With Perry in the race, some Tea Party supporters are asking: ‘Michele who?’

Michele Bachmann
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Michele Bachmann

CNN: 8/29

Michele Bachmann 14%
Rick Perry 37%
Gallup: 8/26 National
Michele Bachmann 14%
Rick Perry 35%
Public Policy Polling (PPP): 8/23 Iowa
Michele Bachmann 22%
Rick Perry 33%
Magellan: 8/26 South Carolina
Michele Bachmann 17%
Rick Perry 37%
PPP: 8/23 South Carolina
Michele Bachmann 15%
Rick Perry 41%
Note: These numbers represent Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry’s popularity with Tea Party-identified voters in polls of the entire field of Republican candidates.
Rick Perry
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Rick Perry

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Comments (10)

  1. Submitted by Nathan Roisen on 08/31/2011 - 12:36 pm.

    While it is fun to watch Bachmann flounder at the first speedbump, this is not news I am happy with.

    Bachmann, at least, wears her crazy and her ignorance on her sleeve — she is a known quantity. Perry harbors similar views, but they are cleverly hidden behind an aw-shucks, sit down have a beer, facade. That is worrisome.

  2. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 08/31/2011 - 12:43 pm.

    I find myself wishing that the Tea Party types would realize that Gov. Perry is nothing like them (most of them being hard working, honest, well meaning-but-misguided types),…

    having made his fortune in and through the rampant political corruption currently in vogue in Texas.

    But I fear that, rather than being disqualified by his willingness to trade his influence over government policy for cash and sweetheart deals netting him millions,…

    the Tea Party types will just hope (wrongly, of course) that putting him in the office of President of the United States would open the door on opportunities for they, themselves, to grow rich with similar inside deals and influence trading.

    What would ACTUALLY happen, of course, is that Perry and his friends (as was the case with the Bush/Cheney regime) would be empowered to rip off the Tea Party types together with the rest of us less-than-fabulously-wealthy, poor sucker US taxpayers through MORE unnecessary wars and the war profiteering, no-bid contracts that would go with them.

    Perhaps the day will come when our Tea Party friends come to realize that people like Perry, who are so adept at getting rich on corruption and having their cronies cover their tracks, will NEVER, EVER, in a million years, cut them or any of the rest of the public in on any similar deals.

    We’re far more likely to be the victims of their financial and government policy schemes (tax cuts on the rich while raising taxes and cutting benefits for everyone else, no matter how dire their need, for instance),…

    not to mention offering complete freedom for executives to run Wall Street in ways that turn our retirement investments into nothing more than a form of gambling where we unknowingly bet on their latest Ponzi schemes and eventually lose our shorts while those in charge laugh all the way to the Cayman Island banks where they’re socking away their own ill-gotten gains and avoiding paying US taxes on what they’ve stolen from the rest of us.

    Considering the financial meltdown that happened after eight years of Bushco, I can’t help but wonder what we’d see after eight years of Perry (or any of these Republicans, really),…

    especially considering that with the further tax cuts on the rich that they’d enact and the massive deficits and debt (which don’t matter to them when Republicans are in charge, of course, except that they’d provide a handy excuse for completely shredding the social safety net),…

    it would be entirely too likely that the government, lacking the resources to accomplish another bailout such as Bush was able to enact at the end of his presidency would have no choice but to allow a TOTAL international financial meltdown to occur.

    Bye-bye EVERY PENNY of EVERYONE’S retirement savings!

    Indeed, I wish our “conservative” friends didn’t have to experience such a total financial collapse in order to re-learn the lessons necessary to prevent it (for the next eighty years or so, anyway), but I suspect that’s the ONLY way they’ll learn those very painful lessons.

  3. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 08/31/2011 - 12:46 pm.

    Wait til next week when Palin gets in. Then the fun will really begin.

  4. Submitted by Jim Halonen on 08/31/2011 - 01:33 pm.

    This Perry surge is to the liberals delight. He’s a lightweight against Obama in ’12, Bachmann has the only chance at winning the general election for the GOP. It’s early, but this is starting to smell like McCain all over again.

  5. Submitted by rolf westgard on 08/31/2011 - 02:26 pm.

    Perry is no superstar, but compared to the loose tongued Bachmann he looks good to the Tea Party. Perry sticks to his fundamentalist message which keeps him on track.
    Bachmann wants to venture into unfamiliar territory like oil and energy, where she is totally ignorant. She comes off looking dumber than she actually is.

  6. Submitted by rolf westgard on 08/31/2011 - 02:49 pm.

    I often disagree with Mr. Tester. But if he is right about Palin’s entry, his comment is right on.

  7. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 08/31/2011 - 09:24 pm.

    Perry has ten years’ successful executive experience leading a large state. He’s a former Air Force captain, an eagle scout and carries a six-shooter when he jogs. In short, he’s the anti-Obama.

    Bachmann is a principled conservative but her resume doesn’t stack up against Perry’s.

  8. Submitted by Derek Wain on 08/31/2011 - 11:54 pm.

    The MN Post has been 100% wrong about Michele Bachmann for over 6 years, always proclaiming that she has no chance of winning her elections. The Post’s crystal ball has been a bit cloudy when it comes to Michele. Do I detect the Post’s politics showing?

  9. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 09/02/2011 - 07:05 am.

    She peaked in Iowa.

  10. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 09/07/2011 - 01:01 pm.

    Rick Perry just SOUNDS more reasonable than Michele Bachmann.

    Because of a tax change he made in 2006 against the advice of Texas’s comptroller and the state’s economic forecasters, the legislature will face a shortfall of between $10 billion and $18 billion when it next meets in 2013.

    In spite of laying off 12,000 teachers and 6,000 state employees because of funding cuts and more jobs to be lost because of cuts to higher ed, Perry refused to use any of state’s rainy day fund to prevent cuts to education. He also left unpaid four months of Medicaid payments to health care providers and hospitals.

    He did, however, use $285 million from the rainy day fund and $161 million from the unemployment compensation trust fund to set up “enterprise” grants for corporate donors.

    Texas has the highest percentage of uninsured people (27.2%), probably a reflection of the low-wage/no-benefit jobs he has “created.”

    The guy’s Tim Pawlenty times Twenty and should never, ever be allowed within sixty yards of any budgeting responsibility.

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