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Who is Rick Perry’s biggest supporter?

Who is Rick Perry’s biggest supporter?

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My what a difference a few years makes.

Coinciding with his speech Wednesday, Governor Perry’s campaign released a video highlighting their “biggest supporter.”

The trolltastic effort comes after Donald Trump publicly criticized Governor Perry earlier this month for failing to secure Texas’ border; criticisms to which Perry responded.

During a speech Wednesday, Governor Perry took a moment to address Trump’s candidacy. This time, Perry wasn’t so polite.

“In times of trouble, there are two types of leaders: repairers of the breach, and sowers of discord. The sower of discord foments agitation, thrives on division, scapegoats certain elements of society, and offers empty platitudes and promises. He is without substance when one scratches below the surface.”

And then he dropped the hammer:

“He offers a barking carnival act that can be best described as Trumpism: a toxic mix of demagoguery, mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued.

Let no one be mistaken: Donald Trump’s candidacy is a cancer on conservatism, and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised and discarded.

It cannot be pacified or ignored, for it will destroy a set of principles that has lifted more people out of poverty than any force in the history of the civilized world…the cause of conservatism.

I feel so strongly about this because I believe conservatism is the only way forward for this country.”

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The Friendly Grizzly | July 23, 2015 at 10:33 am

Rick Perry has a hiphop-themed ad? Not my demographic, yo!

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inspectorudy | July 23, 2015 at 11:16 am

Perry has beclowned himself. If any of these MENSAs had an ounce of brains they would understand that they do not need to respond to Trump and his speeches. He has nothing to do with them and their campaigns. This just makes Perry look as dumb as he looked in 2012 only this time wearing librarian glasses.

Sammy Finkelman | July 23, 2015 at 11:19 am

“He offers a barking carnival act that can be best described as Trumpism: a toxic mix of demagoguery, mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued.

Let no one be mistaken: Donald Trump’s candidacy is a cancer on conservatism, and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised and discarded.

It cannot be pacified or ignored, for it will destroy a set of principles that has lifted more people out of poverty than any force in the history of the civilized world…the cause of conservatism.

Well, I hope there was more to the speech than that!

Where is Rick Perry taking Donald Trump’s assertions apart but by bit?

What you’ve quoted here is just generalities – it’s an attitude toward Donald Trump’s campaign.

Give examples of demagoguery, mean-spiritedness, nonsense, empty platitudes and promises, and explain how it destroys a set of principles that has lifted more people out of poverty than any force in the history of the civilized world.

If he didn’t do it then it’s not a clear diagnosis, nor does it work to excise and discard it, exceot to the extent ignoring it does.

He may not be ignoring Donald Trump himself, but I suspect he’s ignoring what he says except by giving it names.

Let him be out with it: Donald Trump is scapegoating illegal aliens, and the thrust of the attack contradicts conservative free market philosophy.

    Sammy Finkelman in reply to Sammy Finkelman. | July 23, 2015 at 11:21 am

    …not to mention the Golden Rule.

    The blockquote I made ended one paragraph too soon.

    Estragon in reply to Sammy Finkelman. | July 23, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    If the cause of conservatism includes crony capitalism, using eminent domain for private benefit, supporting national health care and tax increases, serial divorce and multiple bankruptcies, then Trump knows something about conservative causes.

    While he conveniently proclaimed himself suddenly pro-life at CPAC in 2011 (when he was considering a run then, coincidentally), he used to give generously to pro-abortion groups and sponsor events to raise money for them. Has he been giving money to pro-life groups since 2011? Which ones?

    Or is he just playing to stupid suckers, like with his big “birther” jag last time?

Just don’t ask him to list what he wants to do about anything … he always gets stuck on 3 …

John Nolte:

“There are all kinds of good arguments to convince a Republican to turn away from Trump. But when the delivery system is a smug, condescending dickishness, we’ve already lost.”

Mean, smug, and stupid is no way to win an election.

Meanwhile, here’s Carly over here, actually taking the fight to Hillary. And not being a dick. How ’bout that.

Perry continues to be the big disappointment of this electoral cycle. For some unknown reason I thought there might be something to Perry, but if there is, he’s keeping it well hidden.

This anti-Trump blast is frivolous pap; while that’s standard fare for Liberals, there’s no excuse for anyone in the Conservative camp to descend to the same level of childishness.

“He offers a barking carnival act …”

The Chinese of the Cultural Revolution milieu sounded like this, but they were a bit more colorful, with rubbish about “running dogs” and the more traditional “paper tigers”. Iranian statements of two decades or so ago were similar … all very obviously bleating by parties who realized perfectly well that they were essentially inconsequential, but felt obligated to make some noise anyway.

