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We talk a lot about Palin, Huckabee, Romney, and a handful of others as likely Republican candidates for the 2012 Presidential campaign but I think we're missing the target... Sonny Perdue, the current Governor of Georgia.

First off, I recommend you take a look at his Wikipedia entry for the details but I'll summarize here.  He's been governor now for just shy of 7 years so he's got a good bit more experience in that department than Palin.  He came from the state legislature having served as a state Senator for 12 years.  He switched from Democrat to Republican in 1998 so he could be perceived as a moderate but this is also the guy who prayed for rain on the steps of the state capitol in November of 2007.  He's very publicly Southern Baptist and that would appeal to the teabag crowd.

His terms as governor have been focused on business and include a recent trip to Dubai where he (and 31 of his staff) spent a week on a trade mission in search of new jobs for Georgia and where he coincidentally criticized the handling of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  And while he's seen a few controversies including a questionable land deal that he failed to report, he's relatively clean as Republican politicians go.

The bottom line is he's white, Southern, outspokenly religious, has appeal to big business, a relatively long and untarnished political career, and frankly could bridge the gap between moderate Republicans and the fringe teabag crowd.  And he's busy trying to build up foreign policy credibility.  I've been watching him the last several months and I honestly believe he's trying to position himself for a White House run.

Originally posted to AdamSchmidt on Fri Dec 04, 2009 at 06:53 AM PST.

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    •  Perfect. (0+ / 0-)

      After a President named Barack, we'll get one named Sonny.  Who would be next.  No.  Wait.  Who is on first.

      What will be the campaign song of Perdue, "I Got you Babe."  Gaaaaah!

      "Have a beginner's mind at all times, for a beginner knows nothing and learns all while a sophisticate knows all and learns nothing." - Suzuki

      by dolfin66 on Fri Dec 04, 2009 at 10:08:41 AM PST

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  •  Can't hurt to watch him... (4+ / 0-)

    Although going to Dubai right now might not have been too...uh...useful...considering their current financial situation.

    "Ridicule may lawfully be employed where reason has no hope of success."

    by QuestionAuthority on Fri Dec 04, 2009 at 06:58:58 AM PST

  •  In the Land of the Blind, a One-Eyed Man is King (5+ / 0-)

    The current field of Republican players is pretty weak.  No doubt anyone with real capability is not stepping up to the mike to make a fool out of themselves.
    Those who are all too glad to step up to an empty mike may not be the ones to watch out for.

    Good analysis.  This probably is someone to watch.  Sure am tired of hearing of the Queen of the Stupid People.  

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Fri Dec 04, 2009 at 06:59:37 AM PST

    •  Still, to mee... (0+ / 0-)

      ...it's like wasting time trying to determine who was the Most Valuable Player on the 40-120 1962 New York Mets.  Perhaps Purdue sucks a little less than the others; perhaps it's just a case of him not being as outspoken a Rethug as say, Blunder Woman Palin.  

      Either way, I remain confident in the ability of the Rethugs to form their circular firing squad in time forthe 2012 campaign.

      •  He's smart and he's dangerous (4+ / 0-)
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        Oh I'm sure there will be a circular firing squad as you put it, but watch this guy.  He's got crossover appeal (both moderate/teabag and Republican/Independent) that no one else in the Republican party I can find has.  And he's smart enough to let Palin, Huckabee and Romney take shots at each other and then come in when they're all wounded and clean up.

        •  He's Certainly Worth Watching (1+ / 0-)
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          Who are his RNC trusted allies?

          The truth about John McCain's Keating Cheating

          by tikkun on Fri Dec 04, 2009 at 07:31:16 AM PST

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          •  From what I've found (0+ / 0-)

            According to WhoRunsGov.com, it looks like Newt Gingrich, Frank Luntz, Saxby Chambliss, and Johnny Isakson are the first four big names but then Sonny is also currently the chairman of the Republican Governors Association and has been driving their efforts to get Republican governors elected since 2007 (poorly in 2008 but notably successful in 2009).

            He's butted heads with Chambliss and Isakson in the past but I have no doubt they'll rally to him if he makes a presidential bid.

            And also from the aforementioned site, these little tidbits that'll certainly resonate with Republicans:

            Perdue was born to a school-teacher mom and farmer dad in Perry, Ga., in rural middle Georgia but later moved to a farm near Bonaire, where Perdue still lives with his wife and four kids just down the road from his family’s homestead. He was the quarterback for Warner Robins High School and made the University of Georgia’s football team as a walk-on.

            Perdue learned to fly planes as a young man, rose to the rank of captain in the Air Force and still has his pilot’s license. In 2008, he spent his vacation time earning a license to fly helicopters.

    •  Many Republicans could qualify (3+ / 0-)

      for the title of King One-Eye.

      "[W]e shall see the reign of witches pass over . . . and the people, recovering their true spirit, restore their government to its true principles." Jefferson

      by RenMin on Fri Dec 04, 2009 at 07:23:24 AM PST

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  •  If most of the troops are out (2+ / 0-)
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    of Iraq and Afghanistan and prosperity has returned they may need someone like him to hang on to their core states.

