"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Red State: Perry: The ONLY candidate that can beat Obama

This article from last Thursday that I just read while visiting Red State to read Erick Erickson's article, GOProud’s Outing of Rick Perry Pollster Tony Fabrizio Backfires, Outs Them Instead, sums up what so many of us have been thinking about the chances of Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Perry against Obama.  Neither Romney or Gingrich have been able to lose their arrogance as it comes across in all the venues.  Touting one's own intelligence over others is not even a little endearing out of Newt.  If those two men are so arrogant now, how would they be as President.

Newt has the capability of being more arrogant than Obama which is saying something.  He relies on his words in debates as he says what he thinks the voters want to hear but when you dig deeper, his words don't match his past where he dissed conservatives in the House to play up to Democrats.   His hard line against Democrats today comes across as self-serving for votes when you see the video of Newt with Pelosi on the couch touting global warming:

Romney has never been a candidate that I could feel comfortable voting for after what we saw out of his consultants here in Oklahoma in 2006 in the Governor's race which seems to have been a dry-run for Romney's first run for President in 2008.  Romney also pulled out of the GOP Convention in 2007 at the last minute saying he needed to be in Iowa.  When he held a Town Hall, he should have made it only for his fellow Mormons as the rest of us were not welcome.  No questions allowed of Mitt from the wrong people.  From his flip flops on global warming, pro-life, Romneycare, and now his stand that he would not seek to reinstate 'don't ask, don't tell' for starters has made me decide that I will never support him.  As a conservative, I could not vote for the man. The unemployed Mitt Romney needs to stay unemployed so he can go supervise the contractors on his $12M mansion.

Having seen Rick Perry in action first as Ag Commissioner, then Lt Governor, and now Governor I have no doubt that he is the man who can beat Obama.  The arrogance factor with Perry is nil.  He is a gentleman and someone who you would want as  your next door neighbor.  People who think they don't like the Texan when they meet him, come away with a very different opinion.  He is very likable and genuine which is rare in politics today.  Dr. Coburn, Cong Lucas (R-OK), and Cong Langford (R-OK) fall in that category here in my state.  Perry admits mistakes and OOPS moments we all have.  Rick Perry will not be swayed on his core values as he is steadfast in his beliefs -- you can trust him not to put a finger in the wind to see which way it is blowing and why with all of his experience, he would make an excellent President.
Perry: The ONLY candidate that can beat ObamaPosted by Tim Griffin@griffinelection (Diary)
Thursday, December 8th at 1:23PM EST  
As conservatives look over the field of candidates we have been provided this election cycle, one thing becomes abundantly clear: most of these candidates will lose to Obama in 2012. But Rick Perry is the only guy that can show why he is the one you want to have a beer with while Obama is the one upset that the price of arugula is has risen at Wholefoods. If you’re reading this, you may not care who the most likable presidential candidate is, but the voters who decide elections do. The simple truth is that Perry is likable, Romney and Gingrich aren’t. 
Mitt Romney has shown himself to be inherently unlikable. His whole persona seems contrived. He wasn’t asked to run for president, he dedicated his life to it. In the General Election, Romney will come off as disingenuous, out-of-touch and rich. Before this presidential run he had over four houses–you may not care, but General Election voters will. The only consistent political position he holds is on a healthcare mandate–voters want someone they can trust. Romney is ripe for attacks. David Axlerod will paint Romney as an out-of-touch opportunist and it will stick enough to convince independents in OH, FL and PA to stick with the known quantity of Obama. 
Newt Gingrich running for president is like one of those bad movie sequels where you ask yourself, “why was it necessary to do this again?” We already ran an old, rich, fat, white guy. He was out of touch and lost by embarrassing margins. 
There are also a lot of differences between McCain and Gingrich, but none of these factors make Newt more likely to win. Newt is more arrogant than McCain, and whether we like it or not — is defined by the media narrative as politically petty. He is a serial adulterer. Obama is a family man. Newt is a fighter and he will take it to Obama. The base loves that, we eat it up and can’t wait to see a debate. But Newt’s style isn’t going to play exceedingly well to General Election Voters. He comes off as self-absorbed and arrogant. When he cuts down a reporter you’ll catch a brief glare and maybe a smirk, but never a smile. The guy has no general election strengths. He is a loser and we have seen the original back in 2008. Don’t be duped into paying for the sequel! 
Rick Perry is the only one that can beat Obama. Perry has something that neither Newt nor Mitt possess. Likability. When asked who was the nicest and friendliest candidate backstage at Republican debates, Jon Huntsman’s daughters unanimously answered — “Rick Perry.” Governor Perry has General Election likability and that is what it takes to win. 
Would anyone say that Jimmy Carter was more likable than Ronald Reagan? Mondale more likable than Reagan? Bush I or Dole more likable than Clinton? Gore or Kerry more likable than Bush II? McCain more likable than Obama? Of course not, the likable guy always, always, always wins in presidential elections. 
Obama is infinitely more likable than Mitt or Newt. But Rick Perry is the guy you want to have a beer with in 2012 and that will make all of the difference. 
While Obama comes off as more genuine than Newt or Mitt, he doesn’t have that advantage over Perry 
In the end, Perry, due to his accent and demeanor is the most likable guy in a matchup and his record speaks for itself. He is the only one that can really exploit Obama as the guy who is upset because the price of “arugula” has risen at Whole Foods. 
On the stump no one draws a brighter contrast with Obama than Perry. While an Obama speech is a jarring experience with right-to-left teleprompter reads while never looking into the camera, Rick Perry hits the stage with a few note cards and a lot of passion. 
On top of all of these factors, Perry is the only guy that can’t be painted as out-of-touch, (During the last election, Romney still had five houses; Newt Gingrich has a half-million dollar line of credit at Tiffany’s Jewelers). 
Perry is the guy you want to have a beer with and people don’t have to weigh how smart he is, all they need to know is that he has an amazing record as governor for ten years of one or our largest states. 
Whether you are looking for a strong record, conservative consistency or the greatest chances of winning a general election, Rick Perry is your guy.  
Source:  Red State

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