Saturday, August 20, 2011

Presidential Elections 2012 - #3181 - Perry vs. Petty: A Fight That Republicans Can Do Without - (2) On the Nature of the Perry Attacks - Redstate

Election '12: GOP consultant Karl Rove's provincial squabbles with Texas Gov. Rick Perry have no place in the national discourse. The Republican establishment had best set its eyes on the prize: defeating Obama.Perry's entry into the presidential sweepstakes certainly has livened things up, at a time when President Obama's popularity plunges and a shaky economy gets even shakier. One unpleasant surprise, however, is the reaction of some of Perry's fellow Republicans. What is Rove's game? The old Texas political hand and architect of the Bush 2000 and 2004 victories has been going out of his way to undermine Perry. For instance, after Perry said it would be "almost treasonous" for Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to print more money, the man who helped place a Texas cowboy in the White House told Fox News this week it made Perry sound like "he's a cowboy from Texas."  Actually, it's about time someone took on the Fed on the national stage and its years of easy money that poisoned mortgages and wrecked the global economy.  Last year, with Perry a successful governor for nearly a decade, Rove took the extraordinary step of actively helping Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison try to unseat him. Perry beat Hutchison in the GOP primary handily, 51% to 30%, then easily defeated the Democrat in November, 55% to 42%.  There's clearly something personal going on. In his book "Courage and Consequence," Rove takes credit for helping convince Perry to switch from Democrat to Republican in 1990 and concedes the appeal of Perry's "conservative values."  Read more......... Article contributed by Steve Peters.

On the Nature of the Perry Attacks - Redstate - Rick Perry once tried to get out of a speeding ticket.  Rick Perry once owned stock in a chain of video stores competing against Blockbuster, some of which also rented adult movies.  Rick Perry once was a Democrat.  The attacks have come fast and furious against him. But most of the attacks take on a peculiar and very telling strain.  A reporter on television or in print will utter a sentence like this, “Privately many Republican consultants suggest Rick Perry may be too Texas or shoot from the hip too much and might turn off necessary independent voters and women.”  It sounds so serious. As Alex Castellanos said on CNN the other night on John King USA, some fear Rick Perry might have “Mad Cowboy Disease.”  Let me sum this all up for you into what Rick Perry’s biggest problem is.  Whether you are talking about Alex (Team Carole Strayhorn 2006) or Karl Rove (Team Kay Bailey Hutchison 2010) or a host of other national Republican consultants, Rick Perry and his Texas team have beaten a significant portion of them.  But they did not just beat them. In many cases, Team Perry then shut the consultants who opposed him out of future business with him.

So there are scores and scores of Republican consultants who have scores to settle with Rick Perry and his team. And for guys like Karl Rove, if Perry were to win the White House, Karl and a few others would see themselves shut out of White House business for at least four years.  Rick Perry may be the only guy in America to have beaten both Karl Rove and also Obama’s own consultant, David Axelrod.  So there’s a lot of score settling in a lot of the attacks. Next time you hear some Republican consultant say Rick Perry can’t win because he is too much of a cowboy, understand that it is probably a national Republican consultant fearful they will be shut out of work if Perry wins and, more importantly, understand that the same dynamics were in place in 1980 with Reagan’s “boys from California” team of consultants and the national consultants back them said the same about Reagan — he’s too much of a cowboy conservative who will alienate key voting blocks.  That’s not to say Perry is Reagan. It is to say the GOP national consultants have been pulling the same stuff since 1980.

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