Romney: If you oppose illegal immigration, it means you have a heart and a brain

posted at 5:25 pm on September 23, 2011 by Tina Korbe

At the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando today, Mitt Romney responded to Rick Perry’s intellectually lazy argument for the Texas DREAM Act with an easy quip.

The former Massachusetts governor responded to Perry’s assertion during Thursday’s GOP presidential debate that those who disagree with providing in-state tuition to the children of illegal immigrants lack a heart.

“My friend Gov. Perry said if you don’t agree with his position on giving that in-state tuition to illegals, that you don’t have a heart,” Romney said at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando. “I think if you’re opposed to illegal immigration, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have a heart. It means that you have a heart and a brain.”

Perry passed a state-based DREAM Act in Texas, which allowed children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates, a decision he defended Thursday.

Perry’s best defense of his in-state-tuition-for-illegals law is to remind voters that it was a state-level decision, implemented in a state that has to tackle the practical fallout from illegal immigration in a way a state like Massachusetts simply doesn’t. (As a reminder, Texas has ten times the number of illegals as Massachusetts.) Texas DREAM primarily affected the state budget of Texas and Texas taxpayers — and, presumably, Texan voters supported it at least indirectly by electing a state legislature that passed it. Offering in-state tuition doesn’t explicitly erode the rule of law as, say, amnesty for illegals would. If a state wanted to offer in-state tuition to international students, it could. If  a state wanted to offer a flat tuition rate to all students,  it could. Yes, as Rick Santorum pointed out last night, in-state tuition does nothing to discourage illegal immigration — but that’s not what such a law is designed to do in the first place. It’s designed to incentivize college enrollment (and, presumably, graduation). Whether that’s advisable is certainly debatable, but Perry’s support for Texas DREAM need not cost him the support of those who are strongly opposed to amnesty for illegal immigrants or who strongly support — as Perry puts it — “more boots on the ground” to secure our borders. In other words, Perry should reassure voters he’s not squishy on border security nor does he favor amnesty for illegals — and deflect attention from the Texas DREAM Act as much as possible, not call attention to it with self-righteous pronouncements.


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I hate Mitt Romney. :(

But hell – Perry set that ball up on a tee and gave Mitt the best driver in the bag.

HondaV65 on September 23, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Meanwhile, here‘s Mitt Romney calling for amnesty in 2005. And reaffirming that position more recently.

amerpundit on September 23, 2011 at 5:28 PM

If you don’t call Obama a socialist, you are a RINO and a weasel, a panderer to the indies and the left, not to speak of being an eunuch.

Obama won, the Republic lost.

No one good in the race.

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2011 at 5:28 PM

You set yourself up for it.

Perry is actually helping Romney look good.

Good Grief.

portlandon on September 23, 2011 at 5:28 PM

“I think if you’re opposed to illegal immigration, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have a heart. It means that you have a heart and a brain.”

How much of a bozo (compassionate conservative) do you have to be to let Mitt Romney campaign to the right of anyone?

sharrukin on September 23, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Says the guy who had illegal immigrants working at his house.

El_Terrible on September 23, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Houston, you have a problem..

Chip on September 23, 2011 at 5:29 PM

You know, it is almost like Mitt is saying what we all want to hear. Every position he takes is calculated.
So glad he is perfect for the GOP.
When is Palin going to get in?

carbon_footprint on September 23, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Perry goofed and Romney showed how defensive and weasely he can get. He resented to be asked the question “is Obama a socialist?”. Then he weaseled for a few min. That the panel didn’t follow up was dereliction, pure. That all others didn’t, was eunuchiness extraordinaire.

To Hell with all of them!

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Says the guy who supported amnesty.

El_Terrible on September 23, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Wow I didn’t know Mitt was such an anti-illegal immigration proponent.Oh, that’s today, who knows what he’ll say tomorrow.

sandee on September 23, 2011 at 5:31 PM

If you oppose illegal immigration, it means you have a heart and a brain

Keep this and see what he’ll say in the general. I can’t wait. Oh, he’ll also pander in Spanish, with a French accent (the latter just for sheryl).

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2011 at 5:31 PM

You set yourself up for it.

Perry is actually helping Romney look good.

Good Grief.

portlandon on September 23, 2011 at 5:28 PM

The competition is working one way, perhaps it can work the other way.

