Rick Perry

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September 24, 2011

The bush leagues II

I wrote a post yesterday under the headline, “The bush leagues,” in which I said that one reason for Perry’s poor performance in the current campaign is that he has had it too easy in Texas during the last ten years–that he has gotten away with ducking debates and dodging

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September 24, 2011

Sullivan blames lawmakers for Perry’s wasteful program

Self-appointed fiscal watchdog Michael Quinn Sullivan blasted legislators  yesterday (9/23) for a spending program that allows the state to attract and subsidize Hollywood filmmakers who wish to make movies in Texas. I find myself in rare agreement with Mr. Sullivan on this point. When I wrote a story about cutting

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September 23, 2011

The bush leagues

We like to think that Texas politics is as rough as it gets, but it really isn't. This has been a one-party state since W. defeated Ann in 1994. Perry has had a lot of money spent against him, but he has never been in danger of losing a race

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September 22, 2011

Did Perry use the “s” word?

The matter of whether Rick Perry has advocated secession arose on Fox News last night. He insisted that he has never used the s-word, except to refer to signs at tea party rallies that say "SECEDE." As far as I know, he is right. Here is what Perry did

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September 20, 2011

T(ea) is for trouble

The Texas tea party's revolt over Rick Perry's immigration stand is, well, revolting. I seldom agree with Perry, but he is right this time--right in a moral sense, but wrong politically. Building a wall will not make Texas a better state. Denying scholarships to the children of immigrants will not

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September 17, 2011

Recent polls

New York Times/CBS News (most recent poll) Perry 23 Romney 16 Connecticut GOP primary Quinnipiac U. Romney 37 Perry 19 California GOP Primary Field Poll Romney 28 Perry 20 Virginia General Election Obama 44 Perry 42 Virginia GOP Primary Perry 25 Undecided 20 R0mney 19 President Public Policy Polling Obama

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September 15, 2011

Bloomberg poll: Perry 26%, Romney 22%

UPDATE: Note to readers:  Below, I wrote, "I don't see any mystery in these results. Romney figured to gain after Perry's lackluster performance in the Tampa debate." In fact, the poll was taken during the period Sept. 9-12, BEFORE the debate. So Perry's performance in the Tampa debate had no

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September 14, 2011

What is Palin up to?

I thought Perry and Palin were buddies. She came to Texas to endorse him against Bill White in December 09. But her “crony capitalism” attack on Perry was an indication that she sees an opening for her to be the nominee. If she can weaken Perry, and he falters, the

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September 13, 2011

The Washington Post’s take on the debate

(The author of the following excerpt is Dana Milbank.) The applause identified Rick Perry as the crowd favorite when he took the stage in Tampa for Monday night’s Tea Party debate,  greeting his lesser rivals as “fellas.” But two hours later, those fellas – and a gal from Minnesota –

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September 12, 2011

Not Rick Perry’s night

Perry was clearly off his game during the tea party debate. He looked uncomfortable, his face was strained, his combativeness was muted. He looked to me like a man with back pain. I wondered  if he were wearing a brace. I've had back surgery, and it hurt to watch him.

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September 10, 2011

Yahoo! columnist criticizes Perry’s Medicaid record

Joe Conason's article contains nothing that is new to those who follow Texas government. It focuses on the Accenture contract and the attempt to save money by privatizing the health care bureaucracy, a scheme that was the brainchild of Arlene Wohlgemuth in the Medicaid legislation of 2003. I thought

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September 8, 2011

Perry holds up under fire…sort of

Who won the Republican debate? According to Jennifer Rubin, who writes the "Right Turn" conservative blog for the Washington Post, it was Karl Rove and Dick Cheney: Neither was on the stage, but Karl Rove and Dick Cheney put the Social Security issue front and center. Earlier in the day,

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September 7, 2011

What to expect in the GOP debate

I expect Perry to be seen as the winner. All he has to do is just repeat his prepackaged zingers, and he will come off well. Anyway, it won’t be the comments that win the debate; it will be Perry’s TV appearance and persona. As his media guru, David Weeks,

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September 4, 2011

Perry as debater

All the papers are running stories today about the upcoming Republican debate at the Reagan Library, which will be Perry's first test. What kind of a debater is he? He was involved in debates against Tony Sanchez in 2002, against Chris Bell, Carole Strayhorn, and Kinky Friedman in 2006, and

