Rick Perry Getting Ready to Inflict Himself on America in 2016

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Rick Perry has left Texas in ruins. He has planned for a while now to visit the same destruction on the entire country, and those plans are coming to fruition. Newsmax was excited to pass along word on Friday that,

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will spend his last month in office meeting with more than 500 major GOP bundlers and donors in December as he takes the first steps toward building a foundation for a 2016 presidential campaign, kicking off the first of the small-group sessions next week in Austin, organizers have confirmed.

Great plan!

Assuming, that is, he can stay ahead of federal prosecutors and not end up like some Texas desperado, on the run from the long arm of the law.

But that’s a problem endemic to Republican governors these days so we’ll just leave that one be and look at some of his other problems.

Because as Politico explained on Friday,

Perry’s intensive month of foundation-building comes as other prospective Republican presidential candidates – notably former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz – are engaging with the wealthy Texans who for years have been among the GOP’s most significant sources of cash. As the heir to a political dynasty with deep Texas ties, Bush in particular could seriously cut into Perry’s financial base. Bush over the last few months has met with major Texas donors.

While Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson may or may not have claimed Ted Cruz is “too right wing,” Perry might do well to worry more about a lack of support from Fox News, which has taken him to task as recently as this summer for sending troops to the border.

As Jason Easley wrote here in July,

Fox News is the gatekeeper for the Republican nomination. The way they treat potential 2016 candidates reveals a great deal about who they believe is viable. Fox became the Mitt Romney network in 2012, and they have been so protective of Chris Christie that they won’t discuss the various scandals that are ruining the New Jersey Republican’s presidential dreams.

Ted Cruz told Jewish donors, “I sort of take it as a backhanded compliment that they’ve invented a new caricature for me – crazy,” but Perry certainly seems determined to compete with Cruz as the “crazy” presidential contender.

Not every Republican gets cut-off mid-word by ABC news due to insane Obama conspiracy rants. Perry has.

I’m not certain the American people are ready to elect to the highest office in the land somebody who thinks “gay-ness” is like alcoholism and can be treated, or can’t remember what state he is in. Or who thinks Turkey, an important ally, is our enemy.

These things matter when you are president. You have to make sense, you have to remember where you are, and you have to know which countries not to invade or shoot missiles at. After all, Perry might accidentally drop bombs on Solyndra.

And then where would we all be?

Perry has said he is not afraid to talk religion, but maybe he should be afraid of talking period. About anything. If he kept his mouth shut he wouldn’t have gotten the date of the 2012 election wrong.

As Politico says, “Perry had entered the race to much fanfare as the most formidable GOP foe to Romney. But his debate performances induced cringes…”

Ouch. Even right-wing booster Politico noticed. And they’re right. You remember how the Sarah Palin Channeling Perry effectively ended his last presidential run a year early, don’t you?

Politico is certainly being overly kind when they say,

While some in the party wonder if his star dimmed even further this summer when he was indicted on public corruption charges, Perry has nonetheless tried to remake his public image over the past year. In a series of high-profile interviews, the governor, sporting trendy new glasses that give him a more studious look, has admitted that he bungled 2012.

Bungled. Yes, we could say he “bungled.”

Politico goes on to cite Henry Barbour, “a Republican national committeeman who is helping plan for a Perry 2016 campaign and organizing next week’s donor sessions.” According to Barbour, “If Gov. Perry is going to run, he’s going to be better prepared, and he’s going to have the resources necessary to compete.”

I suspect the problem goes deeper than mere preparation, but only the next debate will tell the tale. Let’s face it: we have a man here who thinks he can pray away drought. While this may enthuse the Religious Right, it’s not going to gain him a lot of followers outside that particular tent.

In the end, what we learned about Rick Perry in 2011 applies equally to 2014, 15, or even 16, and that is that he is shallow and uninspiring, a crony capitalist, a George W. Bush redux in an election cycle that might boast George W. Bush’s brother, and a religious extremist to boot, in a campaign that is sure to feature religious extremists.

Any candidate needs something, anything, to lift them above the herd when it comes time to call for votes, and Rick Perry has absolutely zero going for him in that department. In an election that will almost certainly call for each Republican to try to outdo the other in terms of extremism, only a relatively sane-sounding Republican is likely to get noticed.

Chris Christie has actually made that effort, but he’s all too publicly a bully, sounds like Perry on the democratic process, and worse, like Perry, in trouble with the law.

And even if Perry manages to get Fox News in his corner, he still potentially faces that insurmountable task any Republican chosen will have to face: Hillary Clinton.

Perry, like his fellow Republicans, can go through the motions for 2016, but if Hillary decides to run, that is all any of them are doing.

