Saturday, September 25, 2021

Moving On

Rick Perry was always the one candidate Obama and the mainstream media (and GOP establishment) feared.

With the help of Fox News, and sadly, Gov Perry’s staff itself, they’ve done a good job of ensuring Rick won’t be the 2012 Republican presidential candidate.

(Consultants who place their interests above those of their clients are always the biggest risk to any campaign.)

I should also give honorable mention to many of Rick’s erstwhile friends in the conservative media, who had gotten caught up in the game, and left much of the “reasons why we fight” on the doorstep.

Co-opting the conservative media was always a Do-this-first agenda item for the media and the GOP establishment. With a demographic mirror-image repeat of the 1980 election looming…an unpopular president, a failed president, an embarrassing president, and a horrible economy properly laid squarely at his feet, the nation clearly at the brink of of so many dark things, plus an enraged voting majority almost no one ever calculates for polling purposes…

…the leftwing media could not afford to get caught unawares as they did when the 1980 conservative candidate (Ronald Reagan) not only won, but won in a landslide.

For the media and GOP, this was not a hard call, so they moved quickly, as soon as the ink dried on the revolutionary results of the 2010 midterms, to marginalize some of the names among the conservative media so there would not be a repeat in 2012.

I admit I was surprised at the ease with which the media pulled this off, proving once again the sage old axiom that what everybody wants is to belong to a club (which explains why Rush Limbaugh left New York.).

Like Herman Cain before, another victim of the GOP’s “we can’t let this man embarrass us” pogrom, Perry had a few truly revolutionary propositions, from shutting down entire federal departments to putting Congress on half pay, and turning much of the DC parking lots into good grazing pasture for at least half the year.

He struck me as man who actually would push to get those things done.

But this time around men who can do things come in behind men who can talk well about things, so, we can also thank ourselves, at least that part of conservatism who believes that symbolism and style trumps substance when it comes to beating Obama. And there is really nothing more stylistic than a fine talker.

Newt Gingrich was always the best extemporaneous speaker of the lot. A man of giant ideas, and, alas, also giant negatives. Unlike the passionless Romney, he is full of it.

Moving on

So it is in this light I’m moving on from what will be a titillating process, the airways filled with today’s, and next week’s drama, when all I care about is that the process be drawn out as long as possible.

Like 2008, the best man (men) never even got close in the GOP primaries. In fact, the best men almost never even get in anymore it seems. And why not? Look at Herman Cain, or more subtly, Perry. It’s one thing to have a few skeletons in your closet, but quite another to have your Republican opponent sneak into your house and plant a few more. Believe it or not, Mitt Romney’s team, not Newt Gingrich’s or Ron Paul’s, appear to be best at this sport of creating history out of whole cloth, with a record going back as far as 1996, when he attempted to derail Steve Forbes campaign. I’ve never liked sneaks, which is another sign of low character.

So you can see what the process, when in the hands of the professionals, has wrought.

In saying this, I have just mentioned the three candidates in the GOP field  I find generally lacking of character. On character alone, I believe the candidates who have dropped out, including Huntsman and Tim Pawlenty, as well the single conservative still standing, to be infinitely superior.

But this is not to say conservatism will lose this campaign this year.

And while the average citizen has little to say about this rigged primary process, we still control the final vote. And above all, we still hold the Ace of Aces.

The Ace of Aces

Why I say this is that this is America, and in America events often shape the leader. In fact, it’s in our wiring, and our wiring is unique.

You see, we have been looking for a Deliverer, expecting a George Washington to rescue us. It doesn’t always work that way.

If you believe that America was created by the hands of Providence (I do) then it follows that there was a purpose in creating us, and that purposes is not yet fulfilled. It is not intended, as Barack Obama wishes, that the America, as created by the Founders and Divine guidance, should just slip under the waves. Our work is not yet done.

Having wandered in the Wilderness for 48 years, all the way back to LBJ and the Great Society, we are just now beginning to figure it all out.

What I know is that our Invisible Hand can choose anyone, including the least among us, to lead and deliver us, as He had in the past. And He may choose the most unlikely of messengers to tell us, perhaps even Barack Obama, for surely, did not God save Israel by sending messages to Balaam through his ass? (Numbers 22)

(Works for me)

Being delivered by the least of men is not uncommon in America, while unheard of anywhere else in the world. We have been saved time and time again by men because of that one peculiar thing that made them quintessentially American.

Consider that lanky kid born in a log cabin in Kentucky, or a river rat along the banks of the Ohio, or that shy farm boy from Kansas.

Lincoln himself was transformed by events in this manner, then reached way down in his military kitbag to find a boozing general from Ohio to end the Civil War. FDR picked George Marshall and not Douglas MacArthur, who then passed over a stadium-full of generals to pick out a young brigadier named Eisenhower, who MacArthur called a “really fine XO” (and not as a compliment), all because Ike could organize and fight a completely different kind of war, which would bring an end to the world war in Europe.

And consider even George W Bush in 2001. Imagine if either Clinton or Gore had been on the watch deck that awful day. Why, we’d be paying half the treasury in Danegeld to those Barbary pirates today, and every American school would have a special room for prayer rugs.

Consider that cost versus the cost we’ve actually paid.

All these episodes expose something special about being American. It’s why high school grads can build a company buying and selling scrap, or HVAC installation and repair (these are the millionaires Obama really hates). And as our military has proved through several wars, and still teaches today, you can kill every officer and non-com in the unit and still some corporal or private will pick up the mantle of leadership and finish the job.

Both the Germans and Field Marshall Sir Bernard Montgomery hated that we could do this, for respectively, they couldn’t do it, and he refused to allow it.

America is unique, and if you think it’s simply by accident, a freak of nature, be my guest. I don’t.

So, as long as we are wired like this, God has several more ways to skin the Devil’s cat most of you never consider. That the system has become so corrupt it can no longer be the path to righting our national ship doesn’t mean there isn’t another way.

So while I consider the credentials of the remaining candidates to be pretty thin in the area of leadership, I have to keep in mind that they too can be changed by events.

Events, Events and more Events

I have a particular reason for wanting to drag the campaign out, even onto the convention floor. 1) It improves conservatism’s options and 2) it reduces Obama’s. Worse, for Obama, it messes up his timetable.

You see, the Obama plan is based on the weakest GOP candidate getting the nod as early as possible so that he can maximize his efforts to plan a total corruption of the election.

Long before I got into the political aspects of campaigns, in 2009 I wrote that the Left had gone “all-in.” This means, by hook or by crook they will use every device possible, from massive fraud to violence in the streets, and yes, possibly even exerting extra-constitutional muscle. They will not simply lose in November then slink away back to the sewers to await for the next opportunity. Even Mitt Romney has promised to tear down their major lynchpin to total national control, Obamacare. It would take them a lifetime to restore what they’ve built these past three years.

(Read this any way you want.  This is analysis, not advocacy. I know these people….even better than Limbaugh, or my sagging, wart-riddled, naked body.)

My estimate today is that Obama has been so successful in pushing the constitutional envelope without even a hint of backlash, he may be encouraged to try bigger bluffs. His impeachable offenses continue to grow. And his departments, Justice the worst, but also State, Energy, the czars, have created clearly what can be called “a long train of abuses and usurpations.”

And our front line of defense, Mitch McConnell, is still doing stupid dog tricks for Harry Reid.

If I were a betting man, I think Obama will be encouraged to bet that with guys like McConnell in charge of the opposition, and men like Romney and Gingrich vying for the top spot, violence in the streets (unions and a reemergence of a much better prepared Occupy as soon as the weather clears) will intimidate voters, and suppress them.

And his reasoning will be sound, for Obama knows, even if the GOP doesn’t, that the simmering underbelly of uncounted voter anger is not falling but rising. He knows he can steal two, maybe three percent, but he cannot steal ten. He knows he cannot even whip his own base, including inner city plantation dwellers, to the polls to vote for him. He knows that even if he can depress total voter turnout by 20%, it still may not be enough.

He knows that we, the same people who have no voice in the primaries, will steam roll him in November, unless he can find some device to keep us home.

I would like for Obama to tip his hand earlier, not later, in part because the GOP itself, except maybe McConnell and the Delaware GOP, might finally have the scales fall from their eyes as to the true nature of the game at hand.

This means that he must be left wondering who the nominee will be as long as possible. that way even people not on the radar might turn out to be the nominee. And even if Romney or Gingrich, not to mention the string of A-teamers who have left, will stand united…all because  God sent us a message through an ass.

 

So, I’m moving on, and leaving the campaign in the hands of Providence, waiting for Balaam’s ass to say the sweet words of perfidy that will unite us all.  In the meantime I’ll be breaking out my trusty handbook on pouring sugar into gas tanks and slashing tires.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. You always have a way with analysis that helps clarify our perspective, Mr. Bushmills. Just when I was feeling kind of down and out, and yes, I was waiting for George Washington, we regroup and refocus on our conservative principles. We have to remember who we are and where we want to go. A journey starts somewhere, and travels many roads.

    Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Funny how all this has gone. Rick Perry had some uncomfortable moments of his own making, and by gawd they were trumpeted to the whole world. Newt Gingrich can get on a sweet sounding rant and get away with saying that Medicare would run lickety split if VISA took it over. Yessir, just needs a different and more efficient set of managers. It gives me the creeps.

    Thanks for a good essay and a positive outlook. I’ll have to pout a few days before it sinks in.

  3. I read somewhere that donations to Obama from Hollywood were way down. Is it possible that some are awakening to find that Obama’s heart is not pure? Also, the test of the Emergency Action Notification system (first of it’s kind in history, even all through the Cold War, and after 9/11)was a total flop. Is that what happens when media stop cooperating? On the other hand, Eric Holder’s motto is still apparently “No Fear”, so who knows what they are capable of. They seem to be mobilizing TSA and DHS at surprise locations around the country for “training” purposes. They are securing the cooperation of US District Attorneys in raiding gun shops throughout the country, and just yesterday we learned DOD is, in conjunction with Mayor Bloomberg, testing weapons detecting street scanners for use on the citizens of New York City. The situation is not static.
    I cannot see the usefulness in nominating someone who will be good at simply debating Obama on the issue of Obama’s stated intent, his publicly stated, publicly recorded intent, to do what he wants to do without the cooperation of Congress. Seven months till the start of the fall campaign, and a lot can happen, but assessment of the situation needs to be done by some more competent than certain campaign consultants, or on-air personalities.

  4. Oh Vassar, I pray you are right.
    I started praying for Rick Perry about a year ago… long before he actually considered tossing his hat in the ring. I prayed that he actaully WOULD decide to run because I believed (then and still do) that he is the only one with the strength and moral fortitude to do what needs to be done in order to save both the Republic and the rest of us along with it.
    I have been crying since yesterday morning, and I almost never cry. When I do succumb to tears they can sometimes be an expression of sadness but mostly for me it is when they are the only way I can vent all-consuming, gut wrenching, unadulterated rage. Today it’s the latter.
    Throughout Perry’s campaign I prayed not only that he would be successful but that the good Lord would give him the incredible strength that he would need just to survive.
    We all knew about the Left, and I anticipated the RINOS would not be pleased by the prospect of being sent home without pay till they delivered a BBA. But I never for a minute saw FOX news coming… the rest of the LSM sure… but not FOX.
    Back when I used to watch FOX I saw a show with Hannity (the biggest hypocrite of all of them IMO) hosting some event with Perry speaking and how “thrilled” he seemed to be then by the fact that Perry was there… then there was an hour of Perry in the helicopter with Greta along the border… the list goes on and on.
    Then when he announced they stopped even mentioning his name? And his good buddy Palin said that if she lived in SC she would vote for Newt? Seriously? One of my dogs is more conservative than Newt.
    Sometimes I feel as if we conservatives are all like the salmon when they come back to the rivers to spawn… the salmon who go up rivers where the by-passes have been built to get them past the dams… thousands and thousands of salmon being driven into an ever-narrowing chute… in our case one that was built by the left.
    It is a singularly depressing thought.
    Almost as depressing as the knowledge that the best man got sent home by design.

  5. Outstanding insight and analysis, as always, VB. Like Suzanne, I was stunned to see large segments of the Conservative MFM ignore or turn on Perry. Anyone who saw his last debates vs his first ones, and knows that he had spinal fusion surgery over the summer, can easily surmise the reason for the tremendous difference.

    But no one on ‘our side’ ever came to his defense, and he’s too much of a man to make excuses.

    So, we march on. The majority of those living in what is now the United States of America did not support secession from the Crown, only a determined minority.

    That same determined minority still has the fires of freedom burning within them, and we shall prevail.

    Thanks for the inspirational pep talk, VB!

  6. I completely agree with your analysis VB. For the rest of the primary I do not have a dog in the fight. I’ll never write anything positive or negative about the remaining candidates. I will hold my fire for the general election.

