Does “Top Texan” Rick Perry Have Staying Power?

The field of Republican presidential candidates is finally starting to sort itself out — thankfully.

Last weekend, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann came away the winner of the Iowa Straw Poll, an event that, while officially meaningless, nonetheless provides an opportunity for campaigns to demonstrate their organizational abilities and grassroots support. If nothing else, it does offer at least the start of a preliminary winnowing-out process.

In this case, the straw poll triggered the first official casualty of the primary competition – former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. His performances in debates and speeches tended to put all but close family friends and relatives asleep.

Bachmann, who campaigned tirelessly in the Hawkeye State, gained bragging rights as the winner of the straw poll. Retiring Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who has largely been dismissed by the media because of his anti-establishment views and libertarian leanings, finished just behind Bachmann. Some observers attribute Paul’s strong showing to his organization’s ability and willingness to simply bus in and pay for large numbers of supporters to attend and then cast votes for their candidate as event such as the Iowa event last week. Even so, his views are resonating with many voters.

The big headline for the week, however, was not Bachmann’s win, Pawlenty’s exit, or Paul’s strong showing, but three-term Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s official declaration that he is a candidate – made not in Iowa, but over the weekend in South Carolina, another early-primary state.

Perry’s record as a pro-business governor whose state has produced more than a third of all jobs in the nation during the so-called “economic recovery,” would pose a formidable threat to President Barack Obama. He would be the one Republican challenger to the President who legitimately can claim to have practiced what all GOP candidates preach — actually to have governed successfully by, in the words of Dallas Federal Reserve Chairman Richard Fisher, “reject[ing] the economic model that now prevails in Washington.”

Just a few days after he entered the race, a Rasmussen poll showed Perry leading former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by double digits.

Romney had long been viewed as the “frontrunner,” especially among establishment Republicans; although his support has never appeared deep or enthusiastic. Grassroots conservatives and Tea Party activists are skeptical of Romney, largely because of his embrace of government-mandated health insurance, including the health insurance reform bill he pushed through in 2006 while serving as Governor.

Romney’s style on the national campaign trail — honed during the past three years he has been unofficially running for the nomination — works against him. His overly cautious (some might say, boring) delivery on the stump, is in stark contrast to the charismatic deliveries of Bachmann and especially Perry.

Perry has a long way to go to prove himself a fully capable national candidate; as witnessed by his use of the hot-button and unnecessary term “treasonous” in referring to the possibility that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke might direct the printing of more Federal Reserve Notes in the middle of the campaign).

However, if the Top Texan shows strong fund-raising ability in his early federal campaign filings this Fall – from small as well as major Republican donors – and if he does not make a major gaffe in the next few months, he will be in the driver’s seat to emerge next summer as the GOP’s standard bearer; with the distinct possibility of becoming the next President of the Unite States.

By Bob Barr — The Barr Code

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Chainshaw

August 19th, 2011
7:41 am

For the first time in a long time, it appears that the Republicans have a candidate that will not require me to hold my nose when I vote. I don’t fall in line with his religious beliefs, but I certainly believe in his conservative fiscal policy.

nader paul kucinich gravel mckinney baldwin ventura sheehan

August 19th, 2011
7:57 am

There is a flood of voters for Dr Ron in Illinois.
the whole Midwest is going Ronald Ernest Paul

Mike

August 19th, 2011
7:58 am

Rep. Michele Bachmann Whos brithday is it today?

caslosgvv

August 19th, 2011
8:12 am

The more I see Perry, the more he reminds me of George W. Bush. The Nation was dumb enough to give Bush two terms, so I’d say Perry has a good chance of being yore next President, good buddy. Eee Haw – Were goona ged rid of all those eggheads in Guverment who believe in Godless Evolution and global warming and let Big Business do what they want because we know they will just create all kinds of jobs for us poor people.

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Eric

August 19th, 2011
8:33 am

Right again, caslogvv–just where are those jobs created by business? I forgot, there are quite a few paying $8/hr. Surely I can live on that! And people will vote every time for corp. America.

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Patrick O'Conner

August 19th, 2011
8:53 am

Perry is Romney in a cowboy hat and boots. The “gaffes” are intentional efforts to obfuscate this fact. In a nation where conservatives outnumber liberals two-to-one (and liberalism is on defense), Perry, like Bush, realizes that he gains more than he loses by coming across as a Bible-thumping plain-spoken redneck.

Aquagirl

August 19th, 2011
9:05 am

Patrick, anyone who gets a “C” in animal breeding is not making unintentional gaffes. He’s actually that stupid.

