So, I guess Perry has pretty much flubbed the debates, if Jim Geraghty is to be believed. In his Morning Jolt email (and if you don’t get it yet, do it now. It, along with Best of the Web Today, is an email I only miss opening if I’m comatose or residing in the cemetery.)
Anyway, Perry is not a debate king and I don’t care. First, I don’t care because I’ve seen no evidence that Debate Kings make great Presidents. As a matter of fact, I’ve seen no evidence that we’ve ever seen a debate. These candidate line-up interviews don’t count as a debate under any imaginable definition of the term. My contempt for this kind of dog and pony show is such that I have refused to watch any of them thus far so I can’t personally vouch for Perry’s talent, or lack thereof, in the circus.
These “debates” are merely the media’s way of playing the old game, “Let’s You and Him Fight” and deflecting attention from the the failures of their man-god and the issues of the day. The big chatter after the debate was Tardisil [term shamelessly stolen from Ace of Spades] and tuition rates for illegal immigrants. Now go poll the country this question: What activities of the next president concern you the most? See what you get. I’m betting it is something like this:
a) Addressing job growth and unemployment
b) Reducing the deficit
c) Tax reform
e) Illegal immigration
f) Fixing Social Security and Medicare
Notice what’s missing? Any question about whether or not liquid Tardisil should be forced onto unsuspecting teenage girls; whether or not states should give any kind of tuition breaks to illegal immigration. Not there. They wouldn’t poll 1% if anything else was on the list.
As President, Perry won’t be setting the tuition rates for state schools for any students, illegal or otherwise. He will be responsible for controlling the border and he has said he will. As governor of Texas, he has seen the damage of rampant illegal immigration so I have no reason to doubt that he will do so. As governor, he has absolutely no control over whether or not our immigration laws are enforced or not, yet the media pretends like Texas’s problems with illegals are his fault.
The states are required by judicial rules and federal fiat to provide free k-12 education and the Texas legislature decided to give them the same tuition rates for college as other Texans if they resided in Texas. Yeah? Other than the fact that the feds are not doing anything to stop the influx, is there something in this that I’m supposed to get my panties in a wad over?
He has been the governor of a large state for 10 years and has done a good job of it. If I am deciding on someone to fill a position in my business and I have two choices, one is a slick talker who does a good job spinning, ducking and weaving and the other has a lot of experience and has succeeded at a job very similar in the past, guess who gets the job? Yes, Rick Perry has my vote, and there’s nothing the media can do to distract me from the things that I know about him and about what our country needs at this time.