October 7th, 2011

You Know How This Works, Right?

by Philip Baruth

Perry has now contained the damage from the “Hunting Camp” scandal, by stating categorically that the offensive name of the property was painted over in 1984, this in spite of witnesses who claim to have seen the word “Niggerhead” in plain sight as recently as a few years ago. So how long until a picture surfaces of Perry and a bunch of smiling good old boys lounging beside an unpainted-over rock, guns on their shoulders, just about to climb into their 2003 Cadillac Escalade? And how long after that before we find that rather than hurt Perry in the GOP primaries, the flap steadies his wobbly anti-Romney trajectory? Read Rick Perlstein’s Nixonland for the answer: not long, baby, not long.