This is one of the ugliest smears of the campaign yet:
Paint Creek, Tex. — In the early years of his political career, Rick Perry began hosting fellow lawmakers, friends and supporters at his family’s secluded West Texas hunting camp, a place known by the name painted in block letters across a large, flat rock standing upright at its gated entrance.
“N****rhead,” it read.
In case you’re wondering I replaced four letters with “****” – the original story had the “N-word” in it.
Progressives love to use that word when they can blame it on Republicans. How much do they love it? Matt Yglesias put it in his headline to make sure you didn’t miss it.
But when you look at all the facts (which progressives conveniently keep leaving out) this is what happened:
Many years ago before the Perry family had anything to do with the property it was known by that racially offensive name. Then his dad leased it and painted over the name on the rock used as a sign. Later they turned the rock over to further conceal the racist term. At some point Perry was added to the lease.
The Washington Post found some people who claim the sign was visible for years after Perry says it was painted over. They aren’t sure when it happened but they don’t dispute that it is now painted over and turned over. (They don’t even include a picture of the rock in the story.)
So how much blame does Rick Perry deserve for all this?