The Republican Primary – Act 2

Perry is in, Pawlenty is out, Bachmann wins the Iowa Straw Poll and Palin continues her life as a grifter.

Pawlenty – as much as he tried to push his conservatism to the far right, he simply wasn’t crazy enough for a base that generally prefers their leaders with a few less moving parts in the cranium. Throw in Pawlenty’s lack of charisma and the man never stood a chance.

Bachmann – the perfect mix of insanity, persona and Jesus to keep most teabaggers happy. But while the woman who was hoping for a U.S. default on the debt might have the recipe to keep wingnuts clapping their hands in joy, those very same traits would make her a major underdog in a national election. Enjoy her while you can.

Perry – the gun-slinging, Bush wannabe, has just made Romney’s pursuit to the top a little more stressful. Similar to Bachmann, he has the persona/Jesus ratio just about right but comes a bit short on the crazy scale, but not by much. His strength lies in his ability to appeal to all factions of a Republican party – from Religious Right zealots to establishment type Reaganites. It’s a potent mix in a Republican primary but less so when trying to appeal to independents still shaken from eight hellish years of Bush.

Perry, by the way, also has an affinity for having people executed, guilty or not.

In the Hank Skinner case, Perry has actively fought DNA testing that could confirm the innocence (or guilt) of another Texas man on death row. Skinner was at one point hours from execution before the Supreme Court intervened (the intervening justice was Antonin Scalia, believe it or not). In Skinner’s case, the prosecution actually began to conduct DNA testing on crime scene evidence, then stopped when the first tests confirmed Skinner’s version of events. Perry again justified willful ignorance in this case by simply noting that he’s personally convinced of Skinner’s guilt.

Watch him move ahead of Romney real quick. The primary just got a little more interesting.

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Comments

  1. Murky Waters says:

    After 8 years of misery, economic disaster, war and mismanagement under W, could a Bush clone make it to the White House? My lack of faith in the intelligence of the people of this nation leads me to believe that the answer to that question is yes.

  2. luca says:

    Nice job on the picture. Well done!

  3. Charlie Sommers says:

    As much as I hate the probability Murky I must agree with you. If people swallow the Republican scare tactics hook line and sinker, as they have done before, we could end up with another village idiot in the oval office.

    “Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.”
    ~ William E. Gladstone

  4. Leadpipe says:

    I want this Tee-Shirt.

  5. Molly says:

    He even SOUNDS like Bush.

    If you found a “squintier” picture of Bush, they would be one and the same man. Well, even MORE so.

  6. Scott Supak says:

    It looks like Perry and Bachmann split the crazies, and Romney wins. That’s assuming a majority of them can figure out that they have a better chance of beating Obama with Romney.

  7. Randy R. says:

    Americans are in such turmoil, caused by fear and uncertainty about ‘most everything, that heretofore reliable means for predictions are out the window. I’ve figured for quite a while that Romney had the nomination sewn up because he has plenty of money behind him. But so does Governor Good Hair and we’ve been stupid enough, as a country, to elect his ilk twice.
    OTOH, Michelle Bachmann has the vote of the ultra-crazies and the people who liked Sarah Palin are in her camp. I think the only thing that will keep Bachmann from being nominated is that the Republikkan uberfathers don’t view her as sufficiently controllable (because she absolutely is crazy).
    Those of us with functioning, logical brains better get busy. Regardless of how disappointed with Obama some on the left may be, the alternative is a true nightmare.

  8. Henry Baum says:

    Basically, Perry is Bush with beadier eyes.