Matt Mackowiak, Kay's former and recent staffer, is bashing Rick (link). Excerpt follows...
After speaking at three Tax Day tea parties in Texas, Perry told The Associated Press, "We've got a great union. There's absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that." The inference was that Texas was once a republic and it might want to be again.
His original comments, and his repeated refusal to back away or clarify them, display his stubbornness, cynicism and smallness.
Pretty par for the course for the liberal mainstream media. I just don't think this op-ed really advanced any new ideas or broke any new ground. It was sort of a re-hash of what has been said on a bunch of liberal blogs and liberal MSM editorial pages around the country over the past two weeks. It commits two major sins in my book... 1) pretending that Rick actually said he wanted Texas to secede and 2) using that non story to build the rest of the op-ed.
Lots of liberals around the country have done this. Look at every major newspaper. They all got it wrong, and Kay's former staffer just seems to echo their arguments. He's better than that. He knows he is better than that. I think he's got to be better than the personal insults about "smallness" as well. It is one thing to support your lady or guy, but Republicans don't like it when other Republicans attack Republicans using liberal Dem talking points. Be critical, be a watchdog, but don't help the other side in the process.
Does one of Rick's former spokesmen now get a free turn to hack away at Kay? I doubt any of them would want do that so early in the game. Maybe next January.