Rick Perry Wants To Debate…Nancy Pelosi?

I actually wouldn’t mind seeing this debate. With the average congressional approval rating at 11.3%, it should be Nancy Pelosi and not Rick Perry who is defensive about the status quo in Congress.

But I’m not sure this is in the best interest of Rick Perry’s campaign.

Rick Perry has challenged House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to debate him next week about his plan for a part-time Congress.

In a letter to Pelosi (D-Calif.) obtained by The Hill, the Texas governor wrote: “I am in Washington Monday and would love to engage you in a public debate about my Overhaul Washington plan versus the congressional status quo.

“I think it would be a tremendous service to the American people to see a public airing of these differences,” he continued. “Let the people decide. If Monday doesn’t work, perhaps we could find a time in Iowa over the course of the next month to discuss these issues in front of the people of America’s heartland.”

Does anyone else get the feeling that Perry, at this point in his campaign, is sort of like a punch-drunk boxer stumbling around the ring and lashing out hoping to strike a lucky blow? That’s the feeling I get. He’s calling the President “pathetic” and a “socialist,” and now he’s throwing round house punches at the House minority leader.

I get why he’s doing it. It’s desperation time in his campaign. He’s hoping to land a lucky blow. Something that will get traction with the public and get him back in this race.

I’m not sure a debate with Rep. Botox is the ticket, though.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Vlad

    Why doesn’t he challenge the House Majority Leader?  He is against a part time congress too.

  • ih8liberals

    Yes, Perry’s debate performances have been less than stellar and he is surely not going to recover, however, in my opinion, he would be a much better candidate in deconstructing Washington than Romney or Gingrich.

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    Whither thou goest O once proud gop?

  • mikemc1970

    That would be much too easy for Perry. He just needs to bring up Nancy’s habit of insider trading and we can all watch her squirm and lie like she did in that 60 minutes story.

  • sanity

    Sorry but I think Perry is done – from what I have been reading his support and money is drying up after the gaffes, ect. I just don’t think he has what it takes.

    Same for Cain – while I like his business sense and some of his ideas, I just don’t think he has what it takes to get across the finish line. Everyone talked about Palin needing to be more “schooled” in politics before she ran or thought of running – I think for Cain that might be the case here as well.

    Bachmann – she is severely trailing and while she has some support I don’t think she will even be a contender. She is a lost voice in the wilderness and no one really about to hear her.

    Huntsman – No chance in Hell, I barely know him, his base is hardly anything at all, and daddy is buying him air time in NH. 

    Paul – interesting, he is starting rise and while I think he has some sound Economic ideas, from what I have noticed his foreign policy thoughts aren’t very good – but then again, you also have a cabinet and Congress that shape these, so while his ideas on some things may not be great, they can be tempered. Does he have what it takes? I don’t think so, but it is possible, but I don’t think the media will “allow” him to become much of a player, and will limit stories and coverage of him to minimize him.

    That really leaves Newt and Romney.

    Newt – He has alot of baggage and has some things he needs to address on earnings that could very well sink alot of his support. He is growing in the polls and support mainly due to him really being the most knowledgeable on politics, and how he handles the media and moderators in debates. I think many supporters of Newt care less about the baggage than some realize and that they are looking at him as someone who would have the willpower and brass balls to make the changes and get things the hard things done that needs to be done. Whether that is enough to bypass what some of the issues (baggage) he has, time will determine that. I would love to see a debate between Newt and Obama – that would be one interesting debate.

    Romney – Romney LOOKS presidential, so if voters are looking to vote on looks he is the one. He too has some issues he needs to overcome and get explained, because if it isn’t done NOW, if he gets the nomination it will be brought up repeatedly by the media and Obama surrogates (for most part one and the same). Romney has kept his lead in part because I think the media WANTS Romney as the nominee. Not sure why, but perhaps they figure him to be more beatable by Obama. Romney seems to have stayed clear of gaffes and glitches in interviews and appearance, and through the media has been pretty quiet which keeps his favorability still high cause we don’t really see him doing much, while others are making gaffes and the news.

    Personally, I don’t like Mitt very much. I like Cain, but don’t think he has what it takes, and I also like Newt. I like Newt cause he seems to have a better understanding on things than most of those up on the stage. Time will tell……..

    • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

      Do you, would you support the one and only true red con up there right now?
      I’m talking about Mr. Santorum, of course.

      • sanity

        I like Santorum, but he too is not in the possibilities of making to the nomination. Unfortunately he is in the league of Bachmann and Huntsman – no chance in winning.

        • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

          Do you think he is the only true red con up there right now?

          • sanity

            What do you mean by Red con?

            As for Conservative Values, I think several have thoe, but they also have other ideals – its a matter of picking which suits or is closer to the values you wish upheld, and who has the better ideals in getting the job done and taking America back to her greatness she once had.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Red is the conservative tie color of choice. gop is identified with the color red.
            The modern gop is not capable of fulfilling the job you’ve identified.

          • Guest

            “Red is the conservative tie color of choice. gop is identified with the color red.”

            Hmmm…no red tie.

          • Guest

            “Red is the conservative tie color of choice. gop is identified with the color red.”

            You dope.

          • sanity

            Conservatism is not one color but three – red, white and blue.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Like France, right?

          • sanity

            sure if your one to read from left to right, since yours is blue white and red and has nothing to do with america and conservatism – nice try, no cigar

  • borborygmi

    That is totally desperation time for Perry.    It also gives me a bad visual with Pelosi’s face cracking and falling away as if she was in a ‘Tool’ video.  Not a pretty sight.

    • sanity

      Reminds me of a joke when you talk about Pelosi that way….

      A woman in her forties went to a plastic surgeon for a face-lift. The surgeon told her about a new procedure called “The Knob,” where a small knob is placed on the back of a woman’s head and can be turned to tighten up her skin to produce the effect of a brand new face lift.

      Of course, the woman wanted “The Knob.”

      Over the course of the years, the woman tightened the knob, and the effects were wonderful – the woman remained young looking and vibrant. After fifteen years, the woman returned to the surgeon with two problems. “All these years, everything has been working just fine. I’ve had to turn the knob many times and I’ve always loved the results.

      But now I’ve developed two annoying problems:

      First, I have these terrible bags under my eyes and the knob won’t get rid of them.”
      The doctor looked at her closely and said, “Those aren’t bags, those are your breasts.”

      She said, “Well, I guess there’s no point in asking about the goatee….”

      • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

        It’s been said that she’s had so many facelifts that every time she raises her eyebrows, she pulls up her socks.

  • Davoarid

    Rick Perry is allowing Nancy Pelosi to define him. It’s an admittance of impotence.

  • Guest

    In other news: Cain offers to debate Carrot Top.

    • Guest

      That’s Carrot Top, who, not surprisingly, is 1000 times more comical that our very own Poofy.

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