In Re: Rick Perry
August 13, 2011 5 Comments
How the hell did that Mike Pence pic end up on a blog post about Rick Perry? I think anonymous has been messing with WordPress. Or maybe I just wanted to put up a pic of the guy I wish was running….
Be that as it may.
Well, he’s officially in the race–he being Rick Perry, not Mike Pence. I am likely to support him in the primary, at least right now–so now seems as good a time as any for a bit of due diligence.
Illegal immigration. As far as negatives go, this is the first thing that really jumps out. (I tweeted earlier that being a squish on illegal immigration could be his Achilles heel, which oddly enough was the exact phrase that MSLSD used a ‘couple days ago.)
As a member of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, this uses up a lot of 80/20 Rule slack for me, but given that we are living in (don’t kid yourself) in a very polarized time, politically, I’ll set that aside for a moment–but I don’t relish the thought of supporting a candidate who supports “comprehensive immigration reform,” which normal people call “amnesty for illegals.”
Other questions to ask:
Is he better than Romney?
Speaking of Ann Coulter, what about Christie?
What about Palin?
Can he beat Obama? Would Romney do any better? What’s the cost/benefit risk ratio?
Are the hardcores (full disclosure: I scored to the right of Jim DeMint on Tim Groseclose’s Political Quotient survey) going to go commit GOP suicide like Ron Paul and vote for Ralph Nader and Cynthia McKinney, or something equally destructive and unforgivable, if Perry is the candidate?
Can he win Ohio, Florida, and/or Pennsylvania…am I forgetting any important swing states?
Feel free to opine thusly, and add whatever you have to say about Perry.
(Warning: I will squash comments with these keywords: Bilderburgers. Ron Paul. RINO. Bush.)