RIP, Rick Perry’s Political Career

Poor Rick Perry. Here he is in the middle of setting up a serious Republican presidential primary run for 2016 and he gets the kiss of death: Dick Morris, who is wrong about absolutely everything, says that Perry could be the comeback kid in the next election.

Of the last eight people who have won the Republican nomination for president, six ran for the office and lost before they eventually got their party’s designation. To win as a Republican, it would seem you have to first go through losing.

Romney, McCain, Dole, Bush-41, Reagan, and Nixon all lost before they won. Only Bush-43 and Ford won without first losing. (And Ford inherited the nomination and almost blew it)…

The Republican Party is, at heart, a monarchic and legitimist institution. Party leadership is handed down in orderly succession. Rebels and insurgents are typically given only short shrift…

What does this predict for 2016? Of the defeated candidates left over from 2012, Santorum is probably too focused on social issues to win. Cain and Bachmann can be dismissed as flashes in the pan, and the problems that knocked them out of contention have not gone away. Romney probably won’t get a third chance. Even Nixon only got two. Newt inflicted too many wounds on others and on himself.

That leaves Rick Perry. Acceptable to Latinos based on his Texas record. Draws strong Tea Party support without being defined by it. A Southerner, he is clearly ready to play on the national stage. A big state governor whose record on jobs has only gotten better. He can’t be dismissed.

He can now.

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  • colnago80

    Well, the ole switch hitter did manage to talk Toyota into moving their headquarters from California to Texas.

  • Modusoperandi

    colnago80, you only read the headline, didn’t you?

  • brucegee1962


    Replayed forever.

  • felidae

    The Toesucker hitches his star to another loser and Perry is dumb enough to believe Morris

  • magistramarla

    The article about Toyota says that the company is consolidating its brainpower into one location. I wonder how those executives and their families will like it once they experience a hot Texas summer, the miserable winter weather that the Dallas area has, the poor level of education, the lack of nearby beaches and/or ski resorts and the rotten bible-belt attitudes of the people of north Texas.

    I’ve lived in California, and now being back in Texas is pure torture. I can’t wait for the hubby to retire so that we can go back to California.

  • boadinum

    I expect he’ll get Bill Kristol’s endorsement any day now.

  • colnago80

    the miserable winter weather that the Dallas area has,

    Try experiencing a winter in Rochester, NY which I did for 5 years while a graduate student. Now there’s miserable weather!

  • colnago80

    Re Magistramiria @ #5

    Several months ago, the ole switch hitter was up in Maryland trying to convince Maryland companies to relocate in Texas. Maryland governor O’Malley told him, in effect, to take his best shot. AFAIK, he was unsuccessful in luring any Maryland company to Texas.

    By the way, in all fairness, Texas’ higher education facilities, although not in any way comparable to those in California (which has 3 of the 10 top rated universities in the world: Cal Tech, Stanford, and UC Berkeley), UT, TA&M, Rice, etc. are not chopped liver.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Rick Perry – Oops! Over and out. Surely. Oops again here too although probably abit early tobe completelydefinitive on it. Even a stopped clock and all ..

    My prediction for the 2016 POTUS race – Jeb Bush will be the Republican nominee and Hilary Clinton the Democratic party one – and Hiliary will win.

    That’s also what I’m hoping for at least in the case of the H. R. Clinton win.

    If the Republicans did have a “comeback kid” of the present crop I suspect Chris Christie as a reasonable, more electable (albeit currently besmirched by the deliberate petty traffic jam issue – memories of that will likely fade though) contender is alot more plausible than Perry or, for that matter, “Frothymix” Santorum or any of he other losers last time round.

  • Synfandel

    @8 colnago80 wrote:

    …Texas’ higher education facilities…are not chopped liver.

    magistramarla’s point about “the poor level of education” stands none the less. The majority of Texans don’t have the benefit of a post-secondary education at a highly-reputed institution and I hear that the public school system in an embarrassing disgrace.