Goodness, just a tad heavy on the self-serving ode to noble causes. Perry's got to earn Republican primary votes first, which means he and his supporters have to be able to face legit questions from Republicans about his record. Certainly, "Perry folks" are capable of multi-tasking and defending his record while they're engaged on this great noble crusade against liberalism and all the the rest.
You make some pretty good points. Perhaps the Perry folks figure that with a double digit lead against the former top runner in the Republican field it is they and not Perry that needs to be on the defensive and the Perry folks use the time to go after Obama and his dismal record instead.