Harry

August 19th, 2011
9:11 am

Perry is a viable candidate. As long as he stays away from the issues and plays politics. If he tries to offer solutions they’ll exoriate him. He needs to be vague and speak in generalities. The economy? “We can grow our way out of this”. Foreign Policy? “I am not in favor of nation building”.

and he should never ever ever say the word “tax”.

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Jimmy62

August 19th, 2011
9:15 am

I’m curious what Mr. Barr really thinks about Ron Paul. Not his chances to win, but if he could do a good job as President or not. I’m leaning more and more towards Paul. I think his particular brand of principled and consistent libertarianism is exactly what this country means. He seems like the only adult in the room, while everyone else is ignoring the real problems.

Hmmmmmmm

August 19th, 2011
9:23 am

Just another politician….. When will this country wise up!

Hmmmmmmm

August 19th, 2011
9:26 am

Jimmy62,

Ron Paul would do a good job if elected… There are just two many MORONS that will vote for Obama…. Hope and change, yeah that’s it….. or is it change and hope…..

Cynthia Tucker

August 19th, 2011
9:30 am

Aquagirl…don’t forget to bring in the mail when you drop off my dry cleaning. CT

Joe the Plutocrat

August 19th, 2011
9:47 am

Retiring Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who has largely been dismissed by the media because of his anti-establishment views and libertarian leanings, finished just behind Bachmann. Some observers attribute Paul’s strong showing to his organization’s ability and willingness to simply bus in and pay for large numbers of supporters to attend and then cast votes for their candidate as event such as the Iowa event last week.

Thanks Bob, you are nothing, if not duplicitous. In sentence one you comment on how the media has dismissed Ron Paul. In sentence two, as a member of the media, you dismiss Ron Paul. Very disappointing, especially coming from a former Libertarian Party nominee. Who is Gary Johnson?

DW

August 19th, 2011
10:07 am

RICK PERRY = George Bush wanna be d0uche-bag

WOW

August 19th, 2011
10:26 am

I sure hope the republicans continue to struggle with a viable candidate. Barack hasn’t finished what he started. We need 4 more years for his great jobs plan to take effect and he hasn’t had enough time for his brilliant theories to turn the economy around to really take hold.

ByteMe

August 19th, 2011
10:29 am

He would be the one Republican challenger to the President who legitimately can claim to have practiced what all GOP candidates preach — actually to have governed successfully by, in the words of Dallas Federal Reserve Chairman Richard Fisher, “reject[ing] the economic model that now prevails in Washington.”

Interesting that you chose to juxtapose an unrelated quote from a person who Perry claimed was being “treasonous”.

Dr. Pangloss

August 19th, 2011
10:47 am

Perry makes Bush look like Thomas Jefferson. This week he threatened Bernanke with a lynching, claimed that there are gaps in the theory of evolution and claimed that Texas schools teach evolution and creationism. They don’t.

In related news Michele Bachmann stated that voters are worried about the rise of the Soviet Union. We’re also worried about the Mongols, the Ottoman Turks and those pesky Vikings.

Richard D

August 19th, 2011
10:57 am

“He seems like the only adult in the room, while everyone else is ignoring the real problems.”

I feel the same way Jimmy62. Ron Paul has my vote for sure. I would love to see him debate Obama on live TV.

Hillbilly D

August 19th, 2011
11:00 am

Don’t know a whole lot about Perry but he must be seen as a threat to some folks, since they immediately sent out the attack dogs.

And by the way, George W Bush was born in Connecticut of a long time, establishment, New England family. He’s not a Texan.

Dr. Pangloss

August 19th, 2011
11:10 am

Aquagirl
August 19th, 2011
9:05 am

Patrick, anyone who gets a “C” in animal breeding is not making unintentional gaffes. He’s actually that stupid.
——————
And a D in feeds and feeding.

Father Murphy

August 19th, 2011
11:26 am

Not according to his wife.

rattler

August 19th, 2011
11:35 am

Rick Perry is no more than a loud mouth, misinformed Republican spewing one line rhetoric. He will never beat President Obama. Soon and very soon, Perry will be exposed for what he is. Stay tuned.

Elephantisha

August 19th, 2011
12:03 pm

All these breathless posts about possible Republican candidates are about 12 months premature. The 2012 election won’t get interesting until next summer. Till then it’s all just noise.

Bob we get this sort of topic every day over on Bookman and Wingfield. Please try to come up with something a bit more original.

last

August 19th, 2011
12:04 pm

The economy. Perry.

Any questions?

