The Headline Goes Here
No, that title is not a placeholder or an error. “What’s your headline,” so many people came up to me and asked last night after the CNN Tea Party Debate. There are so many headlines about the debate. You all, I’m sure, want the quick and dirty scoop. The short answer is Rick Perry won, but only by default. He had a stellar one hour | Read More »
Punch Counter Punch
This morning, Mitt Romney surprised a lot of people by announcing Tim Pawlenty’s endorsement of his campaign. One former Pawlenty staffer emailed me lamenting that they’d run against “Obameycare” and then this? That’s politics. Pawlenty will be in Florida tonight for the CNN-Tea Party Express debate. And so will Governor Bobby Jindal. This afternoon the Perry campaign announced their counter punch to the Pawlenty news. | Read More »
LIVE FROM FLORIDA — No One Except Ron Paul
I’m in Tampa, FL for the CNN-Tea Party Express Republican Presidential Debate. The debate begins at 8pm on CNN. I’ll be on WSB Radio from 5pm to 7pm doing a “pre-game” show and then, starting at 7pm, I’ll be on CNN the rest of the night. When the debate starts, Michele Bachmann intends to join Mitt Romney in defending social security against Rick Perry and | Read More »
I realize we’re all supposed to be in the tank for Mitt Romney, but when the heck did we suddenly love social security? It’s nuts. We’ve got Karl Rove out denying it is a ponzi scheme solely because he hates Rick Perry. It’s all politics, not principle. Mitt Romney says that millions of Americans being dependent on government for their retirement is the definition of | Read More »
Perry vs. Romney
Forgive me Father, for I have sinned. I gave MSNBC ratings. But in doing so I can say this is a two man race — Perry vs. Romney. It is also clear in this first debate that Perry is the front runner now. I would still prefer to have a few more debates on this before declaring it, but below I’ll explain why it is | Read More »
South Carolina and the Campaign Trail
On Saturday, Sarah Palin went to Iowa to lament crony capitalism in both parties. Her aides said she was taking shots at Rick Perry and Mitt Romney. We don’t know for sure whether or not she was because Sarah Palin herself did not confirm it. History is full of times Palin aides said something only to find Palin herself contradicting the aides. Yesterday, Sarah Palin | Read More »
The Benefit of Being In Charge
There is a benefit to being in a position of elected leadership. We’ve seen it once in this GOP Presidential campaign. On a stage of former this’s and former that’s, the issue of Libya came up in one of the first debates. Michele Bachmann gave a more thorough and complete answer than any of the other candidates and it was premised with the authority of | Read More »
When Smart People Write Dumb Things
Whether you agree with Bill Keller of the New York Times or not, the man is not dumb. Whether you agree with Kathleen Parker or not, she is not dumb. Same with Ryan Lizza at the New Yorker. Yes, they may be center-left (or depending on who you talk to, center-right for Parker) and yes, Lizza is arguably more than center-left as is Keller. But | Read More »
PolitiFact Proves Yet Again It Is a Left Wing Attack Machine With Nonpartisan Veneer
“Politifact’s fact is nothing more than their left-wing hypothesis disconnected from and ignoring every data point that doesn’t help them make their case.” As a general rule of thumb I heard somewhere, fact checkers don’t check facts. Fact checkers exist to put an objective, nonpartisan veneer on whatever some reporter wants to say. And when fact checkers take it upon themselves to be arbiters of | Read More »
Rick Perry As Front Runner?
I wrote just last week that it was too soon to declare Rick Perry the new front runner in the race for the Republican nomination, but a week later things are starting to shape up well for him. Gallup polling dispels the idea that Perry cannot beat Barack Obama. They are tied among registered voters, which would more than likely put Perry ahead in likely | Read More »
On the Nature of the Perry Attacks
Rick Perry once tried to get out of a speeding ticket. Rick Perry once owned stock in a chain of video stores competing against Blockbuster, some of which also rented adult movies. Rick Perry once was a Democrat. The attacks have come fast and furious against him. But most of the attacks take on a peculiar and very telling strain. A reporter on television or | Read More »
Why It Is Still Romney’s Race To Lose
I’m getting a lot of disagreement with my earlier statement that the race is still Mitt Romney’s to lose. Some of it is irrational exuberance from Perry supporters. Some of it is legitimate. Your mileage may vary on my thinking, but I did want to lay it out. I think the first thing to point out is what Sean Trende pointed out at Real Clear | Read More »
Rick Perry’s biggest problem to getting the Republican nomination and winning a general election is Rick Perry. He is going to have to overcome attacks both from Karl Rove acolytes helping Mitt Romney and also from Democrats painting him as the second coming of George W. Bush. He will have to appeal to swing, independent voters, women, and people who are still a bit tired | Read More »
Post Charleston, Perry Moves to First
Michael Barone has the scoop on the first polling done post Charleston. Rick Perry is at 29% Mitt Romney is at 18% Michele Bachmann is at 13% Ron Paul is at 9% Well . . .
Is Karl Rove Afraid of Being Marginalized?
Last night Karl Rove started buzzing about Paul Ryan, Chris Christie, and others getting into the 2012 race. This morning, around 10:30, Karl took a shot at Rick Perry on Stuart Varney’s show on Fox. Karl Rove’s political director for American Crossroads is now working for Mitt Romney. And the word among several reporter friends is that the reason Mitt Romney came out of the | Read More »
Hyperbloviating Think Progress Gets Its Collective Panties In A Wad Over Rick Perry
Let me remind you that union goons sympathetic to Barack Obama have taken to showing up on the doorsteps of bank executives’ houses in America to threaten and intimidate them. Let me also remind you that Barack Obama told Wall Street Executives that he was all that stood in the way of pitchforks coming for them. And Barack Obama also called on his supporters to | Read More »
Does the Wall Street Journal Have An Ethics Problem With Charles Dameron?
The Orcs at the Wall Street Journal were for TARP and all sorts of corporatist intervention before they even started calling tea party activists “hobbits.” I love the Wall Street Journal, and the Editorial Page, but for all their laments about conservative activists going off the reservation, they frequently stand on the wrong side of government intervention into corporate America. But, to be fair, they | Read More »
A Singular Overlooked Advantage for the Perry Team
Let me give you some quick and dirty info about the Perry team that, in talking to a number of reporters in New Hampshire and Iowa, is being corroborated. Perry has a team in place that he has used for a number of years. While Governor Perry really did legitimately stand down after the November 2010 election and, until a few months ago, had no | Read More »
So . . . Yeah. That Happened.
That happened. Here’s my introduction. It is an honor to introduce the Governor of Texas, Rick Perry. Rick Perry knows the power of the American Dream. He’s the son of tenant farmers… among the first in his family to graduate from college… a proud Air Force veteran… and married to his high school sweetheart, Anita – the first girl he ever dated. They are the | Read More »