Tag: Perry

Is Cain for Real?

This wasn’t supposed to happen. The Drudge Report called it a “shocker.” Rick Perry, not Herman Cain, was slated to win that Florida straw poll. That, of course, was prior to the infamous Perry meltdown in Thursday night’s debate. It was before Herman Cain could be found speaking to any and all who attended the straw poll, delivering speeches that brought crowds to their feet in delight. Perry’s expected win pre-dated the activities of The Hermanator [Cain’s own tongue-in-cheek name… Read more »

Ponderings on the Debate

I watched the entire two hours of the Republican presidential debate last night. I’m not going to try to analyze the performance of everyone on the stage; I don’t want to write a book this morning, just a blog post. So here are the highlights—the things that stood out to me. I want to like Rick Perry. I welcomed him to the race and hoped he would be “the man.” After last night, my estimation of him plunged. He was… Read more »

Perry & Social Security

One of the sticky wickets Rick Perry walked into was the sacrosanct Social Security program. For decades this particular program has been a quicksand for politicians. Try to walk into it and make course corrections and you will assuredly sink. It’s also been described as the “Third Rail” of American politics—touch it and you die. Perry had the audacity to refer to it as unconstitutional. He also gave it another label that caused outrage: On both counts, though, he is… Read more »

Surveying the Republican Field

I’ve been rather silent lately on the Republican field of presidential hopefuls. Now that the field seems more settled, and we’ve had a couple of debates that include newcomer Rick Perry, I’d like to offer a few thoughts about the perceived strengths and weaknesses of the candidates. There are some I favor over others for one reason or another, but one thing is crystal clear—no matter who the nominee will be, it will be improvement on Obama. Even if my… Read more »

The Media & Evangelical Presidential Candidates

I’ve mentioned double standards so often when it comes to media coverage that I’m afraid we can become numb to the ongoing hypocrisy. Yet I must point to another example today. Remember how outraged the media was when they discovered that candidate Barack Obama was a member of a church where the pastor, Jeremiah Wright, was an advocate of the terrorist organization Hamas and who infamously declared that America should be damned by God? You don’t recall that outrage? Well,… Read more »