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23 Replies to “Rick Perry Getting Ready to Inflict Himself on America in 2016”

  1. Yes he was indicted and it’s working its way through the system as we speak.

    No donor with greater than two brain cells to rub together would throw money Perry’s way after the crash and burn of 2012. They’d be idiots to do so.

  2. He’s already made Texas worst then it already is (and the new guy is already stepping up his game in terms of bat-shit insanity).

    Why the hell do you want to inflict that kind of pain on the rest of us? Why?!? Do yourself a favor: Go away. Deal with the fact that you might be going to jail with some of the people that you put in.

  3. He faces the insurmountable task of getting OUR votes! This man is truly a narcistic fool. An idiot to boot. Worse than bush and equally as ignorant as sarah. They have nothing to offer ..they just see $$$$. They know not what they speak of. Except $$$$. They believe in CHEAP LABOR ask rick perry. his state is so pathetic at good paying jobs…everyone is poor! Any and all GOP will have to face the citizens of the United States…all the states! not just their gerrymandered ones where you only count white votes! AH’S WE WILL BE OUT THERE WITH OUR VOTES that you stole this time.! but there won’t be a next time. People are seeing you for the greedy bastards you are. First on the agenda: take away tax credits for low income families…$400 BILLION TAX BREAK for the already FILTHY RICH NOTHING FOR CONSTITUENTS!! AGAIN! President Obama will veto to save your asses AGAIN FROM THE GOP and you’ll spit on him with your racist remarks. Just watch! As far as Im concerned you can GTFH!

  4. So now the Right Wing ea Party Wing Nuts will have TWO! crazy Texans to split their allegiance to. Good plan!

    Gene

  5. Perry would get 47% of the vote, guaranteed. What difference does it make? The voters in this country are tribal so there is no room for independent thinking or judgment. Please don’t call our form of government “democracy”. It is an insult to the true meaning of the word and does no longer exist in the US.

  6. So, I guess those big ugly glasses did not help. Jeb is supposedly the “smart one” in the Bush family, which means his I.Q. is above room temperature. What is wrong with Texas that they flock to crazy, ignorant people? Maybe Cruz could run on the slogan “Two for the price of one” and have his religious fanatic,race baiting father on the ticket with him? Has Cruz managed to get American citizenship yet, or does it not matter if you are gop??

  7. It doesn’t matter to Republican voters what they do as long as they are Republican, and at least two bricks shy of a load. The crazier they are, the more the right-wingers like them.

  8. Is he that much of a complete fucking moron to think people would elect his sorry ass to POTUS? What a delusional asshole.

  9. The last thing anyone sane would want is the United States of Texas, especially if they’re women, minorities and gay, as well as poor and middle-class.

  10. Will need to disagree dw. There is a root of democracy still alive in this country, still those who believe in freedom, still a few occasional Rep’s(think a few Dem’s) and Senators who deeply feel the hurt of our country and are trying to correct the course.
    It’s just that now, the far right has the loudest voice and will have, UNLESS all Dem’s get out to vote!!!!Don’t ever sit back and think there is no chance….
    The smallest ROOT can and does grow into the largest tree. We can beat ( maybe not eliminate)the evil running among our elected officials.

  11. That Rodney would be worth watching. A rethug Presidential candidate being arrested and sent to jail…makes me :)

  12. Here we go again, “clown car politic” entertainment, brought to you by the now almost “majority right” tea-party conservative Repubs. This is going to be a Looong two years. Break out the blood-pressure meds., and hold onto your sanity.

  13. I would like to believe no crazy conservative could win a national election in 2016 America but after the last disastrous midterm I wouldn’t be surprised. With low voter turnout and a Democratic party electorate tired and uninspired of a Pelosi-Reid leadership anything is possible.

  14. Rick Perry seems to be an Ignorant Buffoon. I’m surprised he can find his way from one room to another. The man is indicted. If he manages to survive the likely earned indictment, and run for Pres. he only needs 5 to 10 minutes of TV time to display his incredible ignorance. Perry, as the entire Republican party, insist on continuing to be a circus car of side-show freaks. They each have earned their own side-show banner within the Big Tent. If they weren’t so hateful they would be entertaining. Perry/Christie in the white house? Perry-a Buffoon, just by opening his mouth, would hang himself in minutes and Christie, the Blow-Hard BULLY should by rights end up part of the indicted for the Abuse of Power G. W. Bridge shut down conspiracy/scandal aimed at disabling thousands of American citizens – another incredibly hubristic ABUSE of power by a governor. Fat Cats can throw money at them, but, I’d rather see that money thrown at hungry children and seniors across this country.

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