Shooting From The Foot

It’s not our place to be Shocked! by Rick Perry, mainly because we have standards for these things, and Deranger Rick is far from meeting them. (For the record, if you want to push our button, suggest that Barack Obama might meet Bobby Kennedy’s fate.)

So we’re still waiting to see how Rick’s act plays outside the Usual Venues, and it might be some time before we get an indication one way or another. Meantime, we are a little surprised that it’s not playing as well inside the Usual Venues as we had been led to expect. Here, courtesy of Salon’s Steve Kornacki, is the — pardon the expression — round-up:

There was the scathing editorial in Monday’s Wall Street Journal that questioned his general election viability and called for a new candidate to enter the race, along with a similarly themed column from Ross Douthat, the New York Times’ most conservative voice. Then on Monday night, Karl Rove went on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show to argue that there’s still time and room for new candidates to run, specifically mentioning Chris Christie and Paul Ryan, and when the Bernanke comment broke, Commentary’s Podhoretz branded it “a serious rookie mistake” that will make it harder for Perry to win over the Republicans who have been looking for a new candidate.

We already knew there’s no love lost between the Bushies and Perry, but we thought that detail would later emerge in catty unsourced Politico stories about backstage backstabbing. What we didn’t expect was for institutional Republicans to be such scolds, especially this quickly. Wasn’t the whole point of his candidacy to unite the wingnuts and the batshits?

Which might explain why now — after Perry — Bill Kristol has revived his bromance with Paul Ryan. Here we’ve been wondering whether Rick Perry will appeal to Americans, when it has yet to be proven that he appeals to Republicans.

Rick Perry’s dangerously overheated campaign rollout [Salon]

Actually, Rick Perry only frightens the GOP establishment. I’m pretty sure the base is going to eat him up. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. Look to Fox News’ coverage for guidance. Fox is the GOP’s real kingmaker, since people who vote in the primaries are basically glued to the network. That said, I suspect that with a guy like Perry Fox will probably have to work double-time to bring him down if the GOP party bosses decide he’s un-electable. He’s basically the Tea Party dream candidate.

I think I would enjoy watching Money fight the Base.

Is that a photo of Chris Christi’s foot. The Muslim judge will not fly with the radical subset of the Republican party or with Fox.

/that’s an observation not a personal opinion

Question is, really, why the pushback? You’d think they’d love him-

Texan: Check
Big Money Connections: Check
Willing to Provide Favors for Donors: Check
Evangelism Plays Well In The Flyovers: Check
Hates Fags: Check
Stupid and Manipulable: Check…well, check-ish, he does have the impulse control of a Joe Biden.
Photogenic: Check
Soul of a Grifter: Check

Let’s face it, the guy is Sarah Palin without the baby-kit and the negatives. They need to embrace this guy, because otherwise, Mittens. And Mittens is cute, but there is no way Mr. Obamneycare is going to win in this climate.

@Tommmcatt Be Fat, And That Be That: Isn’t Mittens the Chosen One? Sure he has to go through the rigmarole of getting Republicans to vote for him but the Koch Bros have already made their choice. I think Perry’s job is to make Mittens look like the reasonable choice.

Though I must say, the thought of a Perry/Bachmann ticket does send a chill up and down my spine.

And I wonder who is planning the movie with Josh Brolin playing Rick.

@Benedick HRH KFC: I really do think people discount the role that religious bigotry – which is the keystone, really, of conservative thought – plays in all this. Mittens wears the underwear, and there is a huge portion of the Repug base that is not going to vote for him because he is a cultist.

This is the way these people think.

@Benedick HRH KFC: The Self-Chosen One, maybe…

And fact is, until now he’s maintained a healthy polling lead. The anti-Mittens vote is still 2-1, but with two strong Teabaggers in the race, they could actually split the opposition.

So, it’s still a survivor’s game. Nobody loved Psychogeezer, either.

@Tommmcatt Be Fat, And That Be That: As far as I can tell, the single biggest source of anti-Mormon sentiment is Southern Baptists. (Bear in mind, Catholics outnumber Southern Baptists by more than 4 to 1, and they know from religious persecution.) Based on the distribution of Southern Baptists (with an eye to the likely primary schedule, of course), Romney’s main problem states (in the early going, anyway) appear to be Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina. South Carolina is symbolically important, but in terms of raw numbers only Florida really matters. Romney will sink a lot of money there and hope for the best.

@Tommmcatt Be Fat, And That Be That: Have I told you lately how much I love you? And how hot you look in those pants? It’s true. I was like going down the escalator behind you and I’m like Whoa, you are bringing’ it home!

@nojo: It’s all about the money.

@Benedick HRH KFC: I have a technical problem with this. Isn’t it better, for bringin’ it evaluation purposes, to be behind your subject on an up escalator?

@Benedick HRH KFC: @Dodgerblue: Please, folks, no up-kilt shots. We run a respectable establishment.

A fed-up former major Dem donor told me it could be Perry with NM Gov. Susana Martinez as his VP pick (Hispanic, woman, likes guns, hates libs, hates Mexicans, Catholic/anti-choice, follows the downsize/privatize model of government.) Like Catt, my guy thinks Perry will play well among the Hee Haw demographic. As for the nationwide vote, Republicans are naturally authoritarian and will vote for whomever is put before them.

@nojo: Perhaps you’ve forgotten the World Cup Hottie thread, my fav, posted by Lefty, being here..

@redmanlaw: Unless they just don’t show up at all.

I think Perry would be a boon to the Dems re: House and Senate. Liberal hate of Texas Goons will get our people out to the polls in bigger numbers than our Dear, Lukewarm Leader can this time around.

@Tommmcatt Be Fat, And That Be That: Fear of Wingnuts is the entire premise of the reelection campaign. It’s not inspiring, but looking at the field, it’s very effective.

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