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Iowa or Bust: Rick Perry Campaign Compelled to Try ‘Last Ditch’ Strategy

Posted on | December 9, 2011 | 6 Comments

It’s been a while since we’ve updated you on the tragic fate of The Smilin’ Texan whom I first dubbed the “Phantom Menace” back in August, when he was running TV ads in Iowa even while planning to announce his candidacy in South Carolina. (“Howdy. Thank You, Erick.”) And now we find the former front-runner facing dire straits in the Hawkeye State:

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. . . .

Read the whole thing at The American Spectator.



6 Responses to “Iowa or Bust: Rick Perry Campaign Compelled to Try ‘Last Ditch’ Strategy”

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    December 9th, 2011 @ 9:02 am

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  2. Ladd Ehlinger Jr.
    December 9th, 2011 @ 9:28 am

    That ad was awful

  3. Anonymous
    December 9th, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    Perry’s last ditch was weeks ago. This is just burning off remaining campaign cash.

  4. richard mcenroe
    December 9th, 2011 @ 10:16 am

    Sadly, I agree with Perry’s basic point, that ‘victim groups’ are being given more and more accomodation while mainstream religious convictions are being forcibly excluded from the public life by loud minorities, and hate to see him called on it.

    I don’t see there where Perry called for re-excluding gays from the military; as someone who was falsely outed by an asshole West Point butterbar, I know it was both an unproductive and unenforceable policy anyway.

    But yes, there is something askew when we spend decades bickering over DADT and kids are sent home from school for wearing crucifixes where people can see them, or are sent on “simulated” Haj pilgrimages during Advent.

    Unfortunately, Perry muddied his valid message, once again.

  5. Anonymous
    December 9th, 2011 @ 11:11 am

    Thanks for that link, Mac. Great post.

  6. Steve in TN
    December 9th, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

    OK, you saw the Perry thing early on.  Some of us saw the Cain thing early on, too.