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Friday, June 10, 2011

Good-Bye Newt, Hello Rick

There didn't seem to be any of the usual gang of bloggers out there who felt energized in the slightest by the Newt Gingrich announcement that he was going to run for President of the United States. I know that he has a knack for raising money and that he's a bright guy, but I didn't think that he'd make a good president and I don't think that he's a 'good man'. So I more or less ignored his announced candidacy. Since then he's turned on his own party, announcing that his ideas for Medicare reform were the only ones that we should take seriously. That flopped. And yesterday every single one of his campaign staff quit as he was setting off on a Mediterranean cruise. He plans to "restart his campaign in Los Angeles on Sunday" and I can't help but wonder who will show up to watch and listen. I can only say that I won't be there and there isn't anyone I know who will be there -- and I live in the LA area.

a newt but not a politician

The usual suspects who are running for president on the Republican ticket have been tepid at best. The front-runner, Mitt Romney seems like a nice guy, sorta, but he's not anyone I'd send money to, or put a sign on my lawn in support of. Herman Cain won't make it, and neither will Bachmann. Pawlenty might actually make a good president but nobody cares because he doesn't have the traction or the charisma. Palin isn't going to run, but she wants to keep her options open. Ron Paul is running again (as usual) - who cares?

That left the field of people who I would support if they ran, but none of them were running - to include Gov. Christie (R-NJ), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Gov. Perry (R-TX).

AND the current buzz is that Governor Rick Perry is considering running for president. He has solid credentials at the governor of Texas, both as a fiscal conservative, as one who is concerned with bringing order to the US-Mexico Border, and as one who would bring balance to the out-of-control liberal policies that are causing US States to recoil against the federal government (ObamaCare being the poster child).
(CBS NEWS) With confirmation that Gingrich’s top advisers have quite en masse, this obviously means his campaign is all but done, which frankly was only a matter of time and comes as a surprise to no one. The more interesting question for 2012 is what this means for Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Sources close to Perry tell me he is now “serious” about a presidential bid. He has been talking with his big money donors for the past week, and they had a conference call on Monday to talk assembling a possible 2012 campaign.
But the rub was this: There was no way Perry would run for president without his top political consultant, Dave Carney. And it also would be nice to have his former campaign manager, Rob Johnson, on board.
Unfortunately for Perry, both of those guys were working on Gingrich 2012. Carney was advising Gingrich in New Hampshire and Johnson was Gingrich’s senior political adviser. As one top Republican strategist told me on Tuesday, the canary in the coal mine for a Perry presidential run is whether Carney would leave Newt.
Carney left Newt.

And IF Governor Perry gets into the race, we may finally have some sense of gravity in conservative circles. There is no doubt that Romney is in it to the end of the primary process, but in my humble opinion, adding Governor Perry to the mix eclipses his candidacy. Cain and Bachmann will still have some supporters and Ron Paul will try to influence the Republican Party Platform -- but it's all but over for them. Palin will still be there, and would make a great Secretary of the Interior in a Perry cabinet. Cain would make a great Secretary of Commerce. Bachmann should remain in the House until she can run for the Senate. Paul will still be Paul -- and Mitt? Well, is there even a place at the table for Mitt Romney?


8 comments:

  1. Good riddance (I hope) to the Nextster. There is a name missing here, and one that has declared ...Rick Santorum. The three that are not running (Perry?) were my preferred also. Palin is a really big question. The left fears her more than any other out there, or they wouldn't be trying to destroy her so much. Mitt is a putz I wish would go away.

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  2. Odie - I've heard good things about Rick Santorum from non-blogging friends and don't really know what he has to offer. He's a newcomer to the election process and may emerge from the pack. However, if Perry enters the race, he'd be the one to beat.

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  3. Newt's done. Rick Santorum is at the top of my list. Pawlenty could pick up steam. I've heard that Rep. West is thinking about running. One concern about Rick Perry I have is that he attended a Bildeberg conference. While I've heard bad things about those conferences I'm honestly not up on what happens at those events so I need to do more research.

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  4. Teresa - Whether it's Rick Santorum or Rick Perry, there will be conspiracy theories. I don't put a lot of stock in them, Teresa. It takes a LOT of money to win, which means that whoever runs will take money from "the wrong people".

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  5. I agree with all of that.
    The Democrat media Loves Mitt. Nuf' said

    What amazes me about Newt, is that after polls show 70% against government health care, his plan is to change it from Federal government HC to State government run HC. And if that's not what he meant, then he can't communicate.

    Well, the winner on the non-deocrat side will need the following qualities and strategery.
    - Do not spend any time bashing oblabber
    - Do spend lots of time calmly and slowly and clearly explaining how you're going to lower the price of gasoline, and bring housing value back. Near the end of the campaign, just ask, like Reagan did - "Are you better off now than you were 4 years ago?" That must be the total extent of your oblabber bashing - else you are not going to win.
    - forget fiscal responsibility, cutting spending, (Especially Medicare and SS!!!!) and talking about Natl Debt. NO ONE understands it (who's vote you are going after) therefore no one cares.

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  6. They all will tell us what is wrong with Obama but not tell us what PLAN they would favor that would put America back to work or sue up the economy. Because they do not have one except for gays, and women's reproductive issues what? We need the health plan and so far because of Obama collage men and women can be on their parents health care until they are 26.this saves money because the do not have to use emergency rooms when sick. With the cost of education sky high students will be protected. It can work but not with the party of no. and hell no. So far what jobs bills have been put on the floor by the house controlled by the GOP??? .If any one could point to one (positive) thing that was done since the new congress it might be a talking point. When you point a finger at someone three point back at you. The effort by the conservatives and the GOP seems to take away rights, and put their religious dogma into law.

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  7. I came over to ask you what you'd think of, say, a Perry-Bachmann ticket, LL... ?

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