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Rick Perry's presidential run will hamper Bachmann

Rick Perry salutes the crowd at the Republicans of Black Hawk County Dinner in Waterloo, Iowa, on Sunday.
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Rick Perry salutes the crowd at the Republicans of Black Hawk County Dinner in Waterloo, Iowa, on Sunday.

 “[Perry’s] a threat to her base,” said Jim Henson, the director of the Texas Politics Project. “They are vying for a lot of the same votes.”

Rep. Michele Bachmann
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Rep. Michele Bachmann

Henson said the Hutchinson campaign showed one tactic Perry could use in the nomination race: “Define opponents early and clearly, and not relent.” In Texas, he did that by branding Hutchinson “Kay Bailout” for her support of the unpopular bank bailout in 2008. He flew planes carrying that banner over her campaign events and printed "Kay Bailout bucks" to paint her as out of touch with the Republican Party.

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Been watching all of this with a kind of horrified fascination.

As the wannabes experience political rapture, those left behind are several notches to the far right in propensity to be radical, shrill and vitriolic. Well, not so much Romney. And really, isn't that the point?

Whether intentional or not, the likes of Bachmann and Perry make Romney look like an attractive alternative--like a reasonably well-behaved adult. I think that's why the GOP is more or less letting this run its course.

It's essential to note that Mickey and Ricky are successfully duping some of the "small people" whose Foxed-up minds home in on the revival tent evangelistic shout-fest largely because it's loud and entertaining.

This is the biggest show on earth, folks. It remains to be seen whether or when the alleged quote of P.T. Barnum about fooling the people brings a "Whoa! We've been had!" to the minds and lips of the duped.

Perry's accomplishments include:

•Percent of Population Uninsured - 1st
•Percent of Non-Elderly Uninsured - 1st
•Percent of Low Income Population Covered by Medicaid - 49th
•Percent of Population with Employer-Based Health Insurance - 48th
•Per Capita State Spending on Mental Health - 50th
•Per Capita State Spending on Medicaid - 49th
Health Professionals per Capita: •Physicians - 42nd
•Dentists - 39th
•Registered Nurses - 44th

•A 2009 study named Texas' tax system as one of the ten most regressive states in the nation.
•A 2009 study found that Texas requires families in the bottom 20 percent of the income scale to pay more than three-and-a-half times as great a share of their earnings in taxes as the top one percent.
•The poor in Texas pay 12.2 percent of their income in taxes, the fifth highest percentage in the country. * Texas ranks No. 1 in five categories of air pollution: nitrogen oxide, carbon dioxide, mercury emissions, volatile organic compounds and particulates

* Texas is tied with Florida as No. 1 in the share of children who are uninsured - 18 percent
* Texas ranks 50th in the percentage of its population 25 or older with a high school diploma

There should be an interesting conversation about his "accomplishments."

Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers--

Perry may have created a lot of jobs, but in 2010 9.5% of its workers (the same as Mississippi) earned at or below the minimum wage of $7.25.

The number of these low-wage workers in 2010 is 550,000, up from 474,000 in 2009.

New York was highest in the percentage of workers belonging to unions (24.2%), but in Texas only about a fourth that number belonged to unions although Texas has 1.9 million more wage and salary workers.

Mr. Bowden, do you have the source(s) for your stats? I would love to be able to share this info. Thanks!!

Isn't it PArry with an A? :)

#1: "Horrified fascination" is the perfect description for Rickey and Mickey. Poor Mittens won't be able to compete under this circus tent! Dems are celebrating big time...

Frank @#2, I love this list, but these are stats that will persuade progressives not to support him. Conservatives, I dare say, applaud this sort of miserly public policy as forcing people to get off the government dole.

Excellent essay by Barbara Ehrenreich on the criminization of poverty in America. http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175428/tomgram%3A_barbara_ehrenreich%2C_...

When Bill Clinton was running in 1992, he was governor of Arkansas which was 50th in everything. That didn't seem to matter to democrats then, nor did Obama the community organizer's lack of any accomplishments whatsoever prevent you from supporting him.

Why is that?

Nice to see that those supporting Texas' latest "W" clone can't actually do so by touting anything positive about the man.

Personally, I think R.P will appeal to the "conservatives" who still worship at the temple of "W,"...

And be viscerally and vehemently rejected by the other 60+% of the population for exactly the same reason,...

He sounds almost identical to "W" in his mannerisms and his speaking style. When speaking, the two could easily be mistaken for each other.

Just hearing R.P. speak sends very negative chills up and down my spine, as "W" was doing for the majority of Americans after Katrina and through the rest of his second term.

If R.P. becomes the GOP candidate, I think he offers the Democrats a golden opportunity to finally run against "W's" record,...

For example, just extrapolate based on Bush's movement from the government surpluses he was handed by Clinton into massive deficits over eight years, his two unfunded wars, (will Iran and North Korea be next?) and spell out what "another governor from Texas" is likely to do with the presidency.

Just what we need in the US!...

a deficit that grows to be TRULY Texas-sized and makes our current budget issues look like a tiny ant hill compared to the Mt. Everest that "W" the second would build.

Or how about this, "Everything's BIGGER in Texas: H.S. Dropout rates, numbers of uninsured people of all ages, shortages of doctors, dentists and nurses, toxic pollutant levels, and stealing from the poor to pad the pockets of the fabulously wealthy,...

Ask yourself, is that the kind of "bigger" that you, your children and your grandchildren really need?

Personally, I hope he gets the GOP nod. It should be a lot of fun.

- and I fear, contrary to what we might hope, if he does get the nod, Michelle Bachmann's submissiveness code will kick in and she'll drop her bid rather than start a third party run (unless, of course, "Jesus" tells her to do it anyway).

Dennis,

I don't remember that Pres Clinton got a pass for the state of affairs for Ark when he ran. I do remember that when he took office as Gov, the education level was one of the lowest in the nation, but before he left office he brought that up considerably. But the issue is really Parry. The right wing has a record of controlling the conversation and the message. This conversation is about Parry- Not Pres Clinton or even Pres Obama.

I grew up and lived in Texas until 2006. Despite winning several elections, you are hard-pressed to find anyone that admits voting for the guy (at least proudly...often it is a case of the other guy being 'worse').

At any rate, Perry is a guy that many of the conservatives I know back there say they will refuse to vote for, even if it means staying home on election day.

Oh wow, what an astute political mind. Two conservative zealots continue to push the Republican Party into the unelectable zone. Why don't you spend space to challenge the veracity of their campaign assertions. All of Bachmann's and Perry's policy positions are based on lies, fantasy and denial. That's what should be your first obligation to the public, not this rediculous strategizing that is incredibley unimportant and insignificant to what we, as the electorate, need to know.

Another Texas governor running for the White House.

Didn't we learn from the last time?

Why Perry/Rubio?

Because after Bob Dole and John McCain, conservatives won't be nominating another loser.

Forty percent of the population are self-described conservatives (20% liberal). Republicans win when we run conservatives. (See Ronald Reagan)

#14: "See Ronald Reagan"...uh, I think he's dead.

And regarding St. Ronnie. Didn't he sign off on the biggest tax increase in recent history?