The news is everywhere that Texas Governor Rick Perry is considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination. A column by Chris Tomlinson has been widely reprinted over the past day or two. Here’s a copy in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: As conservative as they come. He points out that:
[Perry is not] a candidate whose politics are positioned to unite a Republican electorate that stretches from moderate pro-business fiscal conservatives to evangelical social conservatives, with the tea party falling somewhere along the spectrum.
He rejects the idea of global warming and the theory of evolution, arguing for natural climate variations and intelligent design of the universe.
As you know, your Curmudgeon has long been puzzled by what we see as the unnatural coupling of Conservatives and Intelligent Design. But to Perry — and for so many other GOP candidates — science rejection and political conservatism seem to be the same thing.
Perry’s appeal is largely built upon the economic success being enjoyed by Texas. He’s clever enough to imply that he deserves the credit for this. However, Texas has been a model of free enterprise for generations, and Perry is merely going along with the policies of his predecessors. For example, see Houston has no zoning laws.
Aside from his sound economic policy — a genuinely worthy issue — the centerpiece of Perry’s claim to higher office is his creationism. As our readers know, he has previously selected not one, but two successive chairmen of the Texas State Board of Education (the SBOE) who suffered the disgrace of being rejected by the Texas Senate. Those were Don McLeroy, the creationist dentist, followed by Gail Lowe. Perry’s latest choice as chairman of the SBOE — he has an endless supply of creationists on that board — is Barbara Cargill, a decision which inspired us to write Rick Perry = Bachmann with Male Genitalia.
There are some sane members of the SBOE, and some of them are even Republicans. Among those are Thomas Ratliff (who defeated McLeroy in last year’s primary), Patricia Hardy, and Bob Craig. But Perry doesn’t want a sane Republican; he wants a creationist.
As we can see in the Houston Chronicle, Perry’s latest creationist, Cargill, is already causing problems. Take a look at State education board chair already in hot seat. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
The new leader of the State Board of Education is already coming under fire by critics who say she is pushing the same conservative ideology that led to her immediate predecessors’ downfall.
Barbara Cargill, R-The Woodlands, may find her leadership skills tested during her first meeting as chair if anti-evolution members try to push “intelligent design” materials into public school biology classes when they meet next week.
Will that madness break out again? Judge for yourself as the story continues:
[Quoting Cargill:] “Right now there are six true conservative Christians on the board, so we have to fight for two votes. In previous years, we had to fight for one vote to get a majority,” she said in the speech posted by the Eagle Forum online.
How did the other board members react to that? Let’s read on:
“It offended me because I am a Christian. That seems to indicate there may be only six Christians on the board,” said Bob Craig, R-Lubbock, a Sunday school teacher and active member in his First United Methodist Church.
But Perry didn’t select Craig — a Republican — to be chairman. No, he had to reach out to the extreme end of the spectrum and pick Cargill.
So what’s going to happen? Will Perry try for the presidential nomination? Does he think he can take advantage of a Flood — wink! — of creationist sentiment and ride Noah’s Ark into the White House? That appears to be his plan.
Perry may be able to clinch the nomination that way, but we doubt that the country will elect a flaming theocrat as its President. On the other hand, considering the record of his Democrat opponent, he just might win.
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