Saw him at the debate last night, when he appeared to have a "senior moment". Who's prepping this man, anyways? I almost felt sorry for him, it was so bad.
As one commentator on mangoboss said, he is "winging it to oblivion".
It was over for Rick Perry before it ever started. The only chance he ever had was the backing of some big money. Fortunately for the American people, he has so many "deer in the headlight" moments, there's not enough money to smooth it over.
Or big religion. His Pray-In got a lot of attention (and probably a lot of $$ from the religious right).
He'd be a terrible president: imagine W, but worse.
No. You have to remember who we are dealing with these days on the right. There is literally nothing they can do, no screwup to big, no display of being entirely out of whack, not understanding basic issues, getting basic history, economics, etc., wrong, that would hurt a candidate with this Tea Party constituency in the background. Self delusion, screwups, not understanding 2nd grade history, 7th grade economics, nothing hurts these guys with these people. It makes them relate to each other. They relate in their ignorance.
If debates actually mattered we should just be electing Actors.
I am not a Perry fan.
But if Debate Skills is your criteria for selecting a Candidate we'll end up with another President who talk the talk but so what? All politicians will say anything to get elected. And because one is better at it than another when put on the spot doesn't make them a better candidate.
I personally only care about what a person can do, not what they say they can do.
Public speaking is no doubt part of the job, it's really no indicator of what a person is capable of doing.
If you want to know about Perry look at his record.
I agree that debate performance should not be the main criteria for a presidential candidate, but Perry has done so poorly in the debates it'll probably end up sinking him. Rebublicans aren't going to want to nominate someone who will likely fall apart in a debate against Obama.
"If debates actually mattered we should just be electing Actors."
Y'mean like Reagan?
I think the BC commentary on it said it the best. It's not worrying that he made another debating mistake, it's worrying that he could forget teh name of an organization that he was wanting to cut. Sureley if he was going to cut a department he must have thought long and hard about where essential roles would be redistributed to, how it's functions would impact the American people, etc, etc.
Either all that slipped his mind or he put the same amount of thought in to that as he did cutting the fire department funding by 75% just before watching huge chunks of Texas burn down.
After seeing his policies in Texas I cant help but wonder if the guy who burned down his mansion here in austin didn't have the right idea (He is now staying in a $10,000 a month apartment at the tax payers expense, and my wife overheard Mrs Perry at our Gym talking about their tax payer funded yachting vacation around the mediterranian.
I think the republicans need to think long and hard and then put somebody in to the Presidential firing line who is actually a good candidate.
His cutting of funds (if that even happened) had no bearing on the fire in Bastrop. I doubt you know much of what his policies are and you should have been here when Queen Ann Richards was in charge. Thanks for visiting Texas and you should consider States that have more in common with your way of thinking.
The sound bites alone from this past debate fiasco will haunt him for the rest of his political career. Whether he and his team can strategize and overcome through the flak is all on him now. He has looked weak in debates...and they are obviously important to the impression you make as a viable candidate...that's the bottom line. It will hurt his campaign...tremendously.
That was hard to watch. Seeing someone fall apart before our very eyes like that. I don't think he was taken 100% seriously to begin with really, because he failed to monopolise on his early poll figures.
The republican party appears to be crying out for someone other than Mitt Romney, but he's a slick operator and the gaffes and scandals coming from the other candidates will likely keep him in poll position. There's much less chance of any new scandals coming out about him because he's been there and done that in terms of running for the nomination. I think it's over for Perry in terms of winning the nomination.
Why are the 'gaffes' of Republican candidates any more important than the 'gaffes' of the Democratic candidates, or worse, the POTUS?
Have you watched Perry in the debates? It's not that his gaffes are more important, it's just that they're so obvious to everyone watching. If an older candidate like Ron Paul made the kind of mistakes Perry has been making people would be questioning if he has Alzheimer's.
What are the gaffes of the Democratic candidates you speak of? Who are these Democratic candidates anyway? I haven't even heard of any Democrats challenging Obama for the Democratic nomination.
I'm not saying anything for or against either party. I just think it's interesting how both sides consider gaffes by the other side as such huge events, but gaffes on their own side are apologized for, and even become sympathetic.
I know last election there were a lot of D Gaffes, and every presidency has their own.
Rick Perry was done before he announced his candicacy. Bush dark!!
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