We are at a critical moment in American history. The coming general election must be about providing a clear choice to American voters for the direction of this still great, if currently beleaguered, nation - not acquiescing to some perceived conventional wisdom which suggests over-compromising represents anything akin to a clear path to victory. Republicans win nothing when setting themselves upon a course dedicated to a half-defeat from the outset.
While both Representative Michelle Bachmann and former Senator Rick Santorum are fine Constitutional conservatives, when one factors in the critical element of electoral viability, Texas Governor Rick Perry is the only prudent choice for both conservatives and Republicans. Contrary to the myth that he is simply one more in a long, futile line of so-called compassionate conservatives, in practical terms, Perry is actually a repudiation of the too-largely failed governmental legacy of Bush/Rove, regardless of its ability to win an election, or two.
Next year cannot be about trying to elect the next best contender for some would-be political version of Donald Trump's The Apprentice. Nor can we afford to allow it to be about politically ill-conceived tests for purity. By successfully governing a large, sophisticated state for a good number of years, beating back challengers, including from the Bush/Rove camp, and consistently winning re-election by significant margins, Perry has proved himself to be a skilled and electorally-viable politician with sound, chiefly conservative ideas for governing.
To bolster his endorsement, Riehl noted another great blogger and Texan, Dr. Melissa Clouthier, who wrote back in October:
Rick Perry will be the next President of the United States if I have anything to do with it.
Who am I? I’m a mom, a doctor, a business owner, a former Michigander, Californian and New Yorker, a conservative with a libertarian streak, a Tea Party attender and reporter, a blogger, an activist, and for 14 years, a Texan.
For the last four plus years, I’ve been howling in dismay at our national political catastrophe. It started under President Bush who I believed was a good man (still do) but possessed of the soft, big government ease driven by noblesse oblige. I didn’t ascribe to “compassionate conservatism” because I believe conservatism to be inherently compassionate and loathed ceding rhetorical ground to leftists who are anything but compassionate.
...Now, to why I support Rick Perry:
I live under the light hand of the Texas system–a hand that Governor Perry has done everything in his power to make lighter. He cut the size and scope of government even as the Texas population grew faster than any place in the nation. We started a business here with nothing but a credit card. You know how much money we were making a month when we first moved here fourteen years ago? Two thousand a month. Gross. With a baby. Slowly, surely, we built our business and life here.
When we first got to Texas, my husband worked with doctors who were heavily involved in the Worker’s Comp (work injuries) and Personal Injury (car accidents) system. It was rife with abuse. There were rings of lawyers, doctors, and accident fakers who exploited the system. Governor Perry directly took on the fraud and abuse which meant taking on the trial lawyers association. In one day after the law was passed (my husband had long since gone into practice for himself and had a holistic practice), the shysters lost the whole scam. It was beautiful to behold.
And then, this last year, Governor Perry pushed through “loser pays” on lawsuits. I cannot even tell you how much lawyers in Texas hate Rick Perry. And it’s one reason I love his record. It’s also a reason, they’ll fight tooth and nail against him nationally.
Perry has curbed malpractice judgments. So now, doctors are moving to Texas in droves. The Houston medical center is a haven of medical innovation and bold new treatments. People fly from all over the country to come here for cancer treatment and more. When a family member was diagnosed with cancer, do you know how long it took to get an appointment with the number one specialist in the world? Less than one week. I would shudder to be in Massachusetts suffering under impossibly long doctor wait times.
Rick Perry has fought Barack Obama from day one. I don’t know how many lawsuits have been filed back and forth against the federal government, but I know there’s multiple fights with the EPA, there’s Obamacare, there’s Medicaid, there’s the border, and on and on. Other people talk about fighting President Obama. Governor Perry has gone straight at President Obama’s socialist agenda and tangled with him both rhetorically and in the courts of law.
So, while I'm not yet ready to endorse, I ask again, can Rick Perry become the "comeback kid?" Especially when conservatives don't want Flip Romney and have reservations about Newt.
If Newt can make a comeback, I think Perry can. He sure did in the 2010 primary for governor, when Kay Bailey Hutchison was leading in the early going. If there's one thing I've heard from several Texans, it's don't count Rick Perry out.