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August 26, 2011

Hey Here Is This Post I Found on Hot Air

Sorry, it's about Perry being ahead with Tea Partiers. I'm just throwing this up because I got lost in the discussion in the last post and stopped putting up new posts. Sometimes the blog itself, the comments, become more interesting to me than actually working. Go figure.

Anyway, Allah's on about what I was tellin' y'alls months ago that Perry seemed like the sort of guy who could pull a good amount of support from the various corners of the conservative coalition, and hence no one would say "Oh my God, I can't support this guy." Which is important.

Perry is beating Romney in two key areas:

Perry, not surprisingly given his lead among Tea Party supporters, is the preferred candidate among Republicans who identify “government spending and power” as the set of issues most important to them. Perry is the top choice of 31% of these Republicans, with Romney (17%), Paul (13%), and Bachmann (12%) vying for second place.

But Perry also has a slight edge over Romney, 25% to 19%, among Republicans who say business and the economy is their top issue. Romney, a wealthy businessman, has argued his business credentials make him better suited to solve the economic problems facing the country than candidates who lack significant private-sector experience.

Obviously that's tough for Romney, if he's beaten in one and edged in the other.

Another poll shows the GOP finally satisfied with its field, which may reflect some people happy that Perry got in (like me), and also just a general exhaustion with the waiting game. Just a general "Oh what the hell, I'm tired of waiting for Chris Christie or Sarah Palin, I guess I'll look at the declared candidates" kind of reaction.

(Not to suggest that people wouldn't support either candidate, just that some people might figure they've held off looking at the declared candidates long enough.)

Meanwhile, an IBD reporter says a media friend told him:

"We plan to declare war on Rick Perry and do all in our power to crush him."

One thing that surprises me: I thought Perry would be an okay pick for the Establishment -- that they might not love him, but they'd like him.

I keep being told that is not the case:

And frankly, for a few in the GOP consultant class, they'll gladly see Perry lose in November just to ensure they are not shut out of a Republican White House. For all the talk of Perry being an establishment guy, the establishment hates his guts as much as the left does . .

Another guy just told me this last night. And I said, "Really?" And he said, "Really."

I suppose that sort of helps Perry, I guess, although it was actually my thought he would be borderline acceptable to the Establishment.

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