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Rick Perry: Not Precisely Uppity

Not precisely uppity

Rick Perry doesn’t like the leftward tilt of this country and he’s here to change things. There are no specifics in what he wants — unless you call this specific.

His campaign pitch, should he decide to run, would be rooted in an equal measure of inspiring economic growth and preserving social values. He did not mention that Texas ranks near the bottom on several measures, including among the lowest in education funding per student and spending on the environment. But he sought to highlight legislative accomplishments like requiring voters to have ID cards. …NYT

His “pitch” is mostly against Obama and the Obama administration, which he describes and “audacious” and “arrogant.” As noted: not precisely “uppity.” Rick Perry is not precisely like George W. Bush either but — damn! — he looks like him, doesn’t he!



Perry got a lot of attention yesterday in New Orleans, but not all the attention.

Perry’s speech to an annual gathering of Republican Party faithful Saturday was overshadowed by the performance of a President Obama impersonator who was pulled off the stage after delivering a string of racially tinged jokes. …

… Charlie Davis, president of the Republican Leadership Conference, said that he pulled Brown off the stage because he had gone too far in an otherwise successful conference.

“He was funny the first 10 or 15 minutes,” Davis said, “but it was inappropriate, it was getting ridiculous. ...WaPo


Polls show Republicans aren’t really pro-Perry — or pro-anything. Just sort-of pro…

A CNN poll released Friday found that 40 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents would like Perry to run, but 50 percent prefer he stay on the sidelines. Slightly more, 48 percent, said they would like to see Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) enter the contest. When asked about the current contenders, 61 percent say they are at least fairly satisfied with the Republican candidates running for president, but only 16 percent are very satisfied. …WaPo


The Texas Tribune takes an upclose look at Perry and finds his numbers steady and not high, in spite of perception. And Obama’s numbers are almost as good as those of “Governor Good-Hair” in the state of Texas.

Likely voters in Texas approve of President Barack Obama almost as much as they approve of Gov. Rick Perry, according to the third and final release of poll results from the Texas Lyceum, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group of civic leaders.

Since October, when the last Lyceum survey was conducted, Perry’s approval rating has remained steady at 54 percent, while Obama’s has increased from 47 to 51 percent.

Texans liked that Navy Seals operation in particular. But for Obama to remain steadily in the upper 40’s is pretty revealing … of the gap between actuality, on the one hand, and media analysis on the other.

Cross posted from the blog Prairie Weather.

EDITOR’s NOTE: Due to a technical glitch, this was up on TMV for about 40 seconds under the wrong byline. We regret the technical problem, which was fixed quickly.

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  • ShannonLeee

    Well, that is the problem isn’t it? Anyone that can be associated with GWB doesn’t have an ice cubes chance in hell of winning. That means Texas governors and people named Jeb.

  • Good article at Esquire on Perry.

  • SteveK

    Thanks Ron, The Esquire article pretty well tells the story. It’ll be fun to watch the “yeah but” crowd to explain how Esquire got it all wrong.

  • DLS

    The Esquire article looks pretty kiddish.

    The things to watch are if he is simply exploiting the poor state of the GOP field for fame and fortune (what Palin and likely Gingrich wanted or have wanted) and if he sticks to the mainstream anti-Washington and Texas job-creation themes, or if he strays as he did recently to attend an anti-abortion rally: it’s not as extreme as the far Left, but to been seen as emphasizing anti-abortion or other GOP “social issues” is, to me, a mistake, misreading the public.

  • DaGoat

    Since Perry actually used the words arrogant and audacious, you have to wonder why Prairie Weather chose to inject the racially-tinged “uppity” into this essay.

  • rudi

    DLS says:
    The Esquire article looks pretty kiddish.

    Care to elaborate on your claim.

  • Ultravox

    In Journalistic terms, yes- it was incorrect to introduce the word “uppity”.
    But in terms of commentary I think it’s tolerable. It’s no secret that the Right uses veiled / coded characterizations of Obama. Consider that voices on the Right have bashed Obama for bowing to others- bowing being an act of humility. So are we to believe that Obama is “humbly arrogant”?

    Notice how when the Right labels Obama as arrogant they rarely give any actual examples of his arrogance. It’s all just an attempt to appeal to racial animus, to the perception that this arrogant / uppity black man is shaming Whites, is flaunting his newfound power, is intentionally making Whites suffer financially because he hates Whites and hates America.

    This narrative is pushed by the Right again and again- from Palin to Beck to Gingrich to Huckabee.

