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Texas Governor Rick Perry will NOT run for President in 2012…….

Sorry CD……He’s not available……

This from PoliticalWire on a Newsweek piece…..

Perry Says No Bid for President

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) tells Newsweek there’s no chance he’ll run for President in 2012.

Newsweek: Everybody wants to know about your plans for 2012. Are you considering running and would you consider it?
Perry: No and no.

Newsweek: You are not considering running for president. You will not run for president.
Perry:That’s correct.

Newsweek: Under any circumstances?
Perry: That’s correct.

Newsweek: Vice president? Would you be willing to consider that?
Perry: No. I don’t care about going to Washington, D.C.

The audio of the entire interview will be posted by the Texas Tribune on Monday morning.

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April 18, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, CD @ PolitcalDog, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates | , | 4 Comments

Iowa and the GOP…….2012……

Huckabee and Romney……..again

From Jerome Armstrong @ Mydd.Com

A blog called the RightOsphere conducted a poll in Iowa among Republican caucus-goers, finding:

Among a subset of voters who indicated that they were certain to vote in the 2012 Republican Caucuses, the results were:  Huckabee 21%, Romney 14%, Palin 12%, Pawlenty 1%, with 52% undecided. …The only other candidate that the survey included was former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. Johnson received less than 1% support.

The Iowa Republican pretty much favors Huckabee:

Mike Huckabee is the only 2008 candidate who has maintained a presence in the state. He has also made more trips to Iowa since the 2008 caucuses than any other presidential hopeful. He has visited the state two different times to sell books, and he has also traveled to the state to support Bob Vander Plaats’ campaign for governor. Vander Plaats served as Huckabee’s campaign chairman in Iowa.

…Iowa, however, will not be an easy place for Romney to campaign. Doug Gross, his 2008 Iowa Chairman, seems to have gone sour on Romney. He also has a hostile relationship with Jan Mickelson and Steve Deace on WHO radio, Iowa’s only statewide media outlet. For Romney to be able to come into Iowa and run for president again, he will have to walk a delicate line of focusing on the fiscal conservative that he is comfortable talking about, while remaining the social conservative he told Iowans he was in 2008. If he is unable or incapable of doing that, Iowa will haunt his second attempt at the presidency.

Sarah Palin remains a mystery. Many believe that, if she did have presidential aspirations, she would have made a splash in Iowa by now. Regardless of what people think of Palin, she is incredibly popular and would have tremendous appeal to caucus goers. Her third place finish in this poll is surprising and probably not reflective of the support she would receive if she did run.

The candidates that should be the most excited about these polling numbers are people like Tim Pawlenty and the others who were not polled. With 57% of likely caucus voters undecided, there is plenty of room for candidates to come to Iowa and stake their claim. One such candidate is former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, who will headline an event tonight for the Iowa Christian Alliance in Des Moines.

Rick Santorum?  Huckabee is not nearly as in a strong position, as say John Edwards was in, at this point in the ’08 cycle (in the 40’s) for Democrats, given he won in ’08 for the Republicans.

I would think there’s an argument to be made by Romney’s campaign that he skips Iowa and lets the evangelical side (Huckabee, Palin?, Santorum??) duke it out. But, no doubt, Romney is most afraid of some other candidate emerging, so that’s not a decision that’s going to be made anytime soon.

The poll didn’t include Ron Paul, who hasn’t indicated if he will run or not in ’12, which is probably complicating the task of Gary Johnson (good interview with the Tea Party champion) making any traction.

Its still wide open, still too early, but that’s the snapshot.

March 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , | 6 Comments

A talk with Haley Barbour, The Republican Governor of Mississippi…..is an old style next president in the cards for American?

In this piece on Gov. Haley Barbour in Newsweek Magazine by Jonathan Darman …he makes some true statements that compliment the Democrats…but warn them also…..

