This is getting exasperating. Now we apparently have Michael Gerson of the Washington Post making stuff up:
It is now a familiar pattern — the scandal of sanity. Rick Perry is criticized for supporting discounted higher education for the children of undocumented workers, as though the ignorance of the innocent is an obviously superior policy option.
There is room for debate on all these issues.
But these are not the arguments we’ve seen. Instead, candidates are accused of political heresy. Then they apologize — some eagerly, others reluctantly. Movement conservatives have created a box of orthodoxy so small that even the most conservative candidates must engage in undignified contortions just to fit.
Except that Perry never apologized, and apparently will not apologize for his position on supporting in-state tuition for children of illegals. What he apologized for was calling those who disagreed with him on the subject heartless for opposing in-state tuition; and it was necessary to for him to apologize, because that was rude, uncalled-for, and unfair to a lot of people. But it was not an apology for committing ‘political heresy.’
Look, agree with Perry’s position, or not – but don’t freaking lie about it.
Moe Lane (crosspost)