Two comments. First, I wouldn't agree that it's just "conservatives" that get the pass. I feel what's happening is that the media for the most part lacks any kind of balls, and the concept of true investigative journalism is in such wane, that they don't bother questioning extremes, and merely report them as is. Thus, the problem isn't so much your average every day "conservative" making a comment, it's more aimed at asinine Tea Party type comments such as prayer being the solution to drought, more scientists saying global warming doesn't exist, etc. No one in the media (other than the progressive biased left, the Bill Mahar types) steps up and calls BS on this. Even mainstream media such as CBS News, CNN, AP, etc. simply reports that Perry made such comments, that's it. They are so tied to raising money, and self-crippled by the fear of sounding biased or being called "liberal media" they drop nearly all critical thinking.redtreviso said:Why do Conservatives get a pass?
"Perry’s ideas range from wrongheaded to terrifying....The subtitle of Perry’s book is “Our Fight to Save America from Washington.” Reading it summons the image of another, urgent fight: saving America from Rick Perry.
Of course the corrupt hapless media hardly scrutinizes things like Obama's connection to bankers, or flip-flopping on so many issues either. Doing so takes work, and most viewers would rather know about Kim Kardashian's boobs.
Second. It's a sign of the time. Perry is going to get a free pass also because he's not in a real position now to do much damage. He's simply someone running for President. When it gets closer to the primaries, and if he get through those and is the nominee, his words will be more scrutinized overall.
As to Obama. While I think he's got a 50% chance of being re-elected, I agree with Scott that he can say whatever he wants between now and then, but once elected he will be another gutless, bought and sold flim-flam man, just as he is now, plus dealing with a GOP House, and if not a GOP Senate, not one much different (impotent) than now.