Not Dom Pérignon but More Like Perry-non, Not Quite the Champagne the Tea Party was Hoping For

When it comes to illegal immigration, Texas Governor Rick Perry sounds more like a Democrat. In fact, in 2001, Perry signed into law the Texas Dream Act, that allowed all students, regardless of immigration status, to qualify for in-state tuition at Texas colleges or universities. Perry recently defended the Texas Dream Act while campaigning in New Hampshire, saying that “To punish these young Texans for their parents’ actions is not what America has always been about.” To this day, he still defends Texas’ version of the DREAM Act, describing those who favor deportation as being heartless. Perry, who once was the darling of the Tea Party, now faces criticism from these “purists” who probably feel betrayed by Perry’s empathetic stance on illegal immigration. Well, Rick Perry was once a Democrat until he switched parties in 1997. As Oscar Wilde once said: “Be yourself, because everyone else is taken.” Maybe Rick Perry, especially with the issue of illegal immigration, is being himself. But if a right-wing conservative like Perry is now facing the wrath of the Tea Party, then it only goes to show how far to the right the Tea Party has taken Grand Old Party.