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MinneMike
I am 1% deal with it
09:37 PM on 08/24/2011
Speaking of controversial statements that should have been taken more seriously:

“So, when you hear folks saying ‘Well, the president shouldn’t want massive job killing tax increases when the economy is this weak.’ Nobody’s looking to raise taxes right now. We’re talking about potentially 2013 and the out years.” -
Re-elect me to get massive job killing tax hikes when I’m a lame duck and you can’t do a thing about it. That right there is a sure-fire winner of a message. If you want to morph into Walter Mondale circa 1984.

“First time I saw 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq. When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there. I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously.“ --
As we all know, SSG Sal Giunta, of the 173rd Airborne, was the first living recipient (2011) of the MOH who fought in Iraq/Afganistan. SFC Jared Monti, 10th Mountain Division, was KIA in Afghanistan in 2006. He was posthumously awarded the MOH by Obama in 2009. (June 23, 2011)

* “The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries.”
–Barack Obama, Tampa, Fla., Jan. 28, 2010
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Peanut Santiago
10:04 PM on 08/24/2011
They all trip over their tongues.

One Repug said there were no attacks during (the 2nd) Bush's presidency.
***How about 9/11?

Guess what?
I said I had a laugh....and moved on.
We all trip over our words.
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MinneMike
I am 1% deal with it
11:11 PM on 08/24/2011
Yes, very true. But the article is a one-sided portrayal of Perry's supposed gaffes.
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kd45music
The truth is out there.
09:33 PM on 08/24/2011
Let Perry become president; it'll speed up the rebellion and kick it into overdrive.
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Peanut Santiago
10:05 PM on 08/24/2011
If Perry becomes president, does that mean that his secession for Texas has been put on hold?
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satanlite
Liberal blogger
10:23 PM on 08/24/2011
Indeed.
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General Public
Microbiologists have found my microbio contagious.
09:31 PM on 08/24/2011
Dude, I think EVERY Republican running for President this year is a complete joke, not just Rick Perry. NONE of them has what it takes to be President of the United States, so if one of them DOES somehow manage to get elected, prepare for this country to go even more down the tubes...
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Peanut Santiago
10:06 PM on 08/24/2011
Keep in mind that JOKES (jokers) have often won.
11:08 PM on 08/24/2011
Agreed, Obama's the biggest example, other than Grover Cleveland.
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Oilvike
Go Hawks! Go Vikings! Go Cards!
11:36 PM on 08/24/2011
Sometimes twice.
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demisfine
Often correct, NEVER right.
09:29 PM on 08/24/2011
No mention of the fact that W was anointed President by the SCOTUS.
As Justice O'Connor.
She likes to explain how they wanted a Republican in the WH.
10:04 PM on 08/24/2011
Well, obviously Justice O'Connor made a better decision than you did. President Al Gore? Talking about the country dodging an asteroid....
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satanlite
Liberal blogger
10:25 PM on 08/24/2011
Yes. Sure. Since you know the outcome of fantasy situations, what's tomorrows lottery ticket numbers, eh?
Threepointturn
Jon Stewart watches Fox "news", so you don't have
10:31 PM on 08/24/2011
If I may, W was anointed President by the SCROTUS.

Supreme Court Republicans...
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code blue
Non-college educated write? Let me guess.
09:20 PM on 08/24/2011
This Democrat is most certainly NOT taking Perry lightly.

I firmly believe that whoever wins the Republican nomination will win the Presidency. Economic duress, historically and globally, has caused people to make very unwise decisions.

As there was little Obama could have done to improve the economy dramatically, and even less he can do, I have been very nervous about the Republican field. Odds are, whoever the Republican nominate will win the Presidency.
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Democrab
Pretty far so good
09:28 PM on 08/24/2011
Don't think so. Obama is too well liked and has a few bucks.
09:34 PM on 08/24/2011
Obama critiqued BUBYA for spending too much money and called it unpatriotic. This will come back to haunt him.

Yes he could have changed the economy; he had total control and blew it. Now we get to pay.
09:15 PM on 08/24/2011
Clearly Perry is the best the Republicans have at present. He sounds energetic and authoritative. Great pity that we have the great compromiser to go against him. We have seen the Presidents decision making recently with the failure to appoint Elizabeth Warren because the banksters are frightened of her. We obviously know what happened when the Republicans took control of the debt ceiling. Obama seems to have appointed a collection of ignoramuses; what was all that stuff about Paul Krugman? Paul seems to be the only person to understand economics in our country.
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Cyclone
10:28 PM on 08/24/2011
It's about the Supreme Court. It will be ruling this country long after the next president is gone. Maybe you should decide if a right wing activist court making and overturning laws for the next 30 years matters more than punishing Obama.
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badders
please accept this micro-bio
09:14 PM on 08/24/2011
Anybody take a look at the August 24, 2007 poll results?

