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August 30, 2011

Rick Perry panic fires up the left


The epidemic of liberal angst isn’t just a matter of specific Rick Perry policies. | AP Photo Close

By BEN SMITH & MAGGIE HABERMAN | 8/30/11

In his two weeks as a presidential candidate, Rick Perry has done something that neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney could do: wake up the left.

Perry panic has spread from the conference rooms of Washington, D.C., to the coffee shops of Brooklyn, with the realization that the conservative Texan could conceivably become the 45th president of the United States, a wave of alarm centering around Perry’s drawling, small-town affect and stands on core cultural issues such as women’s rights, gun control, the death penalty, and the separation of church and state.

The epidemic of lefty angst isn’t just a matter of specific Perry policies though; it goes to the heart of the liberal worldview. His smashing debut on the presidential stage suggests that the victory of an urban liberal Democrat, Barack Obama, wasn’t a step toward a more progressive nation, but just a leftward swing of an increasingly wild pendulum, now poised to rocket to the right.

“His entry in the race is a signal and a wake-up call,” the Rev. Al Sharpton told POLITICO.

Perry, Sharpton said, “is looking to go to the O.K. Corral and start shooting. … Rather than the left get caught sleeping, we better load up, because he is bringing it.”

For Democrats, the pre-Perry GOP primary process was hardly for the faint of heart, as the other candidates have jockeyed to show who dislikes Obama the most. But even as the primary is fought on conservative turf, liberal leaders say they and their constituents see Perry as far worse than your average, hated Republican, and indeed as bad — if not worse — than his hated predecessor in Austin, George W. Bush. And progressives who might have had a hard time getting worked up about Mitt Romney find themselves struggling for superlatives with which to express their fear of a President Perry.

via Rick Perry panic fires up the left – Ben Smith and Maggie Haberman – POLITICO.com.

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One Comment
  1. August 30, 2011 8:25 PM

    Rick Perry has so many flaws it will be astonishing if he is elected president. I do recall him talking about Texas seceding from the union. I do wonder if that only applies to Texas or can other states also secede? I would favor that for California if Perry is elected to the presidency. California’s economy is the eighth largest economy in the world. California, like Texas, was an independent nation for a short time. Total independence was 26 days.

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