published Friday, August 26th, 2011

Texas Gov. Perry leads GOP field

With many months still ahead before we pick our next president, a lot of Americans who are deeply disenchanted with President Barack Obama are wondering whom the Republicans will nominate to challenge him. So there naturally is a great deal of interest in the polls.

Approval of the job Obama is doing is plunging so fast that it seems almost impossible for opinion surveys to keep up.

Meanwhile, in the GOP camp, the most recent Gallup survey shows conservative Gov. Rick Perry of Texas jumping into the lead among Republican voters. He has handily overtaken the previous poll leader, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Perry was the favorite with 29 percent of the voters surveyed, compared with 17 percent for Romney. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas was third, with 13 percent, and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota was fourth, with 10 percent. Other Republican candidates lagged far behind.

Gallup also finds that Obama is in a statistical tie among registered voters in head-to-head match-ups with the four leading GOP candidates: Perry, Romney, Paul and Bachmann.

While not many things in politics are particularly stable, Perry, at least for the time being, is generating the most enthusiasm among Republican voters -- and it appears that any of the top GOP candidates could give Obama a run for his money.

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EaTn said...

It's sad when the one that floats to the top in the GOP pool is a C average remake of Bush.

August 26, 2011 at 7:46 a.m.
hambone said...

EaTn, It is a streach to call a 2.2 GPA a C average.

August 26, 2011 at 8:10 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Although I hate to apply a litmus test on a candidate, Perry's (like other GOP hopefuls) dismissal of accepted science reveals someone who either knows little but is unwilling to admit it and let the experts decide, or knows but is dishonest to pander to his constituents. Either one makes him a poor choice for president.

August 26, 2011 at 8:23 a.m.
sandyonsignal said...

Last year, Gov. Perry wanted Texas to secede from the country; this year he wants to be President of our nation. What a flip-flopping traitor he is.

August 26, 2011 at 10:45 a.m.
rolando said...

hammy - The Hussein is too ashamed of his college days to publish his transcripts. He hasn't had time to forge them, evidently. So even a 1.0 is better than his, isn't it?

August 26, 2011 at 11:55 a.m.
rolando said...

That "accepted" science to which you refer is not so accepted after all, lkeithlu.

I refer you to Ann Coulter's latest for a number of cites and details of just how ridiculous your guy's so-called theory has become. [Detesting her the way you must, just ignore the source of the cites and refer to cites themselves.]

Modern science, equipment and techniques is showing his error the deeper they goes into it...

August 26, 2011 at 11:59 a.m.
EaTn said...

I love it when the right-wingers will make all sorts of exceptions to their standards, if it's their candidate.

August 26, 2011 at 12:10 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Just who is "my guy", rolando? And yes, Ann Coulter knows less than zero about science, as she has demonstrated in her book. You'll have to find a better source than that.

August 26, 2011 at 12:59 p.m.
rolando said...

Didn't say Coulter knew anything about anything, lkeithlu. She is not the source, merely the messenger...I did, after all, say you probably detested her. Doesn't change facts, in any case.

"Your guy" refers to that "accepted" science you cited. [Were you deliberately cryptic?] Unless you were referring to the supreme know-nothing, your which case i withdraw my suggestion...since he too knows nothing about anything -- except how to organize a community; he has lots of experience at that.

August 26, 2011 at 1:22 p.m.
rolando said...

That's who it will be after the Democrats vote him in in our they did with McCain.

August 26, 2011 at 1:25 p.m.
nucanuck said...

Perry is our man for 2012...he's white, right, and telegenic. In 2016 we will all join as a nation in misery to seek out a strong leader instead of a partisan.

August 26, 2011 at 2:48 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

rolando, perhaps you did not see the news story where Perry told the little boy that Texas teaches both evolution and creation, and that evolution was "just a theory" and full of holes. That is what I was referring to.

August 26, 2011 at 3:51 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

She is not the source, merely the messenger...I did, after all, say you probably detested her. Doesn't change facts, in any case.

