Something very wicked happened in the Republican presidential campaign today, and we on the right should not stand for it.
Here is the setup. Most of the candidates attended a debate of sorts today in South Carolina called the Palmetto Freedom Forum, which was headlined by Senator Jim Demint, Rep. Steve King, and the head of the American Principles Project. Governor Rick Perry cancelled at the last minute so he could return to Texas and run his state’s government, which is right now handling a deadly outbreak of wildfires on over 32,00 acres of land that have already consumed over 420 homes. You can see for yourself how widespread the fires are and how many heavily-populated areas they now threaten.
Most of us can understand why a Governor would need to return to his state to handle an ongoing natural disaster. That “most”, however, does not include a couple anonymous lowlife staffers from two different campaigns who decided to score a couple cheap points off the misery of their fellow Americans.
“It’s obvious that Rick Perry is skipping the DeMint forum because he knew he was going to be asked tough questions about his previous support for gay marriage in New York, as well as his policies in Texas in favor of illegal immigration,” says one representative of a rival camp. “He’s looking for a reason to not actually be compared to the other candidates,” says an official in another camp. “He was grasping for a reason not to show.”