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Perry in SC Day 4: Saul Alinsky versus Gordon Gekko
You wrote this. Only a communist or an egomaniacal lunatic would desire to vote on their own stuff.
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Many have emailed and called, and told me (as if I were Rick Perry himself), to give Mittens a break on free enterprise. I will, so this is my last attempt to get the point across. Obviously Mitt Romney is sewing up the nomination after only 350,000 voters in two out-of-the-way, blue states, Iowa and New Hampshire, have had their say.
While I don't particularly care for her politics, Maureen Dowd is brilliant in describing what the stupid Republicans have bought themselves. The great battle for the future of this country is turning into an epic contest of Saul Alinsky versus Gordon Gekko. If you saw the movie Wall Street, you know that this probably won't turn out too well for the proponents of Gordon Gekko, the Republicans. Not even Goldman Sachs appreciates Gordon Gekko!
Regardless of from where the news of Romney's Bain Capital career comes from, it is what it is. There are some career fields that do not translate well into presidential campaigns. Among them are undertakers, tax collectors, Casey Anthony's defense attorneys, bill collectors, and CEOS of leveraged buyout firms.
When you think "independent voter," the image comes to mind of a younger, college-educated American who is carefully discerning to whom he or she will cast a vote. The image is that the independent voter is rugged and independent; the quintessential model of the American spirit as Alexis de Tocqueville chronicled so masterfully in Democracy in America.
But that's not the independent voter at all anymore. The independent voter's heritage of rugged individualism was ripped out from underneath him when Mitt Romney's ancestors tore the voter's great grandparents from the family farm, moved his families to the cities, and put them to work in the steel mill, or the factory. In doing so, the once rugged individualist American became more dependent upon the up and down swings of Gordon Gekko's fiat currency, and with it, the ever-ending booms and busts of the industrialized economy.
And so, as Franklin D. Roosevelt (and later, Clinton) proved, if a politician can feel your pain, they'll get the independent vote. With that in mind, consider for whom the independent voter goes when Saul Alinsky spends $1 billion in Goldman Sachs' money to unleash more of what's in this video below on Gordon Gekko, in the midst of a bust economy.
When Mitt Romney Came to Town
I just don't see how any amount of campaigning overcomes this image of American after American coming forward to explain how Gordon Gekko doesn't care about their plight. Neither do I see Mitt Romney as a great defender of the American Free Enterprise system.
But maybe I am wrong and there is some hope. After all, Casey Anthony was acquitted.
I've said my piece. Now on with yesterday's bus tour.
Salem radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt wrote an excellent op-ed piece on Rick Perry's last stand in South Carolina. Hewitt has also been critical of Perry's stump speeches criticizing Romney-Bain. In this passage, Rick Perry talks about the "reality television show" aspect of the debates:
[Perry said:] Well obviously, this is all about reality TV, and frankly, making money for the networks. I mean, we’ve basically become pawns of the media from the standpoint of, you know, we’re not talking about the issues in a one minute reflection, frankly, on some very, very idiotic questions. I mean, the idea about contraceptives that was asked the other night was just off the scale from the standpoint of being of any importance in this country. So you know, it is what it is, and we’re going to continue on. One of the reasons we’re involved with so much retail politics in South Carolina is that I want to talk directly to the people. We’re having open, lengthy discussions at all of these events that we’re doing, and I feel pretty confident that the South Carolina voter is paying attention, and they’re looking for an outsider, not one of these insiders either on Wall Street or Washington, D.C., to lead this country, somebody that’s got a track record of creating jobs and of cutting the tax burden and the regulatory burden. The insiders? They’ve had their chance. And it’s time to have an outsider come in and overhaul Washington, D.C.
(I find it amusing that Hewitt uses the Shermanesque metaphor for South Carolina, "The Long March," in the title. I wonder if he really meant that?)
Meanwhile, the Rick Perry campaign had five stops yesterday. Here's the news from along the route:
Perry called the relationship between Wall Street and Washington corrupt, saying that as more is revealed about the bailout, “I think we’re going to find a rotten core.”
He spoke longest about his own record in Texas and his belief in small government. He took credit for a tax and regulatory structure that he said has brought jobs to the state.
Answering a question from a woman who said she had a doctorate in public health but cannot find work, he said, “There’s plenty of money out there. People are just afraid to risk their capital.”
What constitutes a second wind for Governor Perry?
Colleen Morrow says for her its between Perry and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. Morrow was born in the lone star state, came to Columbia in 1971.
"I like what I've seen of him," said Morrow. "I think he pretty much has the Texas ethic of my word, when I say something I'm going to do it."
These days, Marcus Hart lives in Columbia, but he used to share a state with the governor and the title of veteran. The two met long ago when Perry was in charge of Texas agriculture. They met again today.
Hart's wife says they are most certainly supporters.
The Texas Tribune notes that Perry dropped the Romney-Bain criticisms from his stump speeches at the second stop Wednesday:
As it turns out, Perry had dropped the line from his speech by the time he got to the event in Columbia. Aides say it had nothing to do with the controversy the remarks have been generating, but Perry didn't say anything about it at a subsequent stop in Aiken, either.
Morrow was glad Perry didn’t repeat the attacks and, despite her misgivings on the Bain issue, told Perry she would be supporting him in the Jan. 21 primary.
Perry wasn’t as lucky with GOP voter Carl Watson. A retired investment banker and former campaign worker here for George W. Bush, Watson had been planning to support the Texas governor. He said he liked Perry’s pro-business credentials and focus on job creation, but is now in the “undecided” column after hearing Perry's attacks on Romney’s business career.
Here's a clip of Perry's stump in Lexington:
The local paper summed up one audience member's reaction to Perry's appearance:
"I'm evaluating Rick Perry and here to listen," said Ken Koerner of North Augusta. "I'm looking for a conservative to lead the country. (Mitt) Romney to me is a no-go, too establishment, too Bush-lite. Perry absolutely is a good conservative. I have family in Texas with insight on his record. His performance there is everything he has said, plus."
The local TV station, WRDW filed this video report:
CNN's John King interviewed Perry at the Gun Rack. What an awesome backdrop!
Finally, bad news from the campaign trail. Perry lost a South Carolina backer to Gordon Gekko, the backer says, because of Perry's attacks on Romney-Bain. You know, it's unfortunate, but we all know about how Romney buys himself those supporters.
Hugh Hewitt and Townhall gets the link.
Read more about it at townhall.com