Chip on September 23, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Perry must have terrible oppo research people because Romney supported McCain/Kennedy (Amnesty) and he did so ON TAPE. How do they not know that and instantly recall it when attacked?

AYNBLAND on September 23, 2011 at 5:32 PM

He supported national amnesty. Perry, so far, only DREAM, which is stupid enough, but he’d be overridden by his legislature. Also, he got a high percentage of legal Latinos, every vote.

It’s betwixing for all. For Romney the hunting is yet to come, in the general.

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2011 at 5:33 PM

From the sounds of his mumbling, mush-mouth answers last night, I don’t think Perry is capable of articulating a reasonable answer on illegal immigration and his policies in TX. He’s been a huge disappointment so far.

RedRedRice on September 23, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Perry is an empty suit, and it is pathetic that all the Hotair writers are covering up for him. I am still trying to understand the crap that Tina was writing there. I wonder why she never wrote such a thesis for Romney on the healthcare issue.

Chudi on September 23, 2011 at 5:33 PM

I hate it when Mitt Romney starts spouting common sense and I agree with him.
It’s like water on a witch.

What is Plan C again?

HornetSting on September 23, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Mitt Romney may have supported amnesty but not a single one of the Conservatives on that debate stage will call him out on it.

They are too busy beating the hell out of Perry.

I CAN NOT believe the way this is going down.

Yeah – Perry is more than half the blame here – he allowed Mittens to outflank him – on the right?

How can Mitt Romney outflank anyone on the right? In what alternate universe does that happen?

Apparently this one. Thanks Gov. Perry!

HondaV65 on September 23, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Perry has a heart, Cain has courage and Romney thinks he has a brain (really, Gingrich does)…

Dorothy Sarah! We need you to get in the race now! And, she can bring Johnson’s neighbor’s little dogs, too.

Fallon on September 23, 2011 at 5:34 PM

If you oppose illegal immigration, it means you have a heart and a brain

Cute, for a national amnesty McCain/Kennedy shill!

Not smart, though.

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2011 at 5:34 PM

You know, it is almost like Mitt is saying what we all want to hear. Every position he takes is calculated.

carbon_footprint on September 23, 2011 at 5:30 PM

And it’s amazing how many of those positions he didn’t hold just a few years ago, isn’t it?

amerpundit on September 23, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Watch Romney switch sides when the general election comes around. He’ll follow in Meg Whitman’s footsteps and we’ll have his former illegal immigrant workers doing network interviews asking about Romney’s abuse.

El_Terrible on September 23, 2011 at 5:34 PM

I hope Perry learns the lesson in this. Mitt is a lefty and he’s looking like a righty. On immigration, Mitt is the biggest fli-flopper there is. Perry (or any of the rest of the candidates for that matter) cannot keep letting Mitt get away with this.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on September 23, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Does Texas charge family members of the Military who are recently stationed in Texas from another state in-state or out of-state tuition…?

Seven Percent Solution on September 23, 2011 at 5:35 PM

What is Plan C again?

HornetSting on September 23, 2011 at 5:33 PM

It’s actually “Plan P”.

And it may not save us from a Mitt RomneyCare nomination.

HondaV65 on September 23, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Fallon on September 23, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Trump will get in first.

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2011 at 5:35 PM

carbon_footprint on September 23, 2011 at 5:30 PM

She’s not strong on immigration either.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on September 23, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Good comebacker from Romney.

But I am still not voting for him.

Sir Napsalot on September 23, 2011 at 5:35 PM

And it’s amazing how many of those positions he didn’t hold just a few years ago, isn’t it?

amerpundit on September 23, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Yeah, IIRC, Romney switched to pro-life from pro-death in 2007? Just in time for the election.

carbon_footprint on September 23, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Perry, such a flaming liberal. YES PLEASE take my taxes and spend them on illegal college tuition, then call be heartless.

hanzblinx on September 23, 2011 at 5:37 PM

I was reading something the other day on another site..it was from the Center for Immigration Studies {I think}..it stated that since 2007 81% of the jobs in Texas have gone to immigrants, both legal and illegal. And one in three of these people had some college, so they are not just ag laborers. In all it was estimated that half of the immigrants who got these jobs were illegals.

I do not know who this group is or is their figures are all legit..but if it is true, that is not good for Perry.

