Rick Perry: Theocrat or Partisan Hack?
On Sunday, Texas Governor Rick Perry, signed an abortion bill into law at a church school. Given my interest in Texas politics, some have questioned why I didn’t immediately comment on this. Well, 1) it no longer surprises me when certain Republicans explicitly link their party and policies to socially conservative Christianity. And 2) it’s one of those acts so profoundly ridiculous that it takes a few days to sink in.
Let me recap. The Governor of Texas signed a bill into law at a church. Forget what bill it was, that doesn’t matter. What’s important is that he created law at a church. Could you imagine what would happen if a Muslim politician in America signed a bill into law at a Mosque?
Why would Perry do this? Is he trying to send a message that a specific kind of Christian evangelicalism should be the source of our law? Is he saying that the state of Texas now gives deference to one religious sect over all others? Or is he just such a partisan hack that he saw the event as a great way to mobilize his base and didn’t even consider the broad implications of his actions.
My guess is that Perry is a partisan hack. And that’s exactly why Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison is likely to run against Perry in the Republican gubernatorial primary. I can only hope she will. It’s time we Texans got ourselves a better governor.
For another great take, check out The Moderate Republican.