The nerve of these Republicans is unending, but this time around Rick Perry got some heckling with his straight talk about immigration. Well, sort of straight talk.
At the Iowa Freedom Summit, Perry got to the part where he was dealing with immigration, a topic the people attending this meeting don't want any part of. Earlier in the day, Rick Santorum doubled down on his whine about legal immigrants and here's Rick Perry talking about the undocumented ones. It was almost more than the audience could take.
They were restless, when a chant rose from the audience. Perry got a bit rattled, but came back with an effort to say something about what a great country we live in, people speaking out, all that.
Finally the camera pans back to the ruckus. The protesters are holding signs with the word "Deportable?" on them, and shouting, "We are immigrants!"
Good for them.
I have a bone to pick with Perry, though. When he started going on about how "Washington" should already have fixed the immigration problem, and how Congress has turned into a "debate society," it was all I could do to keep from leaping through the screen at him.
When the Senate passes a bipartisan bill with a veto-proof majority and the Republican House of Representatives thumbs their nose and says, "No way!" let's not be stupid and blame "Washington." Every person remaining in that room at that point should have been pointing the finger straight back at themselves.
I don't see how Rick Perry ever gets through the GOP primaries when people like these Freedom Summit attenders are the primary voters. It's also why I don't really pay much attention to what happens in Iowa on the Republican side. Barack Obama got my attention in Iowa in 2008 because he managed to win the caucus there in spite of those Republican primary voter types.