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Gov. Perry seems ready to run

August 5, 2011

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Some wives don’t want their husbands to run for president — Alma Powell (Colin Powell) and Cheri Daniels (Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels).

Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry doesn’t have that problem. In an interview with me following a well-received address to the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Perry said, “My wife is a nurse and the daughter of a country doctor. She sees Obamacare with the potential to devastate this country. ... She basically said, ‘Listen, I know you love your job and you’re comfortable there, but your country is in trouble and you need to get off the sideline and get in this game, serve your country and do your duty.’ When someone you’ve known and been married to for 42-plus years (says that), it had a real impact on me. I had to go back and re-evaluate my consistent message that I don’t want to be president of the United States.”

If Anita Perry is on board, can her husband be far behind?

The “reluctant” candidate sounds like he’s all but in: “Seventy days ago this was not on my radar screen. I was happy and comfortable being governor of the state of Texas, one of the greater economies there is in this country. I will let the record speak for itself on job creation and what we’ve done.”

Perry’s job creation record is formidable. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 32,000 new jobs were created in Texas in June, more than in any other state. Proving his policies were not a one-off, between June 2010 and June 2011, Texas added 220,000 new jobs, again more than the other “57 states,” as Barack Obama might say.

Perry sees the momentum that put the House back in Republican control and also narrowed the Senate Democratic majority carrying over into the 2012 election: “I don’t see it out of the realm of possibility to pick up another 20 to 30 House seats and a majority of 60 Republican senators and a consistent conservative president to really make a difference.”

He doesn’t make the connection, but this sounds like a criticism of fellow Texan George W. Bush for not being consistently conservative enough as president when he enjoyed a Republican congressional majority.

Perry is no “let’s all get along” conservative. He wants to make a political difference, mentioning the revival of the 10th Amendment, which guarantees states’ rights, as the way to reduce encroaching federal power: “America is not going to move forward until we remove restrictions of over-taxation, over-regulation and over-litigation on the job creators and free them so the jobs can be created. This president is trying to engage in class warfare and shooting high-powered bullets at people who have corporate jets, but the bullets pass through those wealthy people and hit blue-collar workers who rely upon those wealthy individuals who risk the capital to create the jobs.”

Supreme Court justices are Perry’s preferred way for rerouting the wrong direction he sees the country taking under President Obama. As president, he promises to name “strict constructionists” like Chief Justice John Roberts, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas.

Conservatives are nervous about whether any of the announced GOP candidates can defeat President Obama, who continues to slip in the polls. Are they fearful of repeating the Fred Thompson Effect? Thompson, the former Tennessee senator, who was a late addition to the 2008 presidential race, never seemed to have the stomach for it, nor did his wife. Perry tells me, “I wouldn’t get in if I didn’t have the stomach for it. Running three times for governor of Texas, six times statewide, if I step in, they can bet it will be all-in. There will be plenty of vinegar and whatever else needs to be in the recipe.”

Perry says he’ll announce something “by the end of summer.” Meteorologically, that’s Sept. 23. Politically, it sounds as if he’s already decided to run.

Cal Thomas is a columnist for Tribune Media Services. His email address is tmseditors@tribune.com

Comments

riverdrifter 3 years, 4 months ago

Absolutely run Perry. Absolutely run a neo-con right-wing jerkbait from Texas. Make Parah Sailin his VP running mate.

Please.

uncleandyt 3 years, 4 months ago

I heard tell he's followable on the Tweeter.

Cait McKnelly 3 years, 4 months ago

His "prayer meeting" isn't until this coming Saturday. And if his campaign is anything like his prayer meeting, it's already in trouble. They rented out a stadium that seats 71K and to date they've only had 8K RSVP. Of the 49 Governors invited (other than Perry, himself) Brownback is the only one going. (And I've heard some mutterings that even he may do a last minute bail on it.) The other governors are scrambling in their obfuscation for turning him down. Politicians of all types are staying away in droves. I guess we will see. But Perry is shaping up to be one of those pols that I may beg the GOP to nominate.

cato_the_elder 3 years, 4 months ago

Perry would clean Obama's clock in any non-telepromptered one-on-one debate. He could also easily show Biden to be the buffoon he is, as the result of which a Romney/Perry ticket ought to be considered.

