Political girl-about-town gets a dose of Rick Perry

 

 

I am a huge sucker for po­lit­i­cal hoopla. So is, ap­par­ently, the ma­jor­ity of cam­pus (you know your heart flut­tered a lit­tle every time Char­lie said “Dart­mouth”). As soon as I walked into the Beta de­bate watch party/Rick Perry fan fest, how­ever, I felt to­tally out of my el­e­ment. Isn’t a watch party the same as an Amurica party? I guess I missed the memo that we were sup­posed to dress nicely (though the frat bros in at­ten­dance should def keep wear­ing those suits for more ac­tiv­i­ties than just rush and alum events #hot­dayum). I rec­og­nized very few (OK fine, none) of the older peo­ple in at­ten­dance (wait, peo­ple other than stu­dents and profs exist in the Hanover bub­ble?). I’ve been pretty po­lit­i­cally in­volved, and thought that I could hold my own no mat­ter what end of the spec­trum my com­pa­tri­ots are on. But put me in a room full of Rick Perry sup­port­ers? I couldn’t even tell you for sure if the gig­gly tweens hud­dled around an iPod touch were Perry’s kids or not. I am sure you have felt this way one time or an­other — going from the start math­elete to the con­fused Writ­ing 5 kid kind of sucks right? Dear read­ers, I hope you will for­give my lack of witty in­sider jokes cause un­less you ask me about Cal­i­for­nia pol­i­tics, I am as con­fused as the rest of the can­di­dates were about Cain’s 9-9-9 plan and as awk­ward as the dude that had the “hy­po­thet­i­cal” fight with the pretty lady ask­ing the ques­tions (see, I don’t even know HER name). Here’s to learn­ing new things and an ex­cit­ing Re­pub­li­can pri­mary sea­son!

Daily Beast spotlights Perry’s Beta talk

 

 

The Daily Beast ques­tioned Rick Perry’s choice of post-de­bate venue on Tues­day — the can­di­date spoke at Beta after ver­bal spar­ring at the Hop — and de­scribed Beta’s his­tory of haz­ing and racist com­men­tary in an ar­ti­cle pub­lished last night. Perry’s de­ci­sion to speak at a frat with a con­ser­v­a­tive South­ern rep­u­ta­tion isn’t sur­pris­ing, ar­ti­cle au­thor Andy Ross con­cludes, but Beta’s re­cent re­turn to cam­pus after a ban for ques­tion­able in­sti­tu­tional be­hav­ior does make it a risky choice as a venue for build­ing broad po­lit­i­cal sup­port.

Perry’s son offered insight at SAE

Dur­ing Tues­day’s de­bate frenzy, the cam­paign of Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas — one of the front-run­ners for the 2012 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion’s re­pub­li­can ticket — de­cided to do a lit­tle frat hop­ping to pro­mote the gov­er­nor. While he didn’t com­plete a cir­cuit dur­ing his stay at Dart­mouth, Perry’s 28-year-old son Grif­fin did make a pit stop at Sigma Alpha Ep­silon fra­ter­nity on Tues­day af­ter­noon at a ca­sual mixer to dis­cuss pol­i­tics and his fa­ther’s cam­paign.

“It’s al­ways nice to see girls at a frat house dur­ing the day,” Grif­fin quipped dur­ing his in­tro­duc­tion.

The Texan gov­er­nor’s son de­liv­ered a brief pre­sen­ta­tion very catered to his col­lege au­di­ence, prais­ing the stu­dents in at­ten­dance for their in­volve­ment in the po­lit­i­cal process.

“That means you’re think­ing about your fu­ture,” he said.

Re­gard­ing his fa­ther’s cam­paign plat­form, Grif­fin Perry said his fa­ther is not a be­liever in gov­ern­ment-cre­ated jobs, but that en­tre­pre­neurs can help cre­ate jobs as a so­lu­tion to the na­tional issue of un­em­ploy­ment. He added, how­ever, he could not “go into the full de­tail today.”