Perry 2012: He’s got the south poll and the north poll to guide his ship of state.

gm

August 19th, 2011
12:05 pm

Please, Please run Perry against Obama,.
Once the loud mouth record get exposed, going out attacking the governement when you took millions in stimulas money from the government, when tex has the highest poverty rate then most states, 1 out of 3 people are with out health care.
Being a loud mouth acting red neck is only good for the Tex and the south except Florida, when he debate the President he is going to look like a hypocrite.

yuzeyurbrane

August 19th, 2011
12:08 pm

Perry could easily win Repub. nomination. And who knows in the gen. election? Expect Swiftboating galore. He is the epitomy of 1 type of Southern politician—the poor white trash gutter fighter who pulled himself out of poverty with a career in politics. God help this country if he is elected. We’ll get to see what a Huey Long Presidency would have been like.

bachman---the knuckledraggers messiah

August 19th, 2011
12:08 pm

Judging by his announcement speech that he is a canidate for President, I’d definitely say he has staying power. Like any good radical christian type iesouthern baptist, evangelical he believes that global warming, if it even actually exists, is a good thing for the enviroment. And like any good Christian , he insinuated he’s ready to kill and maim anyone that poses a “threat” the the US of A. And like any good Christian, he is very capable of lieing, or at the very least, misrepresting the truth when he said he balanced the budget of Texas. What he failed to mention was that Texas was one of the largest beneficiarys of the US Government bailout which assisted Texas in balancing their budget. All the while saying bailouts are bad. And like any good radical Christian, he likes to cloud his decision making with his religion and let “God” tell him what to do.

so yes, it would not surprise me if he gets elected.

TRUTH

August 19th, 2011
12:11 pm

Heeeeyyy!!! I’m a MORON! OBAMA 2012! Now if we could just the GOP/TeaParty/Conservative Theatre of Clowns outta the way, JUST MAYBE get the Corporate Thugs to bring the jobs back, WE JUST MIGHT have a chance.

Just sayin’…

reusha2000

August 19th, 2011
12:11 pm

UNDER RICK PERRY’S LEADERSHIP AND GUIDANCE, TEXAS BECAME THE “FIRST STATE” IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:

TO PASS, “THE ILLEGAL ALIEN, PEOPLE WHO CRIMINALLY CAME HERE,WAVING MEXICO FLAG, TEXAS DREAM ACT”, IN 2001 !!!!!!!!

RICK PERRY WAS PRESENTED “HIS VICTORY HORSE SADDLE” FROM HIS BUDDY, EL VINCENTE FOXE, IN NOVEMBER 5, 2003 !!!!!!!

———————–

VIDEO OF RICK PERRY AND VINCENTE FOXE

IN NOV 2003 ! slide the bar to 40 minutes for the Perry / Foxe, ceremony!

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5024656399991096594

reusha2000

August 19th, 2011
12:19 pm

READ, GUITTERREZ LETTER TO OBAMA CONCERNING, DEPORTATION OF ILLEGALS !!

http://www.gutierrez.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=693:halt-act-press-release&catid=50:2011-press-releases

GO TO http://www.numbersusa.com !!
SEND A FAX TO PUSH YOUR REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE “HALT ACT” !
“Hinder the Administration Legalization Temptation” ACT

Generalissimo

August 19th, 2011
12:40 pm

Remember the Alamo!

snoqualmiefalls

August 19th, 2011
12:55 pm

Why would I ever vote for a Xtian extremist, Dominionist who wants to merge his religion with government?. Why would I ever vote for someone who is a self proclaimed secessionist?… in addition why would I ever listen to a secessionist lecture me on treason?
The guy is all hat no cattle… but he does have good hair.

Pedro

August 19th, 2011
1:00 pm

Judging from the leftist vitriol, Perry is a serious threat to Obama. Some of you need to do some homework and actually compare Perry and or his policies and record to G.W. Bush. Different brands of cattle folks but I doubt you’re looking past the boots. @WOW, wow. @Eric, the jobs are in Texas.

farm boy

August 19th, 2011
1:00 pm

NJ

August 19th, 2011
1:07 pm

Those that tout Perry for his fiscal policy should do your homework as to how much the State of Texas has accepted from the federal government in stimulus money during Perry’s term in office. I think youwill be shocked to find that what he says about federal stimulus funds and what he actually had done could not be further apart. Furthermore, as for any reference to jobs being in Texas, just know that the unemployment rate in Texas is actually substantially higher than in that liberal state of Massachusetts. You know, the state that passed the first version of Obamacare- clearly they have suffered greatly because of it. Plain and simple, if there is a socialist in this race, it is Perry. Oh, and let’s not forget that his response to anything he disagrees with is to cry for secession. I know that may be appealing around here since southerns appear to still be fighting the Civil War in their heads, but anyone that advocates for secession today, for whatever reason, is not fit to be President of the United States. Go be President of Texas and see how that goes for you.