Of course, I'd have to rewrite that if the Dems get smart and dump Obama for Hillary. The "Hillary in 2012" buttons are already out there. Got yours yet?

cato_the_elder 3 years, 4 months ago

The above link has apparently expired. The first paragraphs of the article read:

The Democratic candidate seeking to fill the congressional seat vacated by randy ex-Rep Anthony Weiner distanced himself from President Obama today — by refusing to say whether he backed the president’s re-election.

“I’m running myself right now. On Sept. 14, I’ll be happy to address the president’s election,” State Assemblyman David Weprin said following a press conference at Queens Borough Hall, where he was endorsed by a bevy of female elected leaders.

The special election to replace Weiner — who resigned in disgrace following a sexting scandal — will be held on Sept. 13.

beatrice 3 years, 4 months ago

Debates are always without teleprompters. Please point to a debate that used teleprompters. All politicians, including every person you have voted for for president, has given speeches using a teleprompter. So what is your point exactly.

"Hillary in 2012"? Coming from someone who probably was wearing an "Anyone but Hillary" button at the end of 2007, that is hysterically funny. Really.

beatrice 3 years, 4 months ago

Can you imagine how crazy some would have gotten if Obama had written the answers on his hand. However, since Palin did it, that was a good thing. So silly.

cato_the_elder 3 years, 4 months ago

Obama has now become the first president in U.S. history to have the credit rating of the United States of America downgraded on his watch:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2015832900_apususdebtrating.html?prmid=head_main

S&P had been saying for many weeks that the U.S. needed to get serious about cutting spending. House Republicans heeded the call, but each of the House Bills sent to the Senate was DOA as the result of unwillingness of liberal Democrats to get serious about cutting spending. Hopefully, most of them will be looking for jobs after the 2012 elections.

Cait McKnelly 3 years, 4 months ago

Too bad it was the GOP and their "job creators" that put it there.

jafs 3 years, 4 months ago

Yes, and that includes the unwillingness of Republicans to consider increasing revenue.

cato_the_elder 3 years, 4 months ago

No, jafs. The "cuts," if you can call them that, are miniscule. All Obama wanted was to put off another debate on the debt ceiling until after the 2012 elections, and he got it. Once more the Republicans got snookered, and the country will pay for it. However, in the end Obama may very well pay for it too, a fate which he will justly deserve.

beatrice 3 years, 4 months ago

The Republicans who made a debacle of the debt ceiling talks is what caused this to happen. This one is squarely on the shoulders of the Tea Party members in the House.

cato_the_elder 3 years, 4 months ago

No, beatrice, it's on the shoulders of career politicians in both parties, Obama included, whose re-election plans were much more important to them than doing what was best for America.

riverdrifter 3 years, 4 months ago

Sarah just wanted to give everybody a hand job.

1southernjayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

Well, Hillary, who used to scare me a lot, looks pretty good right now compared to what we ended up with.

cato_the_elder 3 years, 4 months ago

Many Democrats appear to be waking up to just that.

camper 3 years, 4 months ago

The good ole teleprompter stand bye.

Kendall Simmons 3 years, 4 months ago

I get sooooo incredibly tired of people thinking they're somehow being "clever" when they make snide remarks about a US President...gasp...using a teleprompter.

After all, beginning with Eisenhower, every single US President...with the sole exception of Nixon...has used teleprompters while giving speeches.

EVERY SINGLE PRESIDENT SINCE EISENHOWER...with the exception of Richard Nixon!

For those of you trying to be oh-so-clever, Eisenhower was elected in 1952 and began serving in 1953. He first used a teleprompter...indeed, he used TWO of them...when giving his State of the Union address in 1954.

