Skip to comments.RICK PERRY'S AWFUL WEEKEND: Will He Be The Next GOP Candidate To Flame-Out?
Posted on 09/25/2011 10:10:12 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
Texas Governor Rick Perry's once-surging campaign is on thin ice, after flailing in three debates and suffering defeats in two key-state straw polls.
Once limited to the opinion page of the Wall Street Journal or The Weekly Standard, concerns over Perry's electability are now very much in the mainstream.
In a major upset for the Perry campaign, former Godfather's Pizza executive Herman Cain won the Florida Presidency 5 Straw Poll by a 22-point margin a race Perry heavily contested. Later Saturday, favorite son and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney blew away Perry in the Michigan Straw Poll by a surprising 34-point margin.
Many of his problems have been self-inflicted. Perry's debate performance has been inconsistent, at best and surprisingly Perry decided to engage his opponents, rather than focus his criticism on Obama.
The substance of his answers has also drawn criticism and parody for his incoherent and controversial responses on foreign policy and immigration, respectively.
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I think he’ll hang in there a while and see what goes. Unless Palin decides to jump in and split the conservative votes between her and Cain giving Romney the nomination.
Has Perry run out of money yet? That’s what matters.
Just wondering, they always refer to Cain as “former Godfathers Pizza CEO”...When Odumbo was running did they refer to him as “former community organizer”? Just saying here like a CEO for a corporation is somehow not as qualified and somebody else?
>>Unless Palin decides to jump in and split the conservative votes between her and Cain giving Romney the nomination.<<
Prepare thineself for the retribution for sullying her Holy Name.
If Palin gets in, it will become utter havoc and Romney will take the nomination.
“Unless Palin decides to jump in..”
If Palin jumps in, Perry and Cain will jump out.. one way or the other.
We The People are going to nominate a Conservative Romney need not apply.
It’s unlikely that Palin would want to be the spoiler for Romney. Most likely she will endorse Cain who’s rapidly moving up in the polls as we speak.
Right, just like what happened in 2008. The ignorant general electorate has a much different outlook.
Sounds, to me, like the screaming media, democrats and some old foxes in the GOP are worried about Rick Perry. They want an rino to rule.
“Its unlikely that Palin would want to be the spoiler for Romney.”
The candidates who don’t score early victories tend to drop out, so the field will inevitably narrow down to two people.
This is not the time to choose the lesser of two evils.
“Just wondering, they always refer to Cain as former Godfathers Pizza CEO...When Odumbo was running did they refer to him as former community organizer? Just saying here like a CEO for a corporation is somehow not as qualified and somebody else?”
Of course, a subtle put-down at every opportunity. How about “former board chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank” or “former president of the National Restaurant Association”? Doesn’t have nearly the put-down potential, of course.
I don’t see how Palin can get behind anyone after that last debate. I like Cain, but he has said a lot of stupid stuff that isn’t going to cut it if he gets high enough in the polls for media scrutiny. I don’t disagree with his Islamophobia, but the media is going to have a field day with it and, if he gets into the top tier, it isn’t going to last a week.
Obama was a better candidate that will not be true this year. The nation as a whole will not elect anyone with an approval rating in the 30’s. In about 3 weeks Romney and Perry will be in the second tier wondering what hit them.
I like what Cain said on this video
Also see Herman Cains response to Mr. Freeman (who is a golfing buddy of 0bamas). Its about halfway thru the interviewaround the 2;30 mark.
I think Perry was only surging in the perrywinkles mind, then the dummy puke on stage three times, water boy and cheer leader status.
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