If Rick Perry is sincerely eyeing a possible presidential run in 2016, he’s getting off to a bad start.
Prominent conservatives like Mark Levin along with countless individuals within the grassroots movement are questioning his judgment after it was announced that failed-former McCain Advisor (and full time MSNBC contributor/Palin-basher), Steve Schmidt was joining his legal team. Further, Henry Barbour, who recently betrayed Mississippi conservatives in encouraging Thad Cochran to campaign like a race-card playing liberal, has also been added to the team.
PJ Media’s Bryan Preston remarks: (emphasis mine)
Schmidt is best known among the conservative grassroots for bashing former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin years after her and Sen. John McCain’s failed run for the presidency in 2008. Both Schmidt and Nicole Wallace were 2008 McCain campaign advisers whose bashing of Palin and other conservatives in the years since has made them unpopular figures among Tea Party supporters and the GOP grassroots.
Both seem happy to resurrect problems from that campaign and blame them on others, either Palin or conservatives, not themselves for running a terrible, flaky, indecisive, and ultimately unsuccessful campaign.
Henry Barbour is known for a more recent transgression, smearing conservatives during the controversial Mississippi primary battle between Sen. Thad Cochran and state Sen. Chris McDaniel.
Popular Breitbart writer, Tony Lee weighed in yesterday stating that Perry has “aligned himself with two of the most infamous Republican establishment operatives known for trashing conservatives.” Lee goes on to say:
Perry is working with Henry Barbour, whom conservatives want the Republican National Committee to censure for his group’s smearing of conservatives in the Mississippi Senate runoff, and Steve Schmidt, who has elevated his profile by maligning conservatives, especially former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
Perry should be aware of scorpions like Messrs. Barbour and Schmidt, especially if he has dirty laundry. And even if he doesn’t, he should be no less worried, because those like Schmidt have proven that they may just make things up if things sour.
If you notice, Lee links to a classic Breitbart article written by our very own Stacy Drake that dissects and breaks down the “Game Change” flop.
And of course, conservative icon, Mark Levin remarked via Facebook:
It doesn’t make sense for Perry to pal around with establishment thugs whose claims to fame lately have been trashing conservatives who are popular with the grassroots and using liberal tactics to do it. Texans love Governor Palin, especially Texas Republicans just as Mississippi Republicans loved (and voted for) Chris McDaniel.
Governor Palin recently came to Governor Perry’s defense over this indictment and she also endorsed his run for re-election in 2010.
In her defense of Perry recently though she did say (with her usual prescience):
Rick won’t have to worry about the Republican establishment piling on, either. He’s more ingratiated with the political machine than someone considered still an unknown who’d go rogue on GOP kingmakers when they acted unethically, so he’s fortunate to only face a firing squad from one side.
Apparently he doesn’t have anything to worry about where the establishment is concerned. But not having to endure a pile-on is much different than a deliberate association with individuals who have stabbed many of your supporters and friends in the back.
The effect of the grassroots continues to grow. While most in the media foolishly measure the growth of the grassroots by election wins and losses alone, they ignore what establishment Republicans like Henry Barbour have to go through to win, things like race mongering, cheap and dirty tactics, and people like Steve Schmidt who care more about packing their own parachutes than they are at honoring the values of their party and by extension, their country. And all that doesn’t even include the countless millions and millions they have to spend.
As Governor Palin stated in the past though,”we delight” in their ongoing insistence to underestimate us. With every election cycle, establishment Republicans continue to be lured further out of their ratholes. By 2016, there’s no telling just how further empowered the grassroots will be in their honorable mission of resisting the imposters within the national GOP establishment.
As such, Governor Perry not only has created his own possibilities of being sold down the river by Steve Schmidt, he’s also putting his credibility with the grassroots on the chopping block for 2016.
What is he thinking?