Mark Steyn on Rick Perry's insulting illegal immigration shtick:
The debate clip is here. "I don't think you have a heart" comes a bit after the three minute mark.
In an earlier debate, Perry said this:
"The bottom line is it doesn't make any difference what the sound of your last name is. That is the American way," Perry said. "I'm proud that we are having those individuals be contributing members of our society rather than telling them, you go be on the government dole."I think this might bug me even more than Perry's executive overreach on Gardasil. In fairness, he tries to justify the tuition policy with a bit of rational argument. But only after playing the race card. Not only is it offensive for him to imply that anyone who disagrees with him on this is a racist and a meanie who doesn't care about children; it also reveals a surprising degree of cluelessness in a veteran conservative. My fourteen year-old rolls her eyes at this kind of demonization, and she can tell you why. Where has Perry been that he doesn't recognize it as (in Steyn's words) the "cheap Democrat talking point" that it is? Does he really believe his opponents on this issue are racist and/or heartless? Or is it just his normal m. o.? Either way, I don't like it.
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