Perry attempted to use sarcasm in his complaints about President Obama on his site:
If we were to elect a Republican President in 2012, here is what we would get:
- war being waged simultaneously on three fronts
- a president who tells Congress he has war powers and does not need to seek their approval
- a failure to investigate or prosecute Bush/Cheney administration officials for torture or war crimes
- a gutted health care reform bill with no public option
- a failure to provide relief for homeowners facing foreclosure
- a president who drags his feet about leaving Afghanistan even after we got Bin Laden (Kudos on that, sir, well done. But it will be ancient history by November 2012. People will vote on the economy.)
- a president who fails to tax the rich, and whom people no longer trust to defend Social Security and Medicare.
[h/t Janet Rhodes @ FDL]
But wait, this is only 2011!!! And where’s the gap to be bridged?
Perry’s complaints about President Obama’s policies are interesting, but what do they actually mean. He wrote, in a comment on this poor site:
I think what you are seeing is Obama moving to the Right in preparation for the November 2012 election. I fear that if he does not do that, he will not be reelected, which will be a real disaster for this country. We would then be ruled by characters who think and behave just like some of those on this very blog who constantly viciously attack their enemies and who don’t need facts to generate their positions. Their thinking and behavior mimics their leaders almost perfectly, make no mistake about that.
Until November 2012, Progressives like myself will find ourselves more and more angry with Obama, but we will vote for him anyway against any Repub who gets nominated to run against him. This is what happens when a significant minority of the country moves to the far right extreme, with Fox, Rush, the Koch Brothers, and all like them parading in support with tons of money, yelling and screaming and lying 24/7!!!
Naturally, I responded:
An interesting statement: you have just said that either President Obama is a liar, lying about what he believes and even governing in a manner in which he doesn’t believe, all to get re-elected, or that he really is far more conservative that you had thought, but you’ll vote for him anyway, even though you disagree with his positions, because he is nominally a Democrat.
Perry then replied:
I am saying that Obama is starting to focus on policies more to the center. Most politicians shift focus as they take into account the desires of their constituents. This has nothing to do with either lying or being far more conservative, although Obama is not the leftist extremists that you Repubs like to allege.
Yet, four days after that exchange, the esteemed host of Bridging the Gap wrote an article which says, in effect, that President Obama’s policies are essentially indistinguishable from those of any of the 2012 Republican presidential candidates.
Why, I have to wonder, does Perry spend so much effort defending President Obama and his positions, and criticizing the GOP, if he finds our 44th President’s policies to be almost indistinguishable from what Sarah Palin would do? Why did he say, explicitly, that he will vote for President Obama 16½ months from now — yes, the time really is getting that short — when he disapproves of him so strongly?
It’s always possible that those peeved progressives will find a primary challenger for President Obama. If so, judging by Perry’s comments, he’d be looking to support that progressive challenger, right?
One of us doesn’t think that will happen.
And here’s hoping that the late President Harry Truman was right when he said, “If you give the people a choice between a watered-down Republican and a Republican, they will choose the real thing every time.”