That was 57 and a half years ago.

And Nixon? Who read from note cards? His presidency was over in 1974...almost 37 and a half years ago.

All the rest of our Presidents in the last 57 and a half years have used teleprompters instead of note cards.

So a President using a teleprompter is a big deal to you oh-so-clever folks...why?

cato_the_elder 3 years, 4 months ago

Because Obama can't function without it, that's why. Thought you would have realized that.

mloburgio 3 years, 4 months ago

PROFILE: The Outlandish Beliefs Of Rick Perry’s Prayer Rally Endorsers

A quick look at the event’s endorsement list features a who’s-who of extreme right-wing religious figures. They warn of dire consequences for our nation: birds dying out because gays can serve in the military, hurricanes ravaging “sinful cities,” even Oprah Winfrey being a sign of the Apocalypse. Yet despite their outlandish beliefs and rhetoric, Perry features their support prominently on the event’s website.

ThinkProgress has compiled the top outlandish beliefs from pastors associated with Perry’s prayer rally: http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/08/03/280108/profile-the-outlandish-beliefs-of-rick-perrys-prayer-rally-endorsers/

grammaddy 3 years, 4 months ago

Great! Another idiot Governor from Texas.I've seen this movie already.Will we ever learn?

rockchalker52 3 years, 4 months ago

If Perry runs & Sammy B. gloms onto the VP slot, how am I s'posed to feel? Getting Brownie out of Cedar Crest is a worthy goal, but not by siccing him on the rest of the country. It's like the political version of Sophie's Choice.

Corey Williams 3 years, 4 months ago

Perry, who turned down federal money for education, then complained about not getting federal aid for their wildfire problems. Yeah, I guess that's leadership and strength.

Corey Williams 3 years, 4 months ago

http://www.txdemocrats.org/2009/10/05/top-ten-rick-perry-failures/

Yep, texas democrats. So you'll probably just dismiss it. But the funny thing is, they have their sources quoted from mostly texas newspapers (that darned liberal media, again). But since I feel like feeding a troll today...there you go.

Corey Williams 3 years, 4 months ago

"Larryville Party of Atheists" "Fear Monger-in-Chief" "the Annointed One." And that's just from your post at 7.41 AM. Just think what is in your history.
Oh...yeah...more of the same. Never mind.

beatrice 3 years, 4 months ago

BAA again continuing his attack on atheists, and in his defense of Brownback's religion he attacks Obama's. Funny.

Oh, and Obama wasn't anointed, he was elected. Why do you hate American voters?

beatrice 3 years, 4 months ago

No. Tom was very proud of knowing how to correctly spell "anointed." BAA obviously isn't.

Gene Wallace 3 years, 4 months ago

Not a Progressive and Not an Atheist, this very Spiritual and Patriotic Veteran does NOT want to live in a Christian Theocracy or a Socialist Worker's Utopia. I will not support or vote Demo or Theo in 2012.

pizzapete 3 years, 4 months ago

Thanks Bozo, from reading Cal's editorial I was thinking Perry must be doing something right to bring all those jobs to TX. Giving corporations large tax credits to move there certainly works well in the short term. I'm taking my endorsement of Perry being a "job creator" back.

jafs 3 years, 4 months ago

No mention of the approximately $27 billion projected budget deficit in Texas.

Hmm.

Kendall Simmons 3 years, 4 months ago

And no mention of "...the rest of the story"

Perry says "I will let the record speak for itself on job creation and what we've done".

Well...here's what the record says:

  • 37% of the jobs Perry brags about creating are minimum wage jobs.
  • Texas is now tied with Mississippi for having the highest percentage of minimum wage jobs in the country
  • Texas leads the country in the total number of minimum wage jobs.
  • The number of minimum wage workers in Texas has increased nearly 150 percent.
  • Texas ranks 41st among all the states in the % of jobs that post-secondary education...no wonder they lead the nation in minimum wage jobs.
  • 15.4% of Texans are on food stamps. (Kansas is 10.4%. US is 14.3%. As an aside, California is 9.7%.)
  • Texas leads the country in workers without health insurance
  • Texas is the most dangerous state for worker safety
  • Texas has the 4th highest state budget shortfall in the country...approximately 1/3 of its entire state budget. (As an aside...Perry used federal stimulus money to pay 97% of Texas's budget shortfall in fiscal 2010.)

and...

