Thursday, July 2, 2015

Perry at the Bottom of the Pile

He must have gotten dizzy and fallen down:

"Perry, Shrugging Off 2012, Announces He Will Run Again for President" by Manny Fernandez New York Times  June 05, 2015

ADDISON, Texas — Rick Perry, the former governor of Texas whose 2012 campaign for the White House turned into a political disaster that humbled and weakened the most powerful Republican in the state, announced Thursday he will run for president again in 2016.

Perry is the latest candidate to officially enter a crowded field of Republican presidential contenders, declared and undeclared, several of whom have Texas ties and have overshadowed him in recent months, including Senator Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush, the brother of former president George W. Bush, Perry’s predecessor in the governor’s mansion.

Globe has put that guy on cruz control.

“We will make it through the Obama years,” he told a cheering crowd at a small municipal airport in Addison, a suburb north of Dallas. Saying “It’s time,” he declared, “I am running for the presidency of the United States of America.”

The location had to do with his giant stage prop: a C-130 plane, the type he flew serving in the Air Force in the 1970s. The plane — behind the stage and emblazoned with “Perry for President” — illustrated one of the ways Perry plans to distinguish himself from the other Republican candidates, by emphasizing his service in the military and his support from veterans, several of whom joined him on stage.

In his speech, Perry also sought to separate himself from other Republican contenders by casting himself as a leader who has done the work rather than a politician who talks about doing it, pointing to his handling of natural disasters and crises at the border and his 14-year tenure as governor of a state with the 12th-largest economy in the world.

“The question of every candidate will be this one: When have you led?” Perry said. “Leadership is not a speech on the Senate floor. It’s not what you say. It’s what you do. And we will not find the kind of leadership needed to revitalize the country by looking to the political class in Washington.” 

I agree with that, but where to look I don't know.

But whether Perry has done enough to repair the damage from his failed run in 2012 and to thrust himself out of the second tier of candidates in which he finds himself remains unclear. Even in Texas, Perry has lost crucial support to some of his rivals. Steve Munisteri, a former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, has been heading up Senator Rand Paul’s presidential campaign in Texas. Many of the Tea Party activists in Texas have flocked to Cruz, while some of those in the more mainstream Texas Republican establishment support Bush.


David M. Carney, a former political consultant to Perry and a top strategist for his 2012 campaign, said, “With so many new shiny objects in the race this cycle, this will be the hardest hurdle he will need to climb.”

In ways, Perry’s expected entry into the race signals a remarkable political comeback.

His 2012 bid for president was filled with gaffes that became national punch lines. He famously uttered “oops” during a debate after he failed to recall the name of one of three agencies he would eliminate if elected. Shortly before he dropped out of the race, he ended up in fifth place in the Iowa caucuses.

In the years since, Perry has worked at retooling and sharpening his image and political chops, making frequent trips to early voting states, meeting with influential policy specialists, attending the World Economic Forum in 2014 in Switzerland, and making two cosmetic changes — donning hipster-style black-rimmed eyeglasses and trading his cowboy boots for black loafers.

So he's in the big club, and it makes wanting the state's gold back from the Fed ring kind of hollow. 

Besides, I'm tired of latching on to a few comments and getting all excited, "ooh, ooh." Perry has been to Israel and has been vetted. Next.


Oddly, he will remain at the top of the blog overnight.