Texas Governor Rick Perry did a lap in the Blogger’s Lounge and was asked about the 10th Amendment and Eric Holder’s playing of the race card. His answer was very good:
Gov. Rick Perry is ending his up and, eventually down campaign to be the GOP nominee for President of the United States. Sources say he’ll endorse former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich:
The move comes two days before the South Carolina primary and hours before the final debate ahead of the voting, which will take place on CNN Thursday night.
The campaigns of Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum reached out to the Perry campaign Thursday morning in an “aggressive effort” to get his endorsement, according to a source close to Perry.
Perry will indicate his support for Newt Gingrich but will not explicitly endorse him, a source with knowledge of Perry’s decision told CNN.
I think things were doomed for Perry when he told the American people if they didn’t want to pay for schooling for illegal immigrants, they didn’t have a heart. I got what he meant, but calling your base heartless isn’t really a great method of bringing in the votes or the cash.
His support for Gingrich comes at a time when the former Speaker of the House is dealing with an explosive interview ABC News conducted with his ex-wife, who claims that Newt wanted an open marriage:
She said when Gingrich admitted to a six-year affair with a Congressional aide, he asked her if she would share him with the other woman, Callista, who is now married to Gingrich.
“And I just stared at him and he said, ‘Callista doesn’t care what I do,’” Marianne Gingrich told ABC News. “He wanted an open marriage and I refused.”
Perry encourages you to share his support for Newt.
Following the pitiful showing in the Iowa Caucuses, Rep. Michele Bachmann has decided to quit her run for the White House.
Bachmann said she will continue to fight the policies of President Obama, particularly his health care legislation, calling the 2012 election “the last chance to turn our country around, before we go down the road of socialism.”
She said she was motivated to stop Obama and not by a thirst for power. “Though I’m a congresswoman by title, a politician I’ve never been. … I’m not motivated by vanity, glory or the quest for power.”
Bachmann had staked her candidacy on Iowa, the state in which she was born and raised. In September, campaign manager Keith Nahigian called Iowa a “must win” state.
Bachmann placed last out of the six candidates competing here in Tuesday’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, receiving only 5 percent of the vote and losing in Waterloo, the town where she was born.
In Texas, governor Rick Perry surprised some, including his staff, when he decided to stay in the race:
“And the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State … Here we come South Carolina!!!” Perry tweeted just after 11 a.m. EST from his personal account, linking to a picture of him in Texas A&M jogging shorts giving a thumbs-up.
Perry campaign manager Joe Allbaugh confirmed to POLITICO that the governor is going forward.
“Staying,” Allbaugh wrote in an email when asked whether Perry is remaining in the race.
A source close to Perry said the Texas governor decided to make a stand in South Carolina because “he is not a quitter and really is the only true conservative in the race.”
“Records matter; start comparing,” the source said.
Iowans gave a majority of the votes last night to Mitt Romney, but only eight votes behind was Rick Santorum. Ron Paul finished third.
I’d be surprised if Santorum came close to winning a primary again. He may be this year’s Mike Huckabee.
Accuracy in Media today offers highlighted coverage of the Republican Jewish Coalition Convention, featuring videos of Chris Christie, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie offers an indictment of President Obama’s recent rhetoric comparing himself to Teddy Roosevelt, and challenges him to act like he’s been President for the last three years.
Former Speaker Gingrich explains the historic reasoning behind why Lincoln-Douglas Presidential Debates with Obama are necessary.
Highlights from Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann speeches on foreign policy and Israeli security:
I gotta admit, I like Rick Perry, especially when he does ads like this:
I mentioned this on my podcast, which will be out later this evening on Take That Media, but I should have posted it on the blog after I finished recording.
It’s the very definition of Epic Fail:
However, in his defense, it makes him look human also. How many times have you had a name on the tip of your tongue, but just couldn’t remember it? Yeah, me too.
Of all the things to hold against Perry, a brain fart isn’t one of them.