There are at least two distinct aspects to a campaign; first, somebody has to ask the important questions; and second, somebody (perhaps the same person, perhaps another) has to supply answers which impress the voters as promising. Right now, Trump is the guy asking the questions, and the more conservative Conservatives don’t want to hear them, probably because they realize they can’t respond with convincing answers. At this stage of the 2016 campaign, Trump is the essential man. Everybody else is trying to skip the first part—the basic questions—and jump directly to the second part—hey, don’t vote for him, vote for me! This by itself does not make Trump a promising candidate for President, but it does mean that Perry can’t dispose of him with gradeschool playground taunts. Trump is the adult in the room; we need more of them.

    NC Mountain Girl in reply to tom swift. | July 23, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    What you see as adult, I see as adolescent grandstanding and hucksterism. Trump’s political positions are what will generate the most current attention for Trump. He may say what conservatives want to heat today but it wasn’t what he was saying last year not is their any assurance it will be what he says next year.

    There is a huge danger here noone seems willing to acknowledge. Why is the media lavishing attention on Trump’s campaign. Yes, it is the summer silly season when everything from shark attacks to Chandra Levy may come to dominate the front pages. So why Trump and why now?

    I think the answer is that Trump fits the media’s narrative that Republicans are old, mean spirited, rich, white men. The last thing the press wants to do is to cover Walker, Cruz. Rubio or Jindal because they are all a generation younger than the Democrat frontrunners.

    If Republicans beclown themselves with praise for Trump it will be very difficult to paint Clinton, Sanders, Biden, Warren, Gore, Kerry etc. as too old for the job.

      Henry Hawkins in reply to NC Mountain Girl. | July 23, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      I agree. It is my choice not to trade away at least three excellent candidates who actually have a chance to win for the instant gratification of the bombast of Donald Trump.

      Trump can talk tough because he has nothing to lose – no elected office, no voting block of supporters, and he’s a multi-billionaire – he needn’t worry about how he speaks now affects his ‘political career’. Moreover, as you cite, Trump changes positions with the wind and nothing he says holds any worth except for those who’ve been desperate for someone, anyone, to say them. Trump is just out to ride the media pony as long as they’ll cover him.

        many of us know trump is a snake however have no problems using him for now to push the gop.

          Henry Hawkins in reply to dmacleo. | July 23, 2015 at 6:32 pm

          I detest the poseur chameleon, but if he is able to win the nomination I will gleefully vote for him in the general because it will mark the deserving end not of the GOP, but of the cancer of self-serving crony pigs currently running the party.

          Chem_Geek in reply to dmacleo. | July 23, 2015 at 10:38 pm

          “self-serving crony pigs” is a perfect description of the mutiply-bankrupt, lying thieving BSD 1%er MBA CEO Manager Capitalist Trump, who was born in the locker room with champagne on his face and thinks he won the World Series.

    Ragspierre in reply to tom swift. | July 23, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    “Trump is the adult in the room; we need more of them.”

    That giant sucking sound is any remaining creds you had as a judge of human nature.

    Trump is historically all over the map, and now is no different. He contradicts himself in the same breath, much less year-to-year. He’s a child…a rich, spoiled, rather stupid child.

    Trump is a LOSER. He’s FIRED.

    Wicht in reply to tom swift. | July 23, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Mr. Swift, since you are a Trump supporter, perhaps you could enlighten me as to what the difference is between the policies of a Bernie Sanders presidency and a Donald Trump presidency would be?

Perry may not look so good once Trump tours the Texas border.

stevewhitemd | July 23, 2015 at 1:31 pm

I’ve no use for Mr. Trump. I’m having less use for Governor Perry these days. Mr. Perry is supposed to be the old hand, smart politician, experienced governor who ran a successful state, and clean cut conservative.

It would be nice if he started acting like that.

He doesn’t need to bash Trump; he needs to ignore Trump. Amy in FL is right: Carly Fiorina is the only candidate who is doing what a candidate needs to do: make a case as to why the other side is wrong and she’s right. Ms. Fiorina may not be perfect but at least she understands what has to be done.

Unlike Mr. Perry.

Let Mr. Trump and his toxic blabbering, his ornery tone, and this threat to go 3rd party pass by like the regional circus that he is. The target is Hillary. The target is the Democrats. The target is the progressives and the media. The rest is side-show.

    Barry in reply to stevewhitemd. | July 23, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    “The target is Hillary. The target is the Democrats. The target is the progressives and the media. The rest is side-show.”

    In a different time, when there were two parties that had different idea’s, perhaps this was the case.

    No longer true. The two parties differ on very little at the top end. Therefore the first target is to put the R party in the hands of the base, the actual conservatives. To this end, Trump is doing us a great service.

The problem Perry, and the other “traditional” candidates, have is that no one believes them anymore. How many times have Boehner, et al. promised to stand up to Obama? Have they ever succeeded? Hell, have they ever really put up a fight at all?

Trump is a product of a failed Republican party.

Walker is about the only guy running who’s actually DONE something.

I would love to see a Trump/Hillary debate tho.

