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The Disruption of Rick Perry

The former Texas governor has been a product of disruption—but also its victim.

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“Disruption” is a term that has become cliché and one I really hate. But it does apply to Perry’s political fortunes. In more recent years, the word became popular in the tech industry as new products and the Internet started creating fundamental changes in the economy: “better, cheaper, faster.” Disruption was a word the techies and tech investors could use to make themselves feel smarter than everyone else instead of just luckier. Perhaps they are unaware of how petroleum discovered in Pennsylvania disrupted the whale oil business, or how Edison’s light bulb affected the gas light trade.

Disruption is little more than dramatic change, and while the term is mostly applied to how technology affects markets, it can apply to broader concepts. Walmart disrupted mom-and-pop stores across America with its economy of scale, triggering the era of big box stores — which now are suffering in competition with Internet retailers. Cheap online advertising killed the profits at newspapers. E-books have undercut legacy publishing. Cable television diminished the networks. Now the trend of cable-cutting is threatening the financial scheme of those giants of media control.

So what, you ask, does any of this have to do with Rick Perry? A lot.

After almost 150 years of total control of Texas politics, the Democratic Party lost management of the state in the 1990s because of an influx of Republicans from other states. There had been almost as much political emphasis on illegal immigration from Mexico in the 1980s as there is today, but when the party realignment started occurring, former Democratic Governor Mark White joked that perhaps the Democrats had been watching the wrong border. Perry angered many Democrats by switching parties, but he caught the wave and rode it right into the governor’s mansion.

Then Perry decided to run for president in 2011 and slammed into the wall of political disruption.

Technology and change have affected American politics throughout history. The wonderful political novel The Last Hurrah is the story of a ward boss mayor of Boston fighting his final re-election campaign against a young politician with TV appeal. Art became reality as young Boston politician John F. Kennedy defeated the more seasoned Richard Nixon in the 1960s television debates in no small part by looking young and vigorous. Nixon came back in 1968 with a television advertising effort that changed the nature of campaigning. But then Jimmy Carter re-established the value of shoe-leather campaigning in 1976 with an Iowa showing that shot him from the back of the pack to perceived frontrunner. President Obama’s 2008 fundraising machine made him the first presidential candidate of the Internet.

When Perry announced for president, he was grossly unprepared for how cable news and the Internet had changed the national political landscape.

Whether you like Perry or not, he is an exceptionally good retail campaigner, connecting with audiences when he speaks. In the traditional presidential campaigns that existed between Carter and George W. Bush’s re-election, Perry would have excelled. The formula was: Connect with voters in early primary and caucus states while raising money for the long haul of television advertising to drive home the message. But it wasn’t just fundraising that changed in 2008. In what was the first step toward turning presidential nominations into national campaigns rather than state-by-state affairs, televised debates – partisan gladiatorial brawls – became a part of the woodwork. Before that year, neither party had more than 15 primary debates in a cycle. The spectacle exploded that cycle though, with 25 in the Democrat primaries and 21 in the Republican, carrying over to 20 in the 2011/12 Republican primaries.

Perry was ill prepared for debating, having had just a few in his gubernatorial campaigns. His mistakes were of a kind that a politician might have weathered in previous elections, but with the echo chamber of the Internet, they were fatal. (And the dominance of those debates on establishing the system were so dramatic that both parties this year are trying to reduce the number to six for the Democrats and nine for the Republicans.)

Internet and cable television disruption continues to plague Perry this year in the form of Donald Trump. As Trump has demagogued his way to the front of the pack of Republican candidates, no one has suffered as much as Perry. As much as numbers guru Nate Silver may argue that Trump is winning the polls but losing the nomination the national polls, media coverage, and Internet chatter are driving the campaign. Watching whatever individual state polls have been done since this summer, I’ve found they have started tracking the national numbers. Before Trump took off in late July, Scott Walker led in Iowa and Bush in New Hampshire. Trump now not only leads in those states, but he also is ahead of Bush in his home state of Florida. The Trump surge is displayed on cable television in the 20,000 people who turned out to hear Trump in Mobile, Alabama, on a Friday night.

Once again, the presidential nominating process has become national and preys on Perry’s weaknesses rather than plays to his strengths.

