Politico takes a look at the cool reception leading GOP candidates have received among the GOP intelligentsia. Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, tells Politico, “It just does seem to be a little crazy in a year when you have a chance to win the presidency that a lot of leading lights aren’t putting themselves forward.” Kristol had been outspoken in calls for Paul Ryan to run. (Ryan, a Republican congressman from Wisconsin and the chairman of the House Budget Committee, announced Monday he would not run.) Ross Douthat, a conservative columnist at the New York Times, ties dissatisfaction with the GOP field to a void left early on in the race, by another would-be candidate: “All this comes back to the failure of Mitch Daniels to get into the race,” Douthat tells Politico. Daniels, the governor of Indiana, announced in late May he wouldn’t run for president.
(Honest question, though, does anyone really think Ryan or Daniels would have the enthusiasm behind their runs to win a GOP primary?)
BACHMANN: Bachmann’s Thursday appearance at a town hall in North Charleston, S.C., remains on the schedule despite a forecast for high winds and heavy rain in the Mid-Atlantic region late this week when Hurricane Irene is expected to arrive, per NBC’s Jamie Novogrod. NBC’s Ali Weinberg reports organizers will review plans Wednesday, and determine whether to postpone the event.
The Washington Examiner reports Bachmann will unveil a health-care plan in the coming weeks.
HUNTSMAN: According to a Salt Lake Tribune blog post… At a fundraiser in Utah this week Jon Huntsman described his GOP opponents, "You stand up on stage in the debate like we did the other night and look around and say, 'Whoa, where'd these folks come from? What an interesting assortment of characters!'" Huntsman also played off August as a "dead month" and expects things to move faster soon. "The drama of today is temporary, it's emphemeral and it passes," the paper’s Robert Gehrke quoted Huntsman saying.
PERRY: The Hill: “The campaign of Texas governor and GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry is being hounded by statements made by Rick Perry.” In his book, “Fed Up! he argued, “Perry argues that the federal government should repeal the 16th amendment - which grants Congress wide leeway to levy income taxes - and institute instead a ‘flat tax’ that would tax all Americans at the same rate, regardless of income. But a Perry spokesman conceded Monday that dramatic income tax reform was likely a non-starter, according to the Washington Post.”
Reuters writes that, despite Perry's hard opening push in New Hampshire, "the tough-talking Texan will struggle to win support in this early-voting state."
The Texas Tribune sees few fundraising hurdles for Perry, despite the additional regulations placed on federal candidates that the Texas governor has not faced before.
Jeb Bush yesterday pushed back on the narrative that his family and Perry's don't get along. "I’ve never heard anyone in my family say anything but good things about Rick Perry," he said. "Not with my brother, my dad, not with me at all. I admire him and I think Texas has got a great story and he can legitimately talk about that story as a candidate for president."
Perry is wooing Iowa supporters of NJ Gov. Chris Christie, writes RealClearPolitics.
The Washington Post: "In his nearly 11 years as the state’s chief executive, Perry, now running for the Republican presidential nomination, has overseen more executions than any governor in modern history: 234 and counting."
ROMNEY: The Boston Globe writes of his September jobs plan release: “Romney, who has kept a low profile and not offered specific proposals, is attempting to seize control of what has been the central tenet of his presidential campaign: his message to Republican primary voters that his business background is what gives him the edge against Obama. The candidacy of Texas Governor Rick Perry threatens to steal that message, as he boasts that his state has created about 4 out of every 10 jobs in America over the past two years. Like Romney, Perry has tried to focus tightly on job creation as he outlines his campaign, with a mantra that Romney is also adopting: ‘Get America working again.’” More: “Romney has kept to a fairly low-key strategy, but his advisers have been promising that his approach would shift after Labor Day, when they suggest more voters will begin paying attention.”
“Ten days after Tim Pawlenty’s presidential campaign ended in Ames, one of the former governor’s top strategists, Minnesota GOP heavyweight Vin Weber, is rejoining forces with Pawlenty rival Mitt Romney,” the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. “Weber, the former Minnesota congressman, Washington lobbyist, and consigliere to former President George W. Bush, served as policy chairman to Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign.” The Romney campaign this morning announced the news.
Romney has three events today, per NBC’s Garrett Haake, starting in Southwest New Hampshire and working his way north.
SANTORUM: The AP reports that Rick Santorum will visit South Carolina on Thursday and Friday, making stops in the Upstate areas of Lake Wylie, Greenville and Spartanburg. NBC’s Ali Weinberg notes that Santorum returns to the state just two days after Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) excluded the former senator from participating in his Palmetto Freedom Forum event on Labor Day, because Santorum had not reached 5 percent in an average of national opinion polls.