Giuliani 27.7
Thompson 17.0
Romney 13.5
McCain 11.7
Huckabee 3.0

Do we still have to take this guy seriously?
01:41 AM on 08/25/2011
Thank you so much for context. Everyone these days is so busy focusing on the waves they miss the tides altogether...
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Carl Caroli
I just don't understand people
09:07 PM on 08/24/2011
This says more about Romney and Bachmann than it does about Perry, if you ask me, but then I would have thought that Huntsman would have the double digit lead, so go figure.
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runswithscissors
Hobson's Choice ≠ Free Will
10:05 PM on 08/24/2011
Huntsman is actually sane, and therefore has absolutely no prayer of winning a Republican primary.
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ritamary
04:28 PM on 08/25/2011
Yep, Huntsman is way too smart to be a Republican.
09:07 PM on 08/24/2011
Although as a Democrat there is definitely a part of me that rejoices in Gov. Perry's success within the GOP ranks (I mean, Rick Perry? Seriously???), I realize Mr. Weigant is right. It wasn't all that long ago that another Texas governor was elected to the Presidency, twice. I firmly believe, though, that if voters take even a moment or two to examine Gov. Perry's record, then the so-called "Texas miracle" dissolves into the actual nightmare that it is.
http://missingmistersmith.blogspot.com/2011/08/rick-perry-superstar.html
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yakmeat
Nearly all of us are both makers and takers.
09:53 PM on 08/24/2011
"...if voters take even a moment or two to examine Gov. Perry's record...

Sadly, that's big "if".
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ritamary
04:30 PM on 08/25/2011
Yes, how many voters will examine Perry's record or will they just believe what Fox "News" tells them?
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workquick
Vietnam Vet/ Writer. No PTSD, just paranoid
09:03 PM on 08/24/2011
I don't know where this writer is coming from. There are plenty of Pols who have won every seat they ran for. The national stage is different and the scrutiny intense. Perry is already being put under a microscope and strange things are being detected. Any halfway credible contestant who entered the race at this point running against the clown who have already announced, would naturally jump to the lead. But that's the trouble for perry. He is only halfway credible(if that much) and has already made a fool of himself several times. As the pressure grows more intense he will say even stranger things. He is empowered by god and speaks for god and that will be his undoing because he will feel everything he says is the gospel and he is so arrogant his true being will be revealed and that is going to be an ugly sight.
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code blue
Non-college educated write? Let me guess.
09:17 PM on 08/24/2011
Obama won every seat he ever ran for, too.
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workquick
Vietnam Vet/ Writer. No PTSD, just paranoid
09:56 PM on 08/24/2011
Yes he has, and he will win again and retain the Presidency if Perry and the rest of the giddy band is all the GOP has to offer..
10:02 PM on 08/24/2011
No, he lost in a primary challenge for Bobby Rush's House seat.
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trubluelefty
Left of Left
09:27 PM on 08/24/2011
Can't fab this on my phone but bet plenty others have!
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PJC1969
08:56 PM on 08/24/2011
I take Perry seriously - I am seriously frightened of this guy. And Bachmann.

We could probably endure a Romney presidency, and I would be fascinated by what could happen with a Ron Paul presidency. But Perry and Bachmann just plain scare me.
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nastywolf
Pass 28th Amendment: Separation of Cash & State
08:49 PM on 08/24/2011
Obama's probably lost 6%-8% of his base and as much as 15% of the Black vote. Should a strong 3rd party candidate show up on the ballot in a few key electoral states, Obama is toast.
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Carl Caroli
I just don't understand people
09:11 PM on 08/24/2011
The problem we have is that it cost too much money to run for anyone but the independently wealthy or bought and paid fors, neither of which will focus on the working class dilemmas.
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yakmeat
Nearly all of us are both makers and takers.
09:54 PM on 08/24/2011
Which is exactly why we need public campaign financing and a ban on lobbying/bribery.
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code blue
Non-college educated write? Let me guess.
09:17 PM on 08/24/2011
The polls disagree with this. Despite the feeling on HP, all of Obama's bases have been largely in tact for the past year and a half.
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silverstreet
All you need is love
09:33 PM on 08/24/2011
You are wrong. Obama has lost much of his base. You'll see. He'll lose.
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nastywolf
Pass 28th Amendment: Separation of Cash & State
09:49 PM on 08/24/2011
I don't care what the polls say. I'm very active in SCal politics and hear from Dems AND Repubs everyday and most evenings. Few of the Dems I interact with support Obama's policies and at least one out of five is prepared to sit out the presidential ballot in 2012. Those moderate Repubs that crossed party lines to vote for Obama AND the Indies that voted for him in 2008 are clearly saying they will not vote for him in 2012.