Rick Perry vs The Consultant Class

The great Erick Erickson breaks down the odds on the GOP field for President this morning at RedState and offers up some very interesting information on Rick Perry and his campaign team:


Carole Strayhorn ran against Perry in the GOP primary in 2006. She and her consultants had their butts handed to them by Perry and his team.

Karl Rove was a key player, despite his occasional denials, in Kay Bailey Hutchison’s defeat at Rick Perry’s hands last year in the Republican primary for Texas Governor.

Even Obama’s campaign guy, David Axelrod, has been crushed by Rick Perry.

So you have these guys, the Romney camp, and all their related friends on the left and the right trying to settle every score they can with Perry and his consultant, Dave Carney.

This, by the way, is why the attacks are coming fast and furious right now. This is why Republicans are leaking to reporters that Perry is too out of control or has, as Alex Castellanos put it on CNN last night, “Mad Cowboy Disease.”

Because so much of the consultant class will be shut out of the White House should Rick Perry win, their livelihoods depend on Rick Perry losing either now or in November. And frankly, for a few in the GOP consultant class, they’ll gladly see Perry lose in November just to ensure they are not shut out of a Republican White House.

Sadly, D.C. is all about making sure you've got a place at the table and if not, taking revenge on those who would deny you. This is an example of where the parties merge and form the ruling elite. This both scares the hell out of me and make Rick Perry all that more attractive as a candidate. Erickson says we'll have to see how he and his team whether the storm in the coming months to see if he can go the distance. True enough.