“In politics,” he told me, “things are never as good as they seem and they’re never as bad as they seem.” The Democrats won because they had a candidate—Obama—who “could sell Fords to Chevrolet dealers” and “charm the skin off a snake.” And because the candidate had a “romance with the press unlike any before, certainly in my lifetime.” And then, of course, there was the most important reason—the reason Obama was destined to win all along: “It was the Democrats’ turn.”

…..He is right…….

As people begin to realize that Obama is just a political (some I mentioned all thru last year)…the bloom comes off the rose for some….and the GOP will gladly embrace those falling leaves….

Contrary to the purity movement and right turns made in several places (Florida comes to mind)….Barbour wants moderates….

In the ’90s, he backed moderate candidates in the Northeast and Midwest and helped to elect moderate governors like California’s Pete Wilson, New Jersey’s Christie Whitman, and Massachusetts’s Bill Weld. He thinks the party ought to be doing the same thing today: “People are crazy if they think we win by getting more pure. We win by getting big.”

Looking at the GOP today……..will that view let him into the leaders circle in the party?

Barbour takes his cues from Ronald Reagean….the same President that people try to mention with Obama’s name…but Barbour is closer than Obama will ever be….from the same party…..there are these things …….the author of this Time magazine piece went to see the Governor in his office……and…..

‘This pining for the past may not be the type of bold new vision Republicans are looking for. But it may be enough for Haley Barbour. When I went to visit him in Jackson, he showed me around his office, the one with the Jefferson Davis flag. As we toured the room, he stopped at a bookshelf and pulled down a large volume of Ronald Reagan’s published letters. Turning to the inside of the book’s back cover, he showed me a short note written in familiar scrawl under the presidential seal. It was dated Nov. 14, 1994, just days after Reagan had announced he was suffering from Alzheimer’s and was retreating from public life. It would be the last published note written in Reagan’s own hand. It was addressed to the chairman of the Republican Party, congratulating him on the Republicans’ historic showing in the 1994 midterms. That chairman was Haley Barbour, who couldn’t help but smile as he read it 15 years after the fact:

Dear Haley,

Congratulations on a great job for the Republican Party. I couldn’t be happier with the results. And please don’t count me out! I’ll be putting in my licks for Republicans as long as I’m able.’

Obama and the Democrats are always looking in their rear view mirrors for 2012…..they better keep and eye on the old South’s Haley Barbour…….


January 3, 2010 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Politics | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Another process piece…..McChrystal vs the Civilians in the administration….The General plans to win…. not hold in place……

In a very important piece in the Washington Post (that will no doubt generate more pieces in the Times and Cable Networks)…..Rajiv Chandrasekaran takes up the maneuvering between the military and the administration’s political planners who view Obama’s tasking orders early this month for the military as strictly a ‘surge’ then a phased withdrawal going into the 2012 elections….and the military (Sec Gates included) as a call to engage an enemy and try to ‘win’ the campaign in Afghanistan with a moderate makeover like the military has done in Iraq……

While the sell by the President ( Commmader-in Chief ) was for a “surge’…President Obama, and Secretary Gates, both, have already backed away from their initial pledge to have the troops heading home en mass in 2011……

I know from a strictly logistical point of view the U.S. military will take a much longer period to get 30,000 to 40,000 troops in country then was advertised when President Obama called for the move….

In another sense the media is going to paint this as McChrystal as not following his bosses orders…that would be a mistake…Presidents give orders…General follow them…Sergeants get it done….

The same applies here…and it’s gonna take more time then the political people the White House think….

That’s the way it goes…..

General McChrystal has been a ‘snake eater’ for a long time….

Secretary of Defense Gates has been around for long time also…….

If these two get it right…The President will be assured a second term and another Nobel Peace Prize………

And a place in American history not just by his color…….

December 26, 2009 Posted by | Other Things | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Is President Obama going to have troubles with liberal’s in 2012?

