Does Powerline’s Endorsement Matter?

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December 28, 2011

Frankly, I doubt few, if any, endorsements matter, let alone from a blog, mine included. But for Powerline to equate "establishment" candidate with "someone who won tough elections and governed successfully" is as nonsensical, as it is insulting to those of us who would prefer a less establishment-aligned candidate. But then, PL is an establishment blog. They seem to be as tone deaf as Mitt's campaign given their phrasing. Furthermore, if they really thought Pawlenty, who turned tail and ran before the corn was ripe in Iowa, was the guy, just how good might be their judgment in selecting a candidate? Given that, not very good if you ask me. Their second choice has been running since 2008 and can't get much beyond 20%. I can only imagine how weak Romney will prove to be in the general. Last night a PPP poll had Ron Paul beating Mitt among Republicans. That's a loser, in my opinion.

Romney was not my first choice in this election cycle–Tim Pawlenty was. But Pawlenty’s campaign failed to catch fire, mostly because GOP voters saw him as an “establishment” candidate; that is, perhaps, someone who won tough elections and governed successfully.

Perry is establishment, but he's not of DC, plus he meets PL's criteria as regards governing and winning elections. Romney lost his in Massachusetts. That's enough for me given the field. Also, as Ed at Hot Air points out, a brokered convention isn't all it's cracked up to be – for the grassroots. All things considered, I believe we should pick our nominee from among those currently running.

Even if a candidate were to jump in at this late date, it would have to be one who could reliably raise money fast, organize effectively, have good name recognition, be well prepared on policy, and survive the kind of intense vetting that has derailed Cain, Rick Perry, Bachmann, and has deflated Gingrich’s bubble. That’s a recipe for an establishment candidate, not an outsider. We should stop fantasizing about white knights riding to the rescue and focus on the choices we have in front of us now.

As I've already made clear, along with several other bloggers, my choice is Perry – hands down.

While both Representative Michelle Bachmann and former Senator Rick Santorum are fine Constitutional conservatives, when one factors in the critical element of electoral viability, Texas Governor Rick Perry is the only prudent choice for both conservatives and Republicans. Contrary to the myth that he is simply one more in a long, futile line of so-called compassionate conservatives, in practical terms, Perry is actually a repudiation of the too-largely failed governmental legacy of Bush/Rove, regardless of its ability to win an election, or two.

Next year cannot be about trying to elect the next best contender for some would-be political version of Donald Trump's The Apprentice. Nor can we afford to allow it to be about politically ill-conceived tests for purity. By successfully governing a large, sophisticated state for a good number of years, beating back challengers, including from the Bush/Rove camp, and consistently winning re-election by significant margins, Perry has proved himself to be a skilled and electorally-viable politician with sound, chiefly conservative ideas for governing.

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Comments:
  1. Ragspierre says:

    Hinderaker is a smart guy, and, yes, it DOES matter.
    But he’s just wrong, seems to me. I consider Romney the weakest of the candidates who are even in the running (Paul was always a non-starter for me).

  2. Janeway says:

    I have nothing against Perry, he has been a good governor but he shot his own chances with no outside help. He was the only viable candidate other than Romney in my mind. Romney can win, it is the pundits and bloggers that have just called him names like flip flopper, plastic, inauthentic, etc. Obviously none of them have really read or listened to Romney just have taken other people’s view. We need a man with solutions not homecoming King that makes our heart go twitter. We need to win.

  3. Ragspierre says:

    “Obviously none of them have really read or listened to Romney just have taken other people’s view.”
    WTF…!?!?

  4. USA American says:

    “I consider Romney the weakest of the candidates who are even in the running”
    Yes, spending all of your time in the Borg Bubble, and with “18” year olds hooked on Viagra, will do that to an aged clown ….
    By the way, patriots, what are your thoughts on the GOP giving themselves over a month of Xmas vacation? Maybe they could come back to town to disapprove, on the record, of the Kenyan usurper’s raising of the debt ceiling.

  5. Ragspierre says:

    “Maybe they could come back to town to disapprove, on the record, of the Kenyan usurper’s raising of the debt ceiling.”
    Rest assured the American people will do that in November, you….
    Poor, stupid, lying, RACIST, evil, Collectivist harpy(tm).

