Rick Perry is expected to drop out of the presidential race in less than a half-hour’s time, at 8AM (11AM EST).
Grover Norquist may be more responsible than anyone else for Muslim Brotherhood access to the highest levels of power in the U.S. While it is hard for any Republican candidate to avoid Norquist altogether, so all-pervasive is his influence and power, Norquist is clearly much closer to Perry than to other candidates. Perry and Grover Norquist held a joint press conference in March 2011. Perry appeared at a fundraiser for Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform group. More: Norquist actively campaigned for Perry back in 2009. More still: Perry was investigated by the Texas Ethics Commission in 2004 for allegations that he illegally used campaign money to finance a trip to the Bahamas. In the course of this investigation, it came to light that along on the Bahamas trip at his own expense was Grover Norquist. Perry and Norquist are clearly not just casual acquaintances. Which other candidates have fundraised for Norquist? Which have vacationed with him?
Then there was the whole business of the Perry/Aga Khan curriculum on Islam for Texas schools, a complete whitewash of Islam and jihad that was initiated and officially sanctioned by Perry himself. The Perry campaign obviously realized how damaging the curriculum could have been to their man’s chances, and so deleted it not only from the web, but also from the Google cache. All the while, a creepy cadre of Perrybots on the web energetically spread misinformation and disinformation about the curriculum.
I am so glad to see him go.