Trump for the time being has frozen the field. That works well for Texas Senator Ted Cruz’ plan to pick up a few delegates here and a few delegates there to take into the national party convention as bargaining chips. It is a disaster for Perry, however. Perry needs fluidity in the pack. He needs a Jimmy Carter moment in an early state or caucus. Instead, he gets an Internet lashing over a misspeak in the second tier debate when he referred to Ronald Reagan as Ronald Raven. His operating cash is drying up. His Iowa chairman jumped ship to Trump. Perry still has plenty of Super Pac money for a strong television advertising campaign in the early states, but so long as the field is frozen, spending that money may be like spitting into the wind. Perry’s best hope at this point is that Jeb Bush will expend some of his mega-millions on advertisements telling voters about “the real” Donald Trump. Only if the Trump bubble burst will Perry have a chance to move up from one percent support.

At the moment, though, disruption is killing Perry’s White House dreams. Perhaps he should start thinking of a new career as a whaler, a wheelwright, or a newspaper publisher.

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  • John Johnson

    Agree with you – our ex-gov is finished, but nothing disrupted Perry as much as Perry himself. Trump and Cruz took his far right position, so he started moderating. Big mistake. He now looks like what he really is…a has been; a C student with canned responses that don’t work on intelligent people; a guy who doesn’t know when to quit.

    • You have to admit he had a good ride.

    • Blue Dogs

      Cruz’s victory over Dewhurst in the 2012 United States Senate GOP primary runoff, sucked all of the political oxygen Perry had!

      • Pete Wagner

        That type of dubiousness should be expected from the system today. Worse still, was the other Rick in Iowa in 2011, utterly incredible. Occums razor says, big time electoral irregularities.

  • WUSRPH

    Rick was not ready to run for (or be) president in 2012. His knowledge was deficient and, as you noted, he was not prepared for the debates. The result was that he started out this year as a far behind with the image of “Oops” stuck in the public’s mind who, as you also noted, needed a big beak to have a chance. He has not gotten that. The Donald phenomena has made that impossible…..and it is doubtful he can hang on long enough for Trump to deflate……Another one of those might have beens in the contest for the presidency, some of whom would have made good presidents…For his sake I hope he does not become a modern Harold Stassen who might have won in 1948 had he gotten the nomination and who would probably have been a better than normal president but who could not shake the idea that he had something to offer his party and his nation and ran and ran until he became a joke.

    P.S. Is “disrupted” a substitute for planned (or in Rick’s case) unplanned obsolesce.

    P.S.P.S. Didn’t the Romulan’s use “disrupters” ?

    • Rules of Blazon

      Great typo: “needed a big beak to have a chance.” He got a big beak, alright: a raven’s!

    • Indiana Pearl

      I was told by “native Texans” that Rick avoided debates like the plague in gubernatorial races, so had no OJT in 2012.

      • WUSRPH

        He also consistently ducked newspaper editorial boards where he might be asked some tough questions. Local reporters who he saw at events out in the hinterlands usually do not have the background to ask anything really tough.

      • Pete Wagner

        I see you follow Rick Perry and make disparaging comments. Is it lucrative?

        • Indiana Pearl

          Nope. Retired lady scientist.

    • Blue Dogs

      Not surprised Perry admitted he should’ve STAYED OUT in 2012.

  • Unwound

    RG’s back!

    • Unwound

      (nothing against erica, but i like that the blog would have more than one voice)

      • WUSRPH

        It also needs more frequent posts by the likes of MB, Roadgeek and DarkSkyJim who contributed much to the discussion of birth by citizenship. Entries by informed voices from the right can stir the debate and make us sharpen our points and logic….the TROLL is no substitute, in fact, he more than lowers the level of discussion rather than contributing to it….So, come back MB and friends. Your absence is missed.

      • Blue Dogs

        OOOOOOO, Erica, he’s calling you out!

      • You just don’t like women…..

        • Unwound

          I find I actually prefer them the more I’m exposed to you

  • Rules of Blazon

    Nobody in the world except Erica Grieder ever thought Perry was anything but a joke with no chance this cycle. And it’s all his own fault.

    • Pete Wagner

      Israel or NY?

      • Rules of Blazon

        Huh?

