Laura Ingraham interviewed Gov. Perry yesterday, and began delving into those on our side who seem to have reservations about a Perry presidency…
When asked about the anti-Perry push within the Republican beltway elite, and reflecting on his electability within Texas in conjunction with the fact that ‘we’ve been a job creation machine’, Gov. Perry responded...
“Americans are not going to sit here and get carried backwards…they’re not gonna be diverted off of a story and a vision that can get America back into the economic position that it needs to be. You know, with all due respect, anybody that’s out there either directly or indirectly criticizing me because I speak plainly, I call it like I see it….look, I’m not an establishment figure, never have been, and frankly I don’t wanna be. I dislike Washington; I think it’s a seedy place, but our country is in trouble, and I don’t have the privilege to sit on the sideline and watch our country be destroyed economically by a president who has been conducting an experiment on the American economy for the last two-and-a-half years. My wife told it like it was when she looked me in the eye and said, “Listen, you have to do your duty.” And that’s what I’m doing.”
Curt Anderson released a poignant article this morning in Politico, likely strategically, that cuts to the chase of Ingraham's questioning:
A wave of fear has come over Washington — and it’s not the earthquake or the hurricane. Self-appointed Republican elites, fretting Hill Republicans and left-wing carnival barkers all have one thing in common: Perryphobia.
After starting with the easily described liberals’ irrationale, and moving past the equally uncredible accusations from members of our 13% disapproval-rated Congress, we finally get to these annoying Republican beltway elites who think they're attuned to the pulse of America:
We can all agree that proving this class to be arrogant is unnecessary. But one would think that these folks might embrace Perry. Isn’t Texas the place where half of America’s new jobs have been created recently? Isn’t Texas the place where the private sector is encouraged to grow without massive government regulation? Isn’t Texas the place that cut a world record 15 billion from its state budget this year? Isn’t Texas the place where they have actually passed tort reform?
Well, yes. But you must understand — Perry is a “cowboy” after all. He holds prayer services in football stadiums, he’s skeptical of Al Gore’s global warming dogma and he even has the nerve to say in public that it is possible that God created the heavens and the earth. What a Luddite!
Thank goodness brother Karl Rove set him straight on FOX news last week for committing the unpardonable sin of suggesting that the chairman of the Fed’s behavior was treasonous. Tut, tut. Such talk is undignified.
Oh, yes, it is true that Bernanke and this administration are destroying the America economy — but we have to be careful how we talk.
Of course, all that pales in comparison to real sin of Perry -– he has been around for a long time, but failed to appropriately court, or pre-clear, his plans with the Washington-based Republican elites. While crafting the best economy in the nation, he apparently failed to solicit the input of the greatest minds of conservative elitedom in the nation’s capital.
Quick, let’s get Paul Ryan to run. Oops, he said no. Let’s take another trip to New Jersey to see if Gov. Chris Christie is still a no. Maybe we can lure Steve Forbes in for a third try. I know, let’s get Palin — maybe she can divide the conservative vote and stop Perry.
Enough already. The field is set. Deal with it.