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Rick Perry: “This is not a miracle. We know how this happened.”

Rick Perry: “This is not a miracle. We know how this happened.”

Some say *he’s* the “Texas Miracle.”

Greg Abbott won a decisive victory in Texas’ recent gubernatorial election, but he’ll have some big shoes to fill come January.

Outgoing Governor Rick Perry may be stepping down from his post at the Texas capitol, but he’s nowhere near close to making his exit from the national stage. In addition to forming a PAC, courting conservatives, and brushing up on his foreign policy credibility, he’s taking time to detail the hard work and conservative policies that were passed under his watch that converged to create “The Texas Miracle.”

From Fox News:

“Governor Perry established in the national mind that Texas is the place for jobs and freedom where entrepreneurship thrives and the American dream is alive,” said Cal Jillson, SMU political science professor and author of “Lone Star Tarnished.”

Indeed, Texas under Perry has outpaced any other state on the employment front, creating three out of 10 of all U.S. jobs. Forbes magazine recently named Texas as the leading state for economic climate and future job growth while Chief Executive Magazine readers have named Texas as the number one state to do business for 10 years running. Over 100 of America’s top companies — including AT&T, Fluor, Dell and ExxonMobil — are based in Texas. Toyota, Apple, Charles Schwab and SpaceX are expanding operations in the state. Perry has crisscrossed the globe with missionary zeal, from Beijing to London, touting a flourishing Texas brand that looks a shade brighter against the national economy. Texas, in turn, is America’s top exporting state averaging more than $1 billion in exports every working day.

“I was always intrigued with economic development and an economic climate that frees people,” Perry said. “It was innate, something I derived from watching people I admired like my father, and it wasn’t something I read or studied in school.”

Rather than let buzzwords take over, however, Perry is making moves to lay claim to “The Texas Miracle” as his own brand. He says, “[m]iracles I can’t explain, I’ll leave those to the good Lord,” he said. “This is not a miracle. We know how this happened.”

It’s his brand, his blueprint, and his ticket to the top of a Republican field that’s growing increasingly crowded—and contentious. Perry, after all, is still dealing with an abuse of power indictment and the fallout from a disastrous 2012 presidential run, both of which could prove toxic to his hopes in 2016.

But Perry has what few others can lay claim to—an extensive record of governing—and we can expect him to take that experience to the bank when it comes to wooing donors, courting voters, and fighting back attacks from both the left and the right.

Election season is dead. Long live election season!


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legacyrepublican | December 26, 2014 at 7:16 pm

I have only known Bush and Perry as governor since moving to Texas Looking forward to Abbott.

Perry didn’t do that, someone else made that happen!

Thanks, I’ll take Perry over “moderate” squish Bush. Any Bush. Any Christie, Any Romney. I will NOT VOTE FOR ANY OF THEM! And there is a good chance I will just stay home. And I won’t “donate” any money to any candidate or party. If the establishment wants Bush, well then they can VOTE for him. Then we’ll see how many VOTES they have.

    Valerie in reply to Fiftycaltx. | December 26, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Why not just admit you want the Democrats to win?

      Fiftycaltx in reply to Valerie. | December 26, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      Well, if you think Jeb Bush or Romney is the “savior”, then I’ll be OK with Hillary or Lieawatha. Because there would be NO DIFFERENCE!

        casualobserver in reply to Fiftycaltx. | December 27, 2014 at 1:07 am

        Yes. Keep telling yourself that we would be just as bad off or maybe worse had Romney defeated Obama in 2012. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Devoid of reason, but it makes purists feel good.

          Bush gave us Obama. Romney would have given us Obama on steroids.

          It’s time to be rid of these RINO bums.

          JackRussellTerrierist in reply to casualobserver. | December 27, 2014 at 3:13 am

          Bush didn’t give us obola. The behind-the-curtain left gave us obola with our help in the form of childish petulance. I despise McCain, but I wasn’t planning to invite him over for a cook-out anymore than I would obola. McCain, in all his half-psycho egotism, would have been infinitely better for America for one HUGE reason: He doesn’t hate America or Americans.

          Same for Romney, and he’d probably be very pleasant at a cook-out, much as I’d be tempted to dump a punchbowl over his head for Romneycare and getting in bed with Ted to pull it off.

          bad as the are, neither one would have taken us down the courses we’re on, some of which are irreversible.

          JackRussellTerrierist in reply to casualobserver. | December 27, 2014 at 3:21 am

          Indeed it does make purists feel good, and don’t they all look swell with their noses cut off to spite their sour faces now?


          jayjerome66 in reply to casualobserver. | December 28, 2014 at 8:24 pm

          Yeah get rid of the ‘Rino Bums’ and have zero chance of winning the presidency. The concrete dunderheads in both parties (you know, the loyalists) are not going to decide the next presidential election. Independents and disaffected Democrats will tip it one way or the other. They’re the swing voters. And they’re not going to ‘swing’ to people like Rick Perry.

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Valerie. | December 26, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      Some vote party, others vote the candidate. I for one don’t vote party. I suspect FiftyCat doesn’t, either.

        JackRussellTerrierist in reply to The Friendly Grizzly. | December 27, 2014 at 2:44 am

        A vote for any candidate is a vote for the platform of that candidate’s party. It’s unavoidable.

        The most important thing to do is to work hard for a conservative candidate to win the primary so we’re not stuck with another loser RINO.

