Gingrich for Perry: A good trade?

The sudden resignations Thursday of a large number of Newt Gingrich’s top campaign staff led first to speculation that the former House speaker was out of the running — which he quickly denied — and in turn to speculation that at least some of them would be joining a Rick Perry campaign — an oft-rumored possibility which the Texas governor has not shot down.

It’s hard to say which other candidates would benefit or suffer from Gingrich potentially getting out of the race and/or Perry potentially getting in it. Tim Pawlenty picked up a quick endorsement from former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, who had been a co-chair of the Gingrich campaign (and who apparently sided with his former campaign manager, Pawlenty’s campaign manager Nick Ayers, over his former chief of staff, big-time Mitt Romney supporter Eric Tanenblatt). But, given all those personal connections, plus his work with Pawlenty while both were Republican governors, Perdue may not be indicative of where the bulk of Gingrich’s backers would gravitate.

Would Gingrich for Perry be a good trade for GOP voters?

  • Yes (63 Votes)
  • No (19 Votes)

Total Voters: 82

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So, instead, let’s look only at the candidates themselves — and assume that Gingrich ends up withdrawing and Perry sooner or later throws his 10-gallon hat in the ring. Subtract Gingrich — the ideas guy whose mouth may have gotten him in trouble one too many times — and add Perry — whose state has seen tremendous job growth, but who would be trying to enter the White House just four years after another ex-Texas gov left it. Would that make for a better GOP field than the one we had just a couple of days ago? Answer in the comments thread and in the poll on the left.

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Quick housekeeping note: Y’all may have noticed that I’ve been publishing question posts like this one on Mondays for about a month now. I decided to move it to Fridays and add a different standing feature for Mondays, which will debut as soon as next week.

No hints as to what that one will be, but I am looking for help in naming this Friday question feature. It needs to be short and punchy because I’ll put it in the headline each time — and it definitely needs to be livelier than, you know, “Friday Question.”

Email me suggestions at kwingfield@ajc.com and I will provide some kind of online glory for the chosen one to bask in. Also, feel free any time to email suggestions for that week’s question.

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50 comments Add your comment

Tyler Durden

June 10th, 2011
10:35 am

Hmmm.. A former Texas Governor with a penchant for right-wing rhetoric in the White House. If only there was a precedent for this…

Oh, that’s right. Dubious never existed and CERTAINLY never led the country to near ruin. And no one supported him or McConnell or Boehner in the disastrous series of decisions like invading Iraq, deregulating the financial market and lowering taxes during a voluntary war that cost over $100 billion per year. No sir, that never happened, and if it did, no one knew of or supported it.

Can’t wait for 2012 :-)

arnold

June 10th, 2011
11:12 am

Perry is not just a fiscal conservative. He is an extreme social conservative. That is just a bit too unsettling for me. I’d rather see an honest Mitt Romny make a legitimate race out of the next election. I’m tired of all the extremes.

GTT

June 10th, 2011
11:15 am

Friday Free For All, Pick A Topic
(Hey, he’s supposed to be retired and leaving the mantle to you afterall.)

ByteMe

June 10th, 2011
11:18 am

Yes, it’s good for GOP voters, because it takes one clown out of the race and adds someone who at least hasn’t been kicked out of or quit his/her political job. So it ups the “serious” factor in the race, which is certainly lacking in seriousness so far.

He may have created more jobs in Texas, but how many of those were oil-at-$100-related jobs and can you sell that to a population annoyed at $4/gal gas? And I’m hearing rumblings that the budget shortfall is going to look huge if they don’t keep cutting education funds. Doesn’t look like a winning message so far.

jt

June 10th, 2011
11:34 am

Perry, Gingrich, or Obama……………………………….All war-mongers.
Freedom-loving Americans are voting…………………by NOT voting.
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What will the pressitutes say about that.?
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Hint…………..before the USSR collasped……….it was against the law NOT to vote.
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Ron Paul is the last great hope for decency.

JDW

June 10th, 2011
11:36 am

Kyle, how about…Fearless Friday Follies

GTT

June 10th, 2011
11:37 am

We know who you are JDW.

