A friend of mine from Iowa tipped me off to this revolting Rick Perry ad that is running in Iowa.
Remember that in the Iowa caucus, it’s all about turnout. Perry’s trying to stoke up the religious right turnout to give him a strong showing on January 3. My friend says this ad is running almost non-stop, even pre-empting national network ads on local TV (which is a lot more expensive than just buying local ad time). Perry’s funding has reportedly dried up, and my take is that he’s risking everything left on making a splash in the caucus. It’s rational–fail there and he gets no more funding anyway; do well and money starts flowing to him again.
Of course he’s battling Rick Santorum for the pearl-clutchers’ vote, but Santorum’s probably banging his head against the wall now, asking himself why he didn’t run an openly bigoted ad targeting the minority of Iowa Republicans who still are wearing sack-cloth and ashes and begging God not to smite them down because the homos are putting rings on each others’ fingers. This New York Times poll (p. 16) shows that 58% of likely caucus goers think gays should be allowed to marry or have civil unions. Only 38% oppose any legal recognition. That’s not 38% of the state, just 38% of likely Republican caucus-goers. But if Perry can get just 20% in the caucus, he’s a big winner.
It’s not surprising we’d get an ad like that from a southern conservative. We’ve seen this film before.