Fundraising numbers for the Republican candidates for President are in. Rick Perry leaked his numbers to Matt Drudge in a smart attempt to woo the hostile-to-Perry blogger. Equally smart Rick Perry gave his $17 million raised numbers “exclusive” to HotAir too.
Rick Perry managed to raise his astounding numbers in the 49 days since he announced he was running, not the full 92 days in the quarter. Further, Perry spent very little of the money he raised. Most importantly Perry fundraising was NOT hurt by his disastrous September debate performance.
For Rick Perry, the phrase “money changes everything” has never been truer. All Perry has to do now is get his debates performances up to middle school level and he has the nomination.
Willard Romney is simply not liked by the majority of Republicans. No matter what happens to other candidates Willard’s numbers do not rise. It will take another debate meltdown by Perry which then leads to donors abandoning Perry to deny Perry the nomination.
Romney will continue to fight for the nomination and he does have money and organization but Romney has the albatross of Romneycare to overcome. Perry’s problems on immigration will hurt him in the Republican primaries, but will help him in the general election. Romneycare will hurt Romney in the primaries and deprive Republicans of a major campaign issue in the general election too.
Yesterday, Romney was helped when Chris Christie declared with finality that he would not run in 2012. Today, Rick Perry is helped because the only other plausible candidate who could raise money and had an army to challenge him made her 2012 plans for the nomination clear. Sarah Palin is not running for president in 2012. ABC news has the Palin statement:
“October 5, 2011
After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States. As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country. My decision maintains this order.
My decision is based upon a review of what common sense Conservatives and Independents have accomplished, especially over the last year. I believe that at this time I can be more effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants to office – from the nation’s governors to Congressional seats and the Presidency. We need to continue to actively and aggressively help those who will stop the “fundamental transformation” of our nation and instead seek the restoration of our greatness, our goodness and our constitutional republic based on the rule of law.
From the bottom of my heart I thank those who have supported me and defended my record throughout the years, and encouraged me to run for President. Know that by working together we can bring this country back – and as I’ve always said, one doesn’t need a title to help do it.
I will continue driving the discussion for freedom and free markets, including in the race for President where our candidates must embrace immediate action toward energy independence through domestic resource developments of conventional energy sources, along with renewables. We must reduce tax burdens and onerous regulations that kill American industry, and our candidates must always push to minimize government to strengthen the economy and allow the private sector to create jobs.
Those will be our priorities so Americans can be confident that a smaller, smarter government that is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people can better serve this most exceptional nation.
In the coming weeks I will help coordinate strategies to assist in replacing the President, re-taking the Senate, and maintaining the House.
Thank you again for all your support. Let’s unite to restore this country!
God bless America.
– Sarah Palin”
Sarah Palin will also not run as an independent. [The Palin interview with Mark Levin may be heard HERE.] The creeps who crowed when Trump was driven out of the race are also roostering that they have driven Sister Sarah out.
The Republican field is set and the nominee will probably be Rick Perry or if he continues to be as incoherent as Michael Jackson’s last tape – Willard Mitt Romney.
If either Willard Romney or Rick Perry are the nominees it is not likely that Donald Trump will run as an independent.
The field for the Obama Dimocratic Party is also set.
The only question remaining is who will run as the nominee of the Democratic Party.