Monday, July 13, 2015

They used to love you, Rick Perry, but it's all over now

By Richard Barry

What's that they say, in love and politics it's all about timing? Well, maybe they don't say that but they should.

The team at NBC News notes that Gov. Rick Perry has terrible fundraising numbers this quarter ($1.07 million) compared with the $17 million he raised in the first quarter of his 2012 campaign. Back then he started out hot as a pistol but sounded too much like a moron as things progressed to be taken seriously, although you'd think sounding like a moron would be an asset for a Republican candidate.

Anyway, the consensus is that Perry has improved significantly as a candidate since 2012 but, as his fundraising figures would suggest, no one cares.

One appropriate cliche could be that it's all about timing, but a better one is that you don't get a second chance to make a first impression.

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  • To me there is a different narrative of Rick Perry's implosion in 2012. At the very first debate, he made his comment about undocumented children. You know, "You don't have a heart." The moment I heard it, I knew he was toast. Sure, the "Oops!" moment didn't help. But he could have made no mistakes and it wouldn't have mattered. The Republican base was not going to stand by and let Rick Perry tell them they didn't have a heart just because they were heartless.

    By Blogger Frank Moraes, at 6:20 PM  

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