In his zeal to jump on Mitt Romney’s unwillingness to back Issue 2 at Issue 2’s regional campaign headquarters, Texas Governor Rick Perry endorsed it with this message:

Perry campaign Communications Director Ray Sullivan sends the following statement:

“Mitt Romney’s finger-in-the-wind politics continued today when he refused to support right-to-work reforms signed by Ohio Governor John Kasich – reforms Romney supported in June. Americans are tired of politicians who change their beliefs to match public opinion polls. Mitt Romney has a long record of doing this on issues like government-mandated health care and the Obama stimulus. Mitt Romney needs to realize that when you try to stand on both sides of an issue, you stand for nothing.”

[Source: Talking Points Memo]

Because Texas is a “right-to-work” (for less) State, Perry’s campaign may not see anything wrong with this statement.  But Ohio is a pro-labor State, and Ohio Republicans have taken some considerable lengths to avoid Issue 2 and SB 5 from being publicly identified as “right-to-work” legislation.  Kasich, himself, has tried to avoid this by disclaiming any interest in turning Ohio into a “right-to-work” State.

Perry’s zeal to save his struggling campaign by jumping on an opportunity created by Romney resulted in a gaffe that probably does more damage for Issue 2 than Romney’s non-endorsement did.  As TPM points out, Romney’s decision is probably smart politics.  Today’s Quinnipiac poll shows him the margin of error against Obama, the only GOP candidate to show to be competitive in Ohio.  Romney cannot maintain that if he embraces a piece of legislation at appears to be on its way to being overwhelmingly crushed in the polls.  Perry, too, is just playing smart politics, capitalizing on conservative anger over Romney’s waffling in an attempt to try to get traction and back in the game before Cain could take advantage.

Like I said, folks, get the popcorn out.  It’s getting really interesting watching the Republican side of the aisle.

  • Dmoore2222

    It figures. These cretin republicans are living in the 80s and haven’t realized that it’s game over for the typical politics of the moment. The Occupy Wall Street movement is just the beginning of the end of the rigged two-party and fake capitalist systems having been exposed as the vehicles of the rich. It’s gonna get very ugly in the next phase of these protests. This is a strain of the Arab Spring, only the dictators are the politicians and the rich investor class. Our political and economic systems are failing to hold us together as they have in the past.

  • Anonymous

    Good job Perry!
    All those former GOP-voting cops and firefighters (and families) are glad to hear you don’t give a crap about their livelihoods or profession

  • Anonymous

    Giving up solid union votes from police officers, fire fighters, and a few teachers.

    Yep, the Republicans are certainly high on KOCH.

  • WestParkGuy

    From HuffPost today.

    UPDATE AT 3:15 P.M.:

    The Perry campaign mocked Romney soon afterward, announcing they were
    awarding “a 10.0 on the flip-flop scale to Mitt Romney for his
    less-than-24-hour switch on supporting right-to-work reforms enacted by
    Ohio Governor John Kasich.”

    In one paragraph, the front runner republicans just lost Ohio.

  • Annekarima

    Plunderbund, calling Plunderbund!!!  You might be interested in this:

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