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August 30, 2011

Sign of the times

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August 30, 2011

Not like other politicians

I used to teach a course at the Lyndon B. Johnson school of Public Affairs, for first-year students, called "Policy Development." The metaphor for the course was a cauldron of soup, into which all the issues of the day were dumped. Sometimes these issues floated to the top; sometimes they

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August 30, 2011

Another amazing Perry poll (CNN/ORC International)

Perry 27% Romney 14% Palin 10% Bachmann 9% …and so on Perry has doubled up Romney in this poll. The more extreme his rhetoric gets, the more extreme his poll numbers get. Conditions of the poll: Interviews with 1,017 adult Americans conducted by telephone by ORC International on August 24-25,

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August 28, 2011

The Statesman discovers Robert Morrow

Ken Herman has a story today about Mr. Morrow’s efforts to dig up dirt about Rick Perry. This includes a full-page ad in the Austin Chronicle soliciting information about Perry’s personal behavior earlier in his career. Readers of this space will recognize Mr. Morrow’s name. He is a frequent commenter

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August 28, 2011

Not one to suffer fools gladly

I’m speaking of Steve Ogden, who ripped into Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst and his own Senate colleagues this week in a speech in College Station. What he said was the truth–that Dewhurst was ineffective and that all his colleagues cared about was politics. During the discussions over a school finance bill

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August 25, 2011

The Gallup poll

Huge numbers for Perry. He turned Romney’s 23-18 lead into a 17-29 deficit in one month. By region: East: Perry 16%, Romney 17%, Paul 15% Midwest: Perry 23%, Romney 20%, Paul 18% South: Perry 39%, Romney 12%, Paul 9% West: Perry 28%, Romney 22%, Paul 12% Among voters 65+, Perry

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August 23, 2011

Another flip-flop

There is this thing about writing. When you publish something under your name, you own it, for better or for worse. I have experienced the “for worse” side of it. It’s no fun, as Rick Perry is finding out. He wrote a book, presumably with assistance, called Fed Up. In

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August 22, 2011

Trial lawyers vow big anti-Perry push

The story ran in Politico on Monday: America’s trial lawyers are getting ready to make the case against one of their biggest targets in years: Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Among litigators, there is no presidential candidate who inspires the same level of hatred — and fear — as Perry,

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August 22, 2011

Primary sources

Perry has taken a lot of hits this week, perhaps the hardest of which came from GOP rival John Huntsman. Most of them won’t matter. Why? Because the criticism of Perry occurred in the context of a Republican primary race, which Perry is well situated to win. He passed Romney

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August 22, 2011

Perry, the EPA, and the normalcy compass

For a successful politician, and Perry has known nothing but success in his career, Perry lacks, for want of a better term, a normalcy compass–the instinct to understand where the majority of Americans stand on the conventional wisdom of the day. He has spent his entire career on the far

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August 21, 2011

Radio interview tonight

I was on a radio interview tonight (Sunday) with Tom Bevan, the founder of the RealClearPolitics web site. The topic was Perry, of course. Tom believes, as I do, that Perry’s gaffes are not necessarily gaffes at this stage of the game, that what he loses with the media, the

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August 20, 2011

Allbaugh v. Rove

I misinterpreted an e-mail that I received from Allbaugh, which I discuss below. Allbaugh was forwarding an article from Huffington Post by Howard Fineman. The headline of the article was highlighted in the e-mail: “Karl Rove created Rick Perry–Now can he stop him?” The rest of my original post

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August 19, 2011

Perry vs. Bernanke: a revelation?

Forget about Perry’s outburst about “treason.” The significance of his attack on Bernanke is the revelation that he has been paying attention to monetary policy. Perry’s critics who are counting on him to be ignorant of federal issues and show his ignorance in the upcoming debates may be in for

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August 19, 2011

My 15 minutes of fame

The good people who sign my paychecks have asked me to do radio and television commentary regarding Governor Perry, when news organizations make requests. I have been doing a lot of this recently, including NBC Nightly News and The News Hour. They mainly want to know who Rick Perry is.

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August 19, 2011

Perry on evolution/creationism

Readers are no doubt aware that Perry was asked by a child in New Hampshire “how old the earth was.” Before Perry could respond, the boy’s mother urged him to ask about evolution. Perry responded, “Your mom is asking about evolution. You know, that’s a theory that’s out there;

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August 18, 2011

The Perry campaign: Where is the message discipline?

