Enemies of Conservatism Working for Rick Perry
As I’ve said a number of times before, I’m not a big fan of Rick Perry, especially for president. Yes, there are worse RINOs out there, but while Perry has done some things right, he’s sometimes betrayed conservative principles in ways that have just left me shaking my head.
Richard Viguerie at Conservative HQ reports Perry isn’t helping conservatives believe in him with his hirings of two enemies of conservatives for his campaign: Henry Barbour and Steve Schmidt.
This week conservatives got the message loud and clear that Texas Governor Rick Perry is not one of us. He joined the inside-the-Beltway political class when he hired Henry Barbour, the shadowy figure allegedly behind infamous race-baiting ads in the recent Mississippi GOP Senate runoff and Steve Schmidt, the brains behind John McCain’s disastrous 2008 presidential bid and the inside operative who trashed Governor Sarah Palin throughout the campaign – and who has made a point of attacking conservative Republicans at every opportunity since.
Here’s what Schmidt said about Mitt Romney’s failure to campaign on conservative principles:
We would have been much better off running against the real President Obama as opposed to the sinister pretend President Obama. And the total lack of credibility with some of this stuff, I think is just absolutely repellent to the middle of the electorate. And then when you look at the demographics, who is Rush Limbaugh talking to? He is talking to a demographic that’s white, 65 plus, and rural. It’s not what the country looks like anymore. So you have these talk radio hosts making millions and millions and millions of dollars a year driving a message of complete and total ludicrous nonsense into the electorate, a lot of it poisonous.
This no doubt explains why Barbour came to form “Mississippi Conservatives PAC,” the shadowy entity allegedly behind the recruitment of Democrats to vote in the Republican primary through race-baiting robo-calls, race-baiting radio ads, race-baiting fliers, blatant violations of Mississippi election law, improper financial transactions, and old-fashioned “walking around money,” all to benefit Thad Cochran, the likely Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee should Republicans recapture the Senate majority.
Barbour’s behavior was so outrageous that it prompted me and a coalition of conservative leaders to demand an investigation and censure of Barbour; among those who signed the letter were Jenny Beth Martin, Chairman, Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund; Colin Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring; Tony Perkins, Chairman, FRC Action PAC; L. Brent Bozell, III, Chairman, For America; Matt Kibbe, President, FreedomWorks; Ken Blackwell, Former Ohio Secretary of State and Chairman of SOS4SOS PAC and Drew Ryun Former Director of Grassroots for the Republican National Committee.
They say a man is known by the company he keeps. If you’re keeping company with (not to mention hiring) liberal RINOs who loathe conservatives (you know, the people who cherish the documented values of the Republican Party and expect to see them carried out in public policy), then you’re consorting with the enemies of conservatism and the foundational principles of the Republican Party.
A man is also known by the enemies he keeps. If you’re working with people who are the enemies of conservatives, you’re aligning yourself as an enemy of conservatism.
That is NOT a formula for success in a presidential race. Just ask Mitt Romney, John McCain, and Bob Dole, and a host of other RINOs about whom the truth has been found out by the voters.
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