Rick Perry takes the bait! Let the games begin.Submitted by phojes on Tue, 09/06/2011 - 16:56
Rick Perry has just single handedly elevated Dr. Paul's campaign!!! The media attention surrounding this is going to be big. The news stories are already flying about a Perry vs Paul showdown.
Perry's campaign released a response to the ad, which spells out Dr. Paul's letter as to why he left the GOP in 1988...
There are several reasons why his response fails.
First, Dr. Paul can say that he left the GOP because it wasn't conservative enough for him. That would be a great counter because it's true. Many conservatives would now agree that as great as Reagan was, he wasn't as conservative as today's conservatives are (and claim to be). It's a much better position to be in to be too conservative for the Republican party than too liberal (ala Gore) for the Republican party.
Second, Rick Perry's response may get some attention, but the only way he could truly fight back is to run ads of his own. You think Rick Perry really wants to spend money fighting Ron Paul? :)
by responding to the attack, Rick Perry is in effect saying that Dr. Paul is a worthy enough adversary to necessitate response. Dr. Paul wins every day of the week if it comes down to a showdown of loyalties and principles.
Fourth, Perry's response fails to refute his association with Gore completely. He can't defend himself against this, so he has no choice but to go on the offensive.
Finally, this is all going to play out at the Reagan debate and it could lead to Romney and Bachmann getting shut out of the conversation. This is going to be a fun week!!!