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Texas Governor Rick Perry: A Call to Treason

Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican (of course), caused a stir recently when he suggested that the federal government of the United States has gotten too big and too intrusive in the daily lives of Average Americans. In fact, if you listen closely, you can hear Perry refer to the current, "unpresidented (as opposed to unprecedented) abuse of power," an almost cleverly subliminal dig at President Obama. Perry then suggested that the citizens of Texas would have a choice; to side with the (presumably the liberals, elitists, and that nigra in the White House) in Washington, D.C. or side with real red-blooded Texans in what amounted to a thinly veiled call for a secessionist movement in Texas. Leave it to Fox News's Sean Hannity to defend such treason. Hannity is so far out in Right Field that the likes of Geraldo Rivera and Jonah Goldberg are voices of reason by comparison (sic). Never mind that America fought a bloody war over this shit back in the 1860's.

This is what the Republican Party has come to. They lose some elections because they're bereft of effective ideas, and instead of doing the hard work necessary to become competitive in the marketplace of public policy, they simply want to quit, take their marbles, and go home.

Watch and enjoy (via Media Matters):


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Comments

if rick perry was that offended by government stepping in and taxing to address services, why didn't he say that he will immediately repeal the state sales tax and the property tax? no, i guess that would be awkward to point out the hypocrisy of a government official that overseas tax dollars yammering about how government intrudes when they tax their citizens.

as much as i'm not a personal fan of kay bailey hutchinson, i would have to say she's a better republican option to rick perry. and rick perry knows it and the polls reflect it. so, this is just a desperate move by someone who will eventually lose the nomination of his own party for the seat he currently holds.

honestly, i think the republican party blew it with hutchinson when she was overlooked as a viable running mate for mccain. at least she would have talked to the core fundamentals of conservatism, or as buckley would have it hutchinson would be seen as a big c conservative and not a little c conservative.

time for a grass roots campaign to get a dem in the governors mansion is texas. don't say it can't be done... history proves in texas that dems have been more in favor for a longer period. throughout it's history they've had 39 dem governors opposed to 6 republican ones.

Yeah, Hutchinson would have been a good VP for McCain. That would have made for a real fight in November. I'll never understand the Palin thing, other than perhaps as internal party sabatoge because some Republicans had it in for McCain.

No Jude, I actually think they're that clueless. This is what happens when you live, think, and conduct your operations in a bubble, which is what most pop conservatives do. Their politics become their entertainment, their entertainment becomes reality--and when that reality intrudes upon actual Reality, we get Bush. We get Palin. We get Perry.

And I for one, and thankful for it! It is immensely satisfying to watch the GOP shoot itself in the foot each day. I really didn't think there would be this much embarrassment of riches.

"honestly, i think the republican party blew it with hutchinson when she was overlooked as a viable running mate for mccain. at least she would have talked to the core fundamentals of conservatism, or as buckley would have it hutchinson would be seen as a big c conservative and not a little c conservative."

Ding ding ding!

One point of caution here: The death of the GOP was predicted (and largely accepted) following LBJ's trouncing of Goldwater in 1964. It became a laugjing stock and fundraising dried up and fractured to fringe groups like the John Birch Society. Four years later we elected Richard Nixon.

LBJ didn't run for re-election, did he? That definitely gave the GOP an in. If Obama has anything like a 50% approval rating in "012" he should be fairly comfortable.

The GOP almost seems to WANT to exclusively be a party of, by, and for low-information southern white christian conservative. I'm not seeing any effort from within the GOP to broadent its appeal. That is a recipie for failure.

LBJ didn't run because he'd lost the support of his own party as a result of his Vietnam policies and the perceived failures of some social programs (coupled with Nixon's southern strategy, it was a nasty mix).

now less than two weeks later perry is asking for federal assistance in curtailing the swine flu threat.

didn't take too long for him to turn coat on his original comments. looks like texas needs federal help all the same.

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