Dear Governors, Rick Perry Joins Governors Scott, Jindal, and Haley Showing You The Way
Rick Perry is joining Governors Nikki Haley, Rick Scott, and Bobby Jindal in leading the way for other governors in the United States, some of whom — even Republicans, are starting to get cold feet on the issue of exchanges and medicaid. Rick Perry is drawing a line in the sand and giving Washington a “hell no.” Under Governor Perry, Texas will not create state | Read More »
The Texas Budget Compact
If Texas Democrats, or even Republicans for that matter, thought they’d have a quieter, gentler Rick Perry on their hands in the wake of his . . . um . . . temporary diversion into Presidential politics, they know better today. In a speech Monday in Houston, Perry laid out five fundamental conservative principles for the Texas Legislature to follow, essentially throwing down the gauntlet | Read More »
I Voted for Rick Perry
I wasn’t going to vote at all. But then all sorts of people, including Donna Brazile and Sean Hannity, started in on me about my “civic obligation.” Frankly, I wish less people voted. But nonetheless, I voted. I was the only person in my precinct in the middle of a city that usually sees steady turn out. No one in Georgia seems to want to | Read More »
Santorum and the Democrats. Outrage! Outrage, I Tell You!!
The latest outrage pushed by Team Romney is that Rick Santorum is running auto-calls asking Democrats in Michigan to support him. How dare he! Of course, Romney will do the same in the general election. It’s what we’re supposed to do. But right now it is somehow dirty — unless Romney had to do it, then it’d be a-okay with Romney supporters. Look at all | Read More »
Perry Drops Out. Endorses Newt. Will Campaign and Serve.
I was on a flight and landed to over 100 voicemails and over 1000 emails. Rick Perry is dropping out of the race. Sources close to both campaigns tell me that the Governor and Speaker have spoken and Governor Perry will endorse Newt Gingrich. But it will go beyond that. I’m told reliably that Governor Perry will head up a 10th Amendment project for Speaker | Read More »
Hero or Spoiler: Rick Perry Will Quit. The Question is as What.
Yesterday, I argued that Rick Perry should leave the GOP primary in advance of Saturday’s election and endorse Newt Gingrich, who is the most logical fit in the existing field for a Perry endorsement. The Perry campaign responded that the race would be decided by voters, not pundits behind a computer. Fair enough. Rick Perry does not want to be seen as a quitter. But | Read More »
Rick Perry’s Final Act: King Maker?
“Rick Perry’s campaign has come to an end. But he could leave on an unexpected high note — helping conservatives unite around one not-Romney” Barring a miracle, this is Rick Perry’s final act in the 2012 elections. On Saturday, he will come in last in South Carolina. It will be only the third time in a generation Rick Perry has lost an election, with the | Read More »
Sarah Palin Says She’d Vote for Newt
This will probably be the biggest news of the morning. Millions have wondered who Governor Palin would actually support. She’s making it crystal clear now. On Fox News, Sarah Palin says if she lived in South Carolina she’d vote for Newt. The next big question is whether Governor Perry decides to depart the race before or after Saturday. And if he departs, will he endorse | Read More »
The Evangelical Vote
“The evangelical movement might have just sown the first seeds of division for 2016 — seeds that, like in 2008 and 2012, prevented evangelicals from getting one of their own the nomination.” I had the privilege to attend the meeting of evangelicals in Texas this weekend. Due to pressing matters before me Saturday I could not make the Saturday portion, but was there Friday hearing | Read More »
Some Birds Say ‘Drop In.’ Other Birds Say ‘Drop By.’ We Vultures Say ‘Drop Dead.’
I have been accused of giving Rick Perry the term “vulture capitalist.” I’ve used it on CNN a few times to say that’s how the Democrats would describe Mitt Romney. Rick Perry has used the term of late too. It is a description Americans can relate to and while it does not affect our cold, capitalist hearts, it works mighty effectively with independent voters. If | Read More »
In defense of capitalism
Sweet Lord in Heaven, every time I try to tune these clowns out they hack me off and drag me back in. There are legitimate criticisms to be made of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital. Anyone who says otherwise needs to be prepared to defend Bain Capital more than once relying on the government to cover their butts on deals and even being bailed out | Read More »
The Perry Campaign Has Reset and Refocused in South Carolina
Here’s what everyone thinks about this year. If Romney sweeps Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina he wins. It is conventional wisdom and conventional wisdom is usually right. But this year there is an anomaly. The first several rounds of primaries and caucuses are not winner take all, but proportional. In fact, as you can see from the chart below the fold, there is still | Read More »
I have to be honest that I do not have a problem with or feel the level of outrage some of you do about Newt Gingrich attacking Bain and Mitt Romney. It’s not because I necessarily agree with Newt on the attacks, but because these are the attacks the left will throw at Mitt and, should he be the nominee, the early attacks help him | Read More »
Where I Stand: Perry, Gingrich, and None of the Above
I will support the Republican nominee for President. But until we have that nominee, I will not support Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. Had Rick Santorum been up for election in 2010 instead of suffering the largest margin of defeat of any candidate in 2006, I have no doubt he would be one of the Republicans primaried by the tea party. He routinely voted for | Read More »
On the Perry Campaign Shake Up
The window is closing for an effective, public shake up of the Perry campaign. What should have happened in the last 48 hours stretches on to the weekend news cycle. I’m a firm believer that the shake up needs to be public and fill the campaign with new blood at the top of the campaign. I have no doubt the campaign hesitates because it only | Read More »
Can Rick Perry Come Back?
If Rick Perry leaves the Republican race, there will not be a candidate in the field who authentically represents smaller government. While many conservatives don’t mind activist government so long as the ends are conservative, the willful use of activist government for conservative ends leaves in place a government perfectly capable of activist liberal government when conservatives lose. The only way to fully turn the | Read More »
Yes, I am comfortable supporting Newt Gingrich
A few weeks ago I said I wasn’t sure I could get comfortable with the idea of supporting Newt Gingrich. I laid out my case then and there is no reason to go back into it now. I still find it incredibly hard to believe that the two guys at the top — excluding the 9/11 truther nut — both support the individual mandate. I | Read More »
Commending the Perry Campaign
I risk being accused of endorsing Rick Perry by saying nice things about his campaign two days in a row, but this is genuinely worth commenting on and is not an endorsement. Yesterday, I wrote a post that started with Perry as one of the best candidates to beat Barack Obama, but commented on what I perceive to be one of the flaws in his | Read More »
I will not be endorsing any time soon. I have made clear my reasons here. I am, however, continually surprised that anyone in the GOP thinks Mitt Romney is a really viable candidate. Should he be the nominee, the American public will be treated to interviews and commercials with every person ever fired or laid off because of Bain Capital, an organization from which MItt | Read More »