Adam

August 19th, 2011
1:19 pm

I like Perry’s fiscal policy. Last night I read that Obama is giving work permits to 300,000 illegal aliens instead of deporting them. We have millions of unemployed and he is granting work visa’s. I do not care who the republicans run at this point, I will for for him/her.

sean in the Mtns

August 19th, 2011
1:33 pm

The Texas state debt has gone from $13 bil to over $37 BILLION under rick Perry, he is a fiscal fraud.

Peter

August 19th, 2011
1:34 pm

NO WAY..This guy will hold a Prayer Meeting like Sonny Perdue, and waste tax payers money in the process.

This guy is about Church over state, and really the guy is a George Bush Clone.

Peter

August 19th, 2011
1:35 pm

Hey Adam…… I bet you voted for Bush twice ? What did Bush do to erase the debt ?

Sonny

August 19th, 2011
1:40 pm

I am amazed at the bias comments about Gov.Perry .His job creation efforts certainly top flopObama
the community organizer who has been a dismal failure .remember all the talk and promises about the
stimulus money.Obama hasn’t a clue on fixing the economy.Many of the jobs created by Perry are in the
petro-chemical field not $8.00 per hour as that biased person wrote. Obama is still trying to learn how
many states there are. Incidently the Bush family didn’t support Perry for governor but Sen. Hutcheson.
Perry like Ronald Reagan was a former democrat.

Jeffrey

August 19th, 2011
1:41 pm

Yes, Texas created the most jobs of any other state during our most recent economic “recovery”, yet Texas ranks first in having the highest percentage of minimum wage jobs to total jobs of any other state. Texas also has the highest number of uninsured residents of any other state. No doubt, we all are paying $$$ to Texas for those uninsured Texans. Ain’t that nice, Cowboys and Cowgirls? Texas also is one of the most polluted states and is basically an environmental cesspool. If it wasn’t for the tremendous impact the Oil industry has in Texas, and we all know how that industry gouges each of us, I doubt anyone would consider Texas a shining economic example. Is this the type of leader you want?

sean in the Mtns

August 19th, 2011
1:43 pm

Well Georgia tried having americans pick the crops and they walked off the job within an hour because its to hot and hard. Should Georgia just give up on farming because Americans dont want to pick the crops and folks like Adam want to send all the pickers back to mexico??????

ByteMe

August 19th, 2011
2:07 pm

Gov. Perry, we hear you when you say that Federal stimulus was a terrible thing, yet your state recieved $6 billion in funding from the stimulus package.

Can we have our money back?

SaveOurRepublic

August 19th, 2011
2:11 pm

“Slick” Rick Perry is a typical NeoCON, Globalist shill. In addition to his attendance at the 2007 Bilderberg conference, he also pushed for the TTC/NAFTA Superhighway in Texas (via foreign company Cintra). Also, he was caught getting his palms greased by Merck around the time he tried to push mandatory Gardasil (HPV vaccine) for TX school kids. He’s another puppet for the Globalist Elite (ala “Jorge Boosh” & BHO).

The ONLY* proven candidate running for POTUS 2012 is Dr.Ron Paul.

* = We’ll see who the Constitution Party nominates.

Odis

August 19th, 2011
2:23 pm

Sean, how much were these fine jobs paying? Were they paying a living wage or slave wages?

captguitarman

August 19th, 2011
2:40 pm

If he can learn to control his mouth, he will be a serious contender. I am still leaning toward Romney because we need people who can work about reasonable compromise – which is what America was all about until the 90’s. My fear is that with Perry in the White House, without control of both Houses (which is not a given by a long shot) we’ll have the same kind of polarization and brinksmanship by both parties to see who flinches before some kind of economic disasater – double dip recession, real depression, etc. brings down the whole house. Look what happened with just the debt ceiling increase negotiations, with only a chill of a default. Where would we be now had there been a default? And the onus is on the Dems too. They need to accept entitlements are where the money is and they need to be re-structured. The Pubs need to promote and then negotiate reasonable plans to make that happen. Luckily that nitwit Bachmann has less than a snowball’s chance because every time she opens her uninformed cheerleader mouth, she gives thinking voters pause. But Perry is obviously a forceful and articulately forceul and experienced executive leader. I would like for him to become a thoughtful leader too, and think about what he says and whether it helps us to reach solutions. I think Romney does that. If the Pubs and Dems decide to stand on their sacred principles and not budge or negotitate or compromise over these major issues, nothing good will come of it.

Troglodyke

August 19th, 2011
2:48 pm

I don’t fall in line with his religious beliefs, but I certainly believe in his conservative fiscal policy.

Sorry, but Republicans cannot separate the two. I can get behind a truly solid fiscal policy, too, but not from a religious wacko. He and Bachmann are too religious to be POTUS.