Suggesting that the head of the Federal Reserve’s policies border on treason one day. Questioning global warming the next. Rick Perry is not on his game. The campaign appears to be shoot-from-the-hip. (I’m told that he recanted his stance on HPV without telling anyone what he planned to do.) Why

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August 17, 2011

Rove criticizes Perry for dissing Bush

Wayne Slater has an interesting story [this was earlier in the week] — which I am unable to link to, but it is in the Quorum Report — about Karl Rove’s displeasure with Rick Perry’s lack of gratitude toward then-Governor Bush during the 1998 primary races for governor and lieutenant

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August 17, 2011

Rasmussen: Perry 29, Romney 18, Bachmann 13

A phenomenal showing by Perry, who has done nothing more than announce his candidacy and press the flesh in three venues. The impending battle for Tea Party support between Perry and Bachmann may already be over. Romney has been running for four years and is hardly any better off than

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August 14, 2011

Perry, politics, and football [updated]

Texas A&M’s move to the Southeast Conference is not just about football. It is also about politics. It is a way for Perry to validate himself as a southerner. In one bold move–and don’t think for a moment that Perry didn’t orchestrate this–Perry has used A&M to leverage himself into

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August 13, 2011

The Great Campaigner

We interrupt your regular blogger to bring you a special message from the editor: So it’s official. As of today, at 1:30 pm EST, Governor Perry is finally a formal candidate for president (though we’ve been convinced he had eyes on the job as far back as February

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August 10, 2011

Perry at NCSL

I drove to San Antonio this morning to hear Perry’s speech. It occupied the 8:30 – 9:45 time slot. I was making good time on I-35 until an ominous message appeared on one of those black information signs. “Major accident at I-410 West. Use caution.” Soon everything slowed to a

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August 9, 2011

When does Perry announce?

Just about everybody thinks it is going to be Saturday, but I wouldn’t count on it. The Perry team has been playing the game very shrewdly, stretching out the time until he commits. I suspect that when he goes to South Carolina and New Hampshire on Saturday, he will continue

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August 9, 2011

Time: Perry breaks the “rules”

The gist of the piece is that Perry ignored what presidential candidates are supposed to do — participate in the Iowa straw poll, for example — and stiffed Iowa (not to mention his home state press) by planning to announce his candidacy in South Carolina on the day

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August 7, 2011

A good “Response” for Perry

When early estimates of the crowd, several days before the event, were in the 10,000 to 20,000 range, it looked as if the Response might be regarded as a failure for Perry. The estimated attendance of 30,000 is a good number — almost half of Reliant’s capacity. Perry got what

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August 5, 2011

Perry’s transcript

I am not going to comment on it. Rick Perry is a different person today than he was at A&M. I’m a different person than I was at Rice. And neither of our transcripts was anything to write home about. End of discussion.

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August 4, 2011

Fine Dining

Evan Smith arranged a dinner Thursday night at Curra’s for media folk. Mark Halperin was in town and the subject was Rick Perry. Others present were Emily Ramshaw, Jay Root, Ross Ramsey, Patti Hart, Evan, and myself. No one thought Romney could win the Republican nomination. He is vulnerable on

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August 4, 2011

Wishing Perry a speedy recovery

I hope Governor Perry’s experimental adult stem cell treatment is successful. I admire his courage in opting for the treatment. And I congratulate Emily Ramshaw and the Tribune for getting this story. But I do have a couple of questions. Ramshaw’s story yesterday included this statement by the

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August 2, 2011

Perry: won’t take a position on debt deal

From the Statesman, August 1: A spokesman for Gov. Rick Perry would not directly say Monday whether Perry supported the debt-ceiling deal reached between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders. Asked whether lawmakers should approve the deal, Perry spokesman Mark Miner said: “The governor thinks the right track to

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July 30, 2011

Perry’s flip-flop

One of the skills that has kept Rick Perry in power is that he has a knack for knowing where his constituency stands on most issues. But his instincts failed him when he comingled states-rights with gay marriage. I'm referring, of course, to Perry's statement to the Family Research Council,

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July 27, 2011

Should we vote for the water bonds?

[This post has been revised since it was first published yesterday to reflect that the water bonds will not have to be paid for with general revenue. Since then, a reader has posted the fiscal note. It says that the bonds include both self-supporting and not self-supporting debt, and that

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July 22, 2011

SBOE adopts science standards; was the fix in?

When the Texas Freedom Network puts out an approving statement about an action taken by the State Board of Education, you know something strange is going on. Here was the TFN statement: “Today we saw Texas kids and sound science finally win a vote on the State Board of Education.