October 3, 2011

MICKEY KAUS:

Just when we had Rick Perry on the ropes, WaPo has to go and give his candidacy new life by creating a Perry vs. Liberal MSM controversy. GOP primary voters don’t like being told they have “no heart”–but they don’t like the press trying to take a Republican out with a second-order racial-insensitivity scandal either. … If I had to guess which candidate’s camp leaked this story, I might guess Perry’s. Who benefits?

Not sure, but Herman Cain hurt himself.

UPDATE: Will the Washington Post headline this report? Shock Photos: Candidate Obama Appeared And Marched With New Black Panther Party in 2007. Unlike the WaPo Perry story there are actual photos. . . .

ANOTHER UPDATE: A reader emails: “It will be sad and ironic if by shooting at Perry the WAPO hit piece’s only lasting result is damage to Herman Cain’s image as a post racial candidate.” Well, Cain’s wound is self-inflicted. It’s true he didn’t have a lot of time to prepare a response. But as with Pawlenty, it speaks badly of his instincts.