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Looks like mild-mannered Mitt may be starting to get under Governor Rick Perry’s spray-on-tanned skin.  Actually, Mitt is turning out to be a more effective debater this time around.  I don’t think that “Quick-draw Rick” is used to such ill-mannered affronts as he encountered during last night’s dog and pony show.  But it appears that Mitt got in a few jabs and if Perry had not been saved by the bell, there may have been blood, or whatever Republicans have in their veins.

So what’s a gentleman rancher like Perry to do to regain his momentum and ensure his status as front-runner?  He could go after Romney’s liberal health care experiment in Massachusetts.   He could even go after Romney’s somewhat limited hunting experience.  Or maybe Perry could attack Romney on his use of taxpayer funds to save the Utah Winter Olympics?

No, what the situation requires, of course, is a stupid, futile gesture on someone's part.  And Rick Perry is just the guy to do it. You see, Rick Perry is one of them real Christians with all the prayin’ and savin’ and miracles.  And don’t forget about that Satan dude; he’s a key player too. After all, all those Texas fires are his fault.  Romney, on the other hand, calls himself a Christian and belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints.  Lot’s of clean-cut, reverent white folks just like those Methodists that Perry pals around with.

But Perry’s crew doesn’t cotton to most of the LDS belief system and is convinced that the Saints are really a cult.  Perry knows that a lot of his potential Republican base shares these sentiments.  Now, if it gets late in the primary process and he and the Mittster are still neck and neck, Perry would still have one card up his French-cuffed sleeve – the Mormon card. Never before played, large potential for blowback, but more deadly than any old Willie Horton ruse.   Perry’s thinking, “I’m going to take Utah anyway, so what the heck?”

So in the final debate, Perry will dare Romney to show his underwear.  But what will be more embarrassing, Romney’s temple garments or Perrys “tighty-whities” with little cowboys and Indians?

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

    Voting Republican is a Ponzi Scheme

    by mojave mike on Tue Sep 13, 2011 at 12:28:14 PM PDT

  •  mojavem - I think it's harder now that there (0+ / 0-)

    are two Mormons in the race. I think the Morman card would have had more punch if Mitt was the only Morman running, but with Huntsman also in the race I believe the political impact of playing the Mormon card will be blunted.  

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Tue Sep 13, 2011 at 12:47:56 PM PDT

    •  How much longer do you think Huntsman has (0+ / 0-)

      in this race?

      He won't make it to the Primaries.

      Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
      -Spike Milligan

      by polecat on Tue Sep 13, 2011 at 01:08:27 PM PDT

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      •  Long enough to fly cover for Mitt (1+ / 0-)
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        I would not be surprised if they have a deal. Huntsman wants to run in 2016 when there will be no incumbent and is in the 2012 race to lay some pipe and increase his name recognition so he can be a talking head for the next four years. His first cousin is a good friend of mine. This is a guess on my part, but I think he has a deal to give Mitt cover in 2012 in return for Mitt's support in 2016.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Tue Sep 13, 2011 at 01:51:16 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Of course yes (2+ / 0-)
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    ricky57, skohayes

    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Tue Sep 13, 2011 at 12:49:30 PM PDT

  •  I thought Mormon's didn't gamble. (0+ / 0-)

    It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

    by Murphoney on Tue Sep 13, 2011 at 01:03:34 PM PDT

  •  Yes & No (3+ / 0-)

    I am liberal and would never want to disparage a person for their beliefs.  I have a dear friend who is an LDS member (a person who follows the Book of Mormon).  Thankfully, we respect each others beliefs.

    I have suggested to my friend that Governor Romney receives less credit than he should simply because he is an LDS member.  Maybe I have these thoughts because I'm Jewish and know first-hand about religious discrimination.

    So, will Governor Perry play the religion card?  Not directly.  I believe that Gov. Perry will adopt some of the Karl Rove push polling tactics used against John McCain by then Gov. Bush.  For instance - as was used against McCain by Bush - Would be more or less likely to vote for John McCain if you knew he an illegitimate black child?  By the way, John & Cindy McCain adopted their child after Mother Teresa placed the baby in Mrs. McCain's arms.

    How would this work against Gov. Romney?  Would you be willing to vote for a candidate who does not follow the Hebrew Bible (a/k/a the Old Testament) or the New Testament, but instead follows a third book - like the Koran or Book of Mormon?

  •  Perry doen't have to bring it up at all (0+ / 0-)

    Iowa and Southern state primaries will do it for him.  

    IMHO ain't gonna be any different than 2008.  Repubs are nothing less than consistent on these types of things.

    BTW  H/t for "No, what the situation requires, of course, is a stupid, futile gesture on someone's part."  and "Who's with me!!??"

    Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

    by EdMass on Tue Sep 13, 2011 at 01:55:27 PM PDT

  •  He will if he needs to (0+ / 0-)

    Dick Perry wont needlessly offend Mormons as long as he is ahead but if he sees Mitt moving up he'll hit him with all the cult charges he can muster.  LDS are pretty much an insane cult but no more than evangelical Christians like that charlatan Perry claims to be.

    Take care of all humanity as if they were your brothers and sisters.

    by skidrow on Tue Sep 13, 2011 at 06:29:22 PM PDT

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