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

126 comments Add your comment

HUH

June 21st, 2011
8:33 am

Pretty surprising that none of you AJC “writers” LOL, are not writing about the big EFF UP by the Obozo admin over lost guns in Mexico. This story is HUGE!!!!!!!

Portley Pepperpot

June 21st, 2011
8:42 am

I see that the left can not answer the one simple question.

What will Obama run on in 2012?

Will it be:

1: High unemployment?

2: Inflation?

3: High gas prices?

4: 3 wars?

5: Gitmo?

6: High food prices?

7: Patriot Act?

8: Being an outsider?

Come on libs, answer the question.

SaveOurRepublic

June 21st, 2011
9:48 am

Perry is a Globalist shill…as evident by his attendance of the Bilderberg conference in 2008 & his push of the Trans-Texas Corridor (NAFTA Superhighway). In addition, he endorsed CINO/RINO (9/11 profiteer) Rudy “Ghouliani” for POTUS in ‘08. Perry would also gladly serve as AIPAC’s errand boy (as most NeoCONs).

***Dr.Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate worth a vote as of now (we’ll see who the CP nominates).

Victoria DeLacy

June 21st, 2011
10:09 am

Romney having performed in his state as though he were Obama Lite with the Romneycare enacted there CANNOT be permitted to become our nominee for the presidency for next year. At least Perry has a proven record as a true conservative who is pro-life, whose state has excelled in job creation and will thereby bring new hope for getting America back on track in these important areas. Bring him on to the forefront of the Republican candidacy 2012 pack – maybe there is our next great leader along the lines of the next Reagan!

FinanceBuzz

June 21st, 2011
10:15 am

I am strong supporter of Atlanta’s own Herman Cain. I think Herman is exactly what America needs right now. That being said, unlike many who are passionate about politics, I can be a realist as well. Rick Perry has a much more likely chance to defeat Obama and is a far better choice than just about every other candidate running, aside from Herman and possibly Newt. Ron Paul makes sense on some issues but is on the fringe with some of his libertarian positions (fringe positions that keep the Libertarian Party from gaining more traction than it does at a time when the GOP leans too far to the center). Romney is just Obama Lite and I am not so sure that Pawlenty is not in the same mold. Bachmann would be a good choice but I just cannot see her as electable – the media would be sure of that. So Rick Perry could well be the guy that we need to right this ship and get Obama back to Illinois. Some better because I am not sure that America can be viable in the long term if we don’t stop these Democrats cold in their tracks.

carol caudill

June 21st, 2011
10:24 am

I absolutely would LOVE for Rick Perry to put his hat in the ring. I love the things he is doing in Texas and his beliefs. I do NOT believe he is one of the “good ol boys”. This is the same reason I love Sarah Palin. What a duo that would make – Perry/Palin. Comeon Govs. Perry/Palin. Let’s get this done.

Portley Pepperpot

June 21st, 2011
10:30 am

Perry/Cain

Perry/Rubio

Perry/Palin

Perry/Bachmann

Either way, it will be better than Obozo/Biden.

Robert Edward Johnson

June 21st, 2011
10:41 am

I worked for Bob Barr for President in 2008 as the Central Illinois coordinator for the LP, am very impressed by the progress Bob Barr has made, first on the war in Iraq, and most recently against DOMA (I heard him speak against his own bill at the National Log Cabin Republican Convention). Having said that, I must respectfully disagree with his praise of Rick Perry. Rick Perry was a Democrat in 1988 who supported Al Gore for President (!!!!!). At this point you’d had numerous Republicans getting elected in Texas to Federal office as far back as the 1960s (John Tower as a Senator, GHWBush, Ed Foreman etc. as Congressmen), and by the late 1970s for statewide office (Clements as Governor). So what took Perry so long? Moreover, Rick Perry was trying to push gardasil (an anti-HPV drug) on nine-year-old girls because the company that made gardasil had given him campaign contributions. So Perry managed to unite the religious right and libertarians against him. So much for him being someone who could “unite” the GOP. I suspect his dealings with trying to get foreign companies to run our tollroads are yet another financial corruption scandal waiting to happen, see the greater light of day, etc. Perhaps this is why he is more popular outside our state than within it.

thewatchdog

June 21st, 2011
10:42 am

The job of being President of the U.S. is too large for any one man/woman. There should be a triumpative. Three people should share the presidency. My choice, would be HILLARY cLINTON, Someone who represents the ideaLS OF aBRAHAM lINCOLN and a represenative from the gay coalition,, possibly Barney Frank. Now, this group will have no trouble working together. The only alternative would be a supercomputer, that makes complex decisions in microseconds. Now, there you have it, do you really think that the lightning changes in the world are within the capabilities, I think not. As for all the pretty faces, ruggedly handsome candidates, none could face up to a ugly forceful person who does not take no for an answer.

Portley Pepperpot

June 21st, 2011
10:45 am

thewatchdog is an effing moron.