  • Texas' unemployment rate has increased to 8.2% and is still rising. In fact, there are 25 states with LOWER unemployment rates than Texas.

The "Texas Miracle" is a myth.

Sure...for a while there, it looked as though Texas might have been the exception. The state that escaped the recession. After all, the state was temporarily protected from the recession by rising oil and gas prices.

But I think this quote from Business Insider sums the situation up quite nicely:

"Think of Texas as being like America's Ireland. Ireland was once praised as a model for economic growth: conservatives loved it for its pro-business, anti-tax, low-spending strategy, and hailed it as the way forward for all of Europe. Then it blew up."

Kendall Simmons 3 years, 4 months ago

Whoops...correction: "Texas ranks 41st among all the states in the % of jobs that REQUIRE A post-secondary education...no wonder they lead the nation in minimum wage jobs."

jafs 3 years, 4 months ago

You should ask the moderators for clarification about what causes posters to be banned.

And, I'd like to see evidence that liberal posts that violate the TOS and are flagged don't get deleted.

jafs 3 years, 4 months ago

I think you answered your own question there - Lawrence is a rather liberal town, especially for KS.

Of course, it's also possible that many conservatives have little interest in participating in these sorts of forums.

Do you know a lot of conservative folks that follow the TOS, and would like to participate on these forums that aren't allowed to do so?

jafs 3 years, 4 months ago

It sounds to me as though conservatives should flag comments and file complaints, if they're unhappy with the behavior of liberal posters.

Why not exercise some personal responsibility there?

beatrice 3 years, 4 months ago

I love to see conservatives playing the victim card. It is just so sad.

BAA do your really believe that the LJWorld, the newspaper that consistently runs anti-Obama editorials written by the paper's owner and supported McCain and Bush in the last three elections is against conservatives? Too funny.

jafs 3 years, 4 months ago

Anybody can and should flag comments if they find them objectionable - I agree of course that everybody should be acting well and not violating the TOS.

I don't understand your next sentence.

So, your idea is that instead of you flagging comments you find objectionable, you want to tell liberals not to do that?

What a strange idea - but by all means if you want to choose not to exercise your power and right to flag comments and thus affect the atmosphere on here in a positive direction, that's your right as well.

But then complaining that liberal posts that offend you aren't being removed seems a bit silly, doesn't it?

jafs 3 years, 4 months ago

Maybe it would be a better use of your time and energy to make more civil posts that don't violate the TOS.

beatrice 3 years, 4 months ago

nl-nr was a long-time return customer. Don't fret, he will return again soon under yet another new name.

BAA, sorry to see you playing the victim card. I thought you believed people should be responsible for their own actions.

Cait McKnelly 3 years, 4 months ago

Hey Bea, I just figured out BAA is a long time return-customer. (Yeah, I'm slow on the uptake sometimes.)

Cait McKnelly 3 years, 4 months ago

Wow. I had no idea Aggie had the magic finger on the disappeareded button.

jafs 3 years, 4 months ago

If conservative posters exhibit bad behavior, including personal insults and attacks, then they should be held accountable.

Of course, the same is true for liberal or moderate or libertarian posters who engage in that behavior.

If liberals break the TOS, I certainly hope you flag their posts, and have those comments removed.

beatrice 3 years, 4 months ago

While Perry has the huge issue of being a Texas governor to overcome so soon after the unfavorable presidency of George W. Bush, a major issue in American politics today is the debt and runaway deficits. Perry is a Republican governor in office for 11 years working with a Republican controlled state legislature, and Texas is facing a deficit of $27 billion dollars! I really don't see how Republicans can justify to themselves, let alone to anyone else, why we should be interested in Perry when he is clearly not capable of controlling spending.

