In addition, Rick Perry is acceptable to the Republican base, the social and fiscal conservatives who vote in Republican primaries. Of course, he will have to make sure he does not come across as a right wing ideologue that is too extreme on the issues. This would be a problem in the general election against Barack Obama. But I don’t believe that Rick Perry will fall victim to this trap. Unlike Obama, Perry is an experienced, seasoned politician serving as governor of the second largest state in the country. More importantly, he exudes a Presidential aura. Unlike President Obama who speaks angrily about America and blames Congress and everyone else for his own shortcomings, Perry comes across as someone who understands our problems and wants to fix them.
Mitt Romney has been running for President for five years. He lost the nomination in 2008 to Senator John McCain but never stopped running. He is certainly qualified to be President. But unlike Perry, Romney is not inspiring or exciting. In his announcement Rick Perry was inspirational. He didn’t give a speech. He spoke to his audience as if he was in their living rooms. He was conversational and not stiff. He spoke with his audience not to his audience. His delivery was reminiscent of Ronald Reagan. He made you feel good about yourself and America.
Michele Bachmann may be odd man out. Bachmann may have trouble once she leaves Iowa, and the nomination campaign heads south after leaving New Hampshire where Romney is expected to do very well. With Perry in the race Bachmann has a challenger to her conservative principles and an opponent with experience running a large state. Perry has what Michele Bachmann has and a lot more.
The Iowa straw vote is over and the winner is Rep. Michele Bachmann with 28% of the vote. Congressman Ron Paul received 27% and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty got 13%. Before anyone gets too excited about the outcome, remember that this vote is meaningless and is no indication of who will get the Republican nomination. The top finishers will claim a great victory. But this was simply a beauty contest to see which candidate could get his or her supporters to show up and vote in greater numbers than the other guy’s supporters. The real contest will begin next year with the Iowa caucus itself. Then it is on to New Hampshire and South Carolina.
It is certainly too early to count anyone out. But when you look at the candidates, their strengths and weaknesses, and despite all of today’s hoopla, it may just be that the Republican nomination is Rick Perry’s to lose. We shall see.
About Lawrence Chehardy
For thirty-four years Lawrence Chehardy served as Assessor of Jefferson Parish and throughout his career has been a champion the maintenance of the Homestead Exemption. During his years as Assessor Lawrence Chehardy served as President, Vice-president, and Treasure of the Louisiana Assessors’ Association. He also served on numerous boards and committees of the association.
Chehardy has extensive knowledge of politics, political campaigning, and the political process. When it comes to political strategy and creating the campaign’s message, Lawrence is one of the best. Lawrence Chehardy has been instrumental in the election of numerous candidates through endorsements as well as campaign strategy. In many cases his endorsement turned the election in favor of those candidates.
In addition to his political commentary and public speaking engagements, Lawrence Chehardy is a founding member of the Chehardy, Sherman, Ellis, Murray, Recile, Griffith, Stakelum & Hayes Law Firm and serves as its managing partner.
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