Terrye on September 23, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Is this it?

kingsjester on September 23, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Well, the GOP candidates certainly are eroding any hope we had for change but I don’t think we believed in it any way.

deepdiver on September 23, 2011 at 5:38 PM

carbon_footprint on September 23, 2011 at 5:30 PM

She’s not strong on immigration either.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on September 23, 2011 at 5:35 PM

You know, none of them are. Seriously. If we could have a candidate come out, and make us believe he/she would make the borders secure and THEN FOLLOW UP, it would be a miracle. After all, it is the Federal Government’s responsibility to secure our borders, not the States’. I wish our Federal Government would get out of the healthcare business and do what they are mandated by the constitution to do.

carbon_footprint on September 23, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Mr. Kerry, er…

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2011 at 5:39 PM

any idea why Judicial Watch is helping overturn the petition against Maryland’s Dream Act?

joeindc44 on September 23, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Trust me; if you put that in-state tuition up for a popular vote in this state, it would get hammered at least 2-1. Our legislature in Texas is NOT fulfilling the will of the people and this primary season, we hope to make some of them pay for it.

michaelo on September 23, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Re – the photos’

This is an old trick; they used to do it with Bush/Clinton.
There would be a photo of a smiling cheerful Clinton and right
next to it there would be a photo of Bush looking old, sick or
scowling.

CBS, NBC and WLS did this with every news program. It was
designed to trick the viewer into thinking one was the better
candidate based on appearance.

Amjean on September 23, 2011 at 5:40 PM

I would rather have someone who stands for his convictions and doesn’t waiver in what he believes than a slime ball like Romney who changes his mind every other day.

Perry needs to get out in front and explain how his Legislators voted for this and that it was a state issue.

Romney……RomneyCare
Perry…….Dream Act

Knucklehead on September 23, 2011 at 5:40 PM

You know, it is almost like Mitt is saying what we all want to hear. Every position he takes is calculated.
So glad he is perfect for the GOP.
When is Palin going to get in?

carbon_footprint on September 23, 2011 at 5:30 PM

I don’t trust Mitt any more than I do Perry on immigration. I do think though, if you have a conservative Congress, Perry can be reined in. Look at Dubya, the grassroots fought back on the McCain Kennedy bill. It’s kind of like the old saying about the devil that you know and the devil that you don’t know. I am 100% certain that Perry will never take my guns. I can’t say the same thing about Romney.

TxAnn56 on September 23, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Soon the land will be Starnesville. If jobs/economy/security will not be addressed, the topic will be a mini-chapters. That’s not to say it should be ignored, just put in perspective.

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2011 at 5:40 PM

When Mitt travels and crosses the time line and goes back or forward one day, does that confuse him as to who he is?

right2bright on September 23, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Says the guy who had illegal immigrants working at his house.

El_Terrible on September 23, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Both of these guys are losers.

tetriskid on September 23, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Does Texas charge family members of the Military who are recently stationed in Texas from another state in-state or out of-state tuition…?

Seven Percent Solution on September 23, 2011 at 5:35 PM

They are charged IN-state tuition …

Military personnel stationed in Texas | Fees waived: Nonresident portion of tuition. The student is responsible for payment of resident tuition. | Eligibility: Active-duty military personnel stationed in Texas, their spouses, and their children.

HondaV65 on September 23, 2011 at 5:40 PM

AYNBLAND on September 23, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Probably because Perry support amnesty too. I mean I have no reason to doubt that Perry supports full amnesty when he is so squishy on illegal immigration.

thphilli on September 23, 2011 at 5:41 PM

I am 100% certain that Perry will never take my guns. I can’t say the same thing about Romney.

TxAnn56 on September 23, 2011 at 5:40 PM

You may not like where Perry is…but you know where he is…

right2bright on September 23, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Says the guy who had illegal immigrants working at his house.

El_Terrible on September 23, 2011 at 5:29 PM
Both of these guys are losers.

tetriskid on September 23, 2011 at 5:40 PM

This.

Why are we allowing the media, apparently including Fox News, choose our nominee again?

HornetSting on September 23, 2011 at 5:41 PM

If you don’t call Obama a socialist, you are a RINO and a weasel, a panderer to the indies and the left, not to speak of being an eunuch.

Obama won, the Republic lost.

No one good in the race.

