During the debate commercial, Gov. Perry tried to intimidate Ron Paul

No sound but plenty of fury. Just look at the body language. Photo: Associated Press

EASTON, Md, September 8, 2011 — We have all heard of strong-arm tactics, and during the commercial break at Wednesday night’s GOP Presidential debate at the Reagan Library, Texas Governor Rick Perry was observed doing just that to Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas).

A camera caught the action, but no mikes were on, so this is a perfect example of where actions speak louder than words.

First Perry confronts Paul across the podium of Ambassador Jon Huntsman. Then they stand nose to nose as Perry harangues Paul. Next he shakes his finger in Paul’s face as he grabs his arm. Then he makes one last gesture, perhaps one of giving up in the face of Ron Paul’s stoic, tight-lipped response. 

So what ticked off the Governor, making him storm over to Paul during the commercial and confront him?

Probably Congressman Paul’s political ad, “Restore America Now,” that had just recently run, taking a swipe at Perry, had gotten under Perry’s thin skin.  (See below)

It had to rankle that Paul was calling Rick Perry, who headed Al Gore’s 1988 Presidential campaign in Texas, Gore’s Texas cheerleader. Actually, that little dig about being a cheerleader (sounds so feminine, doesn’t it?) is a bit misleading. Perry had been a yell leader for Texas A&M Aggies, something much more masculine.

And then when they were on stage debating, Ron Paul had gone after Perry passionately, challenging his conservative credentials.

So by the time the commercial break rolled around, Perry had to be seething, and it boiled over, propelling him across the stage to confront Paul head on.

No matter whom you favor for President, after watching the dynamics of the moment, the choice is clear: If you had your druthers and had to vote for one, whom would you vote for President? 

The Texas hot head or the cool guy under fire?

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Catherine Poe

Catherine was named one of the top Progressives in Maryland along with Senator Barbara Mikulski and Congresswoman Donna Edwards. She has been a guest of President Obama in the Rose Garden.

As past president of Long Island NOW, she worked to reform women's prisons in New York, open the construction trades to women, change laws to safeguard battered women, and protect the rights of rape victims. 

Long active in Democratic politics, she served as the presidentof the Talbot Democrats in Maryland for six years and fought to getthe Health Care Reform bill passed.

Catherine has been published in a diverse range of newspapers and magazines, including Newsday, Star Democrat, Rocky Mountain News, Yellowstone News, and the Massachusetts Review.

If Catherine has learned anything over the years it is that progressive change does not come easily, but in baby steps. 

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