At last week's presidential debate in Florida, Rick Perry said something that made the audience gasp in disbelief. He said critics of in-state college tuition for illegal aliens "have no heart." Welcome to Compassionate Conservatism 2.0.
The Perry tactic of debate by slander was an eye-opener for many conservatives, and it probably contributed to his poor showing in the Florida straw poll that followed the debate. Republicans are in no mood for a replay of the Bush amnesty plans.
Or Perry's poor showing in the Florida straw poll might have something to do with a recent report about the highly touted "Texas jobs created by Perry's pro-growth policies." The Center for Immigration Studies has discovered that 81% of the 279,000 jobs created in Texas from 2007 to 2011 went to non-citizens, a high number of them illegal aliens.