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Romney said that Obama is a big spending liberal who is modeling his policies after the Socialist democracies in Europe and that not only can that not work here, it is not working in Europe either.

It seems to me that some people are getting tad nit picky.

Terrye on September 23, 2011 at 5:42 PM

You set yourself up for it.

Perry is actually helping Romney look good.

Good Grief.

portlandon on September 23, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Very sad.
Even Ron Paul was giving out better answers than Perry. Ron Paul looked more relaxed than Perry.

He needs to gear up fast or it’ll be over before it starts.

JellyToast on September 23, 2011 at 5:42 PM

This.

Why are we allowing the media, apparently including Fox News, choose our nominee again?

HornetSting on September 23, 2011 at 5:41 PM

That is funny.

Terrye on September 23, 2011 at 5:43 PM

HondaV65 on September 23, 2011 at 5:27 PM

I’m liking Romney more and more. Not because he is a “true” conservative, but because he isn’t. Not because he is entirely consistent, but because he isn’t. His mind is open to innovation but is also highly pragmatic. He understands that history does not begin on 20 Jan, 2013 and that even a government under single party control must operate under the constraints of the past.

I am truly fed up with glib answers to complex problems. The Left does not have a monopoly on easy and dumb answers. What’s more to fix our problems, like it or not, we are going to need the flexibility to work with the other side. Even if we control both houses of Congress lasting change is only going to be possible by inclusion. What’s more, while usually wrong on most things, the Left is not always wrong on every thing. Heresy I know.

Mitt has it right on the most important things. He is a shrewd capitalist and that is what we need. A corporation does not succeed by selling only to righties or only to lefties. It succeeds by making fundamentally sound business decisions and I think that Mitt is well aware of the ways that government is most harmful to businesses. I am trusting him more and more as the man to bring around our economy. It is through prosperity that we in this nation can pursue happiness. That is how we can work off our debt and that is how we can secure our future.

If purity is your thing become a chemist and stay out of politics. I’ll take the give and take of the real world over the hobgoblins raised on foolish consistency.

MJBrutus on September 23, 2011 at 5:43 PM

I am 100% certain that Perry will never take my guns. I can’t say the same thing about Romney.

TxAnn56 on September 23, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Yes, and I also trust Perry would do more to put forth pro-life government. .

Unless Palin jumps in or Perry gets hit with a piece of that satellite that is falling to earth tonight and it suddenly makes him an eloquent debater, we are toast

carbon_footprint on September 23, 2011 at 5:43 PM

sharrukin on September 23, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Romney can’t get to the right of even PBHO. Even my doormat is in a better place.

antisocial on September 23, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Re – using tax payers money for perks for illegal immigrants
children should be decided by the citzen voters.

this includes -
in state tuition
welfare
medicaid
food stamps
and any other “free” or “reduced cost” programs.

Let’s have a national vote on this -and btw – illegal immigrants
cannot vote on it. One must prove citizenship prior to voting.

I think I know how the vote would come out.l

Amjean on September 23, 2011 at 5:44 PM

If you don’t understand what’s been done to this country you don’t have a brain.

Speakup on September 23, 2011 at 5:44 PM

If you don’t understand what’s been done to this country you don’t have a brain.

Speakup on September 23, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Bingo!

Unfortunately, there are a lot of brainless fools out there.

Amjean on September 23, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Romney can’t get to the right of even PBHO. Even my doormat is in a better place.

antisocial on September 23, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Well he’s hammering Perry from the right and that shouldn’t be possible.

sharrukin on September 23, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Romney is showing a little fight. That’s good.

faraway on September 23, 2011 at 5:46 PM

And yes Perry was for amnesty.

“I take strong issue with a news report in the Dallas Morning News mischaracterizing my position on amnesty for undocumented immigrants from Mexico. The truth is, I am intrigued and open to the Bush administration’s amnesty proposal. Most Texans would agree that it’s better to have legal, taxpaying immigrants from Mexico working in the United States than illegal immigrants living in fear of the law and afraid to access basic services.”

sharrukin on September 23, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Rick Skerry will rip your heart out of your chest and give it to an illegal college student, while it’s still beating.

kg598301 on September 23, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Terrye on September 23, 2011 at 5:42 PM

It seems that you are who you always were, since the first day on HA, a RINO.

