If you want to attack your opponent for hiring an illegal immigrant, you’ve got to have your research down. Because if you misfire, as Rick Perry did in the GOP debate Tuesday night, you come away looking mean, nasty and irresponsible.
Here in California, we know a thing or two about politicians who have actually hired illegal immigrants, from Dianne Feinstein to Meg Whitman. It’s not quite the same if you hired a landscaping company which was employing some illegals, as Mitt Romney did, as outlined in a Boston Globe story back in 2006.
Especially, if you’re the governor of Texas and you’re under attack from the right because you allow children of illegal immigrants to receive in-state tuition for college.
Our take: Gov. Nasty Pants looks like a desperate, insufferable bully.
Herb Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan is now officially bad cheese.
Best performance: Mitt Romney. Winners: Anderson Cooper and Barack Obama.
For the highlights, see Talking Points Memo’s clip wrap.
P.S. Ron Paul, get a tailor. Michele Bachmann, the Sgt. Pepper look is just a bit out of date.