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Poll places Perry in “front runner” spot

Anyone surprised by this, given the pre-Perry GOP field, must have been living under a rock or just not paying attention.  While there were small segments of the right delighted with at least one of the candidates, it appears that on the whole, most of the GOP faithful weren’t at all excited about any of them.   Enter Texas governor Rick Perry and boom, we have a new front runner, according to Rasmussen:

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary voters, taken Monday night, finds Perry with 29% support. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP presidential nomination in 2008, earns 18% of the vote, while Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman who won the high-profile Ames Straw Poll in Iowa on Saturday, picks up 13%.

Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who was a close second to Bachmann on Saturday, has the support of nine percent (9%) of Likely Primary Voters, followed by Georgia businessman Herman Cain at six percent (6%) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with five percent (5%). Rick Santorum, former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, and ex-Utah Governor Jon Huntsman each get one percent (1%) support, while Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter comes in statistically at zero.

Sixteen percent (16%) of primary voters remain undecided.

Naturally, as we’ve seen over the past day or two, all the fire from the left has lifted and shifted to Perry.  A quick perusal of memeorandum and the top stories are all about Perry.  One of the things we’ve already seen is the left is desperately sure it must refute the success of the Texas economy lest it be favorably compared to the mess Obama has made and thus put another Republican Texan in the White House.  I’m not sure the loony left could survive that.

Conn Carroll reviews the Democrats emerging arguments – perhaps claims is a better word – about Texas as penned by Matthias Shapiro of 10,000 pennies fame:

Texas Liberal Myth #1: Texas’ 8.2 percent unemployment is hardly exceptional – Texas is adding jobs at a rate faster than any state at 2.2 percent. But the state’s unemployment rate is 8.2 percent, which is higher than blue states like Massachusetts and New York. How is this possible? Easy, Texas’ population is growing much faster than any other state. They have added 739,000 residents since the recession began. If Texas had the same population at the beginning of the recession that they do know, its unemployment rate would be 2.3%.

Texas Liberal Myth #2: Texas has only created low-paying jobs – Texas median hourly wage is $15.14 which is actually slightly below the median (28th out of 51 regions). But wages in Texas have actually increased in Texas since the recession began. In fact, since the recession started hourly wages in Texas have increased at a 6th fastest pace in the nation.

Texas Liberal Myth #3: Texas wouldn’t be leading in job creation without the oil industry – Energy has been a major source of job growth in Texas. In the last year, 25 percent of all job growth has come from the energy sector (which includes all natural gas, coal, and electricity generation). But even if you remove all of Texas’ energy-job growth, it would still lead the nation in job creation.

So, new week, new front runner, same old fact free attacks.  

Aren’t you glad Obama changed politics as we know them?


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25 Responses to Poll places Perry in “front runner” spot

  • It isn’t limited to the Left, either.
    Malkin has a piece up that burns a lot of her credibility with me.  Several of her assertions are silly.

    • Malkin seems to be willing to wait for perfection, even at the risk of losing the election. I’d rather win, especially given the stakes, and broadly speaking, Perry’s good enough.
      The name of the game here isn’t to win one election and Solve Everything. The Dems just had a crack at their version that, and even with a Dem President and Congress you still can’t just rewrite everything about the US in one term. (This is a feature, not a bug!) The name of the game is to move the ball, and even more importantly, change the entire framework of the Great Debate. Perry is a huge move in the right direction… and he’s pretty much all we’re going to get. We’re not going to get Ron Paul, even if that’s a good idea which I’m less than convinced of. A successful Perry presidency, with a heaping helping of fiscal conservatism, even if not “pure”, and the resulting economic recovery in a year that Obama couldn’t manage in 4, is exactly what we need to bury liberalism as a governing philosophy for a couple of decades.
      It shall rise again; the driving forces for it lie deep in human psychology. But that’s a problem for another day.

      • I’ll work every day to make Washington, D.C. as inconsequential in your life as I can.

        IFFFFF he lived up to that, he’d be DAMNED good.

    • I don’t have a problem with Malkin’s criticism.

