Perry also likes to dole out state dollars in exchange for campaign contributions. But judging from your posting history I guess you think that is ok.
Second, the ABO - Anyone But Obama - argument is silly. The monumental damage Zero has done has momentum, inertia. It will keep going even without him. It will take a counterforce to slow it down to where capitalist repair mechanisms can exceed the rate of damage. The absolute minimum, then, for a Republican nominee is someone who can supply at least this counterforce.
And that's really the issue. Whenever we have to make an important real world decision, it's always weighing the assets against the liabilities. It's never all of the former and none of the latter. For me, Perry's assets - particularly for the fight we're in - overwhelm his liabilities.
We need a president who wants to turn the terrorist enemies of America into mulch, who's a climate skeptic's dream, who says, "Mr. Obama talks a lot about jobs, but the only job he really cares about is the one he's got," whose electoral strategy is "to keep your boot on your opponent's neck until after the election and all the votes are counted."
We need a president who tells the press in interviews and writes in print that Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are "bankrupt," that they are "Ponzi schemes." Who writes that two "great milestones on the road to serfdom" for America were the passage of the 16th and 17th Amendments.
But then, most of have grown to expect that from your group and what you say does not matter. The results of what Perry is, is clearly showing in the polls whether you like it or not.