Rootin’ tootin’ RINO Rick Perry is fit to be tied. The former Texas governor is among those candidates in the enormous Republican field who have been rendered moot by the rise of billionaire outsider Donald Trump – who once again called it like it was when he said that Perry was dumb – and those left in the dust are not happy campers. It is now obvious that Trump has survived the treacherous establishment ambush over the honor of poor old John McCain and every day more and more Americans are ready to grab their pitchforks and torches and get behind the ultimate anti-establishment candidate in Trump.
Two new polls clearly show Trump leading the pack, one from CNN/ORC that has the majority of GOP voters wanting the Donald to stay in the race and another by NBC/Marist showing him as running strong in key early states Iowa and New Hampshire. Of course Rick Perry is pissed off and he made no bones about it on the Sunday morning McNews circuit when he appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation. CBS reports on Perry’s disgruntlement at running behind Trump in the story entitled “Rick Perry dismisses Trump as a long-term threat”:
Businessman and reality television star Donald Trump may be on the rise in the field of 2016 Republican candidates, but two other GOP hopefuls, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, don’t see it as a long-term threat to their own shot at the nomination.
“Reality TV will gather a lot of interest and a lot of people enjoyed the celebrity of that, but for the last 14 years, I’ve had to live in the real world and deal with real world issues and come up with real world solutions. And that’s what the people I think of this country want out of the next president of the United States,” Perry said in an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday.
A CNN/ORC poll released Sunday found Trump leading the Republican presidential field with 18 percent support among GOP voters. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush came in second with 15 percent support, which was within the poll’s margin of error. The entire poll was conducted after Trump’s comments last weekend that suggested Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, was only a war hero because he was captured in Vietnam.
Perry has been one of Trump’s harshest public critics. Last week he delivered a speech to supporters calling the businessman’s presidential bid “a cancer on conservatism.”
Elaborating on those comments Sunday, Perry said, “I want to be very clear that I’m not going to go quietly as any individual, whether it’s Donald Trump or anyone else, that lays out concepts that frankly are out of line with the old historical conservatism.”
It’s pretty damned funny that Rick Perry of all people is giving a lecture on “old historical conservatism”, that’s like being given a lesson by Jeffrey Dahmer in appropriate dinnertime etiquette. The former Lone Star State kingpin just can’t get rid of that dumber than a bucket of shit rap after he melted down during the last round of GOP debates and couldn’t freaking remember the names of three government agencies that he would cut. Perry may think that those snazzy new glasses that he has been sporting after his repackaging make him the second coming of Barry Goldwater but his record shows that he is just another establishment stooge, and hardly a real conservative at that.
So the panic mounts after the corrupt media and the entrenched elites threw the kitchen sink at Trump last week and missed. It is strange that only seven days ago they were all dancing on Trump’s grave as this story from the Washington Post, “Trump’s attack on McCain marks a turning point for him — and the GOP” illustrates:
It was only a matter of time before Donald Trump crossed the kind of line he did on Saturday, when he questioned the heroism of Sen. John McCain, a Vietnam War POW. The question now is whether Candidate Trump is immune from the laws of political gravity or soon will be isolated and regarded as an object of scorn or curiosity rather than of presidential seriousness.
Since announcing his candidacy last month, Trump has enjoyed a swift rise, vaulting into the lead in some national and state polls in the crowded contest for the Republican nomination. His sharp attacks on illegal immigrants from Mexico and his flamboyant style struck a nerve with voters who are angry with Washington and with political double talk.
Trump has dominated coverage of the race with nonstop interviews and over-the-top comments. He has proved to be a skilled showman — a talent honed on reality TV — who is able to command attention with his combative verbal style.
But there is more to becoming president than what Trump has displayed so far, and many Republicans said Sunday that they think his attack on McCain (R-Ariz.) marks a turning point for Trump the politician.
Few would offer their views for the record, owing to their positions working for other candidates or a desire not to put themselves into direct conflict with Trump. One described Trump’s attack on McCain as “lethal.” Another said he expects “a complete cratering” of Trump’s support. Still another predicted that Trump would become “a niche candidate” and a sideshow to the main event.
These people just don’t get it that tangling with Trump is reminiscent of the old Uncle Remus yarn about the tar baby and the harder that they fight him, the more entrapped by their own histories of phoniness and incompetence that they become. This is a really fun thing to watch unfold because it just drives the establishment batshit.