TEA FOR PERRY

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

“No. 2 was for­mer New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s ad­mis­sion that he used pros­ti­tutes (23 per­cent), fol­lowed quickly by his res­ig­na­tion from that of­fice. News of for­mer Idaho Sen. Larry Craig’s ar­rest for lewd be­hav­ior in an air­port was the No. 3 scan­dal, at 18 per­cent,” Mr. Jurkowitz adds.

Pew poll­sters, mean­while, also have de­ter­mined that 57 per­cent of Amer­i­cans say erring politi­cians get caught more of­ten these days be­cause they are un­der “more scrutiny,” while 19 per­cent blame it on the “lower moral stan­dards” of elected of­fi­cials. Twelve per­cent re­ject both op­tions; among those who of­fer an ex­pla­na­tion, “the most fre­quently cited re­fer to elected of­fi­cials’ ego or ar­ro­gance,” the sur­vey said.

The event it­self drew some lu­mi­nar­ies. Also at­tend­ing the two-day gather­ing: Repub­li­can Sen. Mike Lee of Utah; Repub­li­can Reps. Michele Bach­mann and John Kline of Min­nesota; Thad­deus G. McCot­ter of Michi­gan; and Mar­sha Black­burn of Ten­nessee; for­mer Min­nesota Gov.Tim Paw­lenty; Her­man Cain; Vir­ginia At­tor­ney Gen­eral Ken­neth T. Cuc­cinelli II; and Ho­tAir.com founder Michelle Malkin. There al­ready is talk that po­ten­tial pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls Sarah Palin and Texas Gov. Rick Perry could shift from friends to “frenemies” as the 2012 cam­paign looms. Could be. A new Ras­mussen Re­ports sur­vey finds that the much cov­eted tea party vot­ing bloc fa­vors Mr. Perry more than Mrs. Palin — at least for now.

Over­all, 36 per­cent of likely Repub­li­can pri­mary vot­ers think it would be “good for Repub­li­cans” if the for­mer Alaska gov­er­nor en­ters the race. An iden­ti­cal num­ber — 36 per­cent — also ap­prove of Mr. Perry join­ing the fray.

But wait. Among tea party mem­bers who are likely pri­mary vot­ers, 49 per­cent say it would be good for the Grand Old Party if Mrs. Palin de­clares her White House can­di­dacy, while 53 per­cent of the con­ser­va­tive grass roots clan like the idea of Mr. Perry in the race. The sur­vey of 1,000 likely Repub­li­can pri­mary vot­ers was con­ducted June 14.

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