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Nomination Excitations: Can’t You Smell That Smell?

09 December 2011 @ 09:02

It would seem that the air at Perry Campaign HQ has acquired a rather unpleasant odor: desperation.

After floundering around like a drunken jock at a keg party for months, Rick Perry has decided to return to the scene of his first campaign crime, Iowa, in a frantic bid to make a decent showing in the Hawkeye State.

From Stacy McCain we learn [tip of the fedora to, well, Stacy McCain]:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is reportedly making a "last-ditch effort" to salvage his floundering presidential campaign with ads aimed at social conservative voters in Iowa. Perry has spent a million dollars on TV ads in Iowa, which holds its first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses on Jan. 3, and the two most recent ads have highlighted the Texan’s religious faith and social issues.

Wednesday, Perry began airing an Iowa ad in which he promises to "end Obama’s war on religion" and "fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage." That ad sparked controversy because Perry mentions the recent repeal of the "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy, saying: "You don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school." Yet Perry’s spokesman blunted the potential impact of that ad by disclaiming any intention by the candidate to reinstate the policy prohibiting open homosexuality in the armed services.

Michael O’Brien of NBC News described the Perry ads as "part of an emergent strategy … a last-ditch effort to revive his campaign," and quoted Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying "that’s probably the only path he has left, to be honest." Sanders is the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucuses during his 2008 Republican presidential campaign.

Having followed the Iowa Caucuses since they began to matter in 1976, I think I can say with some confidence that the folks out there have long memories and will not forget their first date with the lunk-headed jock from Texas:

Perry began his campaign with a high-profile "diss" of the Hawkeye State, choosing to announce his candidacy in South Carolina on the same day as the Iowa GOP straw poll in Ames….

In Iowan politics this is the equivalent of selling drugs to school children in the 1940’s:

Don Zaluchi: I don’t want it near schools! I don’t want it sold to children! That’s an infamnia.

It would seem it’s time to decide if you want to put butter or jam on Perry.

4 Comments
  1. Micha Elyi permalink
    11 December 2011 @ 23:52 23:52

    Flop sweat.

  2. 12 December 2011 @ 21:10 21:10

    I liked the ad. But Perry is getting more desperate and dumber each time he speaks.

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