posted on Sep, 12 2011 @ 02:42 PM
Among the early highlights of Rick Perry’s Texas-sized cannonball into the murky waters of the Republican presidential field were the Lone Star
State governor’s suggestion that global warming is a hoax, and his description of evolution as merely “ a theory that’s out there.”
Compared to that stuff, I suppose questioning President Obama’s patriotism and coming this close to charging Federal Reserve Chair (and Bush
appointee) Ben Bernanke with treason were all in a day’s vicious campaigning for the Texas governor.
It’s not just Democrats and independents who have recoiled from this. Republicans from Karl Rove to John Cornyn to a number of congressmen are
worried. The issue for them isn’t Perry’s good ‘ol boy know-nothingism on a host of issues — that’s a plus in this Tea Party
Invasion-of-the-Republican-body-snatchers season. It’s just Perry’s style that needs a bit of fine-tuning. As Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), the chief
house Deputy Whip (forget the whipping, isn’t the title “chief deputy” oxymoronic — even moronic?) put it, the threats and insults are “not
something you want to lead with….”
Now there's another front runner in the Republicans' roster of potential presidential candidates. It appears that each candidate gets further and
further right in an attempt to capture the votes of the Tea Party. The Tea Party, meanwhile, has moved so far right they make the John Birch Society
look moderate. The next step, I guess, is outer space. I personally believe that some of the Republican candidates are there already.
As a leftist I am filled with glee at yet another unelectable candidate on the Republican side. Still, some of my conservative friends and associates
are actually looking at Perry as though he is a viable option.
The whole Republican party is being held hostage by a relatively small but incredibly loud minority. They know they need Tea Party votes in order to
win the White House in 2012. They can't afford to have the party split in half if they want to win.
The Republicans will have to choose a nut case to run for president in 2012. This should be good news, if it wasn't for the real possibility that said
candidate might actually win.
edit on 12-9-2011 by Sestias because: (no reason given)