Paraphrasing Rick Perry a bit, but, I thought he nailed it by pointing out how miserably Obama has failed in the Middle East, and by pointing to the source of America’s economic woes Perry was on his game last night, and frankly has been at most of the debates since the extremely overblown “meltdown” moment when he could not recall that third department he wanted to eliminate. Of course, the problem Perry has faced since then is that the media, yes including Fox News has focused ONLY on any “gaffe” they can find, and ignored the substance Perry offers.
This is one of the biggest issues wit our political process, style, or perceived style, is elevated in importance over substance. The other problem is that the so-called experts micro-analyze these candidates and again, care only about style. This is how a candidate like Romney, can be praised for his great debate performances, which to me, have been more about not saying the wrong thing, then defining his ideals. I suppose that the media, and the “experts” think that ideological cowardice, which is what Romney has offered, trumps principles.
In the end though, it is voters who need to put at least a little effort into learning what these candidates are all about. It is not hard, they all have records to look at. The question is will enough Republicans look at these candidates and realize that Newt, and Mitt are NOT the best choices?
I have said repeatedly I see Perry as the clear choice. Others see Santorum as the best option, others lean towards Bachmann. I would offer this bit of advice to any voter who still thinks Newt or Romney are the most electable. ANY of these candidates, except Ron Paul can and will beat Obama next year. So stop listening to the GOP establishment that is so afraid of nominating a real Conservative they cannot see straight. Ignore the “experts”, and the media. Most of all remember this we do not have to “settle”.
Linked by Wyblog, where Chris is starting to note Perry’s substance
Rick Perry also stood up for Truth last night —“Newt Gingrich is not the problem, Obama is the problem.“ Somebody needs to put that on an index card for Mitt Romney. I’m really starting to re-warm-up to Perry. Once you look past the manufactured gaffe-gates the media loves to hype he’s got some real substance in what he says.
Chris also has an issue with Conservative bloggers stirring up fake controversies
And not for nothing, but it’s bad enough having the lame-stream media piling on our candidates, so I’m especially disappointed when respected conservative bloggers feel the need to gin up more fake controversy. This time it’s Stacy McCain recycling the Is-Rick-Perry-Gay non-story just in time for the Iowa caucuses.
Look, I realize McCain is on the rebound with Rick Santorum after Herman Cain left him at the altar, but c’mon already. Talk your guy up, if he’s so swell. Don’t throw mud at the front-runners just to make your latest crush seem more like the real deal.
I would agree. Yes, I know I have been critical of some of the candidates, and I have tried to stick to substantive criticisms, including of Perry, and to avoid the stupid things that some folks get caught up in. I think we can all agree that fair criticism is valid, but, I agree with Chris here.