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I just now listened to the Rick Perry’s speech to the National Press Club that has had people talking the past few days. (As I’ve said so many times that I’m almost as tired of hearing about it as everyone who has had the unfortunate experience of hearing me say it is tired of it: […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Update On The Ricochet GOP Primary — June Results

 

Fresh out of the printer are the latest polling numbers from the Data Division at Ricochet (I just made that up. There’s no office. It’s just a couple of guys.) While new candidates continue to enter the race, Ricochet members are largely adhering to their initial preferences among the candidates.

Scott Walker remains the clear favorite for Ricochet members, with Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz holding on just behind. I have also included Rick Perry below, as he has emerged with enough support to warrant a highlight. In past months, we’ve also seen other candidates — such as Carly Fiorina and Bobby Jindal — enjoy a bump.

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Just wanted to give a periodic update on my meeting of presidential candidates. This is is probably a bit mundane, but I want to keep these going for now. I attended the very popular annual Amherst NH 4 of July parade. Marching in it, as far as candidates, was Lindsay Graham, Rick Perry and Jeb […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Who’s Right About US Debt, Rick Perry or the IMF?

 

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I saw this in the issues section of Rick Perry’s presidential campaign website:

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Rick Perry’s Fighting Spirit

 

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Rick Perry’s fighting spirit is in strong shape, he says when asked by my wife. We’re standing in someone’s yard in Meredith, New Hampshire, and Perry is making his way through the crowd of approximately 50 people, shaking hands and speaking directly to each person. The event starts at 1PM, and he’s arrived promptly on time. As new residents in the state, my wife and I were somewhat perplexed when we arrived to see that the event was not taking place in some auditorium, or even a parking lot, but on a quiet residential street in — I know I just wrote this at the beginning of the paragraph but it bears repeating — someone’s back yard. This type of thing does not happen in New York.

Perry talks with us for several minutes—telling us he’s energized, that during the last campaign he was coming off of back surgery—then begins to turn away to the next person. But I’m not quite done and say, “I hope you’ll use that energy to go after Democrats, not others on our side.” He turns back says, “You know, you’re right—and I’ve talked with Jeb, and with Marco, and several of the others about that. And Carly. Carly was born in Texas, did you know that?” He goes on to sing Carly Fiorina’s praises. “Oh, she’s smart,” he says. “You know, she was at the head of HP when I was governor.” He talks about California businesses moving to Texas. “I’ve been on the other side of the negotiating table from Carly,” he says. “She’s good.” Finally, he moves on to the next couple.

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I can’t find any other Ricochet post about this, so here is a link to the Colt Ford song that Rick Perry used in his campaign announcement. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Speech of Political Manliness

 

Leadership is deeds, not speeches (except, one supposes, speeches that take on the force of deeds). The media and Washington-the-place are the problem. The surplus of spirit in the people is the solution. The president should serve something greater than himself — like Washington-the-man going back to his farm, a very Cincinnatus, relinquishing power after fully discharging his duties. Mr. Perry obviously believes he would not shrink in the comparison — he could withstand the gaze of millions, like the poet says.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. What’s Rick Gotta Do?

 

Screen Shot 2015-06-04 at 12.56.53 PMA few moments ago, Rick Perry finished giving perhaps the best announcement speech of any Republican candidate who’s jumped into the presidential field. Were this his first time angling for the Oval Office, he’d be sending shock waves through the field. But “were this his first time” is probably a phrase we’re going to have to get used to where Perry is concerned.

Now, the former Texas governor still has a pretty decent fan base at Ricochet. When we asked our members to choose between potential presidential candidates in May, Perry came in third (with 9%), although nowhere close to the top two, Scott Walker (39%) and Marco Rubio (21%). He also finished a respectable fourth when members were asked about their second-choice candidate. That’s far better than he’s faring in national polls, where the RealClearPolitics average has him tenth, behind — God help us — Donald Trump. Those numbers will almost certainly change now that he’s taking on a higher profile, but he’s still got a ways to go before he cracks the top tier (assuming that the concept of “top tier” even applies in a field that is itself larger than the Iowa or New Hampshire electorates).

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The closest I get to voting in American elections is the Ricochet poll–at least until I figure out everything about the advantages of life as an illegal immigrant, which I am told is necessary if I ever want someone to do my biopic… I always vote for Mr. Perry first, hoping against hope that he […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Failed Presidential Candidate Employment Agency

 

shutterstock_245961226June having dawned, we’re beginning to get a decent sense of what the (enormous) GOP presidential field is going to look like. By my tally, we’re probably going to end up with approximately 15 relatively prominent candidates. That’s four sitting governors — Christie, Kasich, Jindal, and Walker; four former governors — Bush, Huckabee, Pataki, and Perry; four sitting senators — Cruz, Graham, Paul, and Rubio; Santorum, the lone former senator; and the two who’ve never held elected office, Carson and Fiorina. I know everyone’s focused on how you get all these people onto one stage, but I’ve been thinking about another dynamic: there are 14 people in that group who aren’t going to be the Republican nominee. What do they do next? Here are my thoughts for each of these candidates should they fail to win the big prize. Add yours in the comments.