In re­sponse to a stu­dent’s ques­tion about the spe­cific is­sues with which Perry’s com­pe­ti­tion must con­tend dur­ing the de­bate, Grif­fin Perry sug­gested that for­mer Gov. Mitt Rom­ney, R-Mass., ap­peals to a lim­ited scope of Re­pub­li­cans and must prove him­self dur­ing Tues­day’s de­bate.

“Can Mitt Rom­ney reach out to more vot­ers?” Grif­fin Perry asked.

He also com­mented on the topic of Tues­day’s de­bate, which solely fo­cused on eco­nomic is­sues.

“It might be a lit­tle bor­ing un­less you love eco­nom­ics,” Perry cau­tioned three mem­bers of Alpha Xi Delta soror­ity. One as­sured him that she was an eco­nom­ics major, how­ever, and she was ex­cited for the de­bate.

On sev­eral oc­ca­sion, Grif­fin — who said his fa­ther had been prac­tic­ing a great deal for Tues­day’s de­bate — made ref­er­ence to the gov­er­nor’s record as his “strongest at­tribute” in com­par­i­son to the other can­di­dates.

An­other stu­dent asked Grif­fin to com­ment on the Oc­cupy Wall Street protests in New York, about which Grif­fin ad­mit­ted he did not know a lot of de­tails.

“I don’t nec­es­sar­ily know what their point is,” he said. “You’ve got to know what you stand for.”

On the topic of the de­bate it­self, Grif­fin said he would be look­ing for­ward to see­ing all eight can­di­dates speak in a for­mal set­ting.

“Every­body’s going to be more pol­ished,” Grif­fin Perry said. “Not just Dad, but the other can­di­dates.”

The younger Perry pre­dicted — pretty ac­cu­rately — that for­mer House Speaker Newt Gin­grich, R-Ga., for­mer Gov. Jon Hunts­man, R-Utah, and for­mer Sen. Rick San­to­rum, R-Penn., wouldn’t be speak­ing much at the de­bate, which he said would cen­ter more on his fa­ther and Rom­ney. As any loyal son might, Grif­fin con­cluded with some well wishes for his fa­ther.

“I hope Dad does very well,” Grif­fin said.

Tuck pro­fes­sor Gre­gory Slay­ton ’81 — who said he has known Rick Perry for a “long time” — was in­stru­men­tal in or­ga­niz­ing Perry’s two Greek events, Slay­ton said in an in­ter­view with Dart­beat.

Perry’s de­ci­sion to reach out to stu­dents dur­ing his stay at Dart­mouth was un­matched by any of the other can­di­dates, Slay­ton said, who added that Rom­ney had planned an event at one point that had been can­celled.

At 10 p.m. after the de­bate, the Texas gov­er­nor him­self made an ap­pear­ance along with his cam­paign staff and fam­ily at Beta Alpha Omega fra­ter­nity for a larger gath­er­ing, Slay­ton said.

The Grif­fin Perry event at SAE was co-hosted by AZD. The post-de­bate event at Beta was co-hosted by Kappa Kappa Gamma soror­ity and SAE.

Ron Paul raises brows at debate

 

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The New York Times

We’re not sure what shocked him, but can­di­date Ron Paul was spot­ted with his brows un­usu­ally askew dur­ing Tues­day’s de­bate. As The New York Times noted, a false brow, per­haps in­cor­rectly glued, seemed so slip a bit on the can­di­date’s face as the de­bate wore on. Moral of the story: Learn from Mr. Paul and check that your brows are se­curely at­tached be­fore leav­ing for class.

Photo Essay: 2011 GOP debate

 

 

Eight Re­pub­li­can pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls gath­ered around Char­lie Rose’s round­table in Spauld­ing Au­di­to­rium for the ninth GOP de­bate of the 2012 elec­toral sea­son on Tues­day evening.

 

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Photo Essay: Around campus on debate day

The Oct. 11 Re­pub­li­can pres­i­den­tial de­bate took over cam­pus, with stu­dents, pro­fes­sors and com­mu­nity mem­bers carous­ing with can­di­dates, politi­cos and jour­nal­ists. From protests on the Green to can­di­date-fre­quented watch par­ties, The Dart­mouth was there to doc­u­ment.

 

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