Perry Stumbles, As Pressure Mounts
I've no desire to be unfair to Texas Governor Rick Perry, which is why I'm highlighting this paragraph below from a national Washington Post story about an unfortunate name for an old hunting camp of his. In 2008, Obama's associates, his college career, records, grades and even his thesis, well, I guess those things were just too far out of reach. But give the Post a painted, over-turned rock on some scrap of land owned by a Republican, wow! Stop the presses, surely there must be just dozens of people to talk to about that. Ugh! Unfortunately, pointing out the obvious bias doesn't make it go away. I don't know that it hurts Perry, so much as it would be used by the Obama camp to rally opposition to him among blacks. Last night, Obama did much the same thing by repeating a lie from the last GOP debate to gay activists.
This story is based on interviews with more than two dozen people, including residents, hunters, ranchers, government officials and others who live in Haskell County, where Perry’s boyhood home of Paint Creek is found; in neighboring Throckmorton County, where the hunting camp is located; and elsewhere in Texas. Ray Perry did not respond to numerous attempts to reach him for comment. The campaign declined a request to make him available.
So much for the pressure, this is actually Perry's stumble. As Justin Hart likes to invoke, don't hand your enemies a club with which to beat you. Perry most assuredly did that, likely to counter any soft on immigration meme. I bet Ron Paul can hardly wait to point to it as Perry now suggesting we invade Mexico, though it's far from that. I can only guess, but perhaps it's a bit of the shoot from the hip, insert foot in mouth stuff we've been hearing about. As I suspect there's little to no support across America for deploying troops to Mexico under any circumstances – and it would likely never happen in the first place – it was, in a word, dumb to even bring it up. Pssst, Rick, if you have to cross the border to deal with a problem, maybe the border IS the problem to stay focused upon if you're running for President of a, you know, sovereign nation? Imagine that. Suggesting sending troops into Mexico only reinforces the idea of a reluctance, or inability to deal with the core issue – sealing the border. It may even be somewhat honest on his part. But it's simply not good politics. Perry may not only be in Texas right now. But if this keeps up, he will be and will remain there after 2012.
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Gov. Rick Perry of Texas said on Saturday that as president, he would consider sending American troops into Mexico to help defeat drug cartels and improve border security. He indicated that any such action would be done “in concert” with the Mexican government.
“It may require our military in Mexico working in concert with them to kill these drug cartels and to keep them off of our border and to destroy their network,” Mr. Perry said during a campaign appearance here.