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Archive for the ‘GOP Nominee’ Category

Rick Perry is no Sarah Palin

Posted by joshpainter on August 8, 2011

– by Josh Painter
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Gov. Rick Perry appears poised to announce next week that he’s going to make a run for the White House. Aaron Blake and Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post report that the Texas governor’s supporters are already soliciting donations for the coming Perry campaign:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is expected to announce his presidential plans shortly after the Ames Straw Poll this coming weekend, and his supporters are already soliciting contributions for the campaign, according to an e-mail from a Perry supporter.

The e-mail from Gene Powell, a real-estate executive who Perry appointed to the University of Texas board of regents, states, “We expect that announcement in a week to ten days” and tells people to start writing checks today.

It is further evidence that Perry is truly ramping up for a 2012 presidential campaign, even though a top Perry adviser says the e-mail’s timeframe isn’t hard and fast.

Perry adviser David Carney told The Fix that the no one should read too much into the e-mail, which he says contains some factual inaccuracies.

“While we are encouraged by this enthusiasm, we have not made the final decision, as even this email indicates,” Carney wrote in an e-mail, “and there are some other items in that email that are incorrect, but it just goes to demonstrate how excited some of our folks are.”

Carney said the timeframe for the possible campaign continues to be “this summer with Labor Day as the outlier.”

If he announces as expected, we may give up on trying to read the tea leaves. Back on May 19, we didn’t believe Perry was seriously considering a run for president because:

If Perry does allow himself to be persuaded to chase the bandwagons to the White House along with the other big dogs, it would be the biggest flip-flop since John Kerry voted for the $87 billion before he voted against it. After all, Perry stated in November of last year:

“I’ve made my decision. If I really believe in the 10th amendment, then being a governor of a state is where the action is.”

Asked during a GOP gubernatorial debate on Jan. 29 whether he would serve his full four-year term if re-elected, Perry answered that he would “absolutely” as long as the Lord lets him live that long:

“If your intent here is to question where I would want to go any better than being the governor of the state of Texas, that place hasn’t been made yet,” Perry said.

Perry told the Daily Beast’s Andrew Romano just nine months ago that he was “Not going to run for president.” Silly us. At the time, we believed Perry to be cut from the same cloth as Sarah Palin, someone who means what they say. But intensive research over the months has informed us that any resemblance between Perry and Palin is purely superficial.

Unlike the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, what Perry says can’t be taken to the bank, and there are other significant differences. She’s a political reformer; he goes with the flow. She’s a small-government Reagan conservative; he’s much closer to the GOP establishment than his feud with the Republican Party’s Bush wing would lead you to believe. She left Alaska with a $12 billion surplus; he’s saddled Texas with twice the debt and doubled state spending on his watch. Rick Perry is a good ol’ boy, but the last person we need in the White House is another good ol’ boy. Unfortunately, Rick Perry is no Sarah Palin.

Cross-posted from Brazos Valley Pundit

– JP

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Posted in 2012, GOP Nominee, Republican Party, rick perry, Sarah Palin | 2 Comments »

David Solway: Sarah in 2012?

Posted by joshpainter on January 27, 2011

– by Josh Painter
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David Solway, literary critic and author of Hear, O Israel!, is the latest of many authors who have embarked on a quest for the reason why the ruling class — and their faithful servants, the chattering class — are so opposed to Sarah Palin:

Palin is neither a liar nor a parasite, but a truth-teller and an industrious worker—two attributes that have cost her dearly in a liberal environment dominated by special interest groups, entitlement seekers, political predators, fiscal sycophants, tax evaders, people addicted to welfare, single-parent families living off the dole, labor union apparatchiks, official and media appeasers in the “war against terror”—in short, the swarm of barnacles that have battened onto the ship of state.

Historian and commentator Victor Davis Hanson concurs. In a summarizing article for Pajamas Media, he concludes that Palin’s being “a mom of five children flies in the face of the demography of yuppie careerism.” In the “binary world” of network columnists, late-night TV hosts and the culture of the left, “Sarah Palin is apparently all that they are not.” Moreover, Hanson points out what is palpably obvious but often unadmitted. “And how can it be fair that Sarah Palin seems stunning after five children when so many in the DC-NY corridor after millennia on the exercise machine and gallons of Botox are, well, ‘interesting looking’?” This latter phrase is the most tactful—and tactical—of satirical put-downs, and says volumes about unconfessed resentment. Palin’s undeniable beauty works against her, especially among the feminist sorority, no less than her candidness, moral rectitude and integrity of character feature as liabilities in the eyes of her detractors.

Hanson believes that Palin is “scary not so much in 2012” as an antidote to Barack Obama, but that “she could be around—and around in an evolving way—for a long time to come.” Here I would be inclined to vary, however modestly, from Hanson’s analysis of the menace Palin represents to the liberal-left constituency. The veritable tornado of hatred and defamation to which she has been subjected argues something far more immediate in its implications. What the Democrats and their supporters earnestly fear is not only that Palin may be around for the indefinite future, but that she is indeed potentially electable in 2012 and must be stopped at all costs. This is perhaps the principal motive for so libelous a spectacle as the left’s all-out debauch of vilification. But will the strategy work?

We need to remember that the liberal-left ideology which seems so potent and widespread in contemporary America is to a large extent the creature of a progressivist elite and its media organs, busy collimating their quarry. It does not speak for the vast majority of Americans but, as Arthur Brooks clearly sets out in The Battle, accounts for at most 30% of the nation. What he calls the 30% coalition, grounded in “European-style statism…expanded bureaucracies, increasing income redistribution, and government-controlled corporations,” advances an agenda that is not shared by the remaining 70% of the population. And it is precisely here, in the preponderant sector of the electorate, that Palin’s real strength lies.

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That is, she has been targeted for extinction by the 30% minority who control the levers of power and influence. They have her in their “crosshairs.”

But this is to ignore the 70% majority of center and center-right Americans, many of whom have become more and more skeptical of the press and who are correspondingly fed up with the techniques of character assassination employed by the agencies of the generic left. Paradoxically, Palin’s electability can be reckoned as an inverse function of the virulent campaign intent on her delegitimation. The “war against Sarah” is a clear indication of the feasibility of her candidacy for the presidency. The greater the fury and bluster and dissembling she is met with, the greater the likelihood that she poses a genuine threat. One does not raise a mallet to crush an ant.

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Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

– JP

Posted in 2012, Conservative, GOP Nominee, media bias, Sarah Palin | 1 Comment »

Poll: Sarah Palin Will Be the 2012 GOP Nominee

Posted by Dr. Fay on January 5, 2010

In a series of year-end polls conducted by The Atlantic,  Governor Palin cleaned up in two of the polls:

GOP Presidential Nomination in 2012: While the race may be up in the air this far away from America’s next presidential election, Sarah Palin cleaned up in our poll on who will win the GOP nomination in 2012. Results: Palin, 42%; Mitt Romney, 24%; Mike Huckabee, 13%; Tim Pawlenty, 9%; Rick Santorum, 5%; Ron Paul, 2%; Newt Gingrich, 2%; other, 2%; Eric Cantor, 1%.

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Republican Who Had the Best Year: With her book tour that drew passionate fans in the thousands at almost every stop, Palin also took home the gold in our poll on which Republican which Republican had the best 2009. Results: Sarah Palin, 36%; Mitt Romney, 31%; Ron Paul, 11%, Tim Pawlenty, 10%; Mike Huckabee, 9%; other, 3%

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Posted in 2012, GOP, GOP Nominee, Governor Palin, poll, Sarah Palin, The Atlantic | 1 Comment »