    We have only just begun and none too soon.

    by global citizen on Fri Dec 04, 2009 at 07:09:28 AM PST

  •  And his chickens have nice yellow skin (2+ / 0-)
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    from all the food coloring injected in their feed.

    What?  Frank?  

    Oh, never mind . . .

    "[W]e shall see the reign of witches pass over . . . and the people, recovering their true spirit, restore their government to its true principles." Jefferson

    by RenMin on Fri Dec 04, 2009 at 07:22:33 AM PST

  •  Speaking as someone FROM Georgia (4+ / 0-)

    Perdue has a lot of vulnerabilities.

    He has COMPLETELY screwed up on the Water thing, sitting on his hands for eight years and doing nothing.

    He is corrupt as hell.  There are all kinds of shady deals in his past that the Republicans here didn't want to investigate and that the state party was too cowardly to use (as most of our state party leaders are.  I've got a KICKASS congressman in Hank Johnson, but on the state level they're just wimpy wimps.)

    He's a moron.  Obama would totally steam roller him in a debate, and he doesn't even have that otherworldly dentist office ectoplasmic charm that Bush did.

    •  Also, he looks like Ed Asner (2+ / 0-)
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      that can't help.

      "Enough!" -- Barack Obama

      by vawolf on Fri Dec 04, 2009 at 07:28:42 AM PST

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    •  Hello fellow Georgian! (1+ / 0-)
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      I have thought that as well, but then I look at how that turd Bush was shined up and have to wonder if the same feat couldn't be managed again. Perdue has a lot of problems, but his aww shucks persona, you have to admit, would fly well with most R's and the Indies.

      A Republican is someone who can't enjoy his privileged position unless he is certain that somewhere, someone is in excruciating agony. I Love OCD

      by nippersdad on Fri Dec 04, 2009 at 07:58:06 AM PST

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      •  Republicans like Sarah Palin (0+ / 0-)

        I don't expect Independents to be so easily fooled.  Sonny Perdue is a moron and any Democrat who isn't as cowardly as Reid or Entlike as Kerry will cut him to ribbons.

        •  A small, but very loud, contingent (0+ / 0-)

          of Republicans like Sara Palin. The polls don't lie and twenty percent of forty percent does not win elections. Right leaning and centrist Independents are well known for their inability to think critically, they are the ones who put Bush over the top twice, remember.

          Sonny Perdue is not a moron, he is actually a pretty good pol, as can be seen by his ability to extract school taxes from the counties and make them take up the shortfall. How many people can say that they have lowered property taxes when they are rising across the board, it is just the Counties fault? He could sell shoe polish at a suede convention, admit it. The guy blew the rainy day fund on tax cuts in less than a couple of years and came out smelling like a rose, remember?

          any Democrat who isn't as cowardly as Reid or Entlike as Kerry will cut him to ribbons.

          At which point he will cut them to ribbons for an unchristian lack of charity and/or a lack of the values that have made this country great. Playing the cynical ivory tower wonk card on Democrats is one of his specialties, remember? I don't think it would be as easy as you think.

          A Republican is someone who can't enjoy his privileged position unless he is certain that somewhere, someone is in excruciating agony. I Love OCD

          by nippersdad on Fri Dec 04, 2009 at 09:13:41 AM PST

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    •  I'm not saying he's perfect (0+ / 0-)

      But when you compare him to Palin or Romney, he actually sounds competent while being able to say all the things the teabaggers want to hear.  And he doesn't scare big buisness.  Obama likely would hurt him in a debate but it wouldn't be the runaway demolition that an Obama vs. Palin debate would be.

      And since when has being corrupt stopped the Republicans from fielding a candidate? (see Cheney/Haliburton)

      As a side note, yep... Georgian here too.

      •  Well (0+ / 0-)

        The good news is that Republicans have been trained to respond to their gut now, not their heads.  Which increases the odds of Palin or Romney being elected.

        Fortunately, also, Romney is Mormon and I don't see that being over come easily, despite his stealth campaign.

        Palin is still a very likely chance for them.  The main worry is that she now has NO fear and keeps saying crazier and crazier things....sooner or later the odds are that she will say something that even the Birthers don't want.

  •  I'm aware of Perdue also. You make a good case (0+ / 0-)

    for him as a come-from-nowhere Presidential contender in 2012. There's good reason to believe that Palin, Huckabee, and Romney will have gotten the Republican base thoroughly bored with them by 2012. It's also possible to imagine business Republicans uniting behind him in an anybody-but-Palin movement if Romney and Huckabee can't stop Palin.

    Revelation speaks of "those who claim to be Jews and are not, but are liars." I've always wondered how many American "Jews" are of this group. -- A RW blogger.

    by Kimball Cross on Fri Dec 04, 2009 at 07:29:43 AM PST

  •  I don't buy Perdue chicken why (1+ / 0-)
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    in hell would i want a President Perdue?  Being religous should be the number 1 disqualifier. We as american don't want a theocratic goverment. Glad huck is gone.

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