Erdogan’s Turkey And Perry’s Texas

The strange parallels:

(a)  between Turkey’s AK Party and the Texas Republican Party—both of which combine a heavily pro-business unleash-the-market orientation (which helps explain why magazines like the Economist look so favorably on the AKP) and a fair amount of crony capitalism with often-intolerant cultural conservatism, moderately theocratic tendencies, uneasiness about the theory of evolution, and a culture-war mentality infused with deep resentment against the “elitism” of secular, cosmopolitan, big-city types who they think look down on them …

… and, specifically …

(b)  between Governor Rick Perry and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan—both of whom combine a bullying tough-guy macho style with a tendency to shoot their mouths off and blurt out embarrassing and offensive statements … that draw unfavorable comments from outsiders and sometimes complicate life for their political colleagues, but don’t seem to bother their core supporters?