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Is Perry Texas Toast?

Lackluster performance and horrible poll among Jews mar candidacy

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Gov. Rick Perry this weekend in New Hampshire.(Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)

Certainly this week’s scandal involving a word I’m not going to write—less because I’m squeamish and more because I actually just don’t want to have to look at it—isn’t going to help matters for Rick Perry. But even if that hadn’t happened, his standing has been steadily slipping in the face of Mitt Romney’s attacks on him and, even more, the perception that, with his debate gaffes and the like, the longtime Texas governor simply isn’t ready for primetime. Late last month, he embarrassingly lost the Florida Republican straw poll to delivery-pizza mogul Herman Cain, despite having been the only one of the mainstream candidates to seriously contest it. (Putney Swope, anyone?) In the latest poll he is tussling with Cain for second place, with Romney in the lead. Presumably we will know more after the next GOP debate, which is in a week, and then yet more after each of the 100 or so GOP debates after that.

Meanwhile, in our little corner of the world, things look even worse for Perry. His image as a champion of Israel and a friend of the Jews, cultivated last month, appears not to be sticking. In a poll of Jewish voters in Florida—the Jewish voters who, in a sense, matter most—President Obama trounced Perry 82-2 percents (not a typo). Mitt Romney, by contrast, at least gets 11 percent of their vote. Wayne Barrett, late of the Village Voice, has a Newsbeast docudump revealing that Rabbi Irwin Katsof, of Monsey, N.Y., purportedly the “singularly important bridge between Perry and Israel’s supporters in the United States,” actually has fairly tenuous, cynical, and merely conditional ties to Perry, and anyway is not somebody Perry will necessarily wish to be associated with in a general election. In Texas, is this the part where they’d say it was time for him to hit the trail?

Herman Cain Upsets Gov. Rick Perry to Win Florida GOP Straw Poll [Fox News]
Florida Close [Public Policy Polling]
Rick Perry’s Rabbi [The Daily Beast]
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Jews will vote for Obama as they’re more afraid of Christians than Muslims. Plus, Sharia Law is an ocean away whereas traditional Judeo-Christian values are their enemy to fight here. American Jews are more loyal to the Democrat party than to Israel.

As a traditional and conservative American Jew the preponderance of educated idiot fellow Jews here in America is appalling.

Beatrix says:

This is the 2nd time you’ve been too fastidious to reveal something and it lessens the impact of your writing. (The first time was some form of the well-known, “the Palestinians never mess an opportunity to miss an opportunity.”) That time I knew what was missing, but this time I have no idea what the “word” is. I hope another reader will enlighten me.

I’m an independent who still hasn’t decided who to vote for, but Perry lost me when he came out against Social Security. I’m on Social Security, and though I have ideas on how to improve it, I would not consider abolishing it or making it the responsibility of the state. I just figured Perry is inept.

Beatrix says:

I don’t think Jews today are fearful of Christianity, nor do they need to be. Christianity and Islam are in competition for followers, even if Christians aren’t aware of this.

Jews remain loyal to liberals because they think of these people as being the most caring. In some ways they are, but they are also the most subjected to Islamic propagandists who have convinced liberals that they’re still living in the 1960s, the heyday of liberalism, and that the Palestinians are the equivalent of the black people demanding their civil rights while the Israelis are the equivalent of Bull Conner hitting back with fire hoses and attack dogs.

They aren’t told that Israel and Palestine are two countries who have been at war, that after three attacks by Palestinians that Israel won, Israel occupied the enemy that was trying to destroy her, and that both Jews and Palestinians are mainly Semites.

Nor are they told that Israel is a democracy having leaders from the left, right and center whose peace offers have been turned down by both Arafat and his assistant Abbas, which is why the Palestinians are still occupied.

In fact, when Israel offered peace, Arafat responded with intifadas and visits to the UN where his friends were. Abbas just goes to the UN. He doesn’t want intifadas because they could turn into an Arab Spring, something he and Hamas both fear.

As long as the liberal left controls the universities, liberal students, including Jews, will believe the propaganda.

Beatrix says:

Palestine also leaves the impression that they are a small people picked on by a larger group of Israelis. That’s because the Palestinians don’t include the Palestinians in camps in their totals, nor do they mention that the Arabs put these people in the camps, not the Israelis.

The camps used to be a big source of propaganda for the Palestinians and a big source of anti-Israeli activity. These combatants were the ones who were supposed to inundate Israel because of the “right of return.”

Israel has 5 million Jews and 2 million Arabs. Palestine, counting the people in the camps, has 10 ½ million people.

The UN takes care of the “refugees” now. If Palestine gets its own state and has to include these people, they’ll have to come up with the funds to care for millions of people who will have reached adulthood without ever having been free.

HannaH says:

The Orthodox Jews know that Democrats who are their enemy and the enemy of Israel may be a secular Jews are slower to wake up. And this silliness about the Republicans taking your Social Security. It does need changing. The change would not affect anybody in their 50s. We got this system from Chile. They’ve had enough sense to move on to new and better system. We should copy then again.

Jules says:

In the wildfires that burned Bastrop county and the surroundings of Austin Texas just last month, 5000 people were displaced from their homes, 100 lives were lost (at last count) and over 500 houses were burned beyond repair simply because Gov. Perry thought it would be prudent to cut back funding to fire departments by 75%. The man is just vile beyond words of easy description. What is more he is a racist of proud standing:


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