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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 09:10 PM

Rick Perry returns to Texas as damaged goods. Humiliated & humbled

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The Return of the Native: Rick Perry as Damaged Goods in Texas

The governor comes back to rule his state after a humiliating and humbling campaign. Already, the locals see him as hobbled in a local political scene where he was once the master.

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Texas Republicans, however, were discreet. No public word has been issued by the old guard. But the news that Perry was dropping out of the 2012 presidential race elicited gleeful responses from the state’s Democrats, to say the least. Former agriculture commissioner Jim Hightower, who was trounced by Perry in his first statewide bid 22 years ago, told the Los Angeles Times, “He’s embarrassed us enough. When he got started, I warned people not to underestimate Perry – he’s a lot stupider than he looks.”


Many Texans must feel that the governor is returning as damaged goods, with lots of self-inflicted political wounds that he will have to heal fast to be able to effectively govern the state. Last fall, as Perry entered the race and shot up in the polls, Texas Monthly magazine’s veteran political editor advised out-of-state reporters to take Perry seriously, given his wily and successful political history as the longest-serving governor in Texas history. But Paul Burka and other longtime Texas political observers watched in puzzlement as wily gave way to Wile E. Coyote. Perry’s campaign diminished into a poof of smoke with each gaffe or stiff answer. Jillson, who also had advised reporters and pundits to recognize Perry’s political skills, was horrified when he described NATO ally Turkey as a state led by Islamic terrorists. The governor exhibited, Jillson said, an “inability to focus” and “an unwillingness to spend time and effort” on the important foreign and domestic issues in the presidential race.

Today, Texans standing in grocery-store checkout lanes are confronted with the latest cover of Texas Monthly magazine, which names the governor the recipient of the annual Bum Steer award, given to those the magazine believes have been “responsible for the biggest screw-up, gaffe, fumble, stumble, train wreck, or humiliation of the past twelve months.” It depicts a goofy cartoon of Perry, sucking his finger in puzzlement with a Post-it note stuck to his forehead and a list written in ink on his hand, spoofing his failure in a debate to remember which three federal agencies he would eliminate. The caption reads, “Here’s something you won’t forget: You’re our ‘um’ steer of the year.”

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Reply Rick Perry returns to Texas as damaged goods. Humiliated & humbled (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Jan 2012 OP
southernyankeebelle Jan 2012 #1
Javaman Jan 2012 #6
southernyankeebelle Jan 2012 #8
Javaman Jan 2012 #17
southernyankeebelle Jan 2012 #21
Javaman Jan 2012 #25
southernyankeebelle Jan 2012 #27
ThoughtCriminal Jan 2012 #2
Major Nikon Jan 2012 #3
RZM Jan 2012 #14
Major Nikon Jan 2012 #15
RB TexLa Jan 2012 #22
Major Nikon Jan 2012 #23
RB TexLa Jan 2012 #28
Major Nikon Jan 2012 #30
Liberal_in_LA Jan 2012 #5
redqueen Jan 2012 #19
prole_for_peace Jan 2012 #4
Javaman Jan 2012 #7
w8liftinglady Jan 2012 #13
SammyWinstonJack Jan 2012 #26
Swede Jan 2012 #9
hifiguy Jan 2012 #10
Guy Whitey Corngood Jan 2012 #11
Ron Green Jan 2012 #12
SharonAnn Jan 2012 #20
Bill O-Rights Jan 2012 #16
redqueen Jan 2012 #18
Obamacare Jan 2012 #24
47of74 Jan 2012 #29

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 09:25 PM

1. Oops. That is what I will rememeber.

 

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:34 PM

6. And that will be on the sign I will carry when I protest that morons run for

reelection "Oops!"

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Response to Javaman (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:38 PM

8. That will be on Perry's headstone. Oops here lies stupid.

 

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 06:52 PM

17. "Oops!! There he is! Oops!! There he is!" LOL nt

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Response to Javaman (Reply #17)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 07:00 PM

21. OMG that would be something to see. Oops

 

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #21)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 11:34 AM

25. Just imagine a whole crowd chanting that!

that is my mission. I'm a simple person with simple needs. lol

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Response to Javaman (Reply #25)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 11:57 AM

27. Indeed a simpleton threw and threw. LOL

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 09:29 PM

2. Texas Conservatives

Will elect any empty suit if he executes enough people.