How does overseeing a deficit of $27 billion make Perry presidential material? This is a serious question that I would love to see someone give a serious response to.

jafs 3 years, 4 months ago

Actually, if you multiply it by 50, you get almost exactly $14 trillion.

jafs 3 years, 4 months ago

Actually, $13.5 trillion, to be precise.

beatrice 3 years, 4 months ago

Damn jafs, well done!

The big difference is that everyone is aware that Obama is responsible for only part of the national debt. Perry and the Texas Republicans, on the other hand, are responsible for the entire Texas deficit.

However, ksrush, you fail to say why Perry is qualified. The debt in Texas is huge! Is your argument really that it isn't quite as bad as the national debt, so that makes him qualified to be president?

notaubermime 3 years, 4 months ago

You do realize the difference between "debt" and "deficit", right? Under Perry, Texas's debt has more than doubled. A guy who doubled the debt of his state as a governor is supposed to be better than what we have?

Number 1 in job creation, huh? Is that why Texas has a higher unemployment rate now than it did when he took office? Is that why there are 25 states with lower unemployment rates than Texas (including New York)?

notaubermime 3 years, 4 months ago

"Every state now has higher unemployment vs 2000." Exactly why Perry's job numbers aren't that impressive. Texas unemployment rate at 8.2% ranks 26th in the nation: http://www.bls.gov/web/laus/laumstrk.htm

"Debt / defecit you're in the red either way" Brilliant deduction. Mind answering my question of how Gov. Perry has a better fiscal record than Pres. Obama?

Kendall Simmons 3 years, 4 months ago

Good grief!!!

You claimed that Texas was the 3rd least debt-ridden state in 2008. Never mind that it's August 2011, so the relevance of 2008 figures is ...well...whatever. I was willing to check out the link you provided as a source.

But I was expecting to at least be pointed to data that showed, for example, the ratio of state spending to GDP. Or, say, local and state indebtedness. Something...anything...that demonstrated that Texas government was handling debt well.

After all...and this is essential to remember...the article we've been responding to is about Texas as a STATE and about its governor and about all the "STATE stuff".

I certainly wasn't expecting to read this:

"MainStreet gathered all the state debt numbers, based on the most recent census data, which is for 2008. We also grabbed each state’s population for the same year and figured out what each citizen's share of the state debt...What follows is a list of the 10 most debt-ridden states and the 10 least debt-ridden states."

Excuse me????

Just to give you some 2011 pertinent facts...

Texas's debt is higher as a percentage of GDP than the US average. And Equifax reports Texas as being one of the 6 WORST states regarding personal debt.

notaubermime 3 years, 4 months ago

A) That is 2008, and Texas's debt has grown greatly since then. B) Texas is very decentralized. If one looks at the per capita debt only held by the state, it is quite low. If one looks at the per capita debt held by the state and local governments, it ranks near the top.

notaubermime 3 years, 4 months ago

The figure that jafs threw out was the Texas state deficit over the next 2 years. That is the amount of money that Texas is adding to their debt over the next two years. The sad fact is that Texas's debt is increasing at a faster rate than that of the national debt over the last 10 years. I really don't see how Perry's record is any better.

Kendall Simmons 3 years, 4 months ago

Since I was the person who originally posted that the unemployment rate in Texas is higher than that of 25 other states, I'm more than happy to provide you with the source of that claim:

Bureau of Labor Statistics. "Current Unemployment Rates for States and Historical Highs/Lows"

http://www.bls.gov/web/laus/lauhsthl.htm

Richard Heckler 3 years, 4 months ago

The repub party has a long history of economic destruction and crime to include Iran-Contra and Watergate. Like or not a consistent and disturbing pattern has developed by their choosing.