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2011 at 5:47 PM

portlandon on September 23, 2011 at 5:28 PM

“I think if you’re opposed to illegal immigration, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have a heart. It means that you have a heart and a brain.”

How much of a bozo (compassionate conservative) do you have to be to let Mitt Romney campaign to the right of anyone?

sharrukin on September 23, 2011 at 5:29 PM

You are right – what a depresssing thought! Palin, please run -
please do well in the debates (they will try to pick her bones
clean) and please be elected.

Amjean on September 23, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Unfortunately, there are a lot of brainless fools out there.

Amjean on September 23, 2011 at 5:45 PM

52% of voters last election….

HornetSting on September 23, 2011 at 5:48 PM

kg598301 on September 23, 2011 at 5:47 PM

And he’ll kill your dog too.

MJBrutus on September 23, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Unless Palin jumps in or Perry gets hit with a piece of that satellite that is falling to earth tonight and it suddenly makes him an eloquent debater, we are toast

carbon_footprint on September 23, 2011 at 5:43 PM

It’s starting to look like that. For so long, I’ve thought Palin was unelectable. Maybe she is, maybe she isn’t. But watching Perry implode like he has, at least so far, it’s time for me to say “First look at Palin?”

TxAnn56 on September 23, 2011 at 5:48 PM

I do think though, if you have a conservative Congress, Perry can be reined in.
TxAnn56 on September 23, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Oy – we need a conservative congress to stop Perry from acting on his liberal agenda? Not a big selling point for Perry.

whatcat on September 23, 2011 at 5:49 PM

I hate Mitt Romney. :(

But hell – Perry set that ball up on a tee and gave Mitt the best driver in the bag.

HondaV65 on September 23, 2011

Yeah. Perry absolutely must find his inner debater. I heard him on Hannity this afternoon. He explained his position in clear and cogent terms. He needs to find a way to get THAT guy on the stage and pronto. Some of the things he said (again, clearly and without stumbling bumbling his way through):

As to a physical fence on the border: ‘An obstacle without observation is no obstacle at all‘. And, he backed that phrase up with the some clear explanations of what the Feds haven’t been doing, contrasted by what Texas is doing (though it isn’t Constitutionally required to do so) to secure its border.

As to the instate tuition rates for children of illegals: ‘The regulations in Texas regarding instate tuition are the same for everyone, from any state or country. If you are a resident of Texas for three years and/or graduated High School from a Texas HS, you qualify for instate tuition rates. That’s the same for a kid from Kentucky or someone who’s parents brought him here illegally. This is not a subsidy at all. And, this is not an Immigration issue. The states don’t actually have a direct hand in that. Its an education issue. We want all of Texas residents educated as much as possible so they don’t end up without any way to be productive and maybe on the wrong side of the law.

These answers were straight replies to Hannity’s questions and they made sense. Hopefully he can find a nother gear and move his game up ten notches in debates.

JonPrichard on September 23, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Trump will get in first.

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2011 at 5:35 PM

The flying monkey?

Rumor is that Bachmann’s about to sing her swan song.

Fallon on September 23, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Says the guy who had illegal immigrants working at his house.

El_Terrible on September 23, 2011 at 5:29 PM


Please be accurate in spreading your nonsense. Romney had used a lawn care company who had illegals among the workers. Have you not had anything in a restaurant where there was someone there working illegally? Had not ever flown anywhere on a plane? Some baggage handlers are illegals.

Those should disqualify you to make anymore comments, you enabler of illegal aliens!!

bayview on September 23, 2011 at 5:49 PM

I would rather have someone who stands for his convictions and doesn’t waiver in what he believes than a slime ball like Romney who changes his mind every other day.

Perry needs to get out in front and explain how his Legislators voted for this and that it was a state issue.

Romney……RomneyCare
Perry…….Dream Act

Knucklehead on September 23, 2011 at 5:40 PM

I agree. Perry also needs to leave the emotionalism (“don’t have a heart”) out of it b/c that’s a liberal tactic. I don’t necessarily disagree with him on the in-state tutition thing, but he can’t throw accusations against those who don’t like it. Just stay pragmatic and simple.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on September 23, 2011 at 5:50 PM

I would rather have someone who stands for his convictions and doesn’t waiver in what he believes than a slime ball like Romney who changes his mind every other day.

