I’m not quite cynical enough to believe that death penalty politics will help Rick Perry in the general election, but apparently some people are:
Michael Rushford, president of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, a California-based pro-death penalty group, said he hopes and expects the issue will continue to be to Perry’s advantage if he wins the nomination and goes into the general election against President Barack Obama, who advocated for death penalty reform during his legislative career but supports capital punishment for “heinous” crimes.[….]
In the time between now and November 2012, “there will be some terrible murders,” Rushford said. “All it takes is one or two to galvanize the public on an issue. There will be a candidate on the Republican side who can come up and say, ‘I know how we’d handle this guy in Texas, but I don’t know what President Obama and his Justice Department will do.’”
One my favorite serious people, Charles Lane is an obsessive pro-death penalty fanatic (seriously, he wrote a whole about how we can “save” the death penalty), so we can look forward to lots of reasonably repulsive execution porn in the Kaplan Daily between now and November 2012.