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Rick Perry is making a grand stand at the Texas-Mexico border. In fact, on the issue of locking down that border, Perry has been like a rock. Only dumber.
He says he’s protecting right-thinking Americans from a host of horrors that might cross into the US, and he’s flogging the issue hard, intending to ride it all the way to the Republican presidential nomination. Problem is, Gov. Oops can’t figure out what he’s protecting us from. Originally, it was just “them” – the teeming hordes of brown-skin poor people. That wasn’t working for him though, for it wasn’t scary enough, but then – KERSPLAT!
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Political opportunity fell right in front of him early this summer in the form of thousands of impoverished and traumatized Central American children suddenly crossing the border. Just as suddenly, Perry was on Fox News howling for federal troops, declaring that “This is a natural disaster,” and putting himself in front of the tea party fear brigade that was screeching about the pandemic diseases these wretched urchins might bring in.
And, of course, the surge of children gave Perry another excuse to whack President Obama. He ranted that Obama should be at the border to oversee this “crisis” – as though the president should personally be loading youngsters onto busses and sending them back to whatever hell they where fleeing. Then, Perry climbed even further up the demagogue pole, actually blaming Obama for fostering the migration!
Here’s Rick explaining his fantasy to Fox TV’s Sean Hannity: “They’re in on this somehow. I hate to be conspiratorial,” Perry said conspiratorially, “but how do you move that many people from Central America across Mexico and into the United States without there being a fairly coordinated effort?”
Good grief! And Perry thinks he’s presidential material? As I said: Like a rock.
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