  • WUSRPH

    BREAKING NEWS ITEM:

    As I (and others) expected Comptroller Hegar has ducked taking any action on the disputed budget vetoes. Instead, he will refer the questions to Atty Gen. Paxton. This is the same policy Comptroller Bullock followed back in 1979–the last time there was a major dispute between the governor and the legislature over the governor’s vetoes. At that time, Atty. Gen. Mark White came down on the legislature’s side with an opinion that has guided all but Abbott’s actions since then. It will be interesting to see whether Paxton follows the consistent pattern of AG rulings and court decisions that tend to favor the legislature in this periodic struggle over who gets to shape the budget. With all of his own problems, Paxton may be reluctant to get in the middle of the fight. If that is the case, it may take him a long, long time to “thoroughly review important issues.”….

    • You ever thought of creating your own blog? If you had anything of interest to say people might listen. Instead of taking every post off topic.

  • Obviously Guv Perry doesn’t do well in debates.
    In this day of sound bites and media frenzies the only politicians who can survive are the slick Willies or the ones the media gives a free pass like the anointed one. As Clint likes to say an empty chair.
    But unfortunately only hipsters or coolness sells subway sammiches or viagra to the uninformed.

    • Blue Dogs

      Of the debates, I’ve seen Perry perform in, the ones I thought he did well were:
      2002: the 2 debates against Sanchez
      2006: against Bell, Kinky, Strayhorn: Perry was focused, looked at the camera when attacked by Strayhorn & Co.,

      • dave in texas

        Well yeah, he was bound to show up well against Tony Sanchez, who was the worst Democratic candidate for governor in my lifetime, and I’m old. I also say that as someone who worked for the campaign. True story: I was walking out of a campaign event and was talking to someone else (who had no idea I worked for the campaign), and the guy says to me “Boy, that was a barncooler of a speech.” Tony Sanchez is a good man, and he might have made a good governor, but he was a horrible candidate.

        • Blue Dogs

          Now Sanchez is back in Laredo, spending time with his grandchildren!

        • WUSRPH

          He was recruited to run as part of “The Dream Ticket” strategy and because he had the cash to finance the whole thing himself. He did. They cut him up good with TV commercials, etc. and that was that. (Whoever thought of running a rich banker from Laredo as the Democratic candidate? I know, but I will not say in order to protect the guilty.)

          • dave in texas

            I’ll say it. It was John Sharp. My guess is that he thought Sanchez’ money going into the coordinated campaign would help put him over the top in the lite guv race. And in another year, it might have, but the 2002 wave election after 9/11 pretty much doomed that notion. The one race I really regret that year was the US Senate race. I think Ron Kirk would have been an outstanding senator, but instead we got stuck with empty suit John Cornyn.

            ETA: The commercials the Perry campaign ran that tried to implicate Sanchez in the murder of DEA agents in Mexico were some of the most abhorrent campaign spots I’ve ever seen. Despicable.

          • WUSRPH

            Sharp figured that the Dream Ticket, with a black for US senator, a Hispanic for governor and Sharp for Lt. governor would bring enough extra minority voters to the polls to close the less than 20,000 vote margin by which he had lost in 1998. It did not work for the reasons you cited, even though Sanchez opened his wallet.

          • Blue Dogs

            Then-Austin Mayor Kirk Watson (D) was also on the 2002 Dream Team Disaster, when he got punked by Abbott in the State AG contest!

          • Blue Dogs

            Once Perry unleashed Sanchez’s skeletons for all to see, it was over for Old Tony!

          • WUSRPH

            But the skeletons were all FAKES, made of Paper Mache and scraps by the Perry PR machine. The were lies.

      • Pete Wagner

        He always does well in front of the camera, we’re just not supposed to think that. Even the “oops” was folksy enough to be likeable, particularly in light of Obama’s gaffe on visiting 57 states, Clinton’s “I did not have sexual relations with that woman”, Bush Jr (every word out of his mouth), etc. So, yeah, there’s a lot of media bias.

    • WUSRPH

      As that why the polls show that a large portion of The Donald’s support comes from “the uninformed”?

