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Chan Lowe: Perry receives the Mark of Cain


Rick Perry’s descent in Republican popularity polls has been nothing short of breathtaking. It’s as though the far right, in its zeal to embrace anyone who had a chance of unseating the hated Pretender in the White House, woke up the morning after a heavy date with a supermodel and saw her for the first time without any makeup.

Not only has he shown himself to be so remarkably inept on his feet that he makes George W. Bush look like William Jennings Bryan, Perry has committed the unpardonable sin of being morally suspect on some issues that are sacred to his rapidly eroding base.

How can somebody call himself a Christian conservative, as Perry does, if he performs a reasonable and generous act like allowing the children of undocumented aliens (who live in the state through no fault of their own) to attend Texas universities and pay resident tuition fees? Where in the Bible did Jesus say, “Blessed are the illegal immigrants, for they, too, are the children of God?” Don’t bother to look it up. You can’t find it, ’cause it ain’t in there.

And how about abominations like trying to protect the health of girls by mandating vaccinations to prevent them from catching HPV? Now, shots for polio, measles and the like are one thing, but he should have known that the best defense against cervical cancer and other types of filthiness is for a young lady to keep her knees clenched firmly together. He may have repented for that little faux pas, but that doesn’t mean conservatives are going to forgive him and let it drop. They smell potential victory in 2012, and are not into forgiveness.

Instead, they've decided to send Mr. All-Hat-No-Cattle a little message in the form of a whuppin’ in the Florida Straw Poll by a man whose chances of winning are even more remote than Perry’s, but who knows how to check the right boxes—that person being Herman Cain.

And, since Cain has no experience whatsoever in government, he has a pristine, sin-free record. That's the best of all possible qualifications for heading a vast, complex bureaucracy encompassing many stakeholders... just ask Florida Governor Rick Scott.

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Huh? What are you talking about Chan? I can only assume you are trying to mock Christian conservatives because there are some who disagree with Rick Perry's political decisions. However, I am sure the Christian community has more of a problem with a president, whose spiritual adviser spews rhetoric like "God Damn America", like Rev Wright. I also disagree with your contention that Christians will vilify Perry because of an ill advised decision regarding the HPV vaccine anymore than they approve of President Obama's attempt to nationalize a healthcare system that performs abortions with tax payer dollars. Oh and for the record, Christians do believe in educating immigrants in fact, ever hear of missionaries? Now I propose a question to you... What is more justifiable? Offering waivers American Citizens whose family went through all the hurdles of citizenship FIRST OR Offering waivers to American Citizens whose family manipulated the system FIRST?

Huh? What are you talking about Brian? Go visit an optometrist. Chan's post is Cain vs. Perry, and the resounding stab by Florida conservatives into Perry's back. Sounds to me like quite a few Florida people are unsatisfied with Perry and his shaky "christian" platform. But leave it to you to blindly see every political opinion as "pick any of the 15 two-faced Republican candidates" vs. Obama's lies.

Great post Chan.

Chan- Another outstanding cartoon/blog...Here's my thought...
Some politician's are like a banana....He comes in, and first he is green...then he turns yellow....and then he is rotten...
Can't wait-for the next debate...and another cartoon/blog by you....

Perry never had any real followers. The straw poll delegates are always told what to vote for.
They are just fighting the appearance of racism.

Okay, now the Republicans' strategy is starting to make sense!
1. Nominate the person who checks off all the boxes on the agenda
2. Stall anything Obama wants done, even to the point of shutting down the government again
3A. Say it's all his fault when, in reality, he hasn't really done anything--or
3B. Say he hasn't done anything, and certainly *they* can do better
4. Wait for November 2012, assuming the Mayans *aren't* right, and the world *doesn't* end before then...with everyone p***ed off, they do another "change for the sake of change" vote
5. And not long after January 20, 2013, America can be returned to its rightful owners--the rich male white anglosaxon protestants.

LRP, your Marxist statements show how far off the left is... Congress USED to belong completely to the Democrats, but not even THEY could pass a budget with a SUPER MAJORITY! Let's pass a 500 billion dollar jobs bill... What happened to the 1 trillion spent on Obama's stimulus????? Here's a hint (Solyndra btw they FIRED 1,100 workers a month ago..) Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice and I sound like degenerate to even write a post like yours LRP. By the way, I LOVE how you lump Republicans as Rich and White. I am white but considered lower middle class. Herman Cain is black and Rich but guess what.... We both believe the same thing. Democrats are the ONLY party that constantly bring up, Black vs White, Rich vs Poor, Religious vs Atheist. In my opinion LPR the rhetoric you spew transcends racism, class ism, you are just hateful and your bigotry tear apart the unity of our country.

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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