I am not opposed to the death penalty; I can make a pretty good argument for why it is both moral and necessary (even though I can also a pretty good argument for why it isn't). However, I cannot imagine, under any circumstance, cheering about it:
Debate audience cheers Perry's execution record
I didn't object to a few celebrations about Osama bin Laden's death. People are only human, after all; payback for a vicious mass-murderer who had eluded justice for ten years is going to provoke emotions. But the executions of your own citizens, under sometimes questionable circumstances - Perry almost certainly presided over the death of at least one innocent man, and almost did so for at least one other - are a different matter.
Are we to believe applause for a body count represents the American electorate?