      It is true that Rick did not do well in at least one of the debates….the famous “Oops” espisode—but the point is that he could have done better had he been better prepared to run for president than he was. However, he and his backers thought that his Texas campaigns had taught them all they needed to know….They forget they were moving to the REAL BIG TIME…and he was not ready for it….Could he ever have been is he question. I doubt it….He would have had to have the discipline to sit down with experts to learn about so many things from foreign to domestic policy issues and do many, may hours of debate and question answering drills…and I just do not believe he would have been willing to submit to that back in 2010-11. Having learned his lesson, he was willing to do it for this time….but it was probably too late. Of course, two-thirds of the stuff he had to learn would probably have never come up in a debate or a question…but he still had to be prepared if it did. He just was not in 2012.

      • You don’t get it because you simply can’t. You’re a style vs substance kind of person., You vote based on looks, sound bites and slogans. When a candidate speaks about a sound fiscal policy or American exceptionalism you don’t get what he is saying because you can’t.
        When Bob Bullock invented double dipping, state workers drawing retirement while drawing a salary you thought that was the greatest thing since sliced bread. You’re exact words were “I want that.”
        But it was bad fiscal policy and you approved.
        “Former Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock, a Democrat who died in 1999, used a version of the loophole to collect a state pension while serving as lieutenant governor, a post that pays only $7,200 a year in salary.”
        http://www.texastribune.org/2015/03/09/double-dipping-ban-move/

        • WUSRPH

          I like the way you (The Troll) make up things about situations about which you know absolutely nothing…..but then you can believe many more than 12 impossible things before breakfast and dozens more during the day…You do it every day.

          P.S. What I had here was a good, good cut…but I took it out. I will not fall to his level…assuming the impossibility of anyone else but him getting that low.

          (But I’ll keep it in mind in case he goes back to making sexual statements about others, especially women. I suspect he was “talked to” by the management about that since he has not been doing it much lately.)

          • “Former Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock, a Democrat who died in 1999, used a version of the loophole to collect a state pension while serving as lieutenant governor, a post that pays only $7,200 a year in salary.”

            http://www.texastribune.org/2015/03/09/double-dipping-ban-move/

          • Beerman

            WUSRPH, just ignore the Troll, and his bull manure that he spews each day after he drinks the Evangelical koolaide from MQS sources. Remember: you can’t win a peeing contest with a skunk…….

          • Indiana Pearl

            Candy is a Republican.

        • Unwound

          “You’re a style vs substance kind of person”

          says the guy getting snowed by cruz

          • WUSRPH

            I would have backed a lot more winners in my day if I went for style over substance. But the problem with “substance” candidates is they often have not figured out how to convey what they know to the public…..

          • especially when they are debating both candy andthe prez….

          • Pete Wagner

            Harvard Ted the Senator? Senators are productive people, they eat, shit and produce hot air.

        • dave in texas

          Speaking of style over substance, I don’t think there’s any emptier phrase in the political lexicon than “American exceptionalism.” It’s only used by the ignorant partisans who don’t have anything whatsoever of substance to say about any issue.

          • WUSRPH

            I also do not like the way the term is used today and by whom it is used…But the fact is that the United States WAS EXCEPTIONAL when it began The concept of a large scale (even with a limited electorate) democratically elected representational government was truly revolutionary….As was our built-in system of check and balances and our written constitution and guarantee of rights. We, in fact, were that “shining example” to the world you hear talked about. Since then, we have not always been right or done the best thing….We have made mistakes…but in my view, overall, our continued existence as a nation has been a net benefit for the world.

      • Pete Wagner

        Wake up, the polls are bogus. Trump is a tool to elect somebody else other than Perry.

      • conurse

        Lipstick on a pig……. He could never have been prepared enough to actually BE intelligent. That’s not something you fake…….like putting on “intelligent” glasses……

  • Blue Dogs

    When Perry switched to the GOP on September 29, 1989, he saw an opportunity for statewide office & took it!

    • WUSRPH

      When Perry was seduced by Karl Rove to switch to the GOP Karl took him to the top of the mountain and, with his arm around Rick’s shoulder, said: “Son, all this can be yours some day if you only…..” If Jim Hightower had run any sort of a real campaign that would have been the last anyone would ever have heard of James Richard Perry…BUT…

      • Blue Dogs

        Perry will always have an undefeated record in TX elections: 14-0 including primaries, runoffs, general elections!!!!!!!

