Rick Perry Runs; Rightbloggers Offer Endorsements, Excuses
The brethren were so excited that they generously extended to Perry their trademark persecution complex. They also started explaining away his many unfortunate statements and actions.
LD Jackson of Political Realities detailed "The Campaign To Smear Rick Perry." "String of attacks against Texas Governor Rick Perry," warned HoosierAccess. "The left must be very, very afraid of Rick Perry," said neo-neocon, "because the attacks on him have come with almost unprecedented speed."
When they embrace you like that, you know you're in. They'll even defend you from such heavyweights as Charlie Rangel.
Also, they'll protect you from allegations of gayness. "Left-Wing Politico Spreads Rick Perry Gay Smear," roared Fox Nation. (That's an odd way to characterize Politico, one that certainly doesn't appear in the post's source material at the Advocate -- wait, Fox is citing the Advocate? Time to tick that one off our list of signs of the Apocalypse.)
"It is astounding that they'd do this," said Robert Stacy McCain, "and I'd rather ignore it altogether, but now the desperate and ridiculous gay smear against Rick Perry has been promoted at both Politico and New York magazine." Funny -- the first place we heard about these rumors was at RedState, discussed -- sorry, we mean "spread" -- by no less than Erick Erickson. The liberal conspiracy runs deep!
"Out here in the blue-blue City of Angels I am already detecting severe signs of PDS -- Perry Derangement Syndrome," claimed Pajamas Media's Roger L. Simon. "Most of this comes from liberal christians and jews (lower case deliberate) for whom public displays of faith are considered vulgar, even suspect. An Elmer Gantry lurks around every corner."
But these liberals and lower-case Jews are wrong to worry, Simon explained; though communists like Obama and Bill Clinton have "a kind of wink-wink relationship with religion, largely attending church for political purposes," Obama "spent two decades in the fold of the execrable race-hustler Jeremiah Wright..." Presumably Simon viewed tapes of Perry and saw no evidence of wink-wink, and thus found "a general atmosphere of religious phoniness -- a baseline hypocrisy -- on the liberal side and what is often genuine religious faith on the conservative side... Frankly, I prefer honesty. So I respect Perry for his faith." (Simon describes himself as an agnostic, which suggests an entirely new audience for TV preachers looking for donations.)
And at The American Spectator, John Guardiano said Perry's veiled threat to lynch Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke showed he wasn't "disciplined and focused," in contrast to... Michelle Bachmann, whom Guardiano called "a much better and more deliberative presidential candidate." Wicked burn!
But those who've already clambered aboard his bandwagon exhibit great loyalty. Take the issue of immigration, on which Perry is vulnerable, having endorsed a Texas version of the DREAM Act and other Mexican-friendly initiatives. Some conservatives have already attacked him for it.
Perhaps sensing this, Perry recently suggested Predator drones be used to patrol the Mexican border. The brethren rejoiced. "Certainly a better idea than Obama/Holder I know nothing about botched Operation Fast & Furious gunrunning program," whooped The Jawa Report. W. James Antle III of The American Spectator and Ben Shapiro of FrontPage also saw it as a plus. Never mind that the Feds already use Predator drones on the border -- Perry used belligerent language, and that's what counts.
Some conservatives also complained that Perry had advocated a (now moribund) Trans-Texas Corridor roadwork project, which would have involved extensive use of eminent domain, among other statist outrages. To the rescue came Chuck DeVore of Andrew Breitbart's Big Government. He explained that, unlike the highways built by the socialist Dwight D. Eisenhower, the TTC would have been funded by private companies (who would also get a cut of the tolls).
And as for the eminent domain, DeVore shrugged, "But, when hasn't eminent domain been used to build infrastructure? Unless land is already owned by the government, eminent domain is the proper Constitutional tool to use... Without eminent domain, virtually none of today's current interstate system could have been built." It's always good to see small-gummint conservatives standing up for the little guy at a site dedicated to exposing Big Government. DeVore also found it ironic that "such populist-minded conservatives" as opposed the project "are actually using one of the same arguments that the Sierra Club and other environmental left, anti-growth groups, have used against Perry." Environmentalist cooties! Now you have to vote for Perry.
Rightbloggers became even more defensive when the Perry-bashers were actual liberals.