Entries Tagged as '2012 election'

Perry Comes Unprepared to the GOP Debate

September 7th, 2011 at 6:37 pm 58 Comments

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With Rick Perry: Hope for the Best

September 7th, 2011 at 1:23 pm 20 Comments

The campaign for the Republican nomination for President now gets serious. A variety of polls indicate that Texas Gov. Rick Perry currently has the lead.

Perry’s surge has drawn a range of reactions—fear from his fellow GOP contenders, look scorn from the “Progressive” wing of the Democratic Party, malady and ambivalence from establishment Republicans. Should they all be worried?

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Huntsman: The Truer Conservative

September 7th, 2011 at 1:02 am 31 Comments

Here’s a brief biography of two candidates:

One of them presided over arguably the best business climate in the nation, hospital so good that Forbes magazine ranked it as the best state for business and careers. As governor, treat he enacted free-market health care reforms, balanced the budget, and thus far is the most public advocate of the Ryan plan to reduce long-term entitlement spending.

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Rick Perry, The Anti-Bush Texan

September 6th, 2011 at 3:15 pm 13 Comments

FrumForum’s contributors have been asked to provide their thoughts about Texas Governor Rick Perry’s candidacy and what it might mean for the GOP. Regardless of one’s political stance, one can see a difference between Rick Perry and former President George W. Bush with respect to how they portray themselves as candidates.

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If it’s Perry: Anti-Science Label Sticks

September 6th, 2011 at 11:09 am 26 Comments

If Rick Perry is the nominee, we will hear stepped-up criticism that there is a Republican “war on science,” that the GOP is anti-intellectual and antipathetic to facts and analysis. Such criticism will resonate with many voters, precisely because Perry’s nomination will be evidence that it’s true.

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Will Perry Win With 16% Unemployment?

September 6th, 2011 at 8:24 am 12 Comments

Into the presidential race rides another man from Texas, cialis Governor Rick Perry. If this election is about jobs, nurse the Republicans would have to be crazy to nominate anyone else. While the Democrats will try to parse and spin the numbers, see Texas has done better than the rest of the nation in creating jobs, perhaps the end of the discussion for most of the electorate.

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Rick Perry’s Land Deals: Why They Matter

David Frum August 31st, 2011 at 12:45 am 32 Comments

Jim Geraghty replies to our blogposts on Texas Governor Rick Perry’s uncannily successful land dealings:

Last year the Democrat gubernatorial candidate in Texas, Bill White, tried to make an issue of it, and Texans largely yawned. Some of these deals go back to Perry’s time as Texas Agriculture Commissioner in the early 1990s. Fascinatingly, through six statewide general election races in addition to some brutal primary fights (even by Texas standards), none of Perry’s rivals have managed to get the accusations to stick or persuaded voters that anything corrupt occurred. Throughout the 1990s, the Texas Attorney General was Dan Morales, a Democrat, who would seemingly have no partisan reluctance about investigating a bribery accusation of a Republican state officeholder.

Perhaps it is voter cynicism. Perhaps the cacophony of negative attacks in Texas politics makes voters tune out or discount all charges.  Or perhaps, as Perry claims, he “did everything open and honest, at arm’s length” and there’s not enough there to justify charges, or even implicit suggestions, of corruption.

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Perry’s Land Deals: He Discloses, You Decide

August 30th, 2011 at 7:37 pm 17 Comments

What does the law say about Gov. Perry’s land transactions? Simple: they are clearly legal.

As long as the profits from the sales were not contingent on Perry doing a specific favor for whomever he sold the land to, Perry has nothing to fear from the law.

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How Ron Paul Could Save Obama

August 26th, 2011 at 1:13 am 98 Comments

John Podhoretz writes about the possibility of a third party bid by Jon Huntsman and whether he could harm Obama in the process. As heartening as I found it, I wish to take issue with part of the argument. I do not think the key to a third party candidate damaging one or the other main candidates has to do with the president being an incumbent. I think it has to do with their ability to appeal to the ideologies of their constituencies. This seems clear from the historical record.

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Perry’s Fragile Lead

David Frum August 25th, 2011 at 9:11 am 69 Comments

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has surged ahead in the Republican polls, occupying territory previously held by Michele Bachmann and Donald Trump: the “won’t somebody save us from Mitt Romney” slot. Because Perry is a more plausible candidate than either Bachmann or Trump (he is a state governor after all), journalists have readily accepted his surge as the for-real thing. Maybe.

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