  6. USA American says:

    Really, Clownselor? So you have no issue with your heroes in the House “being in session” to prevent recess appointments, but being out of town golfing for a month at the same time?
    What a surprise.

  7. USA American says:

    Also, Clownselor, do you see the irony in Texas Governor, Totally Not Gay, suing the VA GOP under the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution?
    Probably not.

  8. Ragspierre says:

    First, I have no “heroes”.
    Second, preventing the scum that Obama would put into office with a recess appointment is at least as high a priority to any Deemocrat with a sense of self preservation as any GOP types.
    Third, if the Congress would stay out of town more, we would all be better off.
    Forth, I have no problem with the Constitution, or anyone seeking redress from the courts. I approve, actually, contra the Obamabanana Republic’s contempt for the courts.
    Fifth, you are such a hate-twisted old moron, it hurts to witness your punking by the moonbattery.

  9. Chris Davis says:

    But PPP is always wrong!

  10. USA American says:

    Shorter Clownselor: because GOPers whom I perceive to benefit me personally are doing X, Y, and Z, the same are de facto good acts, and I approve.
    “Fifth, you are such a hate-twisted old moron, it hurts to witness your punking by the moonbattery.”
    So, says the lying, old, angry, hypocritical lickspittle, wholly dependent upon government for his bread and butter.

  11. m says:

    PPP is always is wrong! What if Gov. Rick Perry might be a comeback and be the nominee on the 2012 GOP ticket? Romney will not get the nominee.

  12. Trista says:

    Dan: “Last night a PPP poll had Ron Paul beating Mitt among Republicans. That’s a loser, in my opinion.”
    And what does that say about Perry who polled lower than Romney in the same poll?

  13. sickofrinos says:

    Mittens was the guardian of political purity in Massachusetts !!
    If you listen to the gop elite.
    This primary is sad.
    We had better win congress!

  14. Ragspierre says:

    UAssMORON simple is reduced…yet again…to her frothing ad hominem set of lies.
    What I said would apply to any political party or person with equal verity. (That word means “truth”, btw.)
    And, again with the implicit LIE that I oppose government, when everyone knows I oppose BIG GOVERNMENT (which actually is destructive of good government).
    But it is important, I suppose, that some things remain predictable…
    such as…
    Poor, stupid, lying, RACIST, evil, Collectivist harpys(tm).

  15. Bill C says:

    Thanks for making me realize that I needed to add your blog to my blogroll and remove Powerline’s. FWIW.
    http://bdroppings.blogspot.com/2011/12/does-powerlines-endorsement-matter.html

  16. EBL says:

    Perry is okay. The problem is his campaign is not going anywhere.
    As for Newt, he needs to fire some staffers in New Hampshire. http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/2011/12/omg-this-is-not-helping.html That video is like the staff office all took mushrooms.
    As for Romney. Well it is a contest who is more boring, Pawlenty or Romney.
    While I hardly think it will be easy, I think any of them can beat Obama this cycle. It is probably going to be Romney who gets that opportunity.

  17. Ricky says:

    How things have changed.
    Dan what happened to all those real concerns you had about Perry? Ok, the field is really pathetic, so we have to settle, I can live with Perry if I really have to.
    I am not one to make my decision based on debate performance, but how is Perry going to survive a debate with Obama, even you were in awe of O’lazy’s debating skills…

  18. gary gulrud says:

    Powerline is much improved since lobbyist goon Mirengoff was terminated but waiting this long to endorse Scott Johnson’s “one cold fish” wasn’t suspenseful.

  19. Ricky says:

    “All things considered, I believe we should pick our nominee from among those currently running.
    Even if a candidate were to jump in at this late date, it would have to be one who could reliably raise money fast, organize effectively, have good name recognition, be well prepared on policy, and survive the kind of intense vetting that has derailed Cain, Rick Perry, Bachmann, and has deflated Gingrich’s bubble. That’s a recipe for an establishment candidate, not an outsider. We should stop fantasizing about white knights riding to the rescue and focus on the choices we have in front of us now.”
    Dan I like you better when you do not sound so typical Republican. You can at least pretend to be on the side of the people a little longer.

  20. BR says:

    Dan didn’t write those words, read it again. As he stated above, it’s a quote from Hot Air.
    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/12/27/kristol-anyone-want-to-jump-in-now/