As I’ve said many times, I look forward to hearing Serious Conservative Pundits tell us what a serious, Burkean, Churchillian, Hayekian character Rick Perry is. Reading this (from Kathleen Parker) scared me a bit:
Perry knows he has to make clear that God is his wingman. And this conviction seems not only to be sincere, but also to be relatively noncontroversial in the GOP’s church — and perhaps beyond. He understands that his base cares more that the president is clear on his ranking in the planetary order than whether he can schmooze with European leaders or, heaven forbid, the media. And this is why Perry could easily steal the nomination from Romney.
And also why he probably can’t win a national election, in which large swaths of the electorate would prefer that their president keep his religion close and be respectful of knowledge that has evolved from thousands of years of human struggle against superstition and the kind of literal-mindedness that leads straight to the dark ages.
If Bobo et al. decide Perry can’t win anyway, they could go all on in principled opposition to him and burnish their centrist credentials, they way they’ve done with Palin, only on a larger scale. That would suck, as it would make them look good and “prove” that the media has teh librul bias.
I think a lot of the media will eventually come around to fluffing Perry simply to piss off
liberals the interlocking oligarchy of politicians, academics, journalists, consultants and financiers who live along the Acela corridor. You almost have to admire Jonah Goldberg for admitting that’s how his own mind works:
it’s impossible for me not to love Bush, Perry, Palin, et al. for their enemies.