        • Don’t bring up facts to the disillusioned.

        • WUSRPH

          But, as they say about baseball pitchers, you are only as good as your last win……Rick will probably always have the record for years as governor…and he can be justly proud of that….but he will always know that he lost his chance for the biggest one of all.

          Others probably have won more elections, but it is the 14 years as governor that will always make Gov. Perry stand out in Texas history.

          (Tom Craddick, for example, was elected to the Texas House in 1968 and has run for re-election every two years since…That makes at least 24 straight primary and 24 general elections or more if he ever was in a run-off primary. That would make him 48-0 at the minimum.)

          • Unwound

            craddicks also probably going to go down being remembered as the guy who lost the speakership

          • WUSRPH

            But, if that is the basis for how he is remembered, the same would apply to Pete Laney….and I’d hate to see that happen. Of course, there is a major difference. That is–Pete’s party lost the majority in the House while Craddick had the majority but could not hold it.

            However, the likelihood is that in 20 years neither of them will be remembered except as a passing mention in a Texas government textbook…..or as a trivia question. In some ways that is a shame, but it does suggest their is some truth in the old slogan that no one is irreplaceable.

            Speaking of speaker trivia: who were the only father and son speakers of the Texas House? And who was Speaker Kennedy and what makes him of note?

          • Lilly

            All right, since no one else answered, I’ll play trivia with you. Father/son speakers: Price Daniel Sr. and Jr. Speaker Kennedy notoriety: He was forced to resign by the House. He was accused of improper spending on furniture and staff.

          • WUSRPH

            Give the lady a cigarillo! The story or legend is that Kennedy attracted the ire of up-incoming House member Sam Rayburn when he let it be known that he planned to seek a second term, which no one had done. His removal cleared the way for Sam to become speaker of the Texas House at the beginning of the session after the next. He, of course, went on to become the longest serving speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Sort of like Aaron Schock of Illinois . . . Hope Speaker Kennedy had better taste.

          • Blue Dogs

            Someone will likely try to break Perry’s record sooner or later!

          • WUSRPH

            There are few people in politics who want to make a life-time out of the same job. The goal is to increase your influence and power…and in state government, unless you hold a major chair or the speakership, that usually requires a higher post. Perry stayed governor for as long as he did because there was no place for him to go. He is not the type of US Senator and that is the only job that came open above governor. He had to wait until there was an opening for which he had a chance. He thought that was the presidency in 2012. He was wrong.

          • No that isn’t what they say about pitchers. They look at a pitcher’s overall record. Some are Hall of fame like Guv Perry and some are bush league like Windy Davis.

          • dave in texas

            Just as ignorant about baseball as everything else, I see.

          • Well I was an all star all district all regional all state athlete but that pales in comparison to an all star armchair qb like you.

          • WUSRPH

            I was sure that had dropped hop-scotch as a UIL event….but I guess you are old enough to have been the real champ.

          • John Johnson

            Some athletes look really good and perform well because they are cheating. Bonds, McGuire and others come to mind. I think Perry cheated every chance he got. The slush fund is my biggest gripe, but there are more.

      • dave in texas

        I’m afraid I’m going to have to take issue with any biblical allusion that casts Rick Perry as Jesus. I’m by no stretch of the imagination a devout Christian, but that’s just wrong. I have no problem with Karl Rove as Satan in this scenario, but Rick Perry as Jesus… that’s just beyond the pale.

        • WUSRPH

          I apologize to any Christian or non-Christian who was offended…..maybe I should have used Faustus or the Devil and Daniel Webster….but you got the allegory.

          • dave in texas

            Heh. Maybe Lady Macbeth spurring on Macbeth to get rid of Duncan so he can become king.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Is Anita that devious?

          • dave in texas

            Hmm… What I had in mind was Rove in the Lady Macbeth role. Remember, all the roles were played by men when Shakespeare was writing.

      • donuthin2

        He was perfect for Rove. Good looking, no original thoughts, no real convictions, malleable, ambitious and not too smart.

    • Beerman

      Perry’s only real objective regarding public office has always been, since Aggieland, and always will be to gain/add another government pension to his personal income. He has been the “ultimate State employee” most of his life; however, he is/was not ready for federal prime time.

