Former Obama official and current campaign operative
What do you think about this? Is Perry the preferred candidate? Is Romney more dangerous to them?
Let's examine some plus/minuses of Rick Perry as I think they see it (followed by my thoughts):
-His mouth is his own worst enemy.
Not impossible they're wrong but this is an easy one to fix this early on. Also is offset by Obama and Biden's mouth. The real ace in the hole for Obama is the media. Perry's gaffes will be reported, Obiden's will not.
To their credit Romney could be more formidable because he is a little more polished. I wonder though if sometimes this is a turn-off for voters. Sometimes these types of politicians come off as stiff.
-Too much swagger.
Is this a real minus? A subdued McCain looked old and tired during the last election, how'd that work out for us? I wonder if a little swagger is what the GOP needs. We have a tendency to look like the stuffed suit crowd. I think this is one of the reasons Bush was fairly well liked early on and won re-election, he could go to a BBQ or county fair and look like he belonged. A little swagger may help with younger voters and some men too.
Also possible the Obama camp is right here. Again Romney appears more calm and reserved. I go back to my above point though and wonder if this is a plus. Romney feels as if you are voting for your dad. Perry is kind of like the cool if a little eccentric uncle. Which would voters choose?
-Too conservative for main street America.
See above comment about McCain. We tried a RINO last time and conservatives stayed home. Shame on them, they gave us Obama. The point is though, do we repeat the same mistake? Albert Einstein said it best: Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Also, Perry has some liberal skeletons in his closet that he needs to explain to the right. This may blunt any "too conservative" narrative.
-Tied to Bush/is from Texas
I think this is a non-starter and will likely only play on the far left. Anyone paying attention will know Perry and Bush are not exactly tied at the hip, they have had a bit of a love/hate relationship for a long time. Second, Rove is critical of Perry and it's not likely Rove would have done this if Perry and Bush were friends.
So, is Team Obama right? Is Rick Perry the push-over and Mitt Romney the threat? Or, is this gamesmanship in which they are trying to poison Perry and try to bring in Romney. In other words, reverse psychology?
Finally, when are we conservatives going to stop letting the left define us? This is one thing I like about Perry and the only thing I liked about Trump, they are willing to kick some ass. This election is not going to be won by Romney lecturing us on the economy and explaining how he is going to fix it. It is going to be won by Perry calling Obama out on how he has destroyed the economy and explaining how he will bring his Texas-style job creation to the rest of the country.