Perry needs to get out in front and explain how his Legislators voted for this and that it was a state issue.

Romney……RomneyCare
Perry…….Dream Act

Knucklehead on September 23, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Romney has not changed his positions anymore than Rick Perry has over the years..Perry has not only changed his positions, he has changed parties.

But the difference here is that when you are giving in state tuition to illegals you are actually encouraging them to cross an international border illegally.

Romney can claim states rights over Romneycare easier because Mass did not encourage the breaking of federal laws..and besides, Romney had a legislature pushing for health care law just like Perry had a legislature pushing for help for illegals.

No point in making excuses for Perry if you are going to go after Romney.. It seems to me that it is something of a draw.

Terrye on September 23, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Unfortunately, there are a lot of brainless fools out there.

Amjean on September 23, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Heh, you’re generous, with “there”.

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Up on Drudge:

Chris Christie contemplating a run now…..

portlandon on September 23, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Well, at least the illegals will have access to MEChA classes…

… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on September 23, 2011 at 5:51 PM

And he’ll kill your dog too.

MJBrutus on September 23, 2011 at 5:48 PM

And shoot pigs from helicopters.

Knucklehead on September 23, 2011 at 5:51 PM

My comment at 5:49pm was not intended to be crossed out.

bayview on September 23, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Terrye on September 23, 2011 at 5:42 PM

It seems that you are who you always were, since the first day on HA, a RINO.

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Ouch, but yes.

HornetSting on September 23, 2011 at 5:51 PM

It’s starting to look like that. For so long, I’ve thought Palin was unelectable. Maybe she is, maybe she isn’t. But watching Perry implode like he has, at least so far, it’s time for me to say “First look at Palin?”

TxAnn56 on September 23, 2011 at 5:48 PM

My only fear with Palin is how divisive she is, through NO FAULT of her own. The media gauntlet she went through in ’08 has set the meme for liberals, and sadly, a lot of conservatives who only watch the MSM and get their news from pop culture.

It would be a huge undertaking to reverse all of that and while she tries to reverse it, they will go full court press on her again.

carbon_footprint on September 23, 2011 at 5:51 PM

I hate it when Mitt Romney starts spouting common sense and I agree with him.
It’s like water on a witch.

What is Plan C again?

HornetSting on September 23, 2011 at 5:33 PM

In the meantime, Palin is sitting back sipping her decaf Chai
Latte waiting for the next ABP candidate the repub estab throws
out there.

One has to see the humor if all of this – it is like a sitcom
comedy (of errors).

Amjean on September 23, 2011 at 5:52 PM

portlandon on September 23, 2011 at 5:51 PM

I ain’t buyin’ it. No way, no how.

MJBrutus on September 23, 2011 at 5:52 PM

I found this comment on another blog and I think it’s pretty insightful:

I had great hopes for Perry but he looks so out of touch I actually feel sorry for him. He’s been living in a bubble in Austin so long, he doesn’t realize that his Bush-esque “good-hearted immigrants” attitude toward illegal aliens is so 2001. It basically locks him into a bygone era of a decade ago, like a first generation iPod. His unmanned-drones border-enforcement blast-from-the-past, a throwback to the days when that technology was still new and voters were still wowed by it, is so worn out that not even Janet Napolitano mentions it anymore. (Mexicans love to hear it, though, because it’s code for: “Come quickly. You won’t get caught.”) I’m convinced that the primary reason the odious Mike Huckabee did not enter the presidential race was a no-doubt dismal realization that, while he was busy singing Mexican folk songs and making teary tributes to the superiority of Mestizo family values, the clock was ticking on all that and the mood of the country has moved on and left him behind. Gov. Perry apparently didn’t get the memo.

TxAnn56 on September 23, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Up on Drudge:

Chris Christie contemplating a run now…..

portlandon on September 23, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Here comes another kamikaze.

This whole election cycle is like the airshow from hell where all the planes are running out of fuel and the bystanders are fleeing in panic in all directions.

sharrukin on September 23, 2011 at 5:54 PM

portlandon on September 23, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Wow, that’ll make Ann Coulter happy.

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Terrye on September 23, 2011 at 5:42 PM

It seems that you are who you always were, since the first day on HA, a RINO.

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2011 at 5:47 PM

And who died and made you boss of what other people are?

