Over at The Weekly Standard, Jay Cost asks if it matters that Texas Governor Rick Perry was once a Democrat. He poses the question in light of Ron Paul’s recent ad telling voters that while he was a Reagan stalwart when few others were, Perry was supporting Al Gore for President. Cost isn’t impressed:
Let’s remember that Perry is not the first former Democrat to run for the Republican nomination. He’s not even the first from Texas. He’s the third. John Connally ran in 1980, and Phil Gramm ran in 1996 – both were former Democrats.
Indeed, I would add that Connally lost his bid for the GOP nomination to another former Democrat – Ronald Reagan. So I would suggest this places Perry in pretty darn good company.
But if we are really going to hold Perry to account for supporting Al Gore 23½ years ago then it is worth asking what Ron Paul was doing 23½ years ago. Oh! Ron Paul would have been running for President as a Libertarian telling students at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa on January 22, 1988:
The Reagan era is gone, it’s over. So no matter how much you might believe in the Reagan Revolution and the Reagan era, it’s over and done with and it failed.
Which makes the content of Paul’s ad against Perry that much more curious. The narration goes, “Rick Perry helped lead Al Gore’s campaign to undo the Reagan Revolution.”
Hmmn. You could say that Ron Paul is for the Reagan Revolution after he was against it.
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