Bart Abel

June 10th, 2011
11:38 am

I’m pretty sure Texas Governor Perry recently said or implied that Texas might or should consider seceding from Union. The Dixie Chicks express embarrassment about a Republican president,a and they were run out of Nashville. A Republican governor threatens the possibility of seceding from the union under a Democratic president, and he’d be a great president? Am I the only one who sees a double standard here?

Governor Perry’s tax cutting ideology has also led to among the highest state budget deficits in the country. It would be inconsistent for anybody who fashions himself or herself a fiscal conservative to elect a man whose policies generated 13+ billion in annual budget shortfalls for his state. We don’t need another George W. Bush 2.0 in the White House.

dw

June 10th, 2011
11:40 am

Wonder if this guy is quite as large of a womens vaginal hygeine product as Gingrich? Anyone?

Patrick

June 10th, 2011
12:02 pm

dw–Bigger. Sad, huh?

Logical Dude

June 10th, 2011
12:31 pm

“Pop Quiz Friday”

LIke a professor of mine said at the beginning of the semester: “There will be an unannounced surprise pop quiz every Friday this semester!”

jt

June 10th, 2011
12:32 pm

Friday question?
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Keeping with the tradition of our mainstream media……………
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It should be…………….
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How shall I best serve the interest of the state?
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Examples——-should I vote R or D?,should my taxes go for war or welfare? Which tax should I enjoy paying more,income taxes , alcohol taxes , fuel taxes?Which search should I enjoy more at the airport,,The TSA groping search of my daughter or of my wife.?Should I vote for the TARP-Bank saving Democrat candidate or the TARP-Bank saving Republican candidate?etc……………………

ByteMe

June 10th, 2011
12:37 pm

Oh, yeah, and the toe-tapping-in-the-bathroom-stall with the secessionists should also disqualify him from serious consideration.

Kyle Wingfield

June 10th, 2011
12:43 pm

Bart: Ultimately, I think his use of the S-word is what dooms Perry’s candidacy.

Dave R.

June 10th, 2011
12:49 pm

Between Gingrich and Perry I’d be voting “None of the Above”.

jconservative

June 10th, 2011
12:54 pm

“Gingrich for Perry: A good trade?”

No!

ByteMe

June 10th, 2011
12:58 pm

Note Gingrich’s statement today where he rails against “traditional political consultants”… like the very ones he hired only a few months ago? Is this sociopathy or what?

Jefferson

June 10th, 2011
1:07 pm

There’s a straw, quick grab at it !!!! :) :)

Ragnar Danneskjöld

June 10th, 2011
1:08 pm

Good afternoon all. I like Perry because he correctly raises secession as an appropriate solution for that economic Gordian knot that is the US bureaucracy. Merely raising the secession solution is perhaps enough to constrain the constrictors, who are at the heart of the current economic paralysis. But secession needs to be raised repeatedly as a viable solution – the sheep are frightened by strange and unusual noises, less distressed by frequent repetition of the noise.

sp

June 10th, 2011
1:09 pm

How about Wingfield’s Weekly Wonder?
or Kyle’s Krazy Kweshtun

You can abbreviate them – WWW or KKK (oh wait, maybe not so much on the last one)

Chuck Doberman

June 10th, 2011
1:59 pm

“I like Perry because he correctly raises secession as an appropriate solution for that economic Gordian knot that is the US bureaucracy”

Yeah that’d be great for Texas… I think they should secede and definitely keep this financial mastermind as the leader of their new nation… and they could take all the pompous, self-infatuated, pretentious condescending asshats like yourself and assemble a stellar cast of know-it-all blowhards for his cabinet… hign on bloviation but severely lacking in execution and follow-up. God, that would be SO entertaining!

Seriously Rags, despite your constant tone of condescension and closed-minded ideals you actually sound like you may be a decent person under there… but the way you come across negates a lot of that and a lot of your credibility. One may be lead to believe that you’re not here for debate or to exchange ideas and viewpoints, but simply to display your vocabulary and your superiority complex

Friday Night Bytes

June 10th, 2011
2:08 pm

How about something scary. Just pick anything that the typical Republican is thinking and that should do it.