  7. Vassar,
    Do you think the plan to get Perry out was coordinated between the GOP and the media? It was obviously deliberate on the part of any/all parties, but do you think they joined forces?
    Carville and the left are certainly laughing about it today… the one man with whom we could have won.
    Are Boehner and Mcconnell too stupid to know they are making all of congress irrelevant or do they just not care because they’ll get paid anyway.
    How stupid were they when they passed that bill which will allow prince barry of kenya to sic US troops on us if we should muster up the temerity to rise up?
    the gop is either the party of stupid or they are complicit.

    • The GOP and media share interests there, but for different reasons. If they conspired we’ll find out eventually. With the GOP you should never blame on conspiracy what you can blame on head-up-the-arse stupidity.

    • I’ve avoided the Art V “debate” Rogue because I wonder how, when we can’t get newly elected congressmen to do our bidding, we can get 33 states to call for the convention…he said sharpening his blade.

      Actually, it would be a good thing if state organizations trying to do this got a little notice.

      • Couple of points I would make on that. First the Constitution is pretty clear, convention delegates cannot be sitting congressmen. Also, they can’t possibly be running for re-election while they are delegates. It is a one shot deal. One can hope that would make for a more honest result.

        Second, and probably more importantly, we all know an Article V Convention has never been held, and it will likely never be held. In the past as the pressure built for a convention congress usually blinked and passed out a proposed amendment to the states. There are several examples of congress doing this. According to Wikipedia they include 17, 21, 22 and 25. With 17 being pretty clearly linked. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seventeenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

        Considering how things are shaping up in November it is easy and reasonable to assume nothing will change even if control does.

        My plan is simple, use Article V calls as a lever to force congress to pass amendments. If they refuse then we have the convention.

        With Tea Partiers getting frustrated with the party this is the time to lay the groundwork to direct that anger into something that can make a difference come February 2013. By then it will be obvious to all the Republican Establishment is selling us out again.

        Now how to get the states to go along.
        I think folks that have close associations with Tea Parties locally would confirm they have hosted a lot more meet the delegate/state legislator sessions than they have congressional candidates. The ratios just work better. That means they are in a position to deliver strong messages to delegates.

        In half a dozen states pick 2 or 3 delegates/legislators that already have leadership positions, deliver the message and then act on it when they refuse to play.

        In WV the average delegate spends about $20,000 to get elected, in VA $175,000, WY $6,000, etc. Nationwide the average is probably $100,000 more or less.
        Imagine, with Tea Party support, being able to add $25,000 into a race and make 50,000 phone calls and knock on 10,000 doors.
        When you look at primaries they are being decided by a few thousand and sometimes a few hundred votes.

        If we start picking off state legislative leaders it will be noticed and heeded. In any war the key is picking off the leaders. The new leader gets the message and the troops follow.

  8. I watched Brit Hume, whom I used to have more respect for, sit and attack Newt Gingrich for three minutes solid tonight, and then comment how the Democrats were attacking Romney and Pose the question to Bret Baier “Now who does that tell you they’re afraid of?”
    I reiterate what I said in my post of the other day, why do these people think we should listen to them when they tell us David Axelrod is going to use the same strategy every time?
    When Gingrich beats the stuffing out of Romney in Florida, these people will still be telling us how the Democrats fear Romney. It’s getting to be pretty comical now.

  9. Now that it’s all over it can be explained what really hurt Perry. Fact is, Perry is a modern Texas nationalist. He takes inspiration from a school of thought produced by Texas A&M economists in the 1980s, which documented that Texas’ economy had symbiotically reformed with the sister states of Northern Mexico., exploding economies on both sides of the border beyond anyones wildest dreams 2006-2010. Governors including Perry laid the groundwork to put Texas in position to capitalize on this boom, and Texas has powered thru the US recession while the sister states south of the Rio Grande, have also boomed – rich Mexicans are now crowding into S Texas to buy real estate on the American side. Republicans this year on the immigration issue, though,wanted a Marlboro man who was going to shoot trespassers on site at an electirfied fence. Perry wanted hi tech monitoring and a zone phased in guest worker program. Perry didn’t come to the debate prepared to defend his and Dewhurst’s complex but workable approach towards the border.The instate tuition program has been right for the State in so many ways, and again, Perry wasn’t going to pander and claim he was against it, when everybody in Texas was for it.

    • Yes, when we stop to thinkabout it, we have to make allowances for regional differences, not in the underlying principles, but how people on-site have to deal with things. I think most of us here at UP understood Perry’s position, even though he didn’t satisfy everybody. Contrary to what the perception is by the liberal elite, we are not hard-headed out here in America. We just have a tendency to honor principle and to always defer to common sense.