After spending so so many decades in Washington D.C on tax dollar payrolls republicans are sure they learned all they needed to know about OUR money and founding reckless economies. Republicans have much experience under their belts and they never quit sharing.

For openers... Remember Texas!!!

  1. TABOR is Coming by Grover Norquist and Koch Bros. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2005/0705rebne.html

  2. The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist(Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion) http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

  3. Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers under Bush/Cheney http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

  4. Bush and Henry Paulson blew the $700 billion of bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

And that tax cuts do nothing to make an economy strong or produce jobs.

  1. Still A Bad Idea – Bush Tax Cuts - The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0301miller.html

In the end big debt and super duper bailouts were the results which does not seem to bother Republicans, as long as they are in power.

In fact, by the time the second Bush left office, the national debt had grown to $12.1 trillion:

  • Over half of that amount had been created by Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy.

  • Another 30% of the national debt had been created by the tax cuts for the wealthy under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

• Fully 81% of the national debt was created by just these three Republican Presidents. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0111orr.html

gl0ck0wn3r 3 years, 4 months ago

Squirrels enjoy bailouts

The living squirrels are divided into five subfamilies, with about 50 genera and nearly 280 species. The oldest squirrel fossil, Hesperopetes, dates back to the Chadronian (Late Eocene, about 40–35 million years ago), and is similar to modern flying squirrels.

Apart from these sometimes little-known fossil forms, the phylogeny of the living squirrels is fairly straightforward. There are three main lineages, one comprising the Ratufinae (Oriental giant squirrels). These contain a mere handful of living species in tropical Asia. The Neotropical Pygmy Squirrel of tropical South America is the sole living member of the Sciurillinae. The third lineage is by far the largest and contains all other subfamilies; it has a near-cosmopolitan distribution. This further supports the hypothesis that the common ancestor of all squirrels living and fossil lived in North America, as these three most ancient lineages seem to have radiated from there – if squirrels had originated in Eurasia for example, one would expect quite ancient lineages in Africa, but African squirrels seem to be of more recent origin.

The main group of squirrels also can be split up in three, which yields the remaining subfamilies. The Sciurinae contains the flying squirrels (Pteromyini) and the Sciurini, which among others contains the American tree squirrels; the former have often been considered a separate subfamily but are now seen as a tribe of the Sciurinae. The pine squirrels (Tamiasciurus) on the other hand are usually included with the main tree squirrel lineage, but appear to be about as distinct as the flying squirrels; hence they are sometimes considered a distinct tribe, Tamiasciurini.

Be that as it may, the three-way split of the main squirrel lineage is rather neat from a biogeographical and ecological perspective. Two of the three subfamilies are of about equal size, containing between nearly 70 and 80 species each; the third is about twice as large. The Sciurinae contains arboreal (tree-living) squirrels, mainly of the Americas and to a lesser extent Eurasia. The Callosciurinae on the other hand is most diverse in tropical Asia and contains squirrels which are also arboreal, but have a markedly different habitus and appear more "elegant", an effect enhanced by their often very colorful fur. The Xerinae – the largest subfamily – are made up from the mainly terrestrial (ground-living) forms and include the large marmots and the popular prairie dogs among others, as well as the tree squirrels of Africa; they tend to be more gregarious than other squirrels which do not usually live together in close-knit groups.

ljwhirled 3 years, 4 months ago

Sweet. Another Texas Governor.

Please elect him, change both the house and senate to republican and let them have it for 8 years.

After Hoover, the country shifted left for half a century.

Let the right have it. The voters will get what they deserve.

jafs 3 years, 4 months ago

If you read what S&P said about why they downgraded our rating, it includes both spending and the refusal to raise revenue on the part of Republicans.

As I've always said, both sides are at fault here, and the only sustainable way out is to both increase revenue and decrease spending.

jafs 3 years, 4 months ago

If you google s&p downgrade, you will find a statement from them.

It includes a variety of reasons why they decided to downgrade, including their lack of confidence in our government to work together, lack of any revenue enhancements, and lack of enough spending cuts.

