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Well, Rick Perry Apparently Has Little Interest In Acquiring the Support of Those Under 65…

An ill-conceived attempt to pander to religious conservatives falls flat and alienates potential younger supporters.

Dave Swindle


December 9, 2011 - 9:47 am
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Via The Daily Beast:

Rick Perry’s political campaign may be ending as ineptly as it began. Some of his staff is apparently in revolt over his recent antigay turn, which has included an ad attacking openly gay soldiers. According to The Huffington Post, Perry’s top pollster, Tony Fabrizio, sent the ad’s creator an email calling it “nuts.” Perry’s socially conservative turn has apparently come at the urging of the ad’s creator, longtime GOP operative Nelson Warfield.

With the collapse of Herman Cain’s campaign, Tea Party conservatives who do not want an establishment narcissist committed to the perpetuation of the status quo and his own bank account must now do their own “reassessment” of candidates previously rejected.

This new ad from Rick Perry effectively derails any hope I had that perhaps the Texas governor could rise again. (And he was the candidate I was drifting back toward supporting.)

This has nothing to do with my disagreement with Perry’s anti-gay views. None of the candidates share the pro-gay cultural sensibilities of Gen Y and Gen X conservatives and even if one did then it would not matter. How a candidate handles the disassembly of the welfare state  and the defeat of the Islamist threat — not to even begin getting into questions of temperament and campaign strategy — are much more important than whether their religion teaches them that same-sex relationships are sinful.

To beat Obama in 2012 a candidate must understand he is running in 2012, not 2004 or 2006. This commercial is only more evidence that Team Perry does not grasp today’s political culture and has no way to chart a path to victory. Say what you will about the immorality of Alinskyite political strategy, at least the community organizing Marxists know how to de-emphasize divisive social issues to unify constituents around economic populism.

David Swindle is the associate editor of PJ Media. He writes and edits articles and blog posts on politics, news, culture, religion, and entertainment. He edits the PJ Lifestyle section and the PJ columnists. Contact him at DaveSwindlePJM @ and follow him on Twitter @DaveSwindle. He has worked full-time as a writer, editor, blogger, and New Media troublemaker since 2009, at PJ Media since 2011. He graduated with a degree in English (creative writing emphasis) and political science from Ball State University in 2006. Previously he's also worked as a freelance writer for The Indianapolis Star and the film critic for He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their Siberian Husky puppy Maura.
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