Rick Perry is "Clear Choice" for Washington Post's Worst Candidate of the Year

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It was one year and 10 days ago that Governor Rick Perry took the stage in a CNBC primary debate and promised to "do away with the Education, the, uh, Commerce, and, let's see. I can't. The third one I can't. Sorry. Oops." It made us embarrassed to be from Texas, but it was also the moment we knew we would be spared a Perry presidency.

It stands, according to the Washington Post, "among the most awkward moments in the history of politics" and is a crystallization of Perry's utter failure as a presidential candidate.

Remember back to the late summer of 2011. Perry entered the race with what looked like a straight path to frontrunner status. He was a conservative's conservative with a proven record of doing what he said in Texas. He was a fundraising powerhouse. He had a charisma that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney lacked. It was all there for the taking.

Until, it became clear that the idea of Rick Perry running for president was very different than the reality of Rick Perry running for president. While Perry began strong with a much-touted appearance in Waterloo, Iowa, that single event wound up being the best moment of a campaign whose trajectory was almost entirely downward.

There were a lot of strong candidates for the Post's Fixy award for worst candidate of the year, but Perry's rapid plunge from frontrunner to laughingstock makes him the "clear choice for worst candidate of 2012."

That puts Perry below a lot of terrible candidates, but it also puts him underneath Todd Akin, whose peculiar views on female biology torpedoed Republican chances of taking a Missouri Senate seat. And underneath Akin is not somewhere you want to be.


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dallasmedia
dallasmedia

Rick Perry wasn't ready for prime-time. This guy is only good at a few things: executing innocent prisoners, gutting public school budget, circumventing ethical boundaries to give kick-backs to his corporate donors, and FABULOUS hair! 

Being Meg
Being Meg

when i post comment, why does it immediately go to the top of the comments?

Being Meg
Being Meg

Please do me a favor and click like if you can see my previous comment. Thnx!

Brittany Villegas
Brittany Villegas

@Chris Brooks it doesn't take a liberal propagandist to realize how big of a talking turd Rick Perry is. bless your heart.

Being Meg
Being Meg

Why can't Texas get rid of him?

Texaspainter
Texaspainter

I'm sure that Keven Ann Wiley, head of DMN's Editorial Board is soooo proud of her 2010 Texan of the Year choice.

pcwag33
pcwag33

As if we needed any confirmation of Perry's righteousness.  This one is truly a badge to be worn with honor.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

"... In the history of politics.". That is quite an overstatement. In 8,000 years of recorded human history, his misstatement is in the top 5 or 10? Come on man! Aren't liberal arts degrees, favored by journalists, supposed to give a person perspective vs. uncommunicative, drone like behaviors fostered in engineering programs?

Lee-dallas
Lee-dallas

Surely we will be spared the pain of his running for President again AND the pain of his running for governor again.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Perry couldn't sell the Texas Model to the rest of America.  The Texas Model: Last in Health, Last in Education, Last in Wages. 

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

 @MikeWestEast Thanks for the insult about the behavior of engineers.  Remember us next time that you have to step on your brake pedal, or warm your house at night ...

JackieJoyner-Rhys
JackieJoyner-Rhys

 @Lee-dallas

You forget, and dear gawd I wish I could forget, that we elected Dubya twice for President.

 

Evidently we love to 'saddle' ourselves with guys who think they are cowboys. Alas their cowboys boots only prove useful in stepping through the crap they left all over our fine state and country.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz your only right about healthcare and not the other two. Surprised you even got one right. Maybe u should plan a trip to Vegas.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul @MikeWestEast Your conclusion was exactly 180 degrees, Pi radians, from the purpose of my statement.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

 @Sharon_Moreanus 48th in education is something to brag about? Plus you type like you received a Texas public school education. The kid from Mississippi would've been only one error greater than you.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

@Scruffygeist my other name is Karin Alot.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

 @Sharon_Moreanus  Then your parents wasted a LOT of money on your education, since you can neither spell/type nor do you realize that doing it poorly projects that you either don't care or are dumb.

observist
observist

@monstruss @Sharon_Moreanus @Scruffygeist Spelin is 4 libruls

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @Scruffygeist 48th in education? Where u come up with that #? Thanks. I went to private schools my entire lifev and not in Texas. This is a news blog not a grammar/spelling class. Thanks teach.

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