  1. You always have a way with analysis that helps clarify our perspective, Mr. Bushmills. Just when I was feeling kind of down and out, and yes, I was waiting for George Washington, we regroup and refocus on our conservative principles. We have to remember who we are and where we want to go. A journey starts somewhere, and travels many roads.

    Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Funny how all this has gone. Rick Perry had some uncomfortable moments of his own making, and by gawd they were trumpeted to the whole world. Newt Gingrich can get on a sweet sounding rant and get away with saying that Medicare would run lickety split if VISA took it over. Yessir, just needs a different and more efficient set of managers. It gives me the creeps.

    Thanks for a good essay and a positive outlook. I’ll have to pout a few days before it sinks in.

  3. I read somewhere that donations to Obama from Hollywood were way down. Is it possible that some are awakening to find that Obama’s heart is not pure? Also, the test of the Emergency Action Notification system (first of it’s kind in history, even all through the Cold War, and after 9/11)was a total flop. Is that what happens when media stop cooperating? On the other hand, Eric Holder’s motto is still apparently “No Fear”, so who knows what they are capable of. They seem to be mobilizing TSA and DHS at surprise locations around the country for “training” purposes. They are securing the cooperation of US District Attorneys in raiding gun shops throughout the country, and just yesterday we learned DOD is, in conjunction with Mayor Bloomberg, testing weapons detecting street scanners for use on the citizens of New York City. The situation is not static.
    I cannot see the usefulness in nominating someone who will be good at simply debating Obama on the issue of Obama’s stated intent, his publicly stated, publicly recorded intent, to do what he wants to do without the cooperation of Congress. Seven months till the start of the fall campaign, and a lot can happen, but assessment of the situation needs to be done by some more competent than certain campaign consultants, or on-air personalities.

  4. Oh Vassar, I pray you are right.
    I started praying for Rick Perry about a year ago… long before he actually considered tossing his hat in the ring. I prayed that he actaully WOULD decide to run because I believed (then and still do) that he is the only one with the strength and moral fortitude to do what needs to be done in order to save both the Republic and the rest of us along with it.
    I have been crying since yesterday morning, and I almost never cry. When I do succumb to tears they can sometimes be an expression of sadness but mostly for me it is when they are the only way I can vent all-consuming, gut wrenching, unadulterated rage. Today it’s the latter.
    Throughout Perry’s campaign I prayed not only that he would be successful but that the good Lord would give him the incredible strength that he would need just to survive.
    We all knew about the Left, and I anticipated the RINOS would not be pleased by the prospect of being sent home without pay till they delivered a BBA. But I never for a minute saw FOX news coming… the rest of the LSM sure… but not FOX.
    Back when I used to watch FOX I saw a show with Hannity (the biggest hypocrite of all of them IMO) hosting some event with Perry speaking and how “thrilled” he seemed to be then by the fact that Perry was there… then there was an hour of Perry in the helicopter with Greta along the border… the list goes on and on.
    Then when he announced they stopped even mentioning his name? And his good buddy Palin said that if she lived in SC she would vote for Newt? Seriously? One of my dogs is more conservative than Newt.
    Sometimes I feel as if we conservatives are all like the salmon when they come back to the rivers to spawn… the salmon who go up rivers where the by-passes have been built to get them past the dams… thousands and thousands of salmon being driven into an ever-narrowing chute… in our case one that was built by the left.
    It is a singularly depressing thought.
    Almost as depressing as the knowledge that the best man got sent home by design.

  5. Outstanding insight and analysis, as always, VB. Like Suzanne, I was stunned to see large segments of the Conservative MFM ignore or turn on Perry. Anyone who saw his last debates vs his first ones, and knows that he had spinal fusion surgery over the summer, can easily surmise the reason for the tremendous difference.

    But no one on ‘our side’ ever came to his defense, and he’s too much of a man to make excuses.

    So, we march on. The majority of those living in what is now the United States of America did not support secession from the Crown, only a determined minority.

    That same determined minority still has the fires of freedom burning within them, and we shall prevail.

    Thanks for the inspirational pep talk, VB!

  6. I completely agree with your analysis VB. For the rest of the primary I do not have a dog in the fight. I’ll never write anything positive or negative about the remaining candidates. I will hold my fire for the general election.

