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Photos to remember Perry by….
Sit. Shake. Rick Perry talks to Lucy the Shih Tzu, one of the few voters who will check his box in South Carolina, and asks if she knows the Lhasa Apso who voted for him in New Hampshire.
Breaking News Update: After Rick Perry’s news conference earlier today, Lucy has agreed to throw her support behind Newt Gingrich.
(photo credit: John Adkisson/The New York Times caption: Gov. Rick Perry of Texas pet a Shih Tzu named Lucy after speaking in Fort Mill, S.C. He was campaigning in South Carolina on Tuesday.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:Death warmed over. And that was before they started caucusing.
via NYT slideshow
…And no wonder Romney is clapping.
You put Perry center stage, shoulder-to-shoulder with Romney for three debates (for almost no reason except he’s the new-new-thing), then you suddenly shunt him off to the shadows? If there’s one picture that comes out of the Hanover Debate, it’s that Perry (by media decree), is toast.
(BTW: You want fairness and the chance that any candidate might rise and fall on his or her merits as well see another day in a media-driven campaign? Position ‘em on stage by drawing straws.)
(photo: Scott Eells-Pool/Getty Images caption: From left, Republican presidential candidates Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Herman Cain, former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich take the stage before a presidential debate sponsored by Bloomberg and The Washington Post held at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. The event moderated by U.S. television talk show host Charlie Rose and featuring eight Republican candidates, presents the first debate of the 2012 political season focused solely on the economy.)
"Jerry Litzel, who also attended the speech here, seemed similarly of two minds about the candidate. “I just like the way he talks — like a tough Texan,” Mr. Litzel said, before adding that he was not sure he liked Mr. Perry’s political positions, partly because he could not figure out what they are."Advice on Debt? Europe Suggests U.S. Can Keep It). Apparently, they are tired of being lectured by Americans when our system is weaker than theirs. It’s not what the caption reads, but it might as well say: “Sticking a fork in American exceptionalism, especially when a financially-floundering U.S.A. takes it for granted.
In the second photo, accompanying the piece linked above, the photo editors nail it again, the expression of “name tag guy” on the left looking at Mr. Perry as if seeing right through the “charisma pass” the Governor received to the GOP “top tier.”
(photo: Adam Nurkiewicz/AFP/Getty caption: U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (l.) speaks at a meeting in Poland of European finance ministers and central bankers.photo: Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press caption: Gov. Rick Perry of Texas on Thursday took his budding presidential campaign to Jefferson, Iowa.)
Your news quiz of the day. What’s the different between these four editions of the new TIME cover featuring Platon’s portrait of Rick Perry? … See answer below the boilerplate.
(photo: Platon for TIME)
Right, the U.S. edition omits the sub-head: “Can the governor of Texas become the next U.S. President?” Of course, some would argue the text is necessary to help overseas readers answer the question: “Who’s this Rick Perry guy?” In comparision, the American media — driven home by the Platon-treatment — has already convinced itself of the first answer.
I’ve got some questions about last night’s Reagan Library
mano-a-manothrough> GOP debate
1. Did the candidates draw straws for their position on stage?
2. Did the candidates draw straws to see who got questioned in what order?
3. How much did NBC have to do with Romney and Perry being situated dead center, side-by-side?
4. Did anyone in corporate media have a problem with the fact that the initial questions were directed at Perry and Romney (“cause you’re the new guy,” Brian Williams said to Perry … last come, first served, right?), and that the first couple minutes might as well, from the camera angle and every other angle, be solely a debate with extended rebuttal, between Romney and Perry?
5. Did anyone in corporate media have a problem with how much this morning’s NYT cover photo and headline reinforces and drives home the fact, before a primary vote has been cast, that the GOP contest is now a two-man race?
Photogs wrestling with Perry, #2.And then, from Getty’s Scott Olson, there’s always Perry (a retort to The Big Hat looking reflective) as Walking Taco — as in, ‘I can walk-o, and talk-o, at the same time’).
(photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images caption: Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry greats guests at the Iowa State Fair August 15, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa. The visit is part of Perry’s first campaign trip to Iowa since declaring he would seek the Republican nomination for president on August 13.)
Bag’s Take-Away:Getty’s Chip Somodevilla wrestles with Perry, #1:
I’m interested in this as racial commentary … since I couldn’t find another black face in the 38 other pics in the Rick Perry/Iowa State Fair photo gallery.
Not working? No room on the bus?
(photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images caption: Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry’s campaign bus arrives at the Iowa State Fair August 15, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa. This is Perry’s first trip to Iowa after announcing his run for the GOP presidential nomination.)
Bag’s Take-Away:Not the kind of photo you want to see if you’re Perry, like he’s just another dude in the crowd as Bachmann soaks it up. If the pic was cheap on the NYT’s part (yeah, watch the MSM blogs get ‘12 dirty), Perry’s step into Waterloo (and Bachmann home town), was (though you’d never know it from the picture) a big hat move + a shot-across-the-bow.
Bag’s Take-Away:I had this bad dream last night that President Perry, in silly clothes, was meeting in TX with his new buddy, Musharraf. Guess he’s posing like a peacock cuz he thinks he’s found his Putin.
(photo: Michael Thomas /AP caption: From left, Anita and Gov. Rick Perry and Pervez and Saba Musharraf met for lunch at a hotel in Austin. The former president of Pakistan said he requested the meeting with Perry to ‘exchange notes’ about Texas’ recent economic )