In order to get elected, President Obama had to give the liberal ‘s (of the democratic party) the impression that he was with them, in early 2007…Hillary Clinton’s insistence on not standing behind her Iraq vote, gave the liberals all they needed to scorn her….a year later finds the liberal’s back where they were in 2007….without a standardbearer.….the surge has angered a lot of them against Obama….the President’s willingness to live without a hard pro-life option for the Healthcare bill has angered them….the President’s willingness to go with a trigger for the ‘public option’ in that same bill….has angered them…the shelving on ‘Do Ask…Don’T Tell has angered them…..hummmmm?

I’m waiting to see how he gets them back in the fold by 2012….and you know he will.

Note:….My man Daniel is pounding me…and this doesn’t help…….DailyKos has polling data that shows that democrats are fading fast from their excitement from the Obama presidential run…..Daniel thinks this will a bad off year for the democrats and hopes for one the house of congress..I don’t think so…but Obama is gonna have to stay home in the late spring of next year and the fall a work for his buddies in congress so that they can help him in 2012…..

December 2, 2009 Posted by | Media, Politics | , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Is President Obama going to have troubles with liberal's in 2012?

In order to get elected, President Obama had to give the liberal ‘s (of the democratic party) the impression that he was with them, in early 2007…Hillary Clinton’s insistence on not standing behind her Iraq vote, gave the liberals all they needed to scorn her….a year later finds the liberal’s back where they were in 2007….without a standardbearer.….the surge has angered a lot of them against Obama….the President’s willingness to live without a hard pro-life option for the Healthcare bill has angered them….the President’s willingness to go with a trigger for the ‘public option’ in that same bill….has angered them…the shelving on ‘Do Ask…Don’T Tell has angered them…..hummmmm?

I’m waiting to see how he gets them back in the fold by 2012….and you know he will.

Note:….My man Daniel is pounding me…and this doesn’t help…….DailyKos has polling data that shows that democrats are fading fast from their excitement from the Obama presidential run…..Daniel thinks this will a bad off year for the democrats and hopes for one the house of congress..I don’t think so…but Obama is gonna have to stay home in the late spring of next year and the fall a work for his buddies in congress so that they can help him in 2012…..

December 2, 2009 Posted by | Media, Politics | , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Is Mike Huckabee NOT running in 2012???

Here’s a quote from him from during an interview on FOX News last Sunday……

“Jumping into the pool, you gotta make sure there is water in it.”

I wonder if the clemency thing had anything to do with that statement…or he’s just afraid of what Obama could do to him?

November 30, 2009 Posted by | Media, Men, Politics | , , , | 3 Comments

President Obama, happy that the recession is over, turns to the jobs problem……

Just before getting on Air Force One to go to Asia for a week, the president announced obliquely what everyone knows….his re-election (3 years away) will depend on the employment numbers in the fall of 2012…..while he has been successful in stopping the economic slide…the normal employment lag is his main worry for the future…..by increasing the troop levels in Afghanistan …he should be able to buy himself time for that area and problem to cool off till after the next presidential election….but ever mindful of the beating the voters handed out to the two democratic governor’s that lost last week…his handlers have got him to get on his game on employment……

He will hold a jobs summit meeting at the White House in December to show that he is acting on the issue of unemployment and to try to push Congress to help him out….

Maybe that’s why I heard one of House Speaker Pelosi’s deputies speak about a possible second Stimulus bill aimed at government infrastructure assistance this morning…..jobs..people…more jobs….

November 12, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Politics, The Economy | , , , , | Leave a comment

Republicans for 2012………

Over at Politico…they did today the first of many early pieces on the 2012 Presidential Race……..the democrats will run Obama for his second term (he’s only been President for few more than 200 day so far! ) but the list for the Republicans is very  long indeed, right now………

Romney, Gingrich, Huckabee and Palin round out my first tier…..the second tier would consist of ……Cantor, Thune and  DeMint…bringing up the rear would be Jindal,Barbour and, well yes, Pawlenty……..it is reported that these people  have spent over $12 million already ( and brought in about $30 million )………..it never ends……

August 10, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment