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UPDATE (Dec 19) — Wanted to link to this endorsement from Mike Flynn at Breitbart’s Big Government:
Perry has clearly been a good Governor. He has not, however, been a great candidate. His early campaign was too Texas-centric. We all know about his debate performances. He has positions I disagree with. And his campaign has made some steps I also disagree with. But, I believe he could be a great President. He understand the limits of government, the power of the private sector to create prosperity and the dangers government policies pose to that. And, I believe he understands these principles in a more fundamental way than the other candidates.
So this post from William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection about The case for Rick Perry remains the same, where he wrote:
Prior to Rick Perry announcing he would run for President I brought on Katie Thompson to make the case for Perry. Katie now is a leader of Students for Perry, and I predict, a future mover and shaker in Republican circles.
Given all that has happened over the last several months, I reached out to Katie and wondered whether she would be interested in writing another post along the lines of “Why I still support Rick Perry.”
And her response:
Governor Perry’s positions have not changed. His record is unmatched. What works in Texas will work for America.
What more can I say?
Smart girl, indeed.
Not a single vote has been cast yet in a single primary or caucus. But the MFM and the Liberal establishment (yeah, I know…redundant) are trying their damnedest to pick our candidate for us. Of course they want Romney (the most Liberal and least likely to repeal Obamcare [which he pretty much authored) or Gingrich (the most deeply flawed and easiest to attack). The last candidate they want running against Obama is the candidate who presents the sharpest contrast to Obama.
Gov. Rick Perry may not be the best debator. He may not be as seasonend and as slick of a politician as Romney and Gingrich (which is a good thing).
But let me make my case for “why Rick Perry (still).”
And the primary reason is that he is the best man running for the office. Again — not the most polished candidate, but the best man.
Above all else, Gov. Perry is a good and decent man. I’ve met him on numerous occasions. I’ve gone shooting with him. I’ve had a beer or two with the man. We’ve chatted about guns, running shoes, and shared warm stories about our wives. And regardless of what you think of his exceptionally consistent and Conservative beliefs, he’s a damned-fine person and an unapologetically-proud American (see also: The Top 10 Reasons to Love Rick Perry).
Gov. Perry is the kind of man who marries his high school sweet heart and then stays loyal and true for the rest of his life. He’s the kind of man who volunteers to serve hs nation in the most selfless and honorable way possible (something Newt, Mitt, and Obama would never have given a second thought, mostly because they either think it beneath them or they are simply too cowardly and selfserving). He’s the kind of man who openly embraces his faith:
And he is the most qualified man running for President (to include the SCOAMF that currently holds the job). While Gov. Perry has made some embarrassing gaffes during his campaign (which have gained much more mockery and attention from the MFM than the gaffes that Obama has made in the same time [Hawaii is in Asia, Kansas = Texas, expressing his heart-felt condolences for dead Palestinian terrorists, etc.).
Governor Perry is the only candidate running who is serious about reducing the size of our national government (OK, so is Dr. Paul, but his isolationist foreign policy views and the fact that he’s batshit crazy have reduced him to “not a serious candidate” status, regardless of how many polls his myopic minions stack). He’s the only candidate who seriously wants to reduce the role of government in our lives.
I know I’ve said I support Newt Gingrich, but that’s only if the case that it truly is a race between him and Romney, or Newt vs. Obama. I just wish enough Americans would look closer at Rick Perry’s record of governance and then take a closer look at the man behind it. There’s a reason that the MFM and Perry’s political opponents have never dug up any dirt or scandalous skeletons in his closet…despite having spent decades and millions of dollars doing so. He’s been fully vetted, and their simply isn’t anything there for the Democrat’s dirty machine to go after. And they sure can’t go after his record (especially compared to that of Obama or any Democrat-led state).