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Rick Perry, Communist

Conservatives like Rush Limbaugh are beside themselves today over Romney rivals' attacks on his business background. Progressive are thrilled.

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 11:27 a.m. ET

Posted on January 10, 2012, at 1:54 p.m. ET

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Salon's Alex Pareene muses:

His rivals for the Republican nomination wisely ignored the greater context and promptly turned “I like being able to fire people” into a ringtone. Which they are supposed to do, because they’re running for president against this guy.

But Gingrich and Huntsman and Perry are seizing on this “gaffe” in the midst of a campaign against Romney that has grown increasingly (and to an outsider amusingly) class-based, to the horror and disgust of conservative elders.

Rick Perry, in particular, has basically become a communist...

I am all in favor of the GOP adopting economic populism, even if it’s for their own evil ends, because it makes it marginally more likely that leftists will be allowed to try it out themselves again, some day.