That’s true and Mitt will probably edge him out of the race anyway. He looks slicker, sounds more moderate and will satisfy the faithheads by touting his Mormon values. But that remains to be seen. I imagine that to keep up with Mitt, Perry will back off of his more radical (reactionary?) platform planks. He still looks and sounds scary!
I’m not so sure if it will be that easy for Romney. Have you seen the approval ratings lately? Perry is smashing the rest of them, including Romney. Romney was leading UNTIL Perry stepped on the scene. Not to mention that he’s much better looking than any of the other nominees, including Romney. He’s got that down home, good ole’ boy, “aw shucks” kinda vibe, which increases his appeal with the Southerners down here.
Also, its Romney’s Mormonism that bothers the “faithheads”, not satisfies them! About a week before Perry announced that he was going to run, he led a massive CHRISTIAN prayer rally down here in Houston, Texas (where I live) to pray for the country. Of course it was a political stunt to gain the appeal of the religious before announcing his run, but it worked. The hardcore Christian Conservatives down here are fawning over him. My mother-in-law, who is a staunch Christian conservative, was talking about the guy like he was the Second Coming after she got back from the prayer rally. And then BOOM, he comes “out of nowhere” saying that he was going to run for president. I remember talking to my wife about the guy when she told me about the prayer rally her mother in law was going to. I was like “don’t be surprised if the guy makes a surprise announcement that he is running for president”. And then BAM! Yep, just like I predicted. He knows what he’s doing. At the rally, he made tons of comments that “this wasn’t about politics or government”, but about the “Church and the Country”. People bought it, and they’re still buying it right now.
While Perry is indeed scary, he’s not Bachman scary. Bachman’s an idiot. That’s why the Democrats weren’t afraid of her. In fact, they were probably hoping that she became the GOP nominee, because they knew that she’d eventually get steamrolled by the Democrat competition. Perry, he’s a lot smarter. He’s an experienced politician that knows exactly what to say and when to say it. His presently aggressive rhetoric appeals to the passionate desperation of those who are looking for someone to “fix” things. People are desperate and angry. The poverty rate is very high, tons of people are out of work, and everyone is pointing fingers. When someone comes in and blasts the entire system with the energy that Perry has, he tends to sound more genuine, and engender “hope” for the masses. He totes his “job creating” record, but conveniently leaves out the fact that the jobs rating has been increasing at a steady straight line for more than 20 years, even before he got here. He also leaves out the fact that most of those jobs are minimum wage jobs that only the immigrants can live off of, which explains why so many of them have work down here.
Whatever any of you do, DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE PERRY. The guy’s a heavy-hitter and he’s not a joke. He will work just as hard to appeal to the moderates. We can only hope that the more moderate Republicans eventually see him for what he really is, and that is, in my opinion, a career politician.