Hair of Newt

June 10th, 2011
2:16 pm

So does mainstream media stay in business because they service the need of mainstream people? So why would the word “mainstream” be used in a derogatory manner if it represents the majority? Oh, that’s right, because it is the fringe that are the ones who actually are smart enough to know what the masses need. Yikes, some of y’all are down right scary/crazy.

Ivan

June 10th, 2011
2:58 pm

Most people here just complain, so how ’bout:

“Fussin Friday’s”

or since it’s your blog and question of the day:

“Kyle’s Crux”

Ivan

June 10th, 2011
3:00 pm

or hey…just to get attention…name it

“Obama Sucks, Here’s Why”

Guaranteed to bring everyone to the board.

Grasshopper

June 10th, 2011
3:28 pm

Ragnar, the Doberman wants you to talk dumber for him. Que comprender?

Lil' Barry Bailout

June 10th, 2011
3:55 pm

Any American for Obozo–a good trade?
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Yup.

Lil' Barry Bailout

June 10th, 2011
3:58 pm

“Tweak of the Week”

Moderate Line

June 10th, 2011
4:24 pm

whose state has seen tremendous job growth,
++++
Alaska …………………………| 7.3
Arkansas ……………………….| 7.7
Hawaii …………………………| 6.1
Iowa …………………………..| 6.0
Kansas …………………………| 6.7
Maine ………………………….| 7.6
Maryland ……………………….| 6.8
Massachusetts …………………..| 7.8
Montana ………………………..| 7.3
Nebraska ……………………….| 4.2
New Hampshire …………………..| 4.9
New Mexico ……………………..| 7.6
New York ……………………….| 7.9
North Dakota ……………………| 3.3
Oklahoma ……………………….| 5.6
Pennsylvania ……………………| 7.5
South Dakota ……………………| 4.9
Utah …………………………..| 7.4
Vermont ………………………..| 5.3
Virginia ……………………….| 6.1
Wisconsin ………………………| 7.3
Wyoming ………………………..| 6.0

There are 22 states with lower unemployment rates. Average is the new tremendous.
http://www.bls.gov/news.release/laus.nr0.htm
http://www.bls.gov/news.release/laus.nr0.htm

hsn

June 10th, 2011
4:27 pm

What ??? No, thanks!
I would rather take a serial “womanizer” who has a great deal of experience, political and historical knowledge, and can effectively debate the President over a nutcase who promotes secession.

Promotion of SECESSION from the Union IS AS ANTI-AMERICAN as one can get. It is treasonous, at best!! We don’t need any whackjobs to push this country any further to the reich!

Republicans have become a joke, and I am not talking about a small joke!!

Kyle Wingfield

June 10th, 2011
5:11 pm

Lil' Barry Bailout

June 10th, 2011
5:22 pm

Job growth is not the same as unemployment rate. Texas has created almost one million jobs in the last decade.

Monty

June 10th, 2011
5:25 pm

Doesn’t Rick Perry know that secession didn’t work out too well the last time it was tried? Gotta wonder if Obama’s (partial) ancestry didn’t play a role in Perry’s suggestion. What a jerk! And, no, I didn’t vote for the president in 2008. But Perry’s still a jerk.

sam houston

June 10th, 2011
5:28 pm

how ’bout “lil’ b’s daily beotch fest”

Lil' Barry Bailout

June 10th, 2011
5:38 pm

It’s a weekly thing, moron.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: Thee Magnificent!!! mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

June 10th, 2011
6:34 pm

Carney: Obama “Extremely Dedicated to Deficit Reduction”

Can you believe this clown?

Moderate Line

June 10th, 2011
6:58 pm

Kyle Wingfield

June 10th, 2011
5:11 pm
Moderate: Yes, tremendous job growth:
++++
He has to get the unemployment rate down or it is a hard sale. Plus why are the other southern states doing so poorly.

