Oops. Gov. Rick Perry has really stepped in it. He's not only doubling-down behind the WRONG candidate in the Texas Senate race to replace Kay Bailey Hutchison, which has come down to a runoff between moderate, establishment-backed David Dewhurst (Perry's Lt. Gov.) and tea party favorite conservative Ted Cruz (former Texas Solicitor General), but he's also turned that classic cockiness up to ten with statements like this (via Chron) for conservatives throughout America supporting Cruz:
“There’s a whole lot of people who don’t intimately and expertly know how Texas operates that have come in and endorsed in this race, and with all due respect – I respect each one of those individuals, but they don’t know anything about how Texas works,” said Perry after a hurricane preparedness tour at the Austin airport. “And if they did, they would be endorsing David Dewhurst.”
Without naming Palin, DeMint or Santorum, Perry called them to mind by naming their states: “I appreciate everybody paying attention to Texas – as well they should, they could learn some things on how to run South Carolina and Pennsylvania and Alaska.
“Come to Texas and learn how to do it right, but don’t come down here and tell us who needs to be our next United States senator, thank you very much. We’ll decide that without your outside, Washington, D.C.-oriented help,” Perry said.
Wow. Can we say Good Ol' Boys Club? Well, towards the end of Friday's program, Mark Levin acutely set the record straight (via theRightScoop):
Mark Levin, who has endorsed Ted Cruz, slammed Rick Perry for his ‘illogical’ comments noting that Dewhurst himself has had ‘outsiders’ cutting ads for him. But even more than that, Levin said that it’s a US Senate race that will have an affect on everyone in the country and people have a right to weigh in on the race.
Toward the end he told Rick Perry to “go ahead and back your candidate” and to “give us all the great reasons why Dewhurst should be elevated to the Senate…,” but to stop telling the rest of this country what to do. “It’s still a free country,” Levin added.
Couldn't agree more, Mark!
By the way, also worth noting, which Levin later did as well, here's Perry's 'outsider' campaigning in Minnesota. Pot calling the kettle black, much?
So, when Perry was up for his third term, which he won (making him the longest serving governor in Texas history, and America for that matter...and I voted for him), he heavily courted the tea party, and did so in a substantive way during his presidential run as well. But when tea party organizations, not only statewide, but nationally, overwhelmingly back the conservative for a crucial U.S. Senate seat, the tea party is scolded by the Governor, because they're not backing his candidate, and leading members of the national movement to revitalize our nation are essentially told to 'get outta Texas'? Huh. And I thought a crucial part of the tea party movement (from its inception) was not only to break up the statist infiltration of our government, primarily in the Democrat Party, but to also rid the Republican Party of these go-along-to-get-along, Good Ol' Boys Club establishment types who do just as much harm? I know some don't want to hear it, but Dewhurst is one of those...so what does that make Perry when he doubles-down with this kind of rhetoric?
I don't know if this will hurt his chances for a fourth term come another couple of years; but the governor, and those supporting this stance, are unfortunately on the wrong side of this debate, which feeds directly into our overall united struggle to revive what is still the last best hope for man on earth. I pray we can all get on the same page, sooner rather than later.