  7. Vassar,
    Do you think the plan to get Perry out was coordinated between the GOP and the media? It was obviously deliberate on the part of any/all parties, but do you think they joined forces?
    Carville and the left are certainly laughing about it today… the one man with whom we could have won.
    Are Boehner and Mcconnell too stupid to know they are making all of congress irrelevant or do they just not care because they’ll get paid anyway.
    How stupid were they when they passed that bill which will allow prince barry of kenya to sic US troops on us if we should muster up the temerity to rise up?
    the gop is either the party of stupid or they are complicit.

    • The GOP and media share interests there, but for different reasons. If they conspired we’ll find out eventually. With the GOP you should never blame on conspiracy what you can blame on head-up-the-arse stupidity.

    • I’ve avoided the Art V “debate” Rogue because I wonder how, when we can’t get newly elected congressmen to do our bidding, we can get 33 states to call for the convention…he said sharpening his blade.

      Actually, it would be a good thing if state organizations trying to do this got a little notice.

      • Couple of points I would make on that. First the Constitution is pretty clear, convention delegates cannot be sitting congressmen. Also, they can’t possibly be running for re-election while they are delegates. It is a one shot deal. One can hope that would make for a more honest result.

        Second, and probably more importantly, we all know an Article V Convention has never been held, and it will likely never be held. In the past as the pressure built for a convention congress usually blinked and passed out a proposed amendment to the states. There are several examples of congress doing this. According to Wikipedia they include 17, 21, 22 and 25. With 17 being pretty clearly linked. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seventeenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

        Considering how things are shaping up in November it is easy and reasonable to assume nothing will change even if control does.

        My plan is simple, use Article V calls as a lever to force congress to pass amendments. If they refuse then we have the convention.

        With Tea Partiers getting frustrated with the party this is the time to lay the groundwork to direct that anger into something that can make a difference come February 2013. By then it will be obvious to all the Republican Establishment is selling us out again.

        Now how to get the states to go along.
        I think folks that have close associations with Tea Parties locally would confirm they have hosted a lot more meet the delegate/state legislator sessions than they have congressional candidates. The ratios just work better. That means they are in a position to deliver strong messages to delegates.

        In half a dozen states pick 2 or 3 delegates/legislators that already have leadership positions, deliver the message and then act on it when they refuse to play.

        In WV the average delegate spends about $20,000 to get elected, in VA $175,000, WY $6,000, etc. Nationwide the average is probably $100,000 more or less.
        Imagine, with Tea Party support, being able to add $25,000 into a race and make 50,000 phone calls and knock on 10,000 doors.
        When you look at primaries they are being decided by a few thousand and sometimes a few hundred votes.

        If we start picking off state legislative leaders it will be noticed and heeded. In any war the key is picking off the leaders. The new leader gets the message and the troops follow.

  8. I watched Brit Hume, whom I used to have more respect for, sit and attack Newt Gingrich for three minutes solid tonight, and then comment how the Democrats were attacking Romney and Pose the question to Bret Baier “Now who does that tell you they’re afraid of?”
    I reiterate what I said in my post of the other day, why do these people think we should listen to them when they tell us David Axelrod is going to use the same strategy every time?
    When Gingrich beats the stuffing out of Romney in Florida, these people will still be telling us how the Democrats fear Romney. It’s getting to be pretty comical now.

  9. Now that it’s all over it can be explained what really hurt Perry. Fact is, Perry is a modern Texas nationalist. He takes inspiration from a school of thought produced by Texas A&M economists in the 1980s, which documented that Texas’ economy had symbiotically reformed with the sister states of Northern Mexico., exploding economies on both sides of the border beyond anyones wildest dreams 2006-2010. Governors including Perry laid the groundwork to put Texas in position to capitalize on this boom, and Texas has powered thru the US recession while the sister states south of the Rio Grande, have also boomed – rich Mexicans are now crowding into S Texas to buy real estate on the American side. Republicans this year on the immigration issue, though,wanted a Marlboro man who was going to shoot trespassers on site at an electirfied fence. Perry wanted hi tech monitoring and a zone phased in guest worker program. Perry didn’t come to the debate prepared to defend his and Dewhurst’s complex but workable approach towards the border.The instate tuition program has been right for the State in so many ways, and again, Perry wasn’t going to pander and claim he was against it, when everybody in Texas was for it.

    • Yes, when we stop to thinkabout it, we have to make allowances for regional differences, not in the underlying principles, but how people on-site have to deal with things. I think most of us here at UP understood Perry’s position, even though he didn’t satisfy everybody. Contrary to what the perception is by the liberal elite, we are not hard-headed out here in America. We just have a tendency to honor principle and to always defer to common sense.

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