Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Many people have asked me why I write so much about the Republican race as candidates fight amongst each other in an attempt to be the Republican candidate for President against Barack Obama in 2012. Obviously, I really like writing about politics, and lets face it, the Republicans are making all the stories these days. If it isn't the candidates fumbling, it's the Congress, namely the House of Representatives. It is important to see what the candidates are really made up of, and to see who really has a chance to run against an incumbent President. One such hopeful candidate is Rick Perry. His party had so many high hopes for him and thought he was the man to beat. But during the last Republican debate in Florida, he seemed to beat himself. In a defining moment for the GOP contest, Rick Perry said "“If you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they've been brought there by no fault of their own, I don't think you have a heart.”
Rick Santorum immediately attacked him. Mitt Romney attacked him. Basically, the contestants were talking about a bill that was passed in the state of Texas, that allowed illegal aliens to enter this country and get discounted schooling, as Rick Perry signed a 2001 Texas law granting in-state tuition rates at state universities to illegal immigrant students.
Right or wrong, activists look at this statement as racist which enrages them. By making this statement, Rick Perry showed how he himself was heartless, as legal citizens living elsewhere do not have equal rights that illegal immigrant students do in the State of Texas. Regardless of who you are, if you live in the State of Texas, you can get discounted rates to attend school at state institutions.
It amounts to Rick Perry having a very bad night. He should had made the comment that because of a 1982 Supreme Court decision that requires states to provide kindergarten-through-grade 12 public education for illegal immigrant children, the Texas tuition program could then be seen as a logical extension of that court-imposed requirement. But he failed to state this and left himself wide open for candidates like Santorum and Romney to attack, and attack they did. It was like he fell asleep at the wheel of his car, or he was too drunk to defend himself. If he drops out now, Mitt Romney will emerge as the front-runner.
The winners of the night of the Republican debates was anyone else except Rick Perry. In matter of fact, his stance with just that one statement on 'illegal immigration' most likely pushed him right out of the race for the Republican nominee for President of the United States.
Now who will the Republicans turn to? Mitt Romney? A mormon who will never get needed votes in the south? How about Michelle Bachmann. I could list the entire bunch of candidates, but if just as an example, if I were a Republican, I still would not have a candidate on the stage that I would vote for.
Maybe it's true.. President Barack Obama will be re-elected for four more years as President.