Many Republicans are still looking for the candidate. It is not like there are not some good candidates out there. Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain are both outstanding candidates. Sarah Palin remains an enigma and many political professionals still believe she is not going to run.
Still there is a sense among many that the one GOP candidate needed to defeat Obama is not in the race.
Perhaps that is changing.
Rick Perry of Texas is thinking about getting in the race.
The three-term governor of Texas could be a game changer and could be the one who ensures that Barack Obama is a one term President.
Perry is a conservative who has held the line on spending in Texas. He has been tough on the border issue and Texas currently has one of the strongest state economies in the country.
Rush Limbaugh recently described Perry as the best hope Republicans have in 2012. Rush is no fan of establishment Republicans.
Why is Perry’s candidacy so exciting? First, as mentioned, he is a conservative. He is the three-term governor of Texas and has been thoroughly vetted. There are no embarrassing surprises coming from him. And as Governor of Texas, he, unlike Obama, has the experience needed to run the country.
Earlier this month, Obama visited Texas. This was of course the scene of his famous gators in the moat speech. But Obama said he believed he could win Texas in 2012. No one should underestimate the significance of this statement. Texas is the second largest state in the nation and is the largest red state. It has the second largest haul of electoral votes at 38, nine more than New York. In this election the country will be sharply divided. California with 55 votes remains the largest. Texas is second and New York with 29 is third. California and New York are reliably blue states. That gives Obama 84 votes right there. If he were to win Texas and its 38 votes, that would give him 122 electoral votes. While 270 are needed to win, there is almost no realistic scenario that would allow a Republican candidate to win enough votes with the remaining states if Obama carries Texas.
As a southerner, Perry has instant credibility and the ability to carry most of the south, including Florida, North Carolina and Virginia, three states that Obama carried in 2008. Perry has a phenomenal fund raising machine already in place.
Rick Perry has two other qualities that can help. First he has charisma. Unlike establishment favorite Tim Pawlenty, who makes Eeyore look exciting, he can actually hold and motivate an audience. He also may be the only candidate who can marshal the support of Tea Party conservatives, but also have the ability to bring the establishment GOP into the fold as well.
We could have the greatest, most perfect conservative candidate to challenge Barack Obama; however, it is of no use if the candidate cannot beat Obama in the general election. We need a conservative candidate who is also palatable to the moderates and right leaning independents.
Texas Governor Rick Perry could very well be our perfect candidate.
Rick Perry, under the influence of heavy reelection campaign donations from Merck, signed a mandate requiring ALL girls 13 and over to have the dangerous, sometimes fatal, and totally unproven Gardasil vaccine. Fortunately for the people of Texas, the Legislature acted wisely (for a change) and rescinded this mandate. Perry has also been a heavyweight supporter of the UN-backed TransTexas Corridor, a bad idea, any way you look at it. Those points should be carefully considered.
I remember that fiasco. Thank God the legislature over rode that executive order.
Like Romney, Perry is a RINO, but he will be appealing to 'moderates'. What would make me vote for him willingly and almost enthusiastically is if he chooses a real conservative as a VP. Perry/West sounds great.
To respond to D Austin: The TT Corridor is the NAFTA Super (dee duper) Highway that Jerome Corsi wrote about in his best-selling, un-disputed book: The Late, Great, USA. It's not just UN backed, it's funded by globalists in general and China in specific. They are turning us into a consumer market, by-passing our ports to increase their profits by creating a huge freeway which will in essence create The North American Union. Meanwhile no one talks about it, least of all our 'public servants'. They say that it's another 'conspiracy theory', (but it's backed by nothing but facts in Corsi's book.) The silent ones are complicit, the ones who 'dismiss it' are liars, that includes almost all of them.
Heaven help us.
I have always thought of him as GW Bush #2 and that wasn't good. Bush and the NAFTA highway, Rudy Guiliani's law firm represents the Spanish company that is to build it, the Security and Prosperity Group combining Canada, Mexico and the US and amnesty for illegals. Not my idea of a candidate. Just another New World Order guy. Does it matter if the New World Order guy has a D or an R after his name?
Good heads up, Christie. I have lived in South Texas since 1967 and watched all this unfold. The TransTexasCorridor is not some conspiricy theory, ITS ALREADY FACT! And Perry was knee deep in it from the get go. It involves this giant multi-laned tollroad with railroads in between to haul freight from cheap ports in Mexico to US and Canadian markets. aka, North American Union!!! The Texas Legislature, fortunately, due to incredible protest from not only native Texans, but patriots from all over the planet, chose to override this. Contracts have already been signed with a SPANISH company to do the construction and the management of the tollway for the NEXT FIFTY YEARS. It also involves taking private property in imminent domain which we cannot allow. All it will take to get this done is a slow, inciduous planting of the CORRECT people in the Legislature and Governors office to take it out and dust it off and we will be HISTORY!!
You have stated that Perry is hard on illegal immigration. I would have to see some solid proof of that statement before I would reconsider. I live on the border not far from Brownsville and I have watched the illegal situation in Texas steadily degenerate since 1967. In the Rio Grande Valley of Texas which is a 70 mile long corridor along the river, it is like living in Northern Mexico and is often the butt of many jokes to that effect. You are hard pressed to go into MickeyDees and order a burger in English without having the clerk look at you like the RCA dog. Downtown Brownsville looks just like it does when you cross over the border in Matomoros. Perry has done very little to curb illegal immigration, in fact, like Georgie, he has courted the Hispanic vote and, more often that not, looks the other way. Admitedly, he has his hands full in the Texas legislature battling all the Dem Hispanic legislators who only beat the drum for allowing more and more illegal immigration. If you try and counter their crap and just yell, RACIST, not unlike someone else we know. There is much infighting going on as we speak with trying to get E-Verify in place, defunding sanctuary cities and disallowing citizenship for illegal "anchor" babies. All this aside, I would expect NumbersUSA to give Perry a bad grade for his illegal record. As far as I can tell, being a Texas resident and having my ear to the ground, about all Perry does as far as illegal immigration is whine that the FEDS are not doing their job. He certainly has not taken the kind of steps HE COULD TAKE legally to help seal the border as has happened in AZ. It is a difficult problem given the fact that most of the Texas Guard and Reserves have been siphoned off to Iraq, Afganistan and whatever other little wars they can get themselves into. This country has more than enough resources to SECURE THE BORDER by force, but none of politicians want to handle this political HOT POTATO! It is easier to turn their heads and get the financial backing of the companies that want to hire cheap labor. Meanwhile, they are cutting BILLIONS from schools, parks, hospitals, etc and havent done a DAMN thing about cutting welfare to these criminals.