Jim, you make a good case of why we should be afraid of Rick Perry, and yet I think he will have a very hard time playing outside the south, except for a few crazy spots (like the Iowa caucuses, but remember, the Republican Iowa caucus goers are very few).
I just don’t see how Perry gets past his association with the crazy pastor John Hagee, who he will welcome at his prayer thing this weekend. This is the guy who said Hitler was doing God’s will to drive the Jews back to Israel. He’s the guy who said that Catholicism is a theology of hate, and he called the Catholic Church the great whore. He endorsed John McCain in the middle of the last primary season, and when these quotes came out, McCain worked fast to distance himself from Hagee and to reject his endorsement. Catholics are the largest religious group in America, and they vote in higher percentages than any other religious group, and they’ve voted with the winner in every election since 1972. John Hagee will give Perry’s opponents all the ammo they need and more to make him disappear.
In other news, so our credit rating has been downgraded. Oh my, is John Boehner still happy? We need to be asking that question every day. I find it hard to care much about the credit rating from these bozos. After all, they’re the ones who gave AAA ratings to all the crap (that they knew were crap) financial instruments that led to the financial collapse three years ago. The question isn’t why should we still give any credence to what they say, but why are they still in business?