Lil' Barry Bailout

June 10th, 2011
8:14 pm

Carney: Tool.

sam houston

June 10th, 2011
9:27 pm

lil’ b= POS.

Lil' Barry Bailout

June 11th, 2011
6:36 am

If your Idiot Messiah, as his tool Carney says, is serious about deficit reduction, why did his budget proposal for next year cut nothing?

Idiot Messiah: Liar.

sam houston

June 11th, 2011
7:54 am

lil’ b=coward

Lil' Barry Bailout

June 11th, 2011
8:10 am

Still smarting over having to be reminded that something that happens every Friday is “weekly”, eh sam?

sam houston

June 11th, 2011
8:21 am

lil’ b=fetid feces

the wad

June 11th, 2011
10:30 am

Weekender…there`s your title Kyle. I retain all rights while allowing you to borrow said moniker.

Gingrich is increasingly becominga hard sell even for the Right. An unbiased scholarly look at his work since leaving the House will show the most intelligent, knowledgable, American solutions based candidate we could ever ask for in the White House. I fear the country does not have the ability or desire to think long or far enough to grasp his ability and capability to re-establish this country`s greatness on a global scale. I hope he stays in the race through the debates because a thinking voter will then witness a person who is eminently more qualified for the Presidency than any contender and infinitely more so than the current imposter.

Real Athens

June 11th, 2011
1:13 pm

Never been a fan Rick Perry or Texas for that matter. However, Texas job creation in the last decade is well documented. The question begs how much of this “private sector” has the government as its biggest customer? For example, many of the biggest beneficiaries of the Iraq-Afghan war Halliburton and KBR as well as dozens of defense contractors, are based in Texas (well, until Halliburton moved to the UAE, proud American company they are). Similarly, some of the biggest companies in Texas are oil companies, subsidiaries and support industries. These allmbenefited from huge infusions of government cash between 2000 and 2008.

However, this is even more revealing.

http://www.careerinfonet.org/oview6.asp?stfips=48&level=state1

Fifteen of the top employers in the state are higher education — universities. I don’t know about Texas but the GOP in GA does not consider public universities private sector jobs.

Let’s see Texas is running one of the biggest deficits of any state (fourth behind California, New Jersey and Illinois). Yet they have created more jobs in the last 10 years than any other state. 15 of the top 50 companies are in the state’s university system. So, tax dollars invested in public education means more jobs and bigger deficits?

Real Athens

June 11th, 2011
1:24 pm

Wad:

You can crow all you want about Gingrich’s intelligence, but – love him or hate him – James Earl Carter Jr. was the most intelligent and most religious person who has ever ran for or sat in the White House.

Compare Carter’s, Obama’s and (Clinton’s degrees for that matter) with Gingrich’s and honestly tell me whose would be worth more in the private sector. Whose educational background, given the opportunity, would you rather have your child have?

Lil' Barry Bailout

June 11th, 2011
3:20 pm

Kind of odd that the “most intelligent” person got such horrid results. High inflation. High interest rates. Economic disaster. Weakness abroad.

Real Athens

June 11th, 2011
3:36 pm

LBB:

I truly wonder where the U.S. would be now if only, as a nation, we had followed and expanded just his national energy policy that included conservation, price control, development of new technologies, increased mileage standards, invention and manufacturing of said technologies et. al.

What if the U.S. had been singularly headed in this direction for the last 35 years?

independent tinker

June 13th, 2011
1:22 am

Time for Newt the pompous gasbag to give up and spend more time getting his bimbo wife jewels from Tiffany’s.

Paul

June 13th, 2011
4:52 am

Apparently all of this job growth in Texas has done absolutely nothing to stem the red ink pouring out of the budget in Austin. Texas may be looking at a $27 billion dollar budget deficit so I guess that Governor Rick has taken the ideology of the Bush tax cuts to the extreme. He needs to stay in Texas and face up to his own problems rather than to cut and run and use his spin doctors to gloss over the bad news so that we can get another boob from Texas in the White House.