Gov. Rick Perry

The Houston Chronicle has a story today about how Texas Gov. Rick Perry likes to rail against big government yet seems to be fine with government intrusion into people’s lives on some issues — including same-sex marriage. The money quote comes from Democratic consultant Jason Standford, who’s co-writing a book about Perry:

“It’s not really the nanny state. It’s the daddy-knows-best state. Rick Perry’s vision of states’ rights is that it’s his right to say how everyone in the state will live,” Standford says.

Allan Saxe, a political scientist from the University of Texas at Arlington, tells The Chronicle that the whole thing can be chalked up to the difference between conservative and libertarian. But here at Instant Tea, we just call it hypocrisy and political pandering.