BORGER: The Perry approach - campaign first, have ideas later
October 27th, 2011
07:46 AM ET
3 years ago

BORGER: The Perry approach - campaign first, have ideas later

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is CNN's chief political analyst, appearing regularly on shows such as "AC360," "The Situation Room," "John King USA" and "State of the Union."

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- Call me crazy, but I recall when presidential candidates ran for the high office because they had things to say. The notion went like this: I have ideas that I think will be great for the country. I have thought about them, vetted them with experts, spoken about them throughout my career. I have refined them, many times, even changed some. And now I think it's time to run for the presidency, armed with those ideas to present to the nation.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    After 7 years of running for president, Mittens can change from supporting something to being against it in a matter of hours. You would have thought he would have a clear message, and would stand by it. As for Perry, he makes "W", our worst president, look like a genius.

    October 27, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    The Conservative operating mode is like this: Find a conclusion, get the evidence, than come up with a premise/hypothesis. Everything a$$-backwards, with predictable results. We are seeing the apex of that with Perry, but they are all versions of the same ideologically-driven garbage that's the intellectual version of babyfood: easy to swallow, but never allows a person to progress beyond that. All the cons screaming, " Its mine, don't touch it!": they are intellectual and social children, never wanting to grow up and assume the real responsibilities in the world, not the least of which is the mess they created over the last 3 decades.

    October 27, 2011 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  3. Ted van Tol

    Good for you Gloria.

    However: Barack Obama did all this but now he is fighting for three years, 24 hours a day, to get congres and senate on board but the pary of No will do enything to see him fail. That is the only thing they are fighting for. Ignoring the needs of the American people. Meanwhile the American bookshops are filled with numbers of hatefull books about the President
    I hope the American people will vote them out of congres and senate so Barack can do his job.
    The world is watching!

    Ted van Tol The Netherlands

    October 27, 2011 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  4. stevie

    What does obama have to say beyond the politics of division and hate??

    October 27, 2011 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  5. PA_outofwork

    Gloria Borger your crazy! The media did not vet; look into Obamas background. We currently have a president that had something to say, ran a good campaign (the only thing he can do) and won the White house. Now as the leader of this country, his ideas and policies are a FAILURE; he constantly makes speeches where he does his best Anthony Weiner representation.

    October 27, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  6. quinLee

    Had a day off today. while eating breakfast decided to watch Fox and Friends in an attempt to get a different perspective. Oh my Lord, what a waste of time. Every topic was aimed at building up/covering up Reps and bashing them damn Libs. Even the non-political topics somehow turned into a bash against Obama and any non-repubs.

    October 27, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  7. ConservaFASCISTS/TeaHadists/Tea Queda/TeaLiban

    Perry is a lifelong politician. I didn't expect for him to be doing so bad in the polls. Maybe he should have put his policy speeches out before the debates so he actually will have someting to debate out. Romney is going to be their nominee and the President will get reelected.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012
    E. WAREN 2012

    October 27, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  8. GI Joe

    He has to wait for someone to tell him what he thinks. All this man knows is how to slander and slur. Not two active brain cells in his head.

    October 27, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  9. GI Joe

    You think our government is bad now? Put this man in the Whitehouse and watch WW 3 happen because of him and his egotistical mind-set.

    October 27, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    from the article:
    "Mitt has had six years to be working on a plan. I have been in this for about eight weeks." Gov. Perry remarking on his lack of a jobs plan or an economic plan.
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    Gov. Perry must think we're all idiots. Maybe some of us are. I don't know. But, I see your point, Gloria. If we take Gov. Perry at his word, that he's only been at this for eight weeks, then isn't that an admission that he entered the race totally unprepared with no idea of what he was going to do.

    Because wasn't Perry's name tossed around for *months* before he enteredt he race? It would appear that during those months leading up to Perry's official entrance, that he gave it no thought. All he is all talk and no thought. Perry's not the right stuff. Money can't buy brains, but it can buy favors. Bachmann called Perry correctly. He's a crony capitalist.

    October 27, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  11. Bleeding Liberal

    I agree with you, Ms. Borger. I'd also like to add that "Campaign first, ideas later" is also true of just about all other Republican campaigns, presidential or otherwise. No freakin' wonder they're starting to go down in flames.

    October 27, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  12. Adam

    Well Mr. Perry things change and you need to change with them or you will be left behind.

    October 27, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  13. Roger

    Were you people in Texas dumb enough to elect this guy? Oh! I forgot we elected Bush twice. Might be something in the drinking water.

    October 27, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  14. Jeff in TX

    A few years ago, Rick Perry ran for Governor of TX. In one of his ads, he waxed poetic about how growing up in rural TX, attending A&M, etc. imbued him with a sense of values. Iconic TX imagery in the background....free range, cattle farms, etc. Lush music. Never said a word about what values he was imbued with. That was the ad. Here we go again. (Btw, watch for vicious attack ads to follow. He will lower the bar.)

    October 27, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  15. ardale

    Again, how many times does this have to be said. Mitt Romney is the gop nominee. There is no real question about that. The only people who seem to think otherwise are the cable news shows, blogs and the other Don Quixotes pursuing the GOP nomination­­....... All of this is an entertaini­ng side show that distracts the media and public from scrutinizi­ng Romney.

    October 27, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  16. easydoesit

    Neat a liberal writing about consevative candidates and it is only negative. That's a big surprise..

    October 27, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  17. GonzoinHouston

    Before the election, Perry's ideas are whatever gets him another vote. After the election, his only ideas are ones that are presented to him wrapped in contribution checks. Perry believes in taking good care of those who support him and sticking it to anyone that doesn't. Fairness, honesty, and even results are irrelevant.

    October 27, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    Perry had no interest in the race, until his wife told him to run, after the party wooed him to jump in.

    He really is a TX boy, who never really though about leaving the state, prior to that. That was just a few weeks ago. He really was, ill prepared to run.

    October 27, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |