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July 10, 2014 9:52 AM Perry’s Ironic Comeback

By Ed Kilgore

So as The Hill’s Amie Parnes puts it, Rick Perry has become “the national face of opposition to President Obama’s immigration policies.” That’s ironic enough, given the central role of the immigration issue in derailing Perry’s initially high-flying 2012 presidential campaign. But what’s even more ironic is that it was softness towards children that really hurt Perry in 2012, via his defense of a Texas version of the DREAM Act and his fatal claim that anyone opposing it didn’t “have a heart.” Now Perry gets to wax ferocious about Obama’s alleged encouragement of a children’s invasion of the U.S.

Greg Sargent may be right that the political mileage Perry gets from this posturing could be undercut by the need to support the administration on funding for border control resources. But I’d say the whole saga will undoubtedly tempt Perry—who still has close ties to the leadership of the Christian Right and still has the “story” of his state’s alleged “economic miracle”—to give it another go. You have to figure Rick’s buddy Bobby Jindal is absolutely green with envy.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


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