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  •  I can empathize with your frustration (2+ / 0-)
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    newdem1960, SeaTurtle

    However, what the public - beyond Texas - has seen so far is a stumbling, bumbling version of Rick Perry. I fault his Texas-based advisers - they may have gotten him this far, but they're out of their league in a presidential campaign. The same tactics that worked in Texas can't just be scaled up for a national audience.

    The one connection is the donors. Those who have enriched themselves at the Texas "Miracle" trough will be looking for greater riches if they can prop up their faltering candidate and drag him across the finish line.

    You have to follow the money, and anyone who's got more of it than Mitt is still a force to be reckoned with. Don't count out Perry just yet.

    Incremental change frightens excremental minds.

    by cassandracarolina on Mon Oct 10, 2011 at 11:45:24 AM PDT

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    •  First impressions (1+ / 0-)
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      cassandracarolina

      You (generally) only get one chance there. He's at 4% (four percent) in New Hampshire. If he's pulling single digits outside the south (or Dominionist circles elsewhere), all the money in the world isn't going to make other folks "like" him. Is it only his advisers? Or is Perry himself not up to the Big Leagues?

      •  It's not just his advisers, newdem1960 (1+ / 0-)
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        newdem1960

        He's a very difficult-to-market candidate, as you've seen. I think that he and his team believed the hype from his donors and the religious people urging him to run. Maybe they believed that it would be as simple as swaggering around making folksy comments. They soon learned otherwise.

        However, in past campaigns, Perry has pulled some vicious tricks on his opponents. I wrote about this recently in Perry's Killer Campaign Tactics

        Incremental change frightens excremental minds.

        by cassandracarolina on Mon Oct 10, 2011 at 12:12:04 PM PDT

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        •  Would you say (2+ / 0-)
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          cassandracarolina, texasmom

          he is lazy?  He seems that way.

          •  Yes, that's part of it (2+ / 0-)
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            newdem1960, where4art

            I think it comes from being surrounded by "yes people" and donors flashing a lot of money his way. The adulation of the religious folks plays into this also. He may think it's a reflection on him as a person, rather than everyone trying to advance their agenda through him.

            This could easily lead to a presumptuous approach that manifests itself as laziness.

            Intellectual laziness is absolutely a given.

            Incremental change frightens excremental minds.

            by cassandracarolina on Mon Oct 10, 2011 at 12:38:22 PM PDT

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