Texas governor gets smacked no matter what he does (Video)
The Latino segment of the electorate is suspicious of Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
The would-be GOP presidential nominee has a record that includes being hostile toward the concept of sanctuary cities (by which local governments declare their intent to refuse to cooperate with some of the more harassing tactics of federal immigration officials).
EARLIER THIS YEAR, when Perry tried to plug his presidential dreams at the National Association of Latino Elected Officials, the mayor of San Antonio referred to Perry as having, “easily the most anti-Latino agenda in more than a generation.”
So why is it these days that if we take the words of Michelle Bachmann seriously, we’d come away thinking that Perry is some sort of lackey who coddles Latinos and is far too nice to the fast-growing segment of our society?
The honest answer is that we’re in the “silly season,” and this ought to be all the more evidence that no one should ever presume any candidate tells the truth about anything while on the campaign trail.
In short, Bachmann is showing us how out-of-touch she is, while hoping we don’t notice and accept her attack on Perry as “fact.”
OR PERHAPS I should be more honest. It is the supporters of Bachmann who are showing us how out of touch they are, making their attack in an attempt to bolster the chances of their preferred presidential type.
Let’s not forget that straw poll out of Iowa a few weeks ago. For a couple of days, the perception was there that Bachmann was the front-runner. Then, Perry got into the campaign – and people got serious again.
Bachmann’s people liked having that top slot, and want it back. Their new broadcast campaign ads show just how far they’re willing to go to get it back.
A group calling itself Keep Conservatives United has come up with a radio spot that will start airing on stations across South Carolina – particularly those stations that load up their broadcast lineups with every single right-wing ding-dong in syndication (and wouldn’t have a clue how to do local programming).
THE AD MAKES it clear that Bachmann wants to crack down on all those foreigners in this country, while saying that Perry as the governor of a border state is somehow at fault for letting them in.
As though Perry is the doorman at an exclusive party who somehow slipped up and let the obnoxious neighbors walk right in.
They want people to know that Texas, under Perry’s watch, allowed all people who could show they have been living in that state for a lengthy amount of time, to have in-state college tuition rates – even if they don’t have a valid Visa or citizenship status.
But Latino activists will remind you that Perry has been an outspoken critic of Congress passing the DREAM Act – because he doesn’t like the idea that those people who then complete a degree (or military service with an honorable discharge) would get put on the path to citizenship.
THE AD EVEN says that Bachmann wants more use of e-Verify, that flawed program meant to check a person’s social security number to see if there’s any chance it is fraudulent but which works so badly that it often “red flags” legitimate U.S. citizens as suspicious.
Perry has had enough sense not to push this flawed program because it doesn’t work. If its creators ever work out the kinks, then maybe it is worth considering. But not until then.
Not that people like Bachmann, or any of the ideologues whose underwear gets all bunched up at the thought of immigration, care about that fact. This is just about cheap rhetoric and character assassination.
Of course, before we feel too sorry for Perry, we should keep in mind that he volunteered for this duty. Nobody is forcing him to run for president. And there is a degree to which cheap shots are a part of the routine.
BUT THERE ALSO is a responsibility by the voters to realize for themselves how much of what they’re hearing (and what they’re going to hear, because this new ad in South Carolina is merely the first blow we’re going to see and hear on this issue) is total nonsense.
Just because some people want to remain clueless doesn’t mean they get to stick the rest of us with their sorry choice.