          Surely you jest. Can you name a candidate who follows the party platform?

          Me and the wife were at a GOP legislative district meeting here in WA state. The county chairman was there. He was talking about getting new peeps to join the party. My wife got up and asked how can we convince people to join the party if nobody follows the platform?

          He says, “Well, the Democrats don’t follow their platform either.” Seriously, he had no problem saying that to a room full of Republicans (a bunch of ’em were tea partiers).

          So I repeat – can you identify a candidate from either party who follows the platform? If not, then there is no worry about the platform following the candidate into office.

          JackRussellTerrierist in reply to JackRussellTerrierist. | December 28, 2014 at 4:39 am

          Platy, you’re right, mostly. I should have used “agenda” instead of “platform.”

          But no, I wasn’t jesting in the broader point of my post.

      riverlife_callie in reply to Valerie. | December 27, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      If the Repubs put up another candidate like McCain or Romney (i.e. Jebbie or Christie) then the Democrats WILL win, just like they did the last two cycles. Why should people vote for a candidate just because he has an “R” after his name? I was one of those, like you, who thought we had to vote for the lesser of two evils. Look what it got us. There will be no “third times a charm” for me. If the Repubs don’t come up with a Conservative candidate, I will vote write-in or do like most of the base – not vote at all. The Republicans DON’T CARE about Conservatives. Isn’t that clear by now?

      Same Same in reply to Valerie. | December 29, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      Do you mean the same way that Romney, McCain and Bob Dole won? I’m pretty tired of hearing people tell me my candidates can’t win, then running idiots like these.

casualobserver | December 26, 2014 at 9:47 pm

I like a good deal of Perry’s policy decisions. Some of his social positions last time around were lacking. But what really bothers me is the longer he is in the national spotlight, the more of the bad attributes of politicians he adopts. The new look with his glasses is just one example. Were it not for his record it wpuld very easy to pigeonhole him as an all too common two fa ed politician. And he could be the better choice once the field is whittled down, should he survive.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to casualobserver. | December 27, 2014 at 3:04 am

    He’s a solid conservative and shrewd as hell. That’s why the ‘rats fired their first volley at him six months ago.

    This is not the time to nitpick and fuss over some little social issue here or there, a pair of glasses or his resemblance to a pol…..since he is indeed a pol. 🙂 Nobody is going to get absolutely everything they want in the nominee. We must focus on getting a proven conservative with wide appeal. Perry is one of several who fit the larger bill, and he’s one candidate who can garner a large Hispanic vote. As we speak, obola is trying to undermine that by rafting in boatloads of Cubans to get them to support ‘rats as their saviors.

    Let’s keep our eye on the ball and not get distracted by some obscure issue. Economics and national safety are the keys to winning the next election. ’16 is the ‘pubs to lose, but a lot of that momentum is riding on the performance, presentation and message of the new congress. They need to be hammered daily and ‘rode herd’ on mercilessly. Don’t let the bastards even come up for air for the next two years. Let ’em earn their pay for once.

JackRussellTerrierist | December 27, 2014 at 2:51 am

That Perry is a nice lookin’ feller. Knows how to run a big shop real good. I like him. He and walker would make a great posse. John Wayne. Buford Pusser. Dirty (not dingy) Harry. Marshal Dillon.

Bring ’em.

I like Perry generally, but I think he’s squishy on both illegal immigration and gun control.

    retire05 in reply to randian. | December 27, 2014 at 11:30 am

    “I think he’s squishy on both illegal immigration and gun control.”

    Yeah, a man who is willing to use his state National Guard to assist defending the Texas border with Mexico, is squishy on illegal immigration. Remind me again the names of all those other border state governors that have done that.

    Gun control? So you think a man, who never leaves home without his concealed weapon, is squishy on gun control? Maybe you meant that he is not the left wing lunatic that believes if we outlaw the 2nd Amendment then even the bad guys won’t have guns?

    Here’s my thoughts on Perry: he’s not the greatest public speaker that we have ever seen. But if I wanted an orator, I would have voted for Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. I didn’t. I want someone who can do the job the American people hired him to do, who will listen to the citizens of this great nation and who understands that when he makes a mistake, he needs to own up to it and govern by the will of the people.
    And no one understands the 10th Amendment more than Rick Perry.

I like Perry’s moxie. He will need more miracles to win the presidency, though.

“Squishy” – this reminds me that our beloved Dinghy Harry is leaving his block-a-bill Senate Majority Leader post. Harry should receive a LI send off.

The management of Legal Insurrection is aware that Rick Perry hired RNC official Henry Barbour to advise his campaign even after Barbour ran a vicious, race-baiting campaign in the 2014 Mississippi GOP primary and runoff. Rick Perry also hired GOP E consultant Steve Schmidt who spreads hate and guarantees democrat wins. Yet Legal Insurrection continues to promote Rick Perry, even uses lobbyists’ favorite buzzword, “governing,” in italics.
There are many more problems with Rick Perry, but they’re less interesting than the fact that LI backs the side of the GOP that nullified our Nov. 2014 votes.

The Perry detractors don’t want to talk about substance, like his many successes as governor. So they pick on silly stuff, like the fact that he now wears glasses, or he hired a political consultant that they don’t like.

This is why we keep ending up with lousy GOP candidates. We would rather have a squishy moderate that makes us feel good but can’t get elected than nominate someone who has a real record of achievement and is truly qualified to be President.