Perry = Palin?

Kevin Drum says that Rick Perry has screwed up the debates because he hasn’t bothered to put in the work to get better:

But there was a bigger problem: Perry looked like he didn’t think he needed to even care about any of that stuff. He muffed his attack lines because he hadn’t bothered to study them. He wasn’t prepared for the tuition fight because he figured that he could just repeat the same old explanations and flash his thousand-watt smile at the audience. He didn’t know what to say about Pakistan because he figured any sort of good ol’ boy BS would do. It always has before, after all. So he’s apparently spent the past month doing….nothing.

That’s just way too Palinesque for the political pros. He looks like a guy who’s had such an easy time in Texas that he doesn’t really think he’s going to have to work for the nomination — or the presidency.

It may well be that his meteoric rise in the polls when he announced his nomination gave him a false confidence that told him he didn’t need to work at it. But it should have been obvious that the reason for that rise had far more to do with dissatisfaction among Republican voters for the candidates that had already announced. So when Perry announced he was greeted as a savior, as the candidate that can unite both factions of the party. Didn’t last long.

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  • slc1

    I would appear that the latest fair haired boy in the Rethuglican dreamworld is New Jersey Governor Chris Christi. The problem is that, apparently, the governor may not be sufficiently insane enough for the tea partiers. The only apparent advantage that Christi has over Romney and Huntsman is that he’s not a Mormon.

  • azkyroth

    Isn’t the idea that people SHOULD work to get better a liberal commie plot?

  • frankniddy

    The light that burns twice as bright burns for half as long – and you have burned so very, very brightly, Rick.

    In all seriousness, I’m not the least bit surprised by this. As to what slc1 said, Christie is indeed less insane than most of the Republican candidates. He also has unequivocally stated on many occasions that he has non intention of running. Whether those two things are related, I leave up to you.

  • Trebuchet

    Palin, at least, seems to have figured this out, which is why she won’t run. She’s making big bucks for doing very little — why would she take on the massive work of campaigning? Too bad for John McCain she didn’t figure this out before costing him any chance at being elected.

  • John Hinkle

    …as the candidate that can unite both factions of the party.

    [Genuine question]

    What are the 2 factions of the Republican Party? Tea Party and not Tea Party?

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    I don’t know why “The political pros” of the repub persuasion would be upset that he’s not expressing any care for what he says or how he says it. It is exactly the repub “political pros” that have so vigorously worked to create a world where facts don’t matter. W was constantly said to have “amazing” political akills, but even more often claimed to have great political “instincts”. He didn’t work. People caught him unprepared.

    After criticizing the Clinton admin on Pakistan and specifically saying that south-central Asia couldn’t be ignored and must be dealt with in all its dangerous complexity, (and after saying that his family connections, among other experience, gave him personal knowledge of foreign political leaders which made him, in his own words “well qualified” on foreign policy) a reporter asked him a couple basic questions about those foreign leaders about whom he knew so much personally.

    He couldn’t name them. At all. Not even pakistan, a country he had said needed more personal attention and personal knowledge that frickin’ GORE had, had a leader Bush could remember.

    What happened? It was a “gotcha” and the fact that reporters expected a future leader of the world to know other world leaders names was ridiculous on its face.

    The who “political pro” team responded & said that his preparation didn’t matter, his knowledge didn’t matter. And who was W’s lieutenant governor while all this was happening? Who saw the free ride given to W?


    It’s not just his own experience in Texas. It’s the actions of the political pros with regards to previous elections. So they’re now complaining about behavior that they used to not only defend, but claimed needed no defense.

    So where, then, would Perry have gotten his ridiculous ideas about debate prep? The ideas the political pros find so frustrating?

    Right. The political pros – or at least the repub political pros.

    Heavens to Betsy. I’m flabbergasted.

    Are the republicans of all people saying that mastery of the facts is relevant to holding political office?

  • abb3w

    The two main factions in this context would appear to be “Tea Party” and “Political Insiders”.

    The more fundamental strains would appear to be TheoCons, JingoCons, XenoCons, and MoneyCons; these overlap somewhat.

  • Michael Heath


    The more fundamental strains would appear to be TheoCons, JingoCons, XenoCons, and MoneyCons; these overlap somewhat.

    While I don’t understand your use of fundamental in this context, I think neocons might need to be added to your set. Especially given Gov. Christie’s recent anti-neocon rhetoric where he argues we need to spend federal monies on domestic issues rather than foreign adventures. That position puts him squarely in the company of paleocons like Pat Buchanan and libertarian-conservatives like Ron Paul, Gary Johnson along with nearly the entire set of liberal-progressives (on this issue).

  • dochopper

    We are past any logic and reason and have crossed into the other world of WOW, LOOK at the NEW person ! He is new he must have great ideas .

    Lets follow him or her.

  • Taz

    I don’t know why everyone’s complaining about Perry.

    He makes perfect sense to me.

  • Taz

    Let’s not overlook the obvious conclusions:

    1. Rick Perry is an idiot.

    2. That’s not a detriment in Texas politics.

  • raven

    That’s just way too Palinesque for the political pros.

    What political pros?

    There are still a few responsible adults in the GOP but they are mostly noteworthy for being rare and powerless.

    The crazies are running the asylum.

  • raven

    What are the 2 factions of the Republican Party? Tea Party and not Tea Party?

    These days it’s the Tea Party and the Tea Party. There might be some normal people around somewhere but no is sure where or has seen them in a while.

  • Modusoperandi

    John Hinkle “[Genuine question] What are the 2 factions of the Republican Party? Tea Party and not Tea Party?”

    The Cynical Manipulators (the Plutocrats & their sycophants) and the True Believers (Religious Right/Social Conservatives/Teabaggers).

  • dingojack

    John Hinkle – “Clowns to the left of me,

    Jokers to the right, here I am,

    Stuck in the middle with you.”

    🙂 Dingo