Jon Stewart Joke About Rick Perry's Origin Story Sets Up Wayne Slater's Punch Line
On the other side you'll find two clips. First up is last night's Daily Show, in which Jon Stewart dissects the Texas governor's entry into the presidential race over the weekend. Stewart, like Gawker, "confuses" Perry with Josh Brolin in W. But, look, says Stewart, Perry's nothing like Dubya: "Rick Perry is what happens if Lex Luthor distilled down George Bush essence in a laboratory and crossed it with gunpowder and semen from the finest thoroughbred in Lubbock and then strapped that concoction onto a nuclear missile and shot it into the fucking sun and then waited, waited, waited until one day, on the anniversary of the Alamo, a solar flare, yada yada yada, Rick Perry!" At which point The Dallas Morning News's Wayne Slater makes a well-placed appearance.
But speaking of Gawker, you'll also find a Think Progress clip topping that site's page at present in which Perry, addressing some folks in Iowa, talks about Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and accuses him of, well, treason after making what's being interpreted as a tough-talkin' threat. As in:
"If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I dunno what y'all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treasonous in my opinion."As one Gawker commenter points out, former Dubya deputy press secretary Tony Fratto took to Twitter to denounce that comment as "inappropriate and unpresidential."