy wealthier. If we lose the middle class, and it has been stagnate or bearly growing for 30 years, we lose the dynamism of the economy.

I want to hear solutions to the health care problem – not just turning it over to the insurance industry which, after 50 years of virtually controlling the health care market, have proven they can’t deliver health care at a reasonable cost. I want an end to farm subsidies for rich farmers. I want an investment in future energy research – Germany has jobs for their people because the government invested in solar research. I do believe in government working to make things better for all of us – not just the wealthy.

conservatives are maggots

June 20th, 2011
1:14 pm

NO black man was ever elected President…NO “community organizer, socialist, non- American,with ties to radical extremists,communist” (and whatever lame-arse names LOSERS come up with)
was ever elected President either, WOW… GET USED TO IT !!! Obama 2012 b*tches

WOW

June 20th, 2011
1:16 pm

“I’m sure you will be doing alot of that when President Obama is reelected by another landslide.”

Like I stated, no brain dead left winger can say HOW Obozo will win. I hope you don’t choke on your bong when he loses.

WOW

June 20th, 2011
1:16 pm

“Granny doesn’t take too kindly to her social security and medicare she paid into her whole life being cut”

She also doesn’t like you stealing from her double wide either, loser.

WOW

June 20th, 2011
1:18 pm

“WOW… GET USED TO IT ”

Get used to what? Your poorly worded horse crap isn’t legible. I suggest you re-re-retake third grade English, little girl.

Granny Crapzilla

June 20th, 2011
1:18 pm

conservatives are maggots = Fulton County prison inmate on parole.

Liberals are maggots

June 20th, 2011
1:19 pm

I wonder how much medication the left will be on when Obama loses in 2012?

Nope

June 20th, 2011
1:22 pm

Governor Perry calls himself a prophet… he says that our economic problems are part of God’s plan… Texas current budget has a shortfall of $27 billion… Texas has the highest number of minimum wage jobs in the US and the lowest graduation rate. Sure seems like a model for the rest of the nation!

thanks from one American to another

June 20th, 2011
1:22 pm

ATF,

You make great points. Too bad the country is so divided now. I don’t have hope at all for our future. Too many spoiled brats from the ME generation have come to power. Democrats are spineless wimps and republicans are stuck on stupid.

conservatives are maggots' Special Ed teacher

June 20th, 2011
1:24 pm

conservatives are maggots

Did you remember to take that note home to your inbred mom and dad? I don’t want anymore incidents with you drooling all over the library computer.

Thanks, your Special Ed teacher

WOW

June 20th, 2011
1:25 pm

“Governor Perry calls himself a prophet”

Why do left wingers lie so much?