I think my initial assessment of Rick Perry as a radical theoconservative was off the mark. Or perhaps it wasn’t wrong so much as misfocused: Perry clearly believes all of the insane things he said at his infamous prayer rally, but the diligent work of other journalists has convinced me that tearing down [...]
I found it fascinating to watch the rollout of Rick Perry’s campaign this week, and the reactions of his opponents, of his party, and of the opposing party. It’s going to be an exciting race. I hope you have enough going on in life to not be paying attention yet, but if you are:
I have a review at The Daily Beast of Fed Up!, Rick Perry’s policy book from last year. I argue that he seems to identify more with the anti-federalists, and the anti-federalist-placating bits of the federalists, than he does with actual federalism. You can check it out here if you feel inclined.
I’ve recently criticized people I felt were too hard on the mainstream media’s coverage of conservative evangelical politicians. But now that Rick Perry has joined Michele Bachmann in the race, the fear in my circles of someone perceived to be an actual theocrat becoming president is palpable.
But a word of caution. It [...]
A couple of days ago, at The American Scene, Wheaton professor Alan Jacobs took Andrew Sullivan to task on his recent remarks about “Christianists,” a term he often uses to describe the Christian right, but which, more generally applied, refers to people who fuse “politics and religion for the advancement of political goals.” [...]
I have a new column at Patheos on Perry’s “prayerpalooza”:
Asked in 2002 how his faith influences his politics, Rick Perry replied, “I don’t think it does, particularly.” But at the massive prayer rally he hosted in Houston on Saturday, the sitting governor of Texas prayed, “as [...]
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