Indeed. That Coulter thinks evolution is not sound science doesn't change the fact that it is. That Coulter would either lie or be that ignorant makes her a poor source or messenger. I detest Coulter not because she's wrong, but that she's dishonest.

August 26, 2011 at 4:07 p.m.
hambone said...

Didn't Ann coulter use to be Andrew Coulter before the CHANGE!!!

August 26, 2011 at 4:32 p.m.
EaTn said...

Well it shouldn't too be difficult for the governor to replicate the Texas jobs miracle in the rest of the country and get us back to 5% unemployment, that is provided the senate rides in on his coat tails and passes an unlimited ceiling on the debt.

August 26, 2011 at 4:41 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Modern science, equipment and techniques is showing his error the deeper they goes into it.

And whose "error" is that, pray tell?

August 26, 2011 at 5:08 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

The fact that anyone in the entire lineup of Republican clowns for presidential candidates is even being given serious consideration by the media and the public shows just how low we have sunk as a nation. The Republican party has let itself be defined by the know-nothing Tea Party dregs and Rick Perry waves their banner unashamedly. Not only that, his and Michelle Bachmann's fundamentalist religious beliefs make them both even loonier, and scarier, than the rest of the pact.

John Huntsman showed some brief moments of sanity in a recent interview when he lambasted the Republican party for its anti-science stance and its hard line extremist positions in general, but then practically in the same breath he claimed that he would consider being Bachmann's running mate. So much for brief flashes of sanity.

Obama has been a dismal failure but not for the reasons many of the libertarian/teaparty posters here like to claim. He's a wimp and prefers to placate and capitulate rather than stand firm on principle. Far from being a “socialist,” as they often whine, he is even more to the right than Eisenhower or Nixon ever was. The Republican Party, from Reagan forward, has steadily devolved into an extremist party that has abandoned reason and sound governance for ideology and lust for power. What we are seeing today in this lineup of presidential hopefuls is the absolute nuttiest of the nut cakes. And for those of you who actually think that any one of them makes any sense on any level at all, well, you've got to be even nuttier, if that's possible.

August 26, 2011 at 5:46 p.m.
timbo said... is the scoop on Obama's grades. "Per the Wall Street Journal September 11, 2008, "Obama's Lost Years," Obama graduated from Columbia University (to which he transferred after his first two years at Occidental College in California), with a degree in Political Science without honors, so had a GPA less than a 3.3. His roomate Sohale Siddiqi indicated Obama itially felt alienated, felt "very lost," and used drugs to get high, which could have led to low grades initially. The roomate indicates that he then turned serious and "stopped getting high." Obama transferred to Columbia because he was concerned with urban issues. Based on his overall undergraduate GPA of less than a 3.3, Mr. Obama's admission to Harvard Law School may reflect affirmative action statutes, low grades early, then higher grades later (purely speculation) and/or other factors.

At Harvard Law School, Obama graduated Magna Cum Laude, which, according to the Havard Law School website, is awarded to the top 10% of Harvard Law School students.

Read more:'s_grades_in_college#ixzz1WBOJAiNd. "

Why are you making fun of Perry for his grades after reading this?

Also, I do agree with you libs that Perry's views on evolution show a huge, gigantic ignorance that pretty much rules him out as anyone I would vote for. Belief in fairy tales for how the earth was created is childish. Although I am conservative, I am not going to vote for any of these brainless religious fanatics like Bachman and Perry. They are an embarrassment and encourage liberals to think we are all dumb. What Perry said to the that little kid was dumb. He can make straight A's and I wouldn't think he had a lick of sense.

That is what is wrong with the tea party. It has been infiltrated with these religious nuts. Tea party concepts are about taxes, debt, and business improvement. We don't need the anti-abortion crowd running things.

August 26, 2011 at 8:09 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Typical rolando: come here, make a claim or challenge, then bolt to other threads without backing them. If you have any credibility left you'll support your champion Coulter. What few sources she lists (they are not citations-no references to the original work) are from long-discredited cranks like Dembski and Behe. But you probably haven't researched this topic enough to know that, making you look all the more foolish.

August 26, 2011 at 10:35 p.m.
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