      Using state compulsion to force immunization — against a non-contagious disease — doesn’t sit well with me either. And Perry has said he made a mistake.

      I did think Malkin could have been a little easier on him about the sincerity of his admission, but she also had an eye on one of his aide’s relationship with Merck, the maker of the vaccine.

      • 1. Using the rule of law to foster public health has been done for well over a century.  EVERY baby born in a hospital in the US is tested and treated for a battery of maladies.  Texas DOES offer an “opt-out” for many vaccines.
        2. HPV IS contagious.
        3. There WAS an “opt-out” that is the same as is used by parents all over Texas.
        4. Vaccines are not distilled like the dew from heaven.  The ONLY maker of the vaccine was Merck, which had spent a LOT of money to benefit women, and had the protected monopoly we call a patent to reward it for a time.
        5. Malkin was rabid, IMNHO.
        6. While I DO SUPPORT the right of parents to be the final arbiters of their kid’s health IN MOST CASES, I also know that a lot of the vaccination fear is based on JUNK SCIENCE (not to say that undercuts their rights)

  • And, for shear condescension and glowing stupidity, you can read Kathleen Parker…

    Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry can resist the comparison all he wants, but he’s more like George W. Bush than George W. Bush.

    • Yep. Kathleen Parker was the so-called conservative columnist who turned hard against Palin then voted for Obama, whom she later termed “our first female president.” She got the Pulitzer for her columns in 2010.

  • Texas Liberal Myth #3: Texas wouldn’t be leading in job creation without the oil industry

    Um… And even if that were true, what the hell is wrong with a job in the petroleum industry?  As I understand it, such jobs pay quite well, offer very good benefits, and have quite a bit of job security (something President Crybaby is working hard to change). 

    Oh, wait!  Maybe this is why people are moving to Texas!  Let’s face it: if you are unemployed in Boston or Detroit or Los Angeles*, a job in a Texas oil field or refinery would be a godsend.


    (*) As others have pointed out here and there, CA has an oil industry, too.  Does Gov. Moonbeam have the same bragging rights, or does the employment situation there really stink?  If the latter, then why does the oil industry buoy Texas but not CA?  Hmmmm….

    • LOL, it was a bit of a ‘water is wet’ type of statement.  This just in, if it wasn’t for food, you’d starve!

      • Lefties really seem indignant about it, as if it’s just somehow unfair that Texas has lots of oil and the industry to extract and refine it and / or the petroleum industry is about one small step up from child prostitution.

        I suppose that they might throw similar accusation against Gov. Moonbeam as (I suppose) a significant amount of employment in CA is due to the pr0n industry, but I think that lefties have a higher regard for “fluffers” than they do oil field workers.

        • I think the actual question that should raise is – are his solutions scalable?  Will they work in the rest of a country that doesn’t have a big energy business.  That, to me, is where it’s legitimate to point out the difference between TX and the rest.

          • A fair question, but:

            1. We know the solutions of the Democrats are not scalable. (If anyone isn’t yet convinced of that, just hang on a few years and watch the economic deterioration kick into high gear.)

            2. The basis we hope he’s using for most of his solutions is freedom and small government: low regulation, low taxes, keep spending under control, etc. We *know* those are scalable. They were used in this country (more or less) until the 1960s.

  • You dorks – Oil jobs aren’t GREEN!  That makes them BAD and WRONG!
    No, better we should create green jobs (invest millions in the companies, see Massachusetts solar panels, California green cars and Washington state green housing initiatives, and have it fold here after sucking the funding dry and go to China).
    YOU need to realize that employing people in jobs that have to do with evil bad oil are right up there with jobs for women that involve prostitution and selling their bodies.  Those aren’t the kinds of jobs we want to see in in progressive land! and therefore they are to be discounted, under-counted, ignored, mocked, derided and considered NOT JOBS.
    OIL JOBS ARE BAD JOBS, and, we have ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS been at war with Eastasia.