I get it..there are two kinds people…people who agree with you and Rinos..that word, Rino…has been used so much by so many in pathetic and lame attempts to attack anyone who disagrees with them..that is has virtually no meaning anymore.

Terrye on September 23, 2011 at 5:54 PM

TxAnn56 on September 23, 2011 at 5:53 PM

I think you are right.

Terrye on September 23, 2011 at 5:55 PM

.Perry has not only changed his positions, he has changed parties.

Terrye on September 23, 2011 at 5:50 PM

I stopped reading right there. That dog don’t hunt.

Knucklehead on September 23, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Perry blew it big time last night, no doubt about it. But come on, now, does anyone believe for a minute that Mitt Romney is going to be tough on illegal immigration? Is Mitt going to cut off their benefits? Is Mitt going to address the welfare scam that is birth-right citizenship along the border? Of course he isn’t.

Does anyone believe Mitt Romney is going to rein in the EPA?

Does anyone believe Mitt Romney is going to clean out the filthy, corrupt DOJ civil rights division?

Does anyone believe Mitt Romney is going to even discuss recalling Obamacare, let alone actually push for its recall?

Does anyone believe Mitt Romney will appoint strict constructionists to the Supreme Court?

Perry blew it, but Romney rising is a disaster. An absolute disaster. Obama will have teed up the total destruction of the country, and we’ll get to sit back and watch “Republican” Mitt Romney smile that sickening smile while the whole thing crashes and burns.

Rational Thought on September 23, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Romney’s always up on the latest polls. Ya gotta give him that.

Cicero43 on September 23, 2011 at 5:56 PM

This whole election cycle is like the airshow from hell where all the planes are running out of fuel and the bystanders are fleeing in panic in all directions.

sharrukin on September 23, 2011 at 5:54 PM

That is the best analogy I’ve heard that describes the GOP right now.

Where is our Red Baron?

portlandon on September 23, 2011 at 5:56 PM

So Perry fell pretty far. Mitt bumped up just barely. Now we have to floaters!

MeatHeadinCA on September 23, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Perry has a heart, Cain has courage and Romney thinks he has a brain (really, Gingrich does)…

Fallon on September 23, 2011 at 5:34 PM

OK that’s funny

faraway on September 23, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Up on Drudge:

Chris Christie contemplating a run now…..

portlandon on September 23, 2011 at 5:51 PM

That guy might be to the left of Obama

faraway on September 23, 2011 at 5:57 PM

I stopped reading right there. That dog don’t hunt.

Knucklehead on September 23, 2011 at 5:55 PM

When it was Bush v Reagan, I guess Terrye was more of a Bush guy.

MeatHeadinCA on September 23, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Up on Drudge:

Chris Christie contemplating a run now…..

portlandon on September 23, 2011 at 5:51 PM

I knew it! Palin can sit back down and relax for a bit.
This guy will really implode – OMG! Spiraling out of control.

Amjean on September 23, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Perry blew it, but Romney rising is a disaster. An absolute disaster. Obama will have teed up the total destruction of the country, and we’ll get to sit back and watch “Republican” Mitt Romney smile that sickening smile while the whole thing crashes and burns.

Rational Thought on September 23, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Exactly how I feel. Exactly.

carbon_footprint on September 23, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Amjean on September 23, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Perry’s fail, yes, it opens the door, but I’m not going to even say the name because then it sends out the bat signal and I just don’t have the patience right now, but yes. I see it from my back porch.

HornetSting on September 23, 2011 at 5:58 PM

I assume the Texas DREAM law applies to more than just anchor babies, because as long as the latter are deemed US citizens residing in Texas, it’s unlikely any court would permit them to be denied in-state tuition.

Seth Halpern on September 23, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Governor Perry is ticking me off. Not because it wasn’t expected (I have never seen him have a good debate), but because I would have expected far more by the 3rd debate. I still like him. I haven’t changed my mind, mostly because I agree with the bulk of his positions (yes, even with regards to in-state tuition and Gardasil). I think his views will play well in the electorate as a whole, as well, but there is no way he is making it to the general election if he doesn’t fix himself, quick! He needs to realize he’s in the big time now. His flippancy towards the process ain’t gonna work out there.

And seriously, I am with Allah, we have got to get some better debate questions!!

XWing5 on September 23, 2011 at 5:59 PM

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