Texas Governor Rick Perry is officially in the 2012 presidential race, which should give most conservatives a reason to smile this rather dreary Monday morning.
Perry made the formal announcement on Saturday, drawing both cheers and concerns from Republicans.
Those on the far left of the party spectrum don’t particularly care for his blatant Christianity or his matching pro-life stance. And those on the far right are concerned about his stance on illegal immigration, which isn’t nearly as tough as they’d like it to be.
Anybody who reads my blog at all knows which crowd I fit into, and I’ll be the first to admit that Michelle Bachmann or Herman Cain make for much better, all-around conservatives. From what I know of both of them, I’d be happy to call either of them president.
But their chances of beating out the wishy-washy Mitt Romney aren’t nearly as strong as I’d like them to be. And let’s be very clear about the issue: If the rather RHINO-ish former Massachusetts Governor becomes the GOP presidential nominee… we are in no way guaranteed a victory next year.
Forget that Obama’s approval rating is under 40% now. If Republicans don’t make an intelligent choice, some understandably disgruntled third-party conservative could very well run, thereby splitting the party vote and quite possibly guaranteeing a second term for the lackluster Obama.
And that is something America cannot afford.
So yes, Perry isn’t perfect. But his policies are generating up to 40% of U.S. job growth, he believes in the sanctity of life, and he’s not afraid to take Obama to task on both national and international issues.
As for immigration? Well, look at what the Tea Party has accomplished so far… Who says we can’t make another change?