I read Michelle Malkin’s “Rick Perry’s Bad, Obama-style Medicine” yesterday and my first reaction was that she’d lost all perspective. I’ve read her columns for years and respected her opinions, so this reaction was a surprise. I decided to wait a day, then read the column again before writing a response. I read it again. Now I’m certain she’s gone off the rhetorical deep end.
This sentence in the preface to her column says a lot: “Please read this, get informed, pass it on, and make sure that you don’t fall for a purported cure to our political ills that’s worse than the power-grabbing disease in the current White House.” Malkin is trying to convince me that this Gardasil incident – one incident in ten years of Rick Perry’s time as governor of Texas – is worse than what we’ve experienced in two and a half years of Barack Obama’s presidency. ObamaCare. The non-stimulative stimulus. The czars. GM and Chrysler. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The NLRB and Boeing. Libya. The endless apologies to foreign governments. Bowing to foreign kings. $1.6 trillion annual deficits. Leading from behind. Everything else detailed in Malkin’s book Culture of Corruption.
Nonetheless she continues: “The PerryCare executive fiat was not simply a one-off mistake explained away by lack of ‘research.’ It exposed a fundamental lapse in both political and policy judgments, an appalling lack of ethics and a disturbing willingness to smear principled defenders of limited government who object to the Nanny State using their children as guinea pigs.” Moreover Perry is an Alinskyite: “Borrowing a tried-and-true Alinskyite page from the progressive left, Perry surrounded himself with female cervical cancer victims and deflected criticism of his imperial tactics with emotional anecdotes.” Texans complained about Perry’s decision. The legislature overruled him. Perry dropped it and said it was a mistake. Since Malkin is telling me that Perry is worse than Obama, and Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and the rest of the Democrats passed ObamaCare over the objections of the vast majority of Americans, I can expect Obama to cease implementing ObamaCare tomorrow, and the Senate to vote to nullify the law when it returns from its August recess, right?
I didn’t think so.
And then there’s the crony capitalism angle: “Merck’s political action committee pitched in $6,000 to Perry’s re-election campaign in 2007 and Merck discussed the vaccine with Perry staff on the day they donated.” The Austin American-Statesman and Politico both scoured the emails from Perry’s office during this period and can’t find any signs of undue Merck influence. And neither of these organizations is going to give Perry an inch. Should it surprise anyone that Merck contributed $6,000 to Perry’s re-election campaign to help keep a business-friendly governor in office? I’ve contributed money to his re-election campaigns for the same reason. If I thought a $6,000 contribution was enough to buy a multimillion dollar vaccine contract, I would have given him $10,000 and asked to be named Emperor of Texas. At least for a month. OK, maybe a week.
In her column and on Twitter, Malkin claims she’s vetting a candidate. She’s not. She has lost all perspective and is assassinating a candidate. Near the end of her column you’ll find this: “And it’s not just about one ‘mistake’ or one issue, my friends. It’s about instincts, judgment, core values, and trust.” On this count she’s right, because it applies to her, too – I no longer trust Malkin’s instincts, judgment, or core values, and I won’t be reading anything written by her anymore.