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  •  Perry's State of the (4+ / 0-)

    State address sounded a bit like a farewell (see Paul Burka's take). But who knows? This isn't the first time he's had "grim" numbers like that.

    We'd better hope someone like Castro runs and gets the full support of national Democrats. Abbott Makes Perry look like Ann Richards.

    Grew a mustache and a mullet / Got a job at Chick-Fil-A

    by cardinal on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 06:18:33 AM PST

    •  I think this time it's different for Perry (4+ / 0-)
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      A lot of people were never with him.

      Some people turned against him because of his breathtaking corruption - anyone who followed government in Texas closely had to realize that this is a hollow and deeply morally corrupt man.  

      Then he lost some conservative ethno-nationalist Anglos when he embraced deferred removal and conceded that Mexican immigrants are, well, just barely human.  That accounts for a fair number of voters who actually pay attention, and those issues alone might have put his career at risk.

      But nobody recovers from being a public laughingstock.  He was a non-stop joke during the Presidential primaries.  Not only did he soar and then crash suddenly, but even non-engaged low-information voters saw him flounder - repeatedly - in the debates. You can be an incompetent, corrupt, venal prick and keep getting elected in Texas, but your political career is over when everyone thinks you're a joke.

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 06:58:17 AM PST

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      •  my fear (1+ / 0-)
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        is that his base in texas will feel he was unjustly persecuted in the national race, and will pat him on his hair and welcome him home to be governor again.

        you can make fun of your little brother, but nobody else gets to, right?

        If only Michael Phelps hadn't smoked that pot...imagine what he could have accomplished with motivation and good lung capacity.

        by papa monzano on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:04:46 AM PST

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        •  true... (1+ / 0-)
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          You may well be right.  

          I do think that really conspicuous dramatic failure tends to soften the base a bit though.  There are still lots of folks on Sarah Palin's various social media sites, but they are starting to drift away. Rick Santorum is no longer getting much attention or love.  Remember Rudy Giuliani's time in the light?  Former mayor of NYC, but he spent $80,000,000 for one electoral vote?  Who invites him on talk shows now? Who's going to elect him to anything?

          Sometimes you get one bite at the apple, and you can keep chewing for a decade or two... but it's hard to recover from a real public thrashing and it's hard to see that primary as anything but a thrashing.

          But Texas is full of surprises.  He could come back. If he were clever, he would play up that aw shucks rascally homeboy persona and turn this into a fight against the rest of the country.  But that's always been his schtick and that might work better if it were an image retooling other than the same old bullshit.  

          “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

          by ivorybill on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:12:53 AM PST

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          •  yep (1+ / 0-)
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            play up that aw shucks rascally homeboy persona and turn this into a fight against the rest of the country.  
            that's the only light I can see in that tunnel. It may be past time to play that hand again, though. Here's hoping you're right. I'm sick of waiting for scoundrels to get bored and calling it a win.

            If only Michael Phelps hadn't smoked that pot...imagine what he could have accomplished with motivation and good lung capacity.

            by papa monzano on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:17:26 AM PST

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      •  It will be interesting to see .... (3+ / 0-)
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        .... the impact of his Presidential run.  You're right that perhaps the hardest thing to recover from in politics is being seen as an unmitigated dumbass -- and his Presidential campaign really was a non-stop blooper reel.

    •  agreed (3+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY, cardinal, Nicci August

      please not abbott.

      damn, i wish we had bill white.

      If only Michael Phelps hadn't smoked that pot...imagine what he could have accomplished with motivation and good lung capacity.

      by papa monzano on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:03:21 AM PST

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