SaveOurRepublic

June 21st, 2011
11:40 am

Robert Edward Johnson, good insight & points on Globalist pawn Perry. I know quite a few Texans, & none are fans of “Slick” Rick. His pro-eugenics mandating of (tainted) Gardasil is another red flag. He pushed very hard for the NAFTA/NASCO Superhighway/TTC. In 2005, Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte (Cintra) was named strategic partner of the State of TX for development the TTC.

can you spell globalist

June 21st, 2011
12:29 pm

Rick Perry is a Bilderberger and a globalist. He is not a TRUE Conservative. He tried to get the Trans Texas Corridor built to connect Mexico, the US and Canada to form the North American Union. He is of the same ilk as Bush Sr., Bush Jr. and Obama. These are just the globalist puppets folks. They are the front men for the Powers that Be. If you haven’t yet done your research – check out Club of Rome, Bilderbergers, Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission. Until you have read up on these groups – you should not cast a vote. There is no left/right in America anymore – it is an illusion. We are being pitted against each other to further a globalist Agenda.

HDB

June 21st, 2011
2:15 pm

Perry….Pawlenty….Ronmey…the same question exists from their names: WHY???

Portley Pepperpot

June 21st, 2011
2:50 pm

HDB

Don’t you have a black panthers meeting to attend?

WOW

June 21st, 2011
2:51 pm

“Perry….Pawlenty….Ronmey…the same question exists from their names: WHY???”

LOLOL!!! Like HDB would ever vote for a Republican. Gotta love left wingers who pretend to know what’s best for a party they’ve never voted for.

Dr. Pangloss

June 21st, 2011
5:07 pm

“WOW
June 20th, 2011
4:22 pm

Why do you libs always resort to name calling? Obozo taught you commie socialists well.”

——————–
Two instances of name-calling in this one post.

23 instances of calling the President of the United States Obozo on this one thread.

5 instances of calling liberals brain dead.

1 instance of calling liberals maggots.

1 instance of calling people who don’t like Bush morons.

1 instance of calling people who don’t like Bush sheep.

4 instances of calling liberals retards (which is also hate speech directed at the mentally handicapped)

In short, WOW, you’re a nasty little bully. There’s no self-rightousness like that of a bully when he’s resisted.

WOW

June 21st, 2011
5:52 pm

“Two instances of name-calling in this one post.”

If you could read, which you can’t, you’d have noticed my reply of “SOMEONE STOLE MY BLOG HANDLE.” I didn’t type that, Gump.

“In short, WOW, you’re a nasty little bully. There’s no self-rightousness like that of a bully when he’s resisted.”

Gotta love incredibly stupid people like Dr. Pangloss.

WOW

June 21st, 2011
5:54 pm

Dr. Pangloss

SEE: 5:48 yesterday.

Thanks

Dr. Pangloss

June 21st, 2011
6:16 pm

WOW, what are you talking about? The phrase “someone stole” appears only once in this thread, in your 5:52 post dated June 21.

WOW

June 21st, 2011
6:21 pm

I am such a loser . I wish my food stamps and welfare didnt get cut off. My boyfriend left me.
But Im still better than you libtards and Obozo. My trailer is DOUBLE wide so I can fit my big butt in the front door I got french doors. But I like you to come in my back door.

WOW

June 21st, 2011
6:29 pm

“The phrase “someone stole” appears only once in this thread, in your 5:52 post dated June 21.”

Not my problem if you’re too lazy to look, Gump. Here, is this better?

WOW

June 20th, 2011
5:48 pm

DJ Sniper

Do me a favor and quit stealing my blog handle.

Now, look at the retard who did it again at 6:21. I’m gonna guess it’s you because of the way you type.

Bottom line: If you’re gonna steal someone else’s blog handle at least try to be more creative, dumb ass.

Dr. Pangloss

June 21st, 2011
6:30 pm

I blow goats and sleep with cows. I’m too sta…sta…stupid to finish the third grade.

Portley Pepperpot

June 21st, 2011
6:32 pm

What is it about left wingers that make them act like little children?

Portley Pepperpot

June 21st, 2011
6:33 pm

Dr. Pangloss

You belong in a mental institution for writing about sleeping with goats. People like you are the reason the south gets made fun of so much. Shame on you.

Rosalie Remillard

June 21st, 2011
8:25 pm

People should know that Gov. Perry is just a career politician. The poster boy for partisan politics..
He is in the machine of Texas politics.
His record is not good at all. We are in debt. Our schools system is getting trashed because he
won’t let go of his “Rainy Day Fund”.and he makes decisions for the University of Texas that don’t
serve them well at all. Too many cronies to reward. Please check into his record. Not what he
says he’s done. The only reason he got elected again is not that people wanted him but the was
better than the other choice. He doesn’t have the support of most Texans.

Ask him about foreign affairs. Solutions for our problems. Think about it.

BHirsh

June 21st, 2011
8:29 pm

“conservatives are maggots” on the dungheap of liberalism.