I heard about this video, but just got to watch it tonight. Loved it. I especially love the self-deprecating humor Perry shows in the video when he talks about his preacher telling him to read Proverbs.
After I watched it, I sent this tweet:
What were your first thoughts?
Steve Forbes is, as a friend of mine calls him, a thinker. Today, he endorsed Gov. Rick Perry for president:
Forbes’s support for Perry stems primarily from the Texas governor’s support for a flat-tax system, which Forbes drilled as his primary campaign theme in 1996 and 2000.
“With firm leadership which Rick Perry will provide — which is why I’m endorsing him for president — I think this will be a winning issue,” Forbes said on Fox News.
On Wednesday, Perry told Republican activists in Las Vegas that he would introduce a flat-tax proposal, but did not reveal any details. Those details are expected Tuesday, when Perry unveils his plan in South Carolina.
Forbes has been advising Perry, but it remains to be seen how closely Perry’s plan will mirror what Forbes proposed when he ran for president. Forbes favored a 17 percent flat rate with an exemption for annual incomes under $36,000.
A flat tax would be a big tax reform, but I think most Americans would be for it. After all, hasn’t President Obama been calling for a flat tax for months?
I don’t believe that a Forbes endorsement will help Perry get out of single digits, though. Especially with him flirting with birtherism. That might help with the kook vote, but it’s a distraction.
Iowans are starting to stream through the doors here at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. When I arrived earlier in the day, the Ron Paul booth was already set up, but not manned. That has changed:
Granted, there aren’t that many people visiting the booth, but it was up and ready for action before the doors opened.
Same with Rick Santorum’s table:
And Rick Perry’s.
I didn’t see a table for Mitt, or for Newt. I did see a table for Herman Cain, though.
Take a look:
I thought at first they might be going for the understated front runner look. No, it seems there’s no one here to push the Cain campaign. Which is troubling considering this report I found at The Other McCain:
As I was writing this, a nice lady came up to me and pointed out the Herman Cain bumper sticker I put on my Mac. She said she keeps hearing that Herman Cain doesn’t have any people on the ground in Iowa and was walking around looking for their booth.
It seems, I am the biggest Herman Cain presence here right now. I need to find out more about the Cain ground game in Iowa, if there is one.
Cain’s table is now fully stocked.
I watched the Republican debate last night and didn’t witness a micro-second of racism.
But, I guess I’m just blind to the “code” racists talk, because Rick Perry apparently got his inner Klan member on by calling Herman Cain “brother.”
No, really. That’s what the left is saying:
Perry raised some eyebrows when he made the reference, saying: “Herman, I love you, brother, but let me tell you something…” and “I’ll bump plans with you, brother, and we’ll see who has the best idea.”The Twitter universe especially lit up, with hundreds of people expressing surprise over Perry’s use of the word.
Others used humor. Hip-hop artist @TalibKweli said: “Did I just see Rick Perry call Herman Cain “brother” twice like some sort of Texan Hulk Hogan?”
Comedian @KathyGriffin also weighed in: “Awkward. I’m waiting 4 Perry 2 say ‘jive turkey.’”
Whoa. I had no idea.
Let’s talk about Hulk Hogan for a second. Like Talib pointed out, he’s been saying “brother” for decades. It’s part of his brand.
And now, he no longer supports Obama.
Yeah, I know.
Or is it only racist if Hulk says it to black folks. Can I even say “black folks?” Is that racist also?
I’m confused, but let me try to get this all straight. If Hulk Hogan calls George the Animal Steele “brother,” that’s not racist, but if he calls The Junk Yard Dog “brother,” that’s racist.
Is that right?
Seriously, if there is anyone well versed or educated in the modern racist code lexicon, let me know. The last thing I want to do is actually be myself, but be unintentionally racist.
And Herman, when I met you in Iowa and said you were “My brother from another mother,” I had no idea how racist I was being. I offer my humblest apologies and beg you for your forgiveness. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa.