The results of a Magellan Strategies poll has Rick Perry leading Mitt Romney by 5% in the Nevada 2012 Republican Presidential Caucus. With Mitt Romney winning Nevada in 2008 (neighbor to Utah and home to many Mormons), these results are a little surprising. What do these results tell us about Nevada Republicans and their chances of winning in 2012?
In 2010, Nevada Republicans chose Sharron Angle, by popular vote, to run against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The Nevada GOP has already shown us that they prefer the extreme to the electable. This poll, a little over a year later, indicates little has changed. No lesson learned.
Harry Reid’s approval ratings in Nevada were much lower than Obama’s ever have been. Yet he was able to defeat Sharron Angle. So if Rick Perry (who probably even scares Sharron Angle a little bit) wins in a Nevada Republican Presidential Caucus, President Obama’s 2012 reelection bid is looking pretty good.
Maybe Nevada Republicans just don’t realize that Rick Perry is more extreme than Sharron Angle. Or perhaps it isn’t the extreme that was wrong with Angle in the first place. Maybe it was all the gaffes (Hispanics look like Asians, etc. etc.).
Just in case you weren’t aware of how radical Governor Perry is, here’s a run down of his most disturbing suggestions:
10 Ways Rick Perry Wants to Change the Constitution
Keep in mind, all of these would require amending the Constitution (based on current Supreme Court jurisprudence):
1. Prevent gays from ever getting married
2. Outlaw a woman’s right to decide when to end a pregnancy
3. Take away the People’s right to elect senators directly by repealing the Seventeenth Amendment
4. End federal judicial lifetime tenure (one way to end the independence of the judicial branch)
5. Give Congress power to override Supreme Court decisions with a 2/3 majority (another way to end judicial independence)
6. End federal income tax by repealing the Sixteenth Amendment
7. Require the federal government to balance its budget every year
9. Allow states to leave the union
10. Abolish federal environmental regulation
Let’s see how quickly Rick Perry tries to backpedal on all of these. Flip flopping didn’t work too well for Sharron Angle, but this guy is a lot smoother… he’s a real politician.