President 2012: Mitt Romney Responds to Bain Capital Attacks = Weak Sauce

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Mitt Romney is a conservative businessman who helped create and run a company that invested in struggling businesses, started new ones, and rebuilt old ones, creating thousands of jobs.

A fairly weak ad and really does not answer any questions about Bain.

We will see shortly if the Perry and Gingrich attacks on Romney and his ties to Bain have ANY effect in South Carolina polling.

President 2012: Rick Perry Steps In It Again

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Republican presidential candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry answers a question from the audience at a town hall campaign stop in Nashua, New Hampshire November 16, 2011

It isn’t a large gaffe, but the timing of explaining his other voting age gaffe was telling.
But in the same interview, in which Perry appeared from New Hampshire, the Texas governor incorrectly identified the state’s early voting contest as “caucuses” instead of a “primary.”

“Americans haven’t decided yet at all who they want to lead the Republican nomination and we’re going to be talking about that, we’re going to be talking about it in harsh and strong terms over the course of the next four to five weeks are we get ready for those New Hampshire caucuses,” Perry said.

New Hampshire will host the first-in-the-nation primary on Jan. 10, following the first-in-the-nation caucuses in Iowa, where Perry has focused the bulk of his energies, on Jan. 3.

Perry and Cain are embarrassments to the GOP and should just give it up and withdraw.

President 2012: Rick Perry Flubs the Voting Age

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Speaking at Saint Anselm College on Tuesday, Rick Perry appealed to students who will be at least 21 before Election Day to vote for him. It turns out Perry didn’t know or had forgotten that the voting age in America is 18.

Now, do you understand why Rick Perry has tanked in the polls?

The Texas Governor really is becoming an embarrassment and should go back to Texas.

Perry is hurting the Republican brand and one of his donors really should persuade him to withdraw shortly after the Iowa Caucuses.

President 2012: Rick Perry Proposes Making Congress Part-Time and Ending Lifetime Tenure for Federal Judges

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Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during the Scott County Republican Party’s Ronald Reagan Dinner, Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, in Bettendorf, Iowa

Texas Governor Rick Perry has proposed a massive overhaul of the federal government.
Gov. Rick Perry of Texas announced a proposal on Tuesday that ranks among the most radical plans to alter the federal government offered by any major Republican presidential candidate this year — and one that legal analysts say will almost surely never happen: making Congress operate part-time with half pay and ending lifetime tenure of federal judges.

“I don’t believe that Washington needs a new coat of paint, I think the whole place needs to be overhauled,” Mr. Perry said, speaking to applause from more than 100 people on the floor of the Schebler manufacturing plant. “I’m a true believer that we need to uproot, tear down and rebuild Washington, D.C., and our federal institutions.”

Mr. Perry proposed cutting the pay of Congress in half (or by three-fourths, under one scenario he sketched out) and halving both its budget and the time members spend in Washington.

“We have a lot of well-intentioned members of Congress, but they have become creatures of Washington,” Mr. Perry said. “They get paid more than three times the average American family and they have doubled their own budgets in the last decade.”

Mr. Perry also vowed to “reform” the federal judiciary. “Too many federal judges rule with impunity from the bench,” he said, “and those who legislate from the bench should not be entitled to lifetime abuse of their judicial authority.” He proposed 18-year terms, staggered every two years, for new Supreme Court justices, and suggested similar limits on federal appellate and district court judges.

It seems Perry is just trying to revive a failing campaign for the Presidency. This nonsense won’t do it.

Congress will never agree to limiting itself and the federal judiciary change will have to be via a Constitutional amendment.

This proposal is just “Hot Air.”

President 2012: Rick Perry Can’t Remember the Federal Agencies He Wants to Cut

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Texas Governor Rick Perry has a lapse of memory during tonight’s CNBC Presidential Debate

Rick Perry’s campaign for President imploded tonight with his lapse of memory as to which federal agencies he would cut. The answer he is grasping for  = Department of Energy.

AllahPundit over at Hot Air has the quotes:

  • To my memory, Perry’s forgetfulness is the most devastating moment of any modern primary debate – Larry Sabato
  • That might be the most uncomfortable moment I’ve ever witnessed in presidential politics – Rich Lowry
  • That was the greatest flame-out I’ve ever witnessed in a debate – Mona Charon
  • WaPo’s Aaron Blake tweets: “Top Perry fundraiser to me: ‘Perry campaign is over. Time for him to go home and refocus on being Gov of TX.’”

And, Perry’s retort after the debate: 

“I’m sure glad I had my boots on because I sure stepped in it out there.”

Put a fork in Rick Perry – He’s Done!

President 2012: Can Rick Perry Be the Comeback Kid?

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Texas Governor Rick Perry’s Cornerstone Speech Highlights

The answer is NO.

The conventional wisdom has coalesced around the view that Texas Gov. Rick Perry, with his sizable bankroll, is the obvious choice to emerge again as Romney’s chief primary challenger. His campaign is now up with ads in New Hampshire and Iowa, reintroducing himself to the voters.  And businessman Herman Cain, with the latest scandal, could find himself falling in the next round of polls.

But I’m not so sure that, even with the Texas governor’s significant resources, his rebranding campaign will work.  Perry’s collapse since entering the race really has been remarkable.  Unlike other recent candidates who entered the race with high expectations only to fall flat (Fred Thompson, Wesley Clark, Rudy Giuliani), Perry boasted executive experience, a largely conservative record, and success in some hotly-contested gubernatorial campaigns.  On paper, he had that resume that translates to a presidential campaign.  That’s why many Republican voters initially viewed him so favorably, thinking he was the most electable conservative in the race.

But he was utterly unprepared to make the transition to the national stage, alienating the establishment with his weak debate performance and infuriating the base on illegal immigration.  The Republican chattering class now is convinced he doesn’t have what it takes to defeat a vulnerable President Obama, and the base is awfully skeptical that he’s the principled conservative they once thought.  That’s hard to turn around with a bunch of 30-second ads.

I have to agree. And, I can make a list:

  1. Gardasil
  2. Ponzi Scheme
  3. Illegal Immigration
  4. Debate performance
  5. Weird factor (see above)
  6. Too Bush

Is that enough?

Rick Perry won’t make it to Super Tuesday.