Wednesday, September 21, 2011
- I'm Coming Around On Rick Perry
With the Caveat that I will absolutely, certainly, without any question, be voting for whoever wins the Republican nomination no matter who it is, I'll admit that I'm starting to come around on Rick Perry.
Readers know that my primary political issue is self defense rights, but that's not really why I'm leaning toward Perry. This is really a two man race now. Bachman can't keep up on fund raising, and no one else was ever really close enough to being a major contender. So it's Perry and Romney. And playing my own devils advocate, I was thinking about what President Romney would be like.
He'd be sharp as a tack on the finance issues, and wouldn't need anyone to explain it to him. But the left would spend 4 years bludgeoning him and his Wall Street background, so he'd have to be real mushy in the regulatory department to placate them. And placate them he would.
In fact, I think he'd probably be all about placating the left. It would be 4 years of him being the kind of mushy politically expedient guy that Bush was when he advanced his deal with Ted Kennedy for the prescription drug plan. When the NYTimes and the Washington Post turn up the heat on Romney (and who in their right mind imagines they won't... after coddling Obama for 4 years they'll be rested and ready) I think he'll instantly become that guy who is for everything, except those things he's against, which he used to be for, but is now against. He'll do whatever they tell him to, within the limits of expediency.
In a word, I think Romney lacks guiding political principles, and the character to stick to them. I think he's more worried about being popular, and that's not the kind of President I want. I want someone who is confident of his place in the world and doesn't feel the need to ingratiate himself to the editorial writers. I don't think Rick Perry is under any illusions on that score. I think he expects to be vilified, and recognizes that there really isn't anything he can do about it.
Rush Limbaugh has this running story about 'winning from the right'. To paraphrase, he says that when politicians forget about the media (who are dramatically to the left of the general population) and run from right, even though the media hates them for it, they win. He has lots of examples of it, and I think he's right.
And I believe Perry will follow his advice much more than Romney. That's my main reason for leaning his way.
My fear is that if we vote for Romney we'll get a guy who believes he's smart enough to explain to us why we're all wrong on this issue or that issue, and how he can't stay to the right because he's too smart to be penned in by simple constraints like that. While Perry, I believe, is more likely to stick with his guiding principles.
Of course, Romney will be sticking to his principles too, but his only real principle is to say what will get him elected. And if I want someone to BS me, and treat me like an imbecile, I might as well vote for Obama.