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Gov. Perry on recession: ‘We’re in one?’

September 18th, 2009 . by TexasFred

Gov. Perry on recession: ‘We’re in one?’

Texas political blogs are buzzing over Gov. Rick Perry’s comments about the recession on Thursday during a Houston appearance in light of today’s news that the unemployment rate is higher in the state than it’s been in more than 20 years.

Here’s what Perry said: “Why is Texas kind of recession-proof, if you will? As a matter of fact … someone had put a report out that the first state that’s coming out of the recession is going to be the state of Texas … I said, ‘We’re in one?’”

Texas Monthly senior executive editor and political pundit Paul Burka predicted in a blog post that “this gaffe is going to stick. It is going to be national news. It will come back to haunt him (Perry) … You cannot be callous and cavalier when people are losing their jobs and their homes … Everybody knows someone who is suffering in these times. Everybody has lost part of their life savings. It could cost him the race.”

Story Here:
Gov. Perry on recession: ‘We’re in one?’

I am, and have been, a Rick Perry supporter for a LONG time. But this is a bit out of place for Perry to say at this particular point in time.

It seems like Texas Gubernatorial candidates have a way of opening mouth, inserting a foot, all the way up to the knee joint, and then going for a stroll.

Back in 1990 Clayton Williams was running for Governor, he had a 20 point lead in the polls, then, somehow, the topic of RAPE came up and Williams quipped, “If it’s inevitable, just relax and enjoy it”. Clayton Williams lost, every woman in Texas voted against him, and honestly, I don’t blame them.

I honestly hope that this wasn’t Rick Perry’s excursion into the depths of his throat with BOTH feet. But I would take serious bets that Kay Bailout Hutchison will pounce on this like a cat on a mouse.

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11 Responses to “Gov. Perry on recession: ‘We’re in one?’”

  1. comment number 1 by: BobF

    At the link, all they have is the 19 second video. I would like to have seen or read more of what was said after he made the remark as it seems like he was going to clarify his statement. I think there’s more to it but whoever posted the video on Y-Tube doesn’t want it known.

  2. comment number 2 by: GM Roper

    Perry can win if he does the politician bit. Fred, I think you’re right about bailout jumping on this, but she has so many skeletons in her closet (bail out votes for example) that I don’t think she has a chance.

  3. comment number 3 by: HoosierArmyMom

    It seems to me he was going somewhere with the “sound bitish” quip too. The MSM will run with it though. Ms. “Bailout” has already shot herself in the foot just on her voting record which can’t be altered in any way. I think GM makes a good point. He can recover, especially if he went on to make a point and his comments were recorded in their entirety.

    God Bless Texas and God Bless our Country.

  4. comment number 4 by: minuteman26

    KBH is leading Perry in the polls by 2 pts. Perry has to take the race seriuosly and watch what he says. It aint in the bag and as Yogi says it aint over till its over. Women and moderates are leaning towards KBH, while conservatives and men are going for Perry. KBH as governor would be a disaster for Texas.

  5. comment number 5 by: TexasFred

    I would love to see or read the FULL text of this too, a sound bite can, and IS, taken out of context, but a few words are all it takes sometimes…

    I keep thinking back to Clayton Williams and how HIS few words cost him the election and gave Texas *Cocaine* Annie Richards…

  6. comment number 6 by: Silver Fox

    Does sound like a severe case of “foot-in-mouth”, but then I’m not up on Texas politics. Does he often make these “Biden-like” gaffs?

  7. comment number 7 by: TexasFred

    Nope, this was WAY out of character… That’s why I want to hear the whole thing, in full context…

    I have to believe that there’s a lot more to this than meets the eye…

  8. comment number 8 by: HoosierArmyMom

    I know sometimes when someone asks me a stupid question of the moonbat/uninformed, “I’ve been drinking too much koolaid variety, I will respond with a very smartypants statement before I go into my “stupid people annoy me rampage”. Maybe that’s what he was doing to make a point.

    You know TF, one of the things I don’t like about Hannity, is his reliance on “gotcha sound bites” instead of digging for the full context and supporting evidence that makes the case. His doing the “Stop Hillary Express” and coddling up to that Rhino McCain did as much to put a Marxist in the White House as the MSM. Who didn’t get sick of hearing him yammer on about Rev. Wright and Bill Ayers based on sound bites, minor details and hearsay? There is plenty of dirt on Bill Ayers out there and he doesn’t go for it. What a whining baby!

  9. comment number 9 by: Vigilante

    HAM……..agreed. I used to watch Hannity but anymore he makes me want to hurl. It’s the same old shit night after night. I have sent him e-mails suggesting some ideas he might consider and NEVER get a reply of even a “F%$#K You” back from him. I suggested that, since he’s always using the American people as a backdrop, why not have everyday American people on his Great American Panel instead of the usual TV personalities, news anylysts,Fox contributors, etc, etc.. If
    He wants to portray what America is feeling, then for Christs sake have REAL Americans on his show unabridged. I’ll bet his ratings would double.

  10. comment number 10 by: TopGun

    I have no respect for a man who wanted to forcefully inoculate teen girls over just STD protection. If that does not show Tyranny type leanings, I do not know what does. That alone is 100% against the Liberty this country was founded on.

    KBH de-funded the boarder fence and voted to put this nation further into debt. It is more than obvious she is a slimeball, being she runs on the Conservative party ticket, but votes with Democrats.

    Medina just does not have enough followers to pull it off, and a lot will not go with her because they are afraid it will allow KBH to win if they do not support Mr. Hair.

    A real charismatic person with a great platform could pull it off, but you need both to make it happen.

  11. comment number 11 by: HoosierArmyMom

    “He wants to portray what America is feeling, then for Christs sake have REAL Americans on his show unabridged. I’ll bet his ratings would double.” …Vigilante

    I agree, and your suggestion is brilliant. I know I might start watching him again if he put real people on his panel. I just get the feeling Hannity is all about those ratings, and not about trying to put the truth out there in a way that can’t be denied. Sad but true.