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Response to ThoughtCriminal (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 09:56 PM

3. Perry even refused to debate Bill White

That's how stupid the man is, and goes to show how stupid the people who vote for him are. Most of the big cities in Texas are solidly Democratic. Perry was voted in by the goatroping rubes of the state, just like Shrub.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:55 PM

14. I don't know about that

 

W was pretty successful in Texas electoral politics. He won 69 percent of the vote in 1998, including 40 percent of the Hispanic vote and 21 percent of the African-American vote. If I'm not mistaken the last two numbers are the highest ever for a Republican in a recent Texas election.

I imagine that was one reason he and his team thought he had a chance to win the nomination and the White House in 2000.

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Response to RZM (Reply #14)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 05:19 PM

15. The 1998 wasn't really an election

The Democrats took Bush's reelection as a given and didn't fund Garry Mauro's campaign to any great extent. It was right in the middle of the impeachment hearings and the GOP was on a popularity arc. Bush learned a few Spanish phrases and they plastered them all over the TV. Nobody challenged Shrub on his inability to speak Spanish and Rove successfully convinced most people that he did.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 07:10 PM

22. Refusing to debate White was smart. Perry had nothing that could be gained by debating him in that

race.

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Response to RB TexLa (Reply #22)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 03:23 AM

23. Nothing other than credibility

The only reason Perry got away with it was because there's simply too many rubes in Texas that are gong to vote straight Republican no matter what. That doesn't mean Perry had nothing to gain. Refusing to debate your oponent has the effect of convincing people that you're either too daft to engage in debate or you have something to hide and it erodes credibility.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #23)

Sat Jan 28, 2012, 04:21 PM

28. Only thing that matters is winning the election. Debating Bill White wasn't needed for him to do

win the election.

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Response to RB TexLa (Reply #28)

Sat Jan 28, 2012, 04:29 PM

30. Not exactly

Lots of gubernatorial candidates debate their opponents even though the election outcome is a given. They lose respect if they don't and respect is needed to effectively govern when and if they do get in office or remain in office.

The last two Republican governors of Texas have used their gubernatorial general election campaigns (which are a given) as a springboard to the national stage. Perry didn't debate Bill White because he knew he'd be made to look like the idiot he is. He lost credibility by not debating Bill White, but he would have inevitably lost more had he done so.

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Response to ThoughtCriminal (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:29 PM

5. +1000

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Response to ThoughtCriminal (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 06:54 PM

19. AND he has good enough hair.

Good hair is a must!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:21 PM

4. Dammit! Now he is going to take it out on me and my fellow Texans.

He is enough of a failure as gov without being pissed and embarrassed.

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Response to prole_for_peace (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:36 PM

7. As a fellow Texan, I'm right there with you...

now we have to withstand the wrath of teh stupid.

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Response to prole_for_peace (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:54 PM

13. Is there any chance we can talk Bill White into running again in 2014?

Oh,the pain of being a Texas Democrat!

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Response to prole_for_peace (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 11:39 AM

26. What more could he possibly do to us that he hasn't already done?

He maybe humiliated, I doubt that he is humbled. As you said, pissed and embarrassed. Doncha love it?

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:44 PM

9. And too dumb to know it.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:44 PM

10. Hightower nails it again:

"I warned people not to underestimate Perry – he’s a lot stupider than he looks.”

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:45 PM

11. "I was molested by nouns and verbs ya'll! Oh the..... umhh ahhh hmmm ... humanity. Yeah that's it"nt

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:47 PM

12. Humiliated perhaps, but humbled?

He still believes his own bullshit, and there are enough Lone Star dupes to sustain him.

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Response to Ron Green (Reply #12)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 06:55 PM

20. I think he's humble and proud of it.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 05:47 PM

16. I doubt it, humility requires a brain and humbleness a heart...

 


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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 06:53 PM

18. I love Jim Hightower!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 03:29 AM

24. LMAO @ this

 

Former agriculture commissioner Jim Hightower, who was trounced by Perry in his first statewide bid 22 years ago, told the Los Angeles Times, “He’s embarrassed us enough. When he got started, I warned people not to underestimate Perry – he’s a lot stupider than he looks.”

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Jan 28, 2012, 04:25 PM

29. Ahem....



And...








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