Basically, they see that the parties can't agree much, and without working together, won't solve the problem.

That's what I've been saying all along - not that I'm glad to have been proven right in this particular manner.

jafs 3 years, 4 months ago

That's what I said.

Part of that dysfunction is the lack of consideration of revenue enhancing measures like letting the Bush tax cuts expire on the part of Republicans.

Also, if you listen to the clip linked to the actual guy talking about it, he says this administration shares fault with the previous one, and that there's plenty of blame on both sides.

jafs 3 years, 4 months ago

By the way, the T-party, although well intentioned, may have contributed to the inability of the government to work together across the aisle, and thus contributed to the downgrade.

jafs 3 years, 4 months ago

I think it's part of the inability of politicians in Washington to work together, which is part of why it was downgraded.

It's not that they "raise the issue" - it's that they're staunchly ideologically opposed to anything that looks like a tax increase, including allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire as planned.

And, that more moderate Republicans, having seen T-Party candidates win last time around, are afraid to be seen as weak on that issue, and thus endanger their re-election chances.

So, folks who might have been able to work together in the past are now finding it much more difficult to do so.

50YearResident 3 years, 4 months ago

Perry/Brownback, get it on so we can get rid of both of them. God's selected canidates. Woo-Hoo. Maybe they can even get Jimmy Carter to help get things rolling. Put up a revival tent and get those donations rolling in. God save us!

rockchalker52 3 years, 4 months ago

BornAA, you'll have to decide if the source is too lib for you or not, but here is a link to the S&P guy talking about their reasons for downgrade. Straight from the horse's mouth. Not a gift horse, tho... :-o/

http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/

jafs 3 years, 4 months ago

Interesting.

Straight from him, the political climate was a major factor.

And, "there's plenty of blame to go around" when responding to whether he blames one side or the other in Washington.

Jimo 3 years, 4 months ago

Gee, imagine if someone had a prayer meeting where participants were asked to give as many of their possessions as possible to the poor, stop pushing 'hate other people' themes, and pledged that from now on they'll only worry about their own sex lives and not others'. Where the only mention of hell is in reference to the failure to help the poor, downtrodden, and oppressed.

Happened once before.

But he got crucified.

Rick Perry won't make that same mistake.

yourworstnightmare 3 years, 4 months ago

Rick Perry might appeal to the teapublicans, but responsible republicans, independents, and democrats will avoid this guy like the plague.

ksriver2010 3 years, 4 months ago

Ralph Nader is saying today that a Democratic challenger to Obama is a certainty. I expect that they will swap Biden and Hillary roles and Hillary will be the running mate.

As for repubs I would expect Perry to be a headliner or running mate.

Kendall Simmons 3 years, 4 months ago

I just hope this doesn't mean that Ralph Nader is considering yet another run for the presidency..

equalaccessprivacy 3 years, 4 months ago

An Onion take on Rick Perry:

AUSTIN, TX—Describing Texas Gov. Rick Perry as grossly unqualified for the position, God, the Creator and Ruler of the Universe, urged Perry not to run for president of the United States Wednesday. “I prayed last night and asked the Lord to support my candidacy, and He said no,” Perry told reporters outside the Texas Capitol, explaining that God had cited the governor’s rejection of federal stimulus funds to expand state jobless benefits, his irresponsible speculation about Texas seceding from the union, and his overall lack of concrete solutions to the nation’s problems as reasons why He could not endorse a Perry presidential bid. “I believe God made some valid points about my lack of credentials, and He’s absolutely right. My extreme beliefs when it comes to social issues and states’ rights are not only disturbingly narrow-minded, but would also make me a horrible president.” When reached for comment, God said He would not be present at Perry’s much-talked-about Christian day of prayer on Aug. 6, calling the governor’s use of his public office to endorse a religion both “irresponsible” and a violation of the Constitution.

http://www.theonion.com/articles/god-urges-rick-perry-not-to-run-for-president,20981/

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