Entries Tagged as 'Rick Perry'

Seriously, Why Won’t Perry Drop Out?

January 4th, 2012 at 3:12 pm 40 Comments

So it looks like the indications are that Rick Perry, former front-runner, last place finisher in the 2011 Republican Debate Tournament, is not hanging up his brush jacket yet. Despite his very melancholy nigh-concession last night, the Texas governor seems to be headed to South Carolina instead of back home to Austin.

The question is: Why?

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Don’t Blame Romney for Ballot Trouble

December 27th, 2011 at 12:43 am 41 Comments

The Republican Party of Virginia is on the verge of the appearance of a significant scandal. Allegations, fueled by a post by Richard Winger at Ballot Access News, are swirling, suggesting that the Virginia GOP changed the rules for the validation of signatures in October 2011:

But what has not been reported is that in the only other presidential primaries in which Virginia required 10,000 signatures (2000, 2004, and 2008) the signatures were not checked. Any candidate who submitted at least 10,000 raw signatures was put on the ballot. In 2000, five Republicans qualified: George Bush, John McCain, Alan Keyes, Gary Bauer, and Steve Forbes. In 2004 there was no Republican primary in Virginia. In 2008, seven Republicans qualified: John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, and Alan Keyes [Not actually on the 2008 ballot--FB].

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Rick Perry’s Little Trick

David Frum December 23rd, 2011 at 8:59 am 32 Comments

Mike Huckabee has not endorsed Rick Perry for president. On the contrary, there’s a long, rich record of Huckabee jabs at Perry.

Yet take a look at the new Rick Perry ad, “President of Honor,” aimed at the Iowa caucus-voters. The ad montages endorsements and testimonials from winners of the congressional medal of honor, artfully edited in ways to make you think that Gov. Perry must be almost sort of a war hero himself.

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Criticizing Holder is Not Racist

December 20th, 2011 at 12:59 am 77 Comments

In a New York Times piece ostensibly characterizing Eric Holder’s Justice Department tenure as tenacity in the face of partisan beligerence, the US Attorney General gives opponents the equivalent of manna from Heaven: “This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him…both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American.”

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Will Rick Perry Ever Quit?

December 19th, 2011 at 9:23 am 10 Comments

Jay Root at the Texas Tribune came out with a huge scoop this past week regarding the personal finances of Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Apparently, Perry has technically retired as a Texas state employee and has started receiving pension payments. This has garnered quite a bit of criticism for various reasons, including the fact that Rick Perry is still the Governor of Texas.

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Rick Perry’s Collateral Damage

December 13th, 2011 at 1:15 pm 36 Comments

The epic collapse of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s Presidential campaign has been much-discussed with an emphasis on how this collapse affects his political future. This is to be expected, but a debacle like this will inevitably take down the fortunes of others.

I’m not talking about people like the staffers who left former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s campaign for Perry’s campaign. That’s too obvious and they are professionals who made their political beds. I’m talking about the innocent victims of the Perry campaign’s decline.

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Why Was the $10,000 Bet Moment so Bad?

David Frum December 12th, 2011 at 11:16 am 45 Comments

Ed Morrissey observes at HotAir.com:

If Romney wanted to make himself look rich, arrogant, and clueless, he could hardly have done a better job. When was the last time someone challenged you to a ridiculous bet in order to intimidate you out of an argument? For me, I think it was junior-high school.

That’s well said, but I’d slightly revise the point. The thing that was most ugly about that moment was that it was not altogether clueless.

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Perry’s Money Machine Sputters

November 18th, 2011 at 12:32 am 17 Comments

Back in August, which was a couple of political lifetimes ago, I wrote a piece about Texas Governor Rick Perry’s strong fundraising base, specifically his unique ability to access a key part of the GOP’s fundraising base–wealthy Republicans in Texas.

Well, it looks like that money machine is sputtering like a confused politician at a presidential debate.

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Rick Perry’s Big Idea: More Power to the President

November 16th, 2011 at 8:59 am 34 Comments

Though Rick Perry’s plan to “reform” Washington has been getting a lot of press, I think there is something that should especially be emphasized about it, one that does not bode well for classical conservatism: Perry’s plan seems a recipe for radically increasing the power of the executive branch.

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Rick Perry’s Chutzpah

November 15th, 2011 at 11:57 am 35 Comments

Rick Perry is calling for legislators to be thrown into jail for insider trading. Perry’s comments are particularly bold given that allegations of insider trading have followed him through his own political career.

Most people forget that Michele Bachmann’s original criticism of Perry’s HPV vaccine mandate in Texas was that it was an exercise in crony capitalism. Perry not only had a former of chief of staff with ties to Merck (the company that made the vaccine) his wife has also provided consulting services for Merck on other projects and was very supportive of the HPV vaccine. He had received a lot of financial support from Merck in the past: Click here to read more