Mr. Brooks, if you think – correctly, in my view – that Rick Perry lives in an alternative reality and appeals to voters who do the same, then you owe it to your country and to conservatism to say, clearly and directly, that the man has no business even being considered as a President of the United States.
As for you, Mr. Douthat, in 2007, when it seemed unlikely that Rick Perry would be your party’s standard-bearer, you nearly laughed out loud at the notion of his candidacy. He is, after all – unlike George W. Bush – not merely pluperfectly ignorant, but actually stupid. Why won’t you say so now?
Since you both seem to admire Perry’s down-home, vulgar, macho language, let me put it this way: When are you guys going to grow a pair – one pair total, if you can’t manage a pair each – and provide some adult supervision for a movement descending into self-parody?
Yes, if the economy keeps heading south – and the Republicans in Congress are clearly willing to do their best to tank it – Rick Perry might be elected President. Patriots should be mobilizing to prevent that, not wisely stroking their beards and doing political horse-race analysis about it.