Adventures in Rick Perry Talking About Things

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Rick Perry: Easy on Mexicans, tough on English
​By now you've likely come across the line Republican strategist Mike Murphy dropped on the Twittersphere a while back, in which he likened listening to Rick Perry talk to "watching a chimp play with a locked suitcase."

Well, last night Perry got another chance to play with the suitcase, as Fox News and Google teamed up for another GOP debate. When all the booing of gayness died down, Perry, as he sometimes does, had moments of clarity and confidence, especially at the start of his Gardasil defense and his Texas DREAM act rebuttal, in which he pretty much called the rest of the panel a bunch of heartless dicks. Good times.

But, man, can Perry mangle a sentence. And you have to wonder whether, as the field narrows and he finds himself in front of more and more people, that mangling will start to catch up with him. I know: They all trip up, and a combative relationship with syntax didn't stop the last Texas governor who wanted to be president. But Bush was first elected light years ago when it comes to the level of exposure candidates and presidents face. These guys exist in carefully cut YouTube clips and endless TV debates, and whatever you think of their respective policies and politics, Perry's unarguably less articulate on the fly than Obama and Romney (and Huntsman and Santorum and Cain and that guy who sneaked into the debate to tell his best dog jokes).

And sometimes? Sometimes it honestly seems like Perry's been sipping on purple drank. Do we know where Tea Partiers stand on purple drank?

Adventures in Audio! With Rick Perry


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ViniVidiDejaVu
ViniVidiDejaVu

Stig: Agreed. The election is still 14 months away and anything can happen. Plenty of time for a lot of people to step on their own @#%&. Perry doesn't stand up under close inspection, but then again neither did Bush: desertion of post during wartime, cocaine and alcohol addiction, failed businesses, brother involved in savings and loan fiasco, disastrous "volunteer" participation in corporate environmental program, tendency to fall off of bicycle, war on two fronts, thousands dead and 10s of thousands wounded and mangled; yet he won election and re-election! I mean they spray-painted that pig with lipstick and he came up smilin'!

Perry is pretty, and the buying public likes pretty; not to mention "a good Christian" (of convenience). I am admittedly gloomy about Obama's prospects when we have the American public that would vote for Snooki. The logic that the Republicans started out this fiscal roller coaster ride, therefore we should elect a Republican to fix it scares me. (think happy thoughts, think happy thoughts).

ViniVidiDejaVu
ViniVidiDejaVu

We can make fun of Perry-Bachman-Palin all we want, but the reality is they are attracting a certain element in the GOP, and that element seems to be growing. They all have plans for improving the economy, but NONE of those plans include doing something about it NOW. Anything they do now may help Obama, so they will continue to do nothing but bitch, or actively work AGAINST a solution. This is not going to change.

So, Obama keeps taking the hit, his ratings keep diving, and the middle of the road voters start to listen to "populist" tea bagger ideas. This makes the right wing freak more electable.I don't see GOPers voting for a Mormon (false religion) or Cain (a black guy), so they are left with the rightist of the right. If the economy keeps sucking, you may be calling one of these knee-jerk mouth-offs Mr or Ms President in a little over a year; and the senate my go red as well. There won't be any more jobs, but the rich will get richer, abortion will be outlawed (remember we have a red Supreme Court), and anything to do with being gay will be outlawed. Any program that helps old/poor will be gutted, education will suffer (after 10 years of Perry we are 47th in the country), and Federal regulations curbing the excesses of corporate powers will be reversed, just as under Bush.

So, make fun of the tea bag clown posse, but unless there is a miracle with the economy, the die is cast.

Judd D. Bradbury
Judd D. Bradbury

I must be the only one who noticed that a few days ago Jim is chipping on Perry for defending the right to vote where it surely should have been defended. There was some sort of veiled attempt to co-opt Perry with disenfranchisement of Hispanic voters.(although Perry had nothing to do with the subject matter in the story) And this morning more bad bad Perry without as much of a mention that he did the high character thing last night and stood on his principles no matter how unpopular for those newly minted Hispanic voters going to college in Texas. At some point on some issue it would seem fair to reconcile the personal bias with the facts. If Perry defends the people you say you defend, it seems reasonable that you might say something nice about the guy. You know maybe once? The guys with the three pointed hats created this place right? Just checking.

Paul
Paul

Bless his heart ... Guvn'r Goodhair surely does try awful hard to sound intelligent.  I guess he is the poster boy for intelligent design as he surely didn't come about by accident descended from a bunch of monkeys or a bowl of fruit.

Texas politics has to be one of the most entertaining sports on the planet.  I don't think the good Lord himself could come up with anything better than these guys.

As an Aggie Cheerleader, Li'l Ricky showed that he had good eye hand coordination.  Too bad that these debates are showing that he doesn't have any brain - mouth coordination.

"Next time I tell you not to vote for a governor from Texas as President, will you believe me?"  Molly Ivins

Cliffson
Cliffson

Well, maybe a bowl of fruit...

Ray
Ray

Where is Miss Molly now that we need her the most?

Ray
Ray

She's in a much better place than this.

Paul
Paul

I never did much care for her politics, but she could hit the nail on the head way better than any three carpenters put together.

mynameisURL
mynameisURL

Love love *LOVE* that picture of Perry. Soooo Dukakis-esque.

I think photo alone could be his downfall. Keep up the good work!

Cheap Old Geezer
Cheap Old Geezer

The most awesome oxymoron:   Texas Aggie runs for U.S. President.

Heavy Metal Church Lady
Heavy Metal Church Lady

One aspect of the Gardasil debate overlooked by both media and opponents: According to a news story in the Houston Chronicle in 2007, Gov. Perry "ordered state health officials to make the vaccine immediately available to eligible females through state programs that provide free and reduced-cost vaccines to children from low-income families and for women ages 19 to 21 who qualify for Medicaid." Perry's spokesperson Krista Moody also stated that "it would cost the state $29 million to administer the shots to these girls and women up to age 21."

In short, the federal government and Texas taxpayers would have shouldered the costs of Merck's vaccine.

Brenda Marks
Brenda Marks

Yes, because Merck's lobbiest, Mike Toomey, was also Rick Perry's chief of staff.  To Ranger Rick, as long as the money "stays in the family", its just fine.

pbluett
pbluett

I am also fairly cynical about Perry, who appoints shady characters-(cronies?)- to state agencies from which they are difficult to extract.  I am told, but I have no way to confirm that the acqaintance with the 31 year old au pair victim of cervical cancer occurred some months AFTER the mandate cited by Heavy Metal Church Lady. This would confirm my dismal opinion of  Gov. Perry and his opportunistic tendencies.

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

Here is what I have learned from the Republican debates.   If you are a poor gay member of the military without insurance and go into a coma, do NOT go to a hospital with a Republican working intake at the emergency room. 

Steve
Steve

We need more debates with more trigger questions that will continue to expose the "Tea party" (right) for what it is:  a fatassed white hate machine.

abuckley1970
abuckley1970

ole rambling rick...and to think the mainstream media calls him the frontrunner.  whatever.  maybe he's out front trying to outrun the bus that's about to run over him.

SteveT
SteveT

Fool me once; fool me twice...won't get fooled again!

John_McKee
John_McKee

There was almost a part of me that felt bad for Perry last night, I mean, if I didn't know he was mostly an unrepentant asshole with repugnant beliefs, I would have. He is in way over his head, this is not only embarrassing for him, it should be for us. This is the guy that represents our state, "we" elected this simpleton.

But really what stood out to me in all of this is just another example of what the Republican party apparently stands for. Booing a gay solider serving in Iraq because he is gay, I still almost can't believe this happened. Is this going to be a debate staple from now on? Each time the Republican party is going to show their true colors by acting in an absolutely disgusting manner?

Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk

I don't think it represents the entire party. Many Republicans have been critical of the candidates for not saying something about the boos. It's clear that a sizable group of Republicans feels that way about our soldiers, and that makes me sad.

sizzler
sizzler

they also get boners over any whisper of the death penalty or letting sick people die. whether you support the death penalty or not, whether you don't like mandated health insurance, what soulless person gets so excited over the death of other people? 

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I saw that part of the debate and it made me ill, I love how the "local press" seemed to not show that part on the news, what I find chilling about these "Republicans" is the fact they dont seem to understand America is evolving, folks who used to be under their collective thumb have rights now, they can serve in the armed forces and vote, which scares the hell out of the right wing white man.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Wow, gotta love Perry, he's finally being seen as the jackass he truly is on the American political stage. Maybe this will be the final nail in his political coffin and he'll leave us Texans alone..

Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk

I'm afraid he's governor for life if he doesn't get the White House.

Heartless Richard
Heartless Richard

Clarity and confidence defending giving away $100,000 in state funds for tuition per each person here illegally while US citizens are racking up a trillion dollars in education debt.

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