Rick Perry Columns on Townhall

  • Tony Katz - Gingrich Dangles Perry To Get Tea Party Vote

    Gingrich Dangles Perry To Get Tea Party Vote

    Tony Katz
    Posted: 3/12/2012 1:00:00 PM EST
    While Mitt Romney is isn't making any special effort to attract Tea Party voters, Rick Santorum is trying to convince them that social conservatism is integral to Tea Party values. But Newt Gingrich is floating a new strategy - tempt Tea Party voters with Gov. Rick Perry and a Gingrich/Perry ticket.
  • Mona Charen - Do You Speak Conservative?

    Do You Speak Conservative?

    Mona Charen
    Posted: 2/10/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Newt Gingrich knows the lingo. He makes conservative audiences roar with approval when he compares the efficiency of FedEx and MasterCard to the post office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He never loses an opportunity to attack the press for its moral preening.
  • Bruce Bialosky - Dead To Me

    Dead To Me

    Bruce Bialosky
    Posted: 1/23/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    In life, there are occasionally moments of great clarity. Sure enough, in the past couple of weeks there was a defining moment that patently identified who truly represents Republican principles and who are just impostors.
  • Debra J. Saunders - Perry's Death by Debate

    Perry's Death by Debate

    Debra J. Saunders
    Posted: 1/22/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    When former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman exited the GOP presidential primary earlier this month, left-leaning columnists were bereft. Huntsman, after all, was the Republican most respected by non-Republicans.
  • Rich Galen - The Final South Carolina Debate

    The Final South Carolina Debate

    Rich Galen
    Posted: 1/20/2012 10:30:00 AM EST
    The Lad came East to visit with some clients and had dinner with the Mullings Director of Standards and Practices and, as happens at family dinners in Your Nation's Capital, we talked about politics. I said that I understood that Rick Perry had cancelled much of his schedule on Wednesday afternoon which told me he was going to be out of this thing before the debate last night.
  • Michael Barone - South Carolina Hoping to Pick Next President

    South Carolina Hoping to Pick Next President

    Michael Barone
    Posted: 1/19/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    The crowd at the Fox News/Wall Street Journal debate in Myrtle Beach was feisty, with whoops and cheers for Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry, though not so much for Ron Paul.
  • Marybeth Hicks - Kids' Reaction to Perry Is What's Shuddering

    Kids' Reaction to Perry Is What's Shuddering

    Marybeth Hicks
    Posted: 1/18/2012 10:27:00 AM EST
    The subject line of the email from my daughter read, “I shudder.”
  • Pat Buchanan - Vulture Capitalism or Populist Demagoguery?

    Vulture Capitalism or Populist Demagoguery?

    Pat Buchanan
    Posted: 1/17/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    "They're vultures that are sitting out there on the tree limb, waiting for a company to get sick, and then they swoop in ... eat the carcass ... and ... leave the skeleton."
  • Rich Galen - Myrtle Beach Debate Post-Game

    Myrtle Beach Debate Post-Game

    Rich Galen
    Posted: 1/17/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    When political professionals get together to discuss things like ads, campaign tactics, and debates they know the only thing that matters in the end is: "Did it move votes?"
  • Katie Kieffer - Capitalism (That's What I Want)

    Capitalism (That's What I Want)

    Katie Kieffer
    Posted: 1/16/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    The Beatles once rocked America with their cover version of “Money (That’s What I Want).” Today, I’ll rock you with my version. Capitalism don't get everything it's true. What it don't get I can't use. Now gimme capitalism (that's what I want).
  • Suzanne Fields - Transcending the Gaffe

    Transcending the Gaffe

    Suzanne Fields
    Posted: 1/13/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Mitt Romney is learning what candidates before him learned. Small mistakes count, but usually not for much. But big ones can put a man down for the count.
  • Linda Chavez - Don't Abandon Capitalism

    Don't Abandon Capitalism

    Linda Chavez
    Posted: 1/13/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    It's bad enough when Democrats start playing class warfare, but when Republican presidential contenders begin using phrases like "vulture capitalism," it's time to be really worried.
  • Hugh Hewitt - Rick Perry's Long March

    Rick Perry's Long March

    Hugh Hewitt
    Posted: 1/12/2012 8:44:00 AM EST
    Rick Perry is giving up and isn't going home, and some folks in South Carolina have noticed.
  • Steve Deace - Lessons From the Iowa Caucuses

    Lessons From the Iowa Caucuses

    Steve Deace
    Posted: 1/7/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    The Iowa Caucuses have come and gone, and through all the ups and downs of a volatile and fluid race we learned 4 key things about Iowa and the rest of the race to evict Barack Obama from the White House.
  • Rick Perry - Hard Truths Behind Today's Job Numbers

    Hard Truths Behind Today's Job Numbers

    Rick Perry
    Posted: 1/6/2012 4:25:00 PM EST
    New jobs and unemployment figures came out today, which on their face depict an economy that looks better than many pessimists had anticipated. Understandably, they are being greeted as welcome news from a public desperate for job growth and economic recovery, and an end to the hardship, pain and misery that so many Americans have experienced over the last few years. But while I am all for good news, a couple of hard truths must be told as these numbers are scrutinized today.
  • Rich Galen - When the Circus Leaves Town

    When the Circus Leaves Town

    Rich Galen
    Posted: 1/6/2012 11:01:00 AM EST
    A political campaign is like a wedding or the launch of a space vehicle in that the planning and activity starts sometimes years in advance, reaches a frenzied pitch in the last days before the event, then it all stops with "I do," the "The vehicles has cleared the tower," or, "We're reassessing."
  • Matt Towery - Strategy Will Decide Who Wins GOP Nomination

    Strategy Will Decide Who Wins GOP Nomination

    Matt Towery
    Posted: 1/6/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    It will become conventional wisdom over the next few weeks that the Republican Party and its candidates for the nomination have been damaged by the close and surprise finish in Iowa. They will suggest the field is weak and that the failure of a candidate to win a mandate in Iowa would suggest a weak nominee in November. That's nonsense and wishful thinking by some pundits and media.
  • Paul Greenberg - The Comedy Club

    The Comedy Club

    Paul Greenberg
    Posted: 1/5/2012 1:35:00 PM EST
    It seems former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter has undertaken a second career as a stand-up comic. He's now switching occupations the way he once switched political parties.
  • Michael Reagan - Iowa Votes

    Iowa Votes

    Michael Reagan
    Posted: 1/5/2012 12:07:00 PM EST
    Iowa caucus results show it's still early in the game and nothing's certain. So what happened on the way to the Republican presidential nomination?
  • Rachel Alexander - What the Iowa Caucuses Determined

    What the Iowa Caucuses Determined

    Rachel Alexander
    Posted: 1/5/2012 10:28:00 AM EST
    Political analysts are scratching their heads trying to figure out how Mitt Romney won first place in the Iowa caucuses since the state is highly evangelical, he did not campaign heavily there, and his share of support in the polls has remained steadily at just under 25 percent.