More objective reporting:
This time, Rick Perry has nowhere to go but up.
Four years after his first presidential campaign was crushed by the weight of his debate gaffe and stump speech mishaps, the governor who spent 14 years presiding over Texas launched his second bid for the Republican nomination on Thursday.
“I’m running for the presidency of the United States,” Perry said at a heated rally in Addison, Texas, adding earlier “we don’t have to settle for a world in chaos or an America that shrinks from its responsibilities.”
At his event Thursday, he was flanked by a list of military veterans, including several Navy SEALs and Taya Kyle, the widow of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, and Marcus Luttrell, who Perry called a “second son” — a group that allows Perry to highlight his five years in the Air Force.
Perry has ditched the signature cowboy boots and added black-rimmed glasses. He’s spent the intervening years recovering from health problems and boning up on policy.
Now, Perry is asking GOP primary voters for a second chance.
“Let’s give them a second chance. Let’s give them real leadership,” Perry said, describing disillusioned Americans in a way that he could very much be describing himself.
Perry’s speech at Addison Airport outside Dallas — delivered without pause for more than 20 minutes even as sweat dripped down his face — focused primarily on foreign policy, which has been his calling card of late on the stump. His GOP competitors emerging from the U.S. Senate have looked down on the class of governors for lacking that foreign policy experience.
Perry struggled badly during his 2012 campaign. He entered the Republican race to great conservative fanfare in August 2011 and unseated Mitt Romney from the party’s pole position — but quickly saw that status erode.
There was the “oops” moment in a CNBC debate, when Perry couldn’t remember the name of one of the three federal agencies he said he wanted to abolish. There was also a New Hampshire speech where voters wondered aloud afterward whether he’d been drinking.
There you have it. The media hath decreed that Rick Perry is not a “serious” candidate. He’s a flop, a failure, a dud. He flamed out in 2012 and that’s all that matters. (Hillary lost in 2008 but they don’t keep bringing that up over and over again.)
That was just CNN, but that is the general theme of all the major news media including Fox. The openly partisan Left Wing media is even worse.
As for myself, I moved Perry up to my number two choice behind Scott Walker, and I may move him to number one. They both have successful experience in executive governance. Perry has more, plus he’s been studying foreign policy and he has hands on experience dealing with illegal immigration. Walker on the other hand has shown he can win elections in a blue state. They both have credibility when it comes to cutting budgets and reducing the size of government.
But as far as the media is concerned they are both badly flawed candidates who are prone to making gaffes. Walker has been investigated and Perry has been indicted. And they’re stupid.
Fuck the truth. Stick to the narrative. Drink your Hillary Koolaid.