Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Watching Perry and Pawlenty for President

Though Texas Gov. Rick Perry has said no to running for president for some time now, it would seem he might be reconsidering. (I hope, I hope.) The Wall Street Journal dangled the slim possibility of Perry entering the 2012 race in New Whispers of Perry 2012 Bid

"...over the past two weeks, political advisers and friends say, Mr. Perry has changed his tune on a possible presidential campaign. In private conversations, they say, the three-term governor said he worries that the current GOP contenders have yet to stir real excitement within the party and may struggle when facing President Barack Obama.

" 'He thinks there is a void [in the current field of candidates], and that he might be uniquely positioned to fill that void', said one Perry confidant who talked to the governor last week."

If Perry doesn't enter the race, then at this point, I think my default candidate is Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Unlike Mitt Romney, who I am beginning to think is more of an Obama-Lite (pro govt. healthcare and still in favor of ethanol), Pawlenty is at least offering some contrasting opinions.

A CNN poll (graph shown in the same article) measured Republican satisfaction with the field of candidates in May of 2007 and 2011 and found deeper dissatisfaction this time than last.  I am surprised the positive numbers are as high as they are for both years. In 2007, 70% felt positively (combining very with fairly satisfied), compared to 61% this May. Those dissatisfied (combining not very with not at all satisfied) in 2007 totalled 26%, while 39% were dissatisfied in 2011.

Other undeclared candidates are still out there, including fairly unknowns who interest me like LTC Allen West, but I think most Republicans agree with Gov. Perry--no one has really excited the base...yet.

Perry could change that in an instant by saying, Yes!


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