posted on Sep, 23 2011 @ 02:48 PM
*I have to admit, the 'texas toast' part of the headline is what got my attention at first*
It’s not quite time for his camp to panic but in his third debate in a month – nearly as many as he’s done in the entire decade he’s
served as Texas governor – Perry demonstrated why so few presidential candidates who parachute into the race mid-campaign win the
Perry gave a foreign policy answer that offered no indication he’s thought about how to respond to threats against America, twice bobbled
attacks on Mitt Romney’s well-documented departures from conservative orthodoxy, called immigration hard-liners heartless and, in what was otherwise
his best answer of the evening, stretched the truth in the course of delivering a well-rehearsed line about why he mandated pre-teen girls to be
vaccinated against HPV.
A more seasoned candidate would be better informed on national security policy, fluent to the point of knowing by heart his chief opponent’s
core vulnerabilities, and would never offend his party’s base with such a pointed attack. And a more sure-footed one would have recognized that he
couldn’t get away with the claim that he issued an executive order on HPV after being “lobbied” by a cancer victim—because it has been
publicly established that he met the victim only after he made the decision.
Hmmm.... and Ive been thinking this guy was the "favorite"...or atleast thats what the media has been telling me to believe.
For those who watched him in the past few debates, do you think he's tearing into the front of the pack, or his he slipping? I think hes been
slipping. He was the first candidate last night to recieve boo's. He may of been the candidate that even recieved the most boo's but im not sure on
that one 100%.
The HPV issue is one of the main things thats hurting him I believe. Once the other candidates called him out on that the debate before last, I felt
he just lossed quite a bit of support and it would be hard for him to sell what he did, and he still hasnt been able to really sell it. One other
thing thats really hurting him, atleast in the Republican base, is his in-state tuition for illegals. I dont know how someone could sell that to the
majority of Republican voters.
Instead, after a roaring August start, Perry’s second consecutive lackluster debate performance will reinforce the growing view among some
Republicans that he’s not ready for the big leagues.
Good. Hopefully that growing view gets on some steroids.
When he’s pitted side-by-side with Romney, as he was Thursday, the discrepancy between Perry’s promise and his actual performance is glaring.
What may hurt Perry the most, though, is if the ongoing series of debates create the impression that he simply doesn’t have the capacity to get
up to speed. If, after the four additional forums scheduled between now and the Iowa caucuses, Perry shows no ability to give a cogent answer on a
foreign policy question or discuss the country’s domestic challenges in a way that veers from his top-line talking points, Romney’s slow and
steady approach will have the ex-Massachusetts governor positioned to take advantage.
“The bottom line is he’s failed to meet expectations in the last two debates,” said a veteran GOP operative who is neutral in the race but
didn’t want to offend Perry. “He often starts off strong in replies but tends to wander, displaying a lack of intellectual discipline that
doesn’t inspire confidence.”
The last sentence in the above says my view of him in the debates the best. He starts talking good....then....where did he go?
Then the article talks about people in Romney camp throwing insults at Perry. Cant say Im a fan of Romney either.
Anyways, this article was on the top of the news stories when I logged on to yahoo. Cant say I expected to see this up there.