    And the reality here is that Rick Perry has a huge gollowing amonst White Supremacists / Militia / Successionists.

    If you think I’m exaggerating here, Google “Obama hates whites” , or “Uppity Obama”. Or simply peruse the posts on a site such as Stormfront where you will see much love for Perry and many voices calling Obama an arrogant / uppity ” N”.

    It’s ugly out there, folks…and Perry is going to use the ugly to his political and financial benefit.

  • DLS

    The article was needlessly smart-assed, for one thing. Not just the tone but beginning with that stupid photo that only appeals to far-left anti-gun nuts. (The idiotic mis-description of federalism didn’t help, but hurt the author, too, among the competent and informed.)

    The author would have done much better had he been grown-up and removed the far-left affectations, and just concentrated on the charges he could have made about how Rick Perry and Texas don’t conform to impressions people have made or been given about them. (This theme was one I’ve raised myself, that the “Texas model” might be subject to criticism as well as scrutiny by opponents and, well, critics of him, Texas, and more often, the GOP.)

  • VeratheGun

    So…the guy who wanted to secede from the Union now thinks he can run the Union. Interesting. Another joke candidate who believes his own Texas press.

  • SteveK

    In the last 2 years, 48% of all new U.S. jobs have been created in Texas.

    Story of Texas job growth not that simple but don’t let the facts get in the way.

  • VeratheGun

    LOL. Let him run. Let him try and explain how he hates the federal government so much that he wants to run it. Into the ground, just like the state of Texas, with its 27 billion dollar deficit. Yep, a “small gov’t fiscal conservative”, that can ruin the rest of the country, once he’s finished with Texas.

    Yippee-ki yay! Ride ’em cowboy!

  • DLS

    While Texas may not be nirvana, it’s true also that it is better for business, which is why officials from California, famous for being hostile to business*, went to Texas to learn more about the differences between these two states.

    (Note comments, too)

    And a California newspaper responds about CA vs. TX here:

    * New York and New Jersey, e.g,. may have reached the point where remaining businesses they may drive away are too few in number really to matter. (Also, the financial industry is unlikely ever to leave New York City wholly.)

  • DLS

    Vera: In Perry’s defense, that’s standard issue for most Republicans campaigning for federal office. And Perry is hardly the most “strident” or ironic: Consider Ron Paul, a Washington institution, who now has seen his son acquire Congressional office, too.

  • EEllis

    LOL. Let him run. Let him try and explain how he hates the federal government so much that he wants to run it. Into the ground, just like the state of Texas, with its 27 billion dollar deficit. Yep, a “small gov’t fiscal conservative”, that can ruin the rest of the country, once he’s finished with Texas

    That’s just silly. Of course there is a deficit. There was this little thing called a recession and Texas sure didn’t cause it. When there is less money coming in than there used to be it happens. Since Texas has a balanced budget requirement it won’t be there for long but go ahead and whine about him running Texas “into the ground” when it has the best economy of any large state (don’t tell me how good Wyoming is doing when it has 1/6th the pop of the Houston area).

  • DLS
  • DLS

    More on Perry — I hope he doesn’t push “social issues.”

  • JSpencer

    “On August 6, 2011, Texas Governor and U.S. Presidential hopeful, Rick Perry, will take the stage in support of and collaboration with a certified hate group. Governor Perry called for a National Day of Prayer in response to the “crisis” faced by America. The event, aptly titled “The Response,” is sponsored by the American Family Association (AFA), which recently received a “hate group” designation from the Southern Poverty Law Center.”

  • caymen

    Back in 2006 Carole Keeton Strayhorn warned Rick Perry that his tax plans were going to “leave the biggest hot check in Texas history”. Now payday has come and true enough the shortfalls are here and public services and public education are taking the biggest hits.
    The Texas budget shortfall is estimated to be between 15 and 27 billion.
    School districts that aren’t laying off teachers aren’t hiring, classrooms will be holding more students, special programs have already begun to be cut in an already lacking educational system.
    So far the rainy day fund is not being used to help our educational system though I don’t believe our teachers and parents are giving up. Many Texans are not happy with Perry and what happened to the Texas economy/education and it has nothing to do with the recession and everything to do with his poor planning.

  • JSpencer

    GC, I don’t think it’s any stretch to say the glorification of ignorance has a close relationship with hate. Sure would be nice to see some of our rightwingers go to bat for higher standards now and then.

  • Jim Satterfield

    The AFA does not simply consider homosexuality a sin. They actively promote government laws to punish homosexuals for their sexual orientation. They also consistently lie about their opponents.

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