  • It was not that many years ago that Texans were bemoaning the stagnation in the energy development industry. The Permian Basin (Midland/Odessa) was on life support. East Texas oil fields were rapidly depleting and the Texas Railroad Commission has set very low caps on production from stripper wells. Natural gas exploration and production was the one bright spot, because of high nat gas prices. But even the gas industry was only expanding marginally. All the low hanging fruit had been picked.
    Fast forward ten years and witness the impact of slant drilling and fracking. Not only have these techniques super charged gas drilling, their adoption by oil producers has revitalized the production of black gold. More new production oil wells have been added in the Permian Basin in the past two years than in the previous fifteen. And our neighbors in Oklahoma have seen a similar increase in oil and gas production.
    Despite all that, if you lived here (or paid attention) you’d know that the key industries contributing to growth have been health care, technology and transportation/logistics. The energy industry is an important, but not the sole contributor to growth.
    I for one, would argue that Rick Perry’s greatest contribution to this expansion is not what he did, but what he didn’t do. He didn’t stand in the way of growth in any area. He’s made some arguably bad decisions with regard to the technology investment fund and his support of the Trans Texas corridor failed to regard the independent streak evinced by the average Texan. Outsourcing of the toll roads is a bone of contention, even though in most cases it makes financial sense. But again runs into the Texas idea of independence.
    Compare and contrast how the state government sets the conditions for success by exercising a light hand on regulation and taxes as to the federal desire to define not just the rules of the game, but the desired outcome down to the last decimal point of fairness.
    I’d also like to note one significant innovation that Perry has proposed. Maybe it’s an aspiration more than an innovation, Perry has asked the UT system to chart a course to develop a college degree that would cost $10,000. I’m sure you wont’ be surprised that the entire academic community is up in arms about this program. Unlike private programs, having the state innovate in this area would rock the foundations of the academic world.
    Note: Despite its name, the primary function of the Texas Railroad Commission is to regulate the output of Texas natural resources. Mostly this effects production from older wells.

    • A lot of the TTC opposition was more visceral than rational.  Some of it was outright xenophobic.
      As a historical note, the BIGGEST investor in American RR during their development were the British.

      • If it had run east to west…I’m havin a hard time seeing the whole eminent domain issue thing be any different.

        • Thing is, looker, if you have separate ROW for all that infrastructure, I think it would easily wind up with MORE land under eminent domain.
          It really was a pretty forward-looking kinda deal.
          One reason there was so much resistance was Kelo and all the furor around it.

  • Perry is the new hitler!  And the demonization begins

  • I’m only starting to study Perry. What do people here think of him? Is he a good candidate for 2012? To be sure, I’ll vote for pretty much any Republican over Obama, but I’d like to know more about Perry.

    • I won’t pretend a lot of inside track stuff.  I’ve been agin’ him at times as a Texan, but not lately.  He really does seem to have gotten religion
      I saw him and Palin together in Houston during the last Guber-natorial, and I felt he was too “raw-raw” for me.  But I recently learned he came by that naturally as an Aggie Yell Leader.  (You have to understand Aggie culture and history to really get what that means.)
      Like a lot of current Repubs, he was a Democrat of the conservative stripe when sech things existed in Texas.  And, like Reagan and lots of others, he made the change.
      He is NOT George Bush by a WIDE margin, and has killer instincts to burn by what I understand.  Bottom line: I could vote for the man with some enthusiasm…and then watch him like a big hawk.  Not, perhaps, my first choice…

      • Thanks, R. What religion has he gotten? Christianity or the free market or Tea Party?

        I have lived in mostly ultra-blue areas all my life so I suspect that I will find Perry’s manner grating at times. (I really hope that Perry gets the message to tone down stuff like his shout-out to Bernanke.) But I got used to W. so I can get used to Perry assuming he fights the good fight to downsize government and get the economy rolling.

        I’ve noticed that Pamela Geller is pretty down on Perry for some of his Muslim connections. Not sure what to make of that. I admire Geller’s fighting spirit too, but at times I think she’s over the top.

  • And just another thing about those so called low paying jobs in Texas. Our cost of living is one of the lowest of all the states and taxes are pretty low as well. So, it doesn’t take as much to make a decent living.  Hell, I am doing all right as a schoolteacher!