Rick Perry: Let The “Buckpedal” Begin

Our friends at the Washington Post report, there’s that smell again:

Religious conservatives in Texas were stunned in 2007 when Republican Rick Perry became the first governor in the country to order young girls to get a vaccine against a sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical cancer.

The vaccine would encourage promiscuity, according to many conservatives, who had long supported Perry’s views against abortion and same-sex marriage.

It soon emerged that Perry was close to one of the lobbyists who was pushing for the order and who worked for the vaccine’s New Jersey-based manufacturer. That lobbyist, Mike Toomey, had served as Perry’s chief of staff and has since helped found a super PAC aimed at boosting Perry’s bid for the presidency.

Now Perry, who long defended the vaccine mandate, has reversed his position on the issue as he launches his GOP presidential bid, calling the order “a mistake” and saying he agrees with the Texas legislature’s decision to overturn it…

This story has a little of everything: a decision that horrified social conservatives so vital to any GOP primary campaign, ties to lobbyists that undermine Gov. Rick Perry’s moral standing–and above all, furious backpedaling we’ve seen over and over in the last few years as Republicans try to shore up their hard-core base at the expense of the rest of the electorate. The crushing need to out-radical primary opponents, to the laughable extremes we saw in 2010 and are beginning to witness in the 2012 cycle, is becoming a perennial fixture in GOP politics.

There’s another phase of “Buckpedaling” for Perry, assuming he wins, when he tries to take these primary lurches to the right back–reclaiming moderate credentials for the general election.

Everybody remembers how well that worked out for Ken Buck, right?

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  1. BlueCat says:

    would be hearing about this and about his convenient back pedaling on it for the first time so it could dampen the enthusiasm of base caucus and primary voters for him.  

  2. allyncooper says:

    Another issue ripe for the Buckpeddle is Perry’s open borders immigration stance. Can’t wait to see the spin on that.  

  3. ArapaGOP says:

    Polls show that politicians who admit they made a mistake at some point in their career are more trusted. This contrasts sharply with Obama, who is narcissistically incapable of admitting fault. Because he is The One.

  4. Half Glass Full says:

    What else would you call someone who presided over a state economy that piled on over a hundred thousand PUBLIC jobs from 2008 to 2010, many funded by the stimulus program, but that saw PRIVATE jobs in the state actually DECLINE by 40,000 during that period?

    All Obama – or Bachmann or Romney, for that matter – has to do is highlight that gigantic flaw in Perry’s “job creator” claim, and Perry’s campaign will wither up.

  5. SamCat says:

    One of the talking heads said,

    “Read my lips.  

    No new Texans!”

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