By Kevin “Coach” Collins
When Texas Governor Rick Perry first uttered his now famous remark about those who are against in state tuition for illegal aliens being “heartless” he was surging in the polls. He looked like the conservative White Knight that would slay Willard the Evil RINO. No one had any real idea of how much harm he had done to himself or how quickly his stance on the issues would cause him to fade to black.
Perry has literally fallen from front runner to single digit “also ran” in a matter of weeks.
Over the years we have seen candidates who few really tough races fail nationally or in state wide races because their opponents were of the same mind on key issues. These candidates don’t bother to do their homework and often assume “that issue” won’t come up.
He Perry done some homework he might have found a way to plausibly defend his in state tuition for illegal aliens, but he didn’t. Had he would have found surprisingly strong resistance to the policy.
An IBD/TIPP survey shows by 69%/22% people don’t want this expense. It is opposed by Democrats 58/32 Republicans 73/20 and a whopping 74/15 among Independents.
Even minorities are against Perry on this issue with Hispanics going 54/28 and Blacks 80/12 opposing this policy.
What makes Perry appear more clueless are the results of a February University of Texas survey on in state tuition for illegals. It found 59% of his fellow Texans including 43% of Democrats are against the policy.
A more recent Rasmussen poll found a startling 81% of likely voters don’t want their money spend to provide in state tuition rates for those who are in our country illegally. Just 12% say it is a good idea.
With these numbers as a back drop it is no wonder that “Doctor” Perry’s “heartless” crack resonated so deeply as a sharp insult with so many likely voters. It is no wonder that virtually overnight Perry has gone from run away favorite to life support.
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