Friday, August 12, 2011
Hey, Where's Perry?
OK, first of all, only those with small children will get the "Hey, where's Perry?" title. Check out your Disney kids programs and you'll get the reference.
Second of all, I didn't watch tonight's Iowa debates, for three main reasons. One, it was my last night of vacation and my wife would kill me if we spent it sitting at home watching the debates. Two, it's like a year and a half away from the presidential elections; I'll catch plenty of other debates and see more about this election than I want to before it is all over. And three? Rick Perry hasn't announced yet, so it doesn't matter.
However, I have read a number of different accounts and opinions of this debate, and it was best boiled down to three main arguments (at least from what I have read, feel free to leave your own thoughts).
Pawlenty and Bachmann, first, got into it pretty good with Pawlenty pointing out that she didn't have much experience in executive decision making (which is correct). From what I've ascertained he didn't beat around the bush at all, and she made a point of not blinking and coming right back at him with his supposedly liberal voting record (though I've read more about Pawlenty, and know that a lot of that record has to do with finding middle ground on different issues, which is essential for Governors who want to run their state and not let it turn into a political fire fight). All in all, I don't think either of them are going to win the primary, so it doesn't matter much, though my ten cents is this: I probably agree with Bachmann on more points than Pawlenty, but recognize that a Governor who is willing to work with his opponents is a more valuable leader. So it's a wash, for me at least.
The second main point was Newt's general rant against the media. It irritates me, a bit, when big time Republicans (and arguably Newt is as big as it gets, being former Speaker of the House) fall into this trap. Yes, the media often times has a bias. Yes, it is generally harder to be a Republican than a Democrat (because we don't, as a rule, hand out free crap by the bucket load). But, at this point, it is pointless to point it out, particularly in a Presidential debate (not to mention the fact it was a rant directed at Chris Wallace from Fox News). Newt needs to step aside and put his support and funding efforts behind somebody else who has a better chance.
The third was Santorum's views on the Tenth Amendment (and, in this same "rant", if one wants to call it that, his rant against Ron Paul). Santorum made his point that though he is all for state's rights, he believes there are some areas where the national government has a responsibility to step in; the points he uses in the quote I read specifically used polygamy as an example (which I suppose could have been a back door way of slamming Romney's religion, though I obviously don't know for certain).
All in all, I didn't miss much, and I'm sure neither did you.
However, the candidate that I have been keeping an eye on (ever since Daniels decided he wasn't going to run) and have been hoping would throw his hat in the ring has all but entered: Rick Perry is expected to announce his candidacy this Saturday.
I have several reasons for wanting Perry to run. First, I kind of have a thing for Texas Governors. Sue me. Second, statistically speaking, Perry has been polling just under Romney when he has been entered as running against Obama. Pretty good considering he isn't even an official candidate yet. He is also the Governor of a state that is CONSISTENTLY in the black, creates gobs and gobs of jobs, and has great hair (yeah, I went there). Yes, he used to be a Democrat and at one point worked with Al Gore on a past campaign. Remember, though, that Reagan was once a Democrat, so ultimately that doesn't matter. There are a few other odds and ends that could (and will, I'm sure) come up about him. For example, the amount of money that was spent on his Governors mansion while he was in power, and his flip flopping on gay marriage, etc. However, in my own humble opinion, this is the guy with best odds of winning both the primary and the general election, who has executive experience, and is overall a conservative Republican. I don't want to try and tell you who to vote for or who to support (I've said it before and I'll say it again, vote for whoever lifts your skirt, it doesn't matter to me one way or another) but this is a guy who is worth looking into, for the reasons I gave and beyond.
Posted by Travis Gearhart