Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Perry Makes Republicans Look Bad Perry Makes Republicans Look Bad

This ad will end in seconds
Close X

Not a member? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation

 

Blogs

Perry Makes Republicans Look Bad

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

November 10, 2011

I'm impressed with Rick Perry's damage control . He's managed to turn a horrific, campaign-ending gaffe into a hilarious, potentially-campaign-ending gaffe. Well, we of course cannot write off his $15 million kitty yet, and there might be a boomerang effect because of all the free media he's getting. David Letterman's Top Ten List might actually be funny tonight.

Problem is... he is supposed to be one of the brightest stars of the GOP.  That's what he was billed as when he entered the race.  These debates are supposed to showcase the party at its finest. Perry's brand is tied to the GOP brand.

Both parties have their share of crank candidates, and debates can often make general election strategists very nervous. The very old but still powerful conventional wisdom holds that Americans won't elect someone who makes hyper-Democrats feel excited about being Democrats or hyper-Republicans excited about being Republicans. This mauve-middle bias may not be good or fair, but it exists.  That's why, even in the debates, the GOP candidates have to calibrate their answers a bit more than they'd like to.

In the same vein, much as the Clinton/Obama debates of 2007/8 galvanized Democrats and made the Democratic Party look good, the GOP has to realize that their debates leave a residue, too. They reflect on the party's ability to govern.

And if one of your top tier candidates can't remember what he wants to do, and the media covers nothing but that... and if another top tier candidate is fighting back sexual harassment allegations...  it just makes the party brand suffer.

More Blogs
Job Board
Search Jobs
Professional Development Program Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Farmington Hills, MI
Biomedical Service Internship Position
American Society of Civil Engineers | Flint, MI
Deputy Director of Transit Operations
American Society of Civil Engineers | San Jose, CA
Structural Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | New Haven, CT
Transportation Planner
American Society of Civil Engineers | Salinas, CA
Assessment and Remediation Team Lead
American Society of Civil Engineers | Regina, SK
Quality Systems Manager
American Society of Civil Engineers | Greensboro, NC
Quality Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Attica, IN
Senior Water Resource Project Manager
American Society of Civil Engineers | Fairfax, VA
Civil Engineering
American Society of Civil Engineers | Steamboat Springs, CO
Entry Level Geotechnical Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Albany, NY
Sales Engineer-Process Automation/Instrumentation
American Society of Civil Engineers
Senior Project Manager- Transportation
American Society of Civil Engineers | San Antonio, TX
Materials Engineer 2
American Society of Civil Engineers | IL
Land Surveyor
American Society of Civil Engineers
Comments
comments powered by Disqus