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    Watching Mouths

    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 »

    Where Is the Outrage At Captain Bull Malarkey and His Bus Tour?

    August is such a vacuum in Washington. I would like to think the GOP might seize on it to focus on two things for which I do not think there is sufficient outrage.The first is Barack Obama’s bus tour. It is a campaign trip. The administration is doing little to hide it and a passive press corps is even describing it as a bus tour | Read More »

    Morning Briefing for August 17, 2011

    RedState Morning Briefing  For August 17, 2011Go to www.RedStateMB.com to get the Morning Briefing every morning at no charge. 1. Obama’s audacious taxpayer-funded reelection campaign bus tour   2. The Greyhound To Nowhere   3. Obama is a Big Black Cloud, says Ed Schultz   4. Ohio Business Owner Shot For Being Non-Union, Police Investigating   5. GOP Must Hold the Line Against Obama’s ATM | Read More »

    Ed Schultz Is A Black Hole to Thinking #EERS

    Tonight we’re going to have a lot of fun with Ed Schultz’s idiocy doctoring quotes. We’re also going to take on President Obama’s bus tour and Georgia redistricting.Listen live at http://wsbradio.com and call in at 1-800-WSB-TALK.Consider this an open thread.

    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 »

    Morning Briefing for August 16, 2011

    RedState Morning Briefing For August 16, 2011Go to www.RedStateMB.com to getthe Morning Briefing every morning at no charge.1. Obama Creates His Own Luck2. Hyperbloviating Think Progress Gets Its Collective Panties In A Wad Over Rick Perry3. Steve Penley: The RS Gathering’s secret weapon.4. More Drooling Idiocy on Rick Perry’s Faith

    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 bring guns | Read More »

    Back on Radio #EERS

    I’m back on radio tonight after the Charleston RedState Gathering. We’re going through the candidates in a special horse race, getting into the implications of a Perry candidacy, and digging into redistricting.You can listen live by clicking right here and call in at 1-800-WSB-TALK.Consider this an open thread.

    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 »

    Morning Briefing for August 15, 2011

    RedState Morning Briefing For August 15, 2011Go to www.RedStateMB.com to getthe Morning Briefing every morning at no charge.This is a rather unusual Morning Briefing if only because the last 72 hours have been rather unusual and I am exhausted. My apologies in advance.Governor Perry announced to the nation he was running for President. He did so at the RedState Gathering. You can see the video | 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 intention | Read More »

    In Defense of Michele Bachmann

    I am getting a lot of angst in my inbox already about Michele Bachmann. It is sooooo predictable as to be pathetic.Michele Bachmann is weighing down Rick Perry and therefore helping MItt Romney. So Bachmann should get out.Friends, it could be that Rick Perry is weighing down Michele Bachmann, so he should get it out.In fact, neither is true. Both have a right to be | Read More »

    On Tim Pawlenty

    For a long time I thought Tim Pawlenty would be the eventual nominee. He kept his head down, worked hard, and hired a hell of a good team. Nick Ayers, Alex Conant, Ann Marie Hauser, and the rest of the team have really done well building Pawlenty’s image as a problem solver and as a blue state leader with red state values.Unfortunately, the personal charisma | Read More »

    Rick Perry Announces His Presidential Bid at the RedState Gathering

    Transcript below the fold.