Why are liberal elites applauding Rick Perry?

Former President Bill Clinton defended Gov. Perry on his signature of a bill allowing Texas undocumented residents to obtain in-state tuition rates, for which his Republican presidential rivals have criticized him heavily.

Perry defended the bill in an October campaign stop: “In Texas, we made the decision that it was in our best interests as a state, economically and otherwise, to have those young people in our institutions of higher learning and becoming educated as part of our skilled workforce,” he said.

Should liberals be thankful to Rick Perry for injecting a dose of compassion into the conservative debate on immigration policy? Read why TNR’s Editors have “Just a Tiny Bit of Sincere Sympathy for Rick Perry.”

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