Republican Opponents Try to Move to Perry's Right

If your job was to protect Gov. Rick Perry from political attack, you’d probably protect his front, his back and his left flank — the directions from which you’d expect his foes to attack.

You could ignore his right, right?

Perry is supposed to check all the boxes there, collecting superlatives from social conservatives, Tea Partiers, fiscal conservatives, evangelical Christians, home schoolers, economic development types — you name it.

But the first part of the presidential race isn’t a general election, and it is fundamental politics to attack your opponents’ strengths and weaknesses.

Perry’s strength has been his ...

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