And I’ll just leave this here…. #TrumpFiorina2016 🙂

But really, #WalkerFiorina2016

    DaMav in reply to jabster. | July 23, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Fiorina’s too weak on immigration for me. Otherwise she’s good; but I like Cruz or Walker at the top.

      Chem_Geek in reply to DaMav. | July 23, 2015 at 10:45 pm

      Lying thieving BSD 1%er MBA CEO Manager Fiorina only wants more 1-cent-per-day slaves, whether they are Americans or imports. If you trust her to do what’s good for you, you’re a fool or a lying thieving BSD 1%er MBA CEO Manager yourself.

    Ragspierre in reply to jabster. | July 23, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    IF you haven’t the sense to know that Perry and Boehner are NOT in any respect comparable…

    I invite you NOT to vote. Not at all. You are handicapped.

In summary, how DARE that evil Trump lower my support percent below the Fox debate threshold. Only I can save conservativism by lowering tuition for illegals in Texas.

This is what happens when the party does not understand what the base wants. Perry is such a dumb*** that he doesn’t connect the dots. Attacking Trump is about the lamest thing you can do. But what do you want from him…he hired Steve Schmidt as his campaign advisor.

At this point all of the candidates need to step back and take stock of what is going on. Trump is sucking all the oxygen out of them and they are not getting it.A nimble mind will figure this out…unfortunately we have too many establishment types running the party and running for president.

    Trump is sucking all the oxygen out of them and they are not getting it. A nimble mind will figure this out…

    Maybe we all need to forward them copies of Prof. Jacobson’s recent NRO column… and a mirror.

      Voyager in reply to Amy in FL. | July 23, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      Pretty much. While all of the other republicans in the field seem to be talking about how to play nice with everyone, Trump is the only one in the field saying that we actually need to deal with the widespread lawlessness the current administration has created.

      If he gets elected, maybe he’ll do something about it, or maybe he won’t, but right now he is the only one even bothering to promise to do something about it.

      You can’t trust a politician to keep the promises they make, so why would we expect them to deal with the hard problems they outright refuse to even think about?

        JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Voyager. | July 24, 2015 at 12:39 am

        Trump isn’t a Republican and he certainly isn’t a conservative. You’re being hornswaggled.

        Trump favors national health care and gave heavily to ‘rats, including Hillary and her “foundation” until 4 years ago when he decided to run as ‘pub. He’s flip-flopped on abortion and he never talks about guns. It’s illegals all day, every day, and always omitting the fact that his companies have hired thousands of illegals. His financial filings for the race show twice what he’s actually worth, according to Forbes, and he’s screwed many investors through multiple CH.11 bankruptcies. He’s a smoky backroom dealmaker born with a silver spoon that allowed him to dodge the draft.

        It sickens me that conservatives would even consider this man. What’s going to happen is that he’s going to get enough support from fools to run 3rd-party and throw the election to Hillary, his old buddy, which is very likely the plan in the first place. Instead, we could have a really good president, such as Scott Walker or Rick Perry or John Kasich would be. But no.

        Conservatives think Obama is a bloviator, which he is, but now they’re listening to a professional blowhard bloviator. I guess as long as the Pied Piper is playing a tune they like, they’ll follow him to political oblivion while we suffer Hillary’s extension of Obama’s destruction.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to PhillyGuy. | July 23, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    “This is what happens when the party does not understand what the base wants.”

    The GOP knows exactly what the base wants, but that isn’t what the US Chamber of Commerce wants, nor what their big donors want. Whom do we suppose they represent? Us? They lied with every promise made before November 2014, and have done nothing but cave to Obama ever since. Besides, Jeb Bush and John Kasich (nobody can figure out why Kasich’s running for president… he’s been GOP-annointed as Jeb’s VP, that’s why – do not doubt me on this, as Rush might say), but Bush and Kasich have both told the conservative base of the GOP that they neither need or want their support, not because they don’t understand what they/we want, but because they do.

    CloseTheFed in reply to PhillyGuy. | July 23, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Cruz has figured it out.

This is really pathetic from Governor Perry.

Trump is absolutely correct on the issues that he has focused on, which is why he is currently leading in the polls. That, combined with the fact that he has taken a firm position and refused to back down despite the frothing mad attacks from the Left, the Left’s media, and from establishment type R’s.

Does Perry criticize him on the substance of his position? No, barely even alludes to it, much less disputes it (never mind refutes it).

So, what does he do? He attacks him personally, with insults, like a Democrat would.

Pathetic.

Desert_Rat45 | July 24, 2015 at 10:26 am

Before any of you start generating enthusiasm for President Rick Perry, do a web search using word combinations which include Karim Aga Khan, Grover Norquist, Samah Alrayyes, Muslim Histories and Cultures Program, and Ismaili Jamathkana Center.

America does not need another Barack Hussein Obama in the Oval Office, regardless of his nominal party affiliation.

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