I’ve got a piece up at RH Reality Check today on Rick Perry’s proud tradition of pandering to social conservatives. Call him a flip-flopper if you want, but the man is good at it:
Perry’s record is certainly worthy of scrutiny. But there’s a more telling way of finding out what a Perry presidency would look like for women: looking at what far-right, conservative, religious and evangelical power players want. Why? Because a Rick Perry presidency will not be about Rick Perry’s beliefs. The man has built a career out of well-timed, well-executed pandering, and we have no reason to believe that would stop once he moves into the White House.
To be clear: there’s nothing wrong with a politician (or anyone) changing their beliefs or stances on any and all issues. But that’s not what’s happening with Rick Perry. He’s not suddenly taking every decision under careful consideration, weighing the options, and changing his mind with a heavy and reasoned heart. He’s asking “how high?” when conservatives tell him to jump.