      • hard to take the democrat out of a dem….

      • Pete Wagner

        Israel, Austin or NY?

        • Beerman

          San Diego, California? The two ridiculously generous State pensions being paid to him should support an attractive lifestyle there until he figures out a scheme to get into the California state piggybank.

          • Pete Wagner

            CA would be lucky to have some real conservative leadership again.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Ain’t gonna happen. CA is doing fine with Jerry Brown. What happens after Jerry remains to be seen.

      • WUSRPH

        I think you shortchanged Perry when you limit his ambitions to simply seeking a pension and other material rewards. I find that much more common is the desire for power—the ability to make things happen, to have others do your will–and a desire to be remembered. Monetary rewards are just signs of having achieved at least one of those two goals.

        • Rules of Blazon

          He’ll be remembered for “oops” and “Ronald Raven” and possibly for going to jail. But that’s all.

        • Beerman

          I still believe that Oops only desire and interpretation of power is “self-enrichment.”

          • WUSRPH

            Some of his comments give that impression….such as the time when he said that the cancer fund would not invest in basic research because that did not produce immediate wealth…..but I think wealth is just one of the ways he measures success….It is supposed to come with power….

          • John Johnson

            We’ve felt the same about King Perry all along the way. In politics, money and power are often synonymous…and even those with massive egos, like Perry and Bill Clinton, are smart enough to have contingency plans that are all about money. Give a guy’s business several million and you get some campaign contributions in return, but the real payoff comes with a leaving office board seat at your buddy’s corp at a quarter million each year…but it’s all OK, because those in office won’t vote to make it illegal…and the Professor and Burka tell us it’s OK because it has been this way for a long time…”everyone’s doing it, Daddy, so why can’t I?” Makes me want to puke.

          • Beerman

            Me too…and, the government paying pensions to “elected” officials really makes me barf. Politicians have changed, no matter what they say, the majority of today’s politicians, state and national, just view their time in government as a stepping stone to personal enrichment. The moral values of our present day politicians are corrupted. And, that is one of the reasons that candidates like Trump are appealing to so many people today. People are tired of “professional” politicians.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Read Lawrence Lessig’s “Republic, Lost.” Explains it all . . .

          • Beerman

            I will check it out…thanks.

        • Unwound

          I gotta say I agree. i dont think perry would have stuck around and gov for as long as he did if he was just in it for money. he knew he had the potential to become the most powerful governor the state had seen, and he succeeded. would have been far easier to retire from state politics and sit on a corporate board somewhere.

        • I’ve decided to change my ways…….
          What an absolutely brilliant observation.
          The democrat in Perry craved power which evenutally brought him down.

  • Pete Wagner

    Oh come on. The system hasn’t changed, the establishment media (4th Branch) and their faux polling still manipulates minds. Perry would have won in 2012 if the establishment wanted him. Problem is, he’s anti-establishment, and thus, the real story of “disruption” is the biased treatment he gets. Is Ben Carson really capable of garnering double digit support in the GOP? That’s ludicrous and utterly bogus.

    • Beerman

      BOGUS……a perfect term for politicians like Perry……

      • WUSRPH

        Does this mysterious “establishment” that determines everything have a secret handshake?

        • Pete Wagner

          No, but they share jokes and our money.

        • Indiana Pearl

          “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” . . .

          • WUSRPH

            I thought there were some protocols involved somewhere but I am not sure that Zion covers the breadth of the secret power these folks are talking about…(After all, those particular ones were forgeries made up by the Imperial Russian secrete police and published in the US by Henry Ford….but there are probably some real ones for other groups at there somewhere…)

            There have always been conspiracies…There always will be…but what history teaches me is that most of them fail (or backfire) and that the reason people do stupid, irrational and harmful things to themselves and society in general is not because of some great conspiracy but because they are people.

          • Indiana Pearl

            They really believe this stuff:

            http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/przion1.htm

    • Indiana Pearl

      Check Pete Wagner’s disqus comments. He hates (1) Jews, and (2) Crossfit. What’s that all about?

      • Pete Wagner

        You are the one who uses the word “hate”. Perhaps you are paranoid and delusional like your friends?

        • Indiana Pearl

          Nope. I calls ’em as I sees ’em.