Bush — Make gobs of money? True, there’ll be an open Senate seat in Florida next year with Rubio choosing not to run again, but most former executives don’t relish time in the legislative branch — and it’s not clear how much cachet Bush still has in the state given that he’ll have been out of office for a decade at that point (especially with Florida’s high population turnover). Given his record as governor, Bush probably would’ve been at the top of any Republican president’s list for Secretary of Education — but, given how closely identified with Common Core he’s become, I doubt that’s necessarily true anymore.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Sorting the Republicans’ 2016 Kingdom

 

29pataki-sub-2-superjumboThe GOP presidential field continues to swell like Elvis’ waistline in the 1970s. Former New York Governor George Pataki jumped into the fray on Thursday, a day after former Pennsylvania Senator and 2012 contender Rick Santorum made his intentions known.

Does either candidate stand a chance of making it all the way to the nomination?

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Trump and No Trump Bidding

 

TrumpThere was plenty to take away from this weekend’s Freedom Summit in Greenville, South Carolina, which featured nearly a dozen Republican presidential candidates (here’s a tick-tock of the day’s proceedings from a local publication). Such as:

1) Hawks. Maybe it has something to do with South Carolina (the first shots of the Civil War were fired in Charleston Harbor). Republican after Republican took the stage — and took the opportunity to demonstrate some good old-fashioned rhetorical saber-ratting. That would include former Texas Governor Rick Perry (“Terrorist armies must be defeated by strength, not words”), Florida Senator Marco Rubio (“Have you seen the movie Taken, with Liam Neeson? . . . We will look for you. We will find you. And you will kill you”). Noticeably missing: native son Lindsey Graham, maybe the most hawkish of the GOP contenders, and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who’d like to declare war on ISIS but otherwise has a complicated foreign-policy message.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The GOP’s Fight Club

 

621_356_fight_club1Sometimes, late-night television writers have to scrounge for material. Other times, comedy falls right in their laps. For example: news reports that a 68-year-old Mitt Romney plans to climb into the ring with former boxing champ Evander Holyfield.

It’s part of a May 15 card in Salt Lake City. And before you think Romney’s lost his mind (or suffered damage from too many political campaigns), rest assured that (a) his heart’s in the right place (it’s a fundraising event for Charity Vision, a humanitarian organization founded by retired Salt Lake physician Bill Jackson) and (b) the former GOP nominee hasn’t lost his sense of humor (“It will either be a very short fight, or I will be knocked unconscious,” he told reporters. “It won’t be much of a fight. We’ll both suit up and get in the ring and spar around a little bit.”).

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Captain Rick Perry: Time for a Military Man in the White House?

 

“More than any election since 1980,” ace pollster Kellyanne Conway tells me, “2016 will be a national-security contest.” And she says former governor Rick Perry may have the best chance to convince voters that he can be commander-in-chief.

Let’s think on that. With the world in turmoil, who do you really want sitting across the negotiating table from Vladimir Putin, the Iranian mullahs, or the Chinese? How about a military man to command the war to destroy radical-Islamic jihadism?

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The American Spectator has an interesting article on the cause of his 2012 flubs and his prospects for a comeback: http://spectator.org/articles/60744/rehabilitation-rick-perry More

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Foreign Policy President Needed: Any Republicans Qualified?

 

5203873918_7fc7c3833d_zBarack Obama seems too rigid, narrow-minded, and ideologically obsessed with transforming America to learn from his foreign policy failures. As such, I think we can assume that our enemies — China, Russia, Iran, ISIS, and North Korea — have all taken his measure and will aggressively pursue their interests via political/military aggression in the near future.

If that happens, the next president will be handed a mess in foreign policy, as well as a looming debt crisis. (Hillary, recognizing this, is furiously trying to simultaneously distance herself from Obama’s disastrous policies, while emphasizing her experience as Secretary of State; it might work).

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. A Tale of Two Texans

 

An operative slogan in the Reagan White House was “personnel is policy.” Thus it’s worthwhile to note two very different sets of personnel decisions last week by two very similar Republican 2016 presidential candidates.

First, Texas Governor Rick Perry. Perry has been burnishing his image since his disastrous 2012 run, developing some foreign policy chops, wooing the conservative grassroots, and spending time with some domestic policy wonks too. He’s been building a reputation as an effective executive and touting his role in Texas’s economic outperformance. Breitbart collects reports that Governor Perry has made some new hires (emphasis added):

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Rick Perry Seizes the Moment

 

Late Friday, a Travis County grand jury voted to indict Gov. Rick Perry in perhaps the most obvious political prosecution yet waged by progressives. But as a handful of party flacks applauded the nakedly partisan move, several others denounced it, including the Washington Post, David Axelrod and even the New York Times.

Gov. Perry responded to the out-of-control district attorney’s office with a confident, defiant press conference. Perhaps more surprisingly, this afternoon he turned himself into authorities for fingerprints and a mug shot. No presidential aspirant would willingly hand his opponents that kind of ammo without a plan. And if anyone has turned an indictment into a political positive, Rick Perry has.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Rick Perry Receives the Kiss of Death—Troy Senik

 

How do you know your dreams of reaching higher office are doomed? When Dick Morris says you have a chance. From the latest musings of the man who guaranteed a Hillary Clinton-Condoleeza Rice presidential race in 2008 (the book laying out that scenario is now available at prices starting at $0.01 from Amazon):

Of the defeated candidates left over from 2012, Santorum is probably too focused on social issues to win. Cain and Bachmann can be dismissed as flashes in the pan, and the problems that knocked them out of contention have not gone away. Romney probably won’t get a third chance. Even Nixon only got two. Newt inflicted too many wounds on others and on himself.

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