Rick Perry, meet your base.
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A PPP poll out on Wednesday illustrates a clear contradiction within the GOP electorate: overwhelming majorities of voters who deride President Obama as a socialist, but who also love actual real social welfare programs -- Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid -- and don't want to see them cut.
For a candidate like Rick Perry, that cognitive dissonance could present real problems. He's rocketed to the front of the pack on the strength of his appeal to the Tea Party, where the Obama-as-socialist rhetoric runs red hot. He's also pretty much declared war on Social Security.