These are my links for September 15th from 10:33 to 14:26:
- Perry debate performances hurt his chances – The modern Republican Party does not want to nominate Mitt Romney. As we've said many times on this site, he's of the wrong religion, the wrong region and he's the author of Romneycare. GOP primary voters and caucus attenders will only nominate him after they've exhausted every other available (and viable) option.
Perry need only meet two tests to win the nomination. Test #1 is that he has the knowledge and experience to serve effectively as president. Test #2 is that he has an even (or better than even) chance of defeating President Obama next November. All the other pieces of the puzzle are there. He has a very powerful base. He has the money. He has (enough) established political support.
Perry has so far failed Test #1. He needs to pass it, again and again, in debate after debate, to win. If he continues to fall short in these debates, then he won't be the nominee. He'll be in the discard pile with all the others.
Perry needs to step it up in the debates and work on some specific policy recommendations
- Perry’s Missing His Chance to Build a Big Lead Early – I think the best one can say about Perry’s two debate performances is that they’ve been good enough — he is, after all, still the frontrunner in most polls. I think the worst you can say is that, so far, Perry is deeply disappointing to any Republican who wanted a presidential nominee who could naturally and easily articulate a powerful argument for conservative principles and think on his feet.
It’s not like the idea that Michele Bachmann would go after him was a surprise, nor was the angle of “crony capitalism,” and the heart of Perry’s defense is that he’s offended that someone would accuse him of altering his position for a donation so small.
Perry has plenty of time, and will have plenty of opportunities to regroup. But it’s fascinating to think that the conventional wisdom around him could change so dramatically in two weeks, and essentially after two key nights . . .
- Tim Scott’s NLRB bill passes in the House – Rep. Tim Scott’s (R-S.C.) bill to limit the National Labor Relations Board's powers passed in the house today by a vote of 238 – 186.
8 Democrats voted in favor of the bill which was largely proposed in response to the NLRB's decision to blog a new Boeing plant in South Carolina.
Sen. Harry Reid is unlikely bring up the bill in the Senate, but the House is eager to show that they are willing to pass legislation that will add jobs to the American economy.
- President 2012: Mitt Romney To Be a No Show at California GOP Convention » Flap’s California Blog – President 2012: Mitt Romney To Be a No Show at California GOP Convention
- CDC: Successful Anti-Smoking Efforts Resulting in Less Lung Cancer? | Smiles For A Lifetime – Temporary (Locum Tenens) Dentistry – CDC: Successful Anti-Smoking Efforts Resulting in Less Lung Cancer?:
- President 2012 GOP Florida Poll Watch: Rick Perry 29% Vs. Romney 20% | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – :
- Log In – The New York Times – NY Times Review: Joe McGinniss’s ‘The Rogue,’ on Sarah Palin
- Flap’s Links and Comments for September 15th on 10:20 | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Flap’s Links and Comments for September 15th on 10:20 #tcot #catcot