          Are you blaming Perry’s collapse on Steven Spielberg?

          • Pete Wagner

            I also call em as I see ’em. I see jews against Perry. Should I call it something else?

          • Indiana Pearl

            Perry – as an evangelical Christian – is supportive of Israel as are most evangelicals. Where have you been all these years?

            Jeffrey Katzenbach did Perry in . . . or perhaps David Geffen?

          • WUSRPH

            That is a weird statement in light of the fact that Perry has been one of the strongest and loudest advocates for Israel. Of course, that is probably not based on any great personal feeling for the Jewish state and its people. Rather it is an reflection of the idea that the Evangelicals have that, before Jesus will come back, the 12 tribes have to return to Judaea and Israel and then become Christians. For that to happen, there has to be a Jewish state and that means that Israel must be defended until the process has been completed. But, whatever his reasons, Perry has been a strong backer of Israel and there is no reason for Jews to oppose him. I suggest the problem is yours, not Perry’s.

          • José

            Is that Jews as a group? Really? Where?
            Or is that Jews as independent individuals who judge candidates based on a variety of issues, some of whom have decided to support one of the two dozen or so other contenders?

          • Jed

            when 99% of the electorate thinks your guy is a joke, it’s not a big observation that this includes members of many groups. i see all sorts of people against perry. i don’t think it’s a race thing.

          • Indiana Pearl

            What is your reasoning? Which Jews? And why?

          • José

            Other nefarious and suspicious groups that have some members who are not supporters of Rick Perry for President:
            – Readers of the Wall Street Journal
            – Alumni of TCU, Class of 1982
            – Cattlemen’s Club of Refugio County
            – Employees of WalMart, Bastrop, TX
            – San Angelo Barbershop Quartet Society
            – Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

            I wonder if old Pete calls them out too.

  • Blue Dogs

    RIP to Alison Parker & Adam Ward!
    #WeAreRoanoke #WeStandWithWDBJ #RoanokeStrong

    • Indiana Pearl

      So terrible!

  • José

    The horny toad and Rick Perry. Two creatures strongly identified with Texas, once active and thriving, now headed for oblivion.

    • WUSRPH

      But can’t we save the toad?

  • Most dem posters here overlook the obvious, Guv Perry had a shot, Windy Davis not so much.

    This is why many of us have no respect for dems.
    Dems love to smear opponents often crossing the line ie Clinton calling the GOP terrorists. These smears are usually met with jeers and hoots from their juvenile supports. But when the obvious is pointed out or they are faced with facts they often get emotional, usually lashing out with threats, vile and vulgar vocal attacks, or rioting and looting like Ferguson and Baltimore.

    That is why the adults like me laugh and poke fun of them.

    There is some hope that most will mature, grow up and change; some do not and spend their day here.

    • vietvet3

      Change a word or 2 and you are describing Trump. I was going to say he hasn’t looted yet, but through his many bankruptcies, he actually has.

      • you think he’s a looter? so he is a democrat….

        • vietvet3

          I enjoy an occasional debate with JJ, but you are a bit simple-minded. Out.

  • Jed

    the only thing perry is a victim of is hubris.

  • Kozmo

    “Bush in his home state of Florida” — in the following blog entry, Jeb is proclaimed a “Texan”. So how many states again are these Bushes from? Because it seems like they shamelessly glom onto whatever Sunbelt state promises a big political payoff and can serve as a launching pad for their ambitions. Maybe that’s why they keep coming to Florida and Texas to carve out their fiefdoms rather than staying up in Maine or Connecticut. Opportunists and carpetbaggers, the lot of ’em.

    • WUSRPH

      You don’t mean that the Bushes share something in common with those illegal immigrants do you —-a desire to move some place for better economic, social and political conditions? I thought that is why most people migrate to someplace else……I know my father brought my family (minus me, I had not been born yet) to Texas in 1942 for such things…….and millions have done the same over the years. Actually, I give George W.H. a good deal of credit from deciding to cut loose and move to Midland (of all places) right after he got out of college. If he has stayed in Connecticut he would have always been in his father’s shadow. Down here he could, as they say, “become his own man”….(Of course, the financial contacts he still had in the East did not hurt his chances of success….but you got to use what you got.)

  • vietvet3

    Adios, MOFO!