Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Getting to Know Rick Perry

Before you never see him again.

That cowboy schtick seemed to work for W. His old Lt Governor Scary Perry isn’t getting it to play so well.

Perry's Texas leads the nation in minimum-wage jobs, uninsured children, high school dropouts and pollution. He balanced the state's budget with stimulus money he railed against. His record won't back up his bragging.

We also learned in Perry's 48 hours in the race that he's a classless boor. He stomped on Michele Bachmann's Ames straw poll win with his cowboy boots, coming to Iowa to save the GOP from the little Christian lady with the faraway eyes. Then Monday, asked by a reporter if he had a message for nominal GOP front-runner Mitt Romney, he blew the former Massachusetts governor a mocking kiss and said, "Send him my love." But of course he saved his nastiest remarks for President Obama.

On Sunday night he told a Waterloo audience that "One of the reasons that I’m running for president is I want to make sure that every young man and woman who puts on the uniform of the United States respects highly the president of the United States," he said.


On Monday Perry told an Iowa crowd that we need a president who's "in love" with America. [...] This from a guy who's "joked" about Texas seceding from the United States.


"When we came into the nation in 1845, we were a republic, we were a stand-alone nation. And one of the deals was, we can leave anytime we want. So we’re kind of thinking about that again."

Joan Walsh

And you didn’t think there was anybody who could make Michele Bachmann look good.

Really, it’s okay to pretend to be a cowboy, but in the upper tier, it just isn’t presidential material. You can be an ass, you can be a turd even, but you can’t be a cowboy, too.

"You don't accuse the chairman of the federal reserve of being a traitor to his country. Of being guilty of treason," [Karl] Rove said.


Rove and Perry go way back in Texas politics -- Bush's top strategist convinced Perry, then a Democrat, to jump party lines in the first place to run for Texas Agricultural Commissioner. But Perry broke from Bush in the latter's second Presidential term, ripping on the president's fiscal record in the statehouse and White House alike and criticizing his signature education law, No Child Left Behind.


The various connections between Rove and Romney drew the attention of RedState's Erick Erickson on Tuesday, who published a post entitled "Is Karl Rove Afraid of Being Marginalized?"

"I'm wondering if Karl is worried about staying relevant should Perry gain too much momentum," he wrote. "If so, Perry better watch out. The attacks will come fast and furious."


And Chris Matthews is all over it.

"He looks like a clown," Matthews said. "He dresses very fancy. There's something about the way that he puts himself together that doesn't look authentic. He looks like, I don't know, a wax figure pretending to be governor. There's something about him that doesn't add up to me. Maybe it's this Texas B.S., this boots and tuxedo thing they do down there. Why does it work? Outside of Texas it doesn't travel very well."

Huffington Post


Wayne Slater, who has previously lumped Tea Party protesters with the Holocaust museum shooter, attacked Perry as someone who talks about "states rights, states right, states rights" and "could make some voters, again, very nervous." In response, Matthews excoriated, "Yeah. This could be Bull Connor with a smile.”



Matthews asked Hightower whether “anything will stop this guy,” to which [Texan Jim] Hightower confidently answered, in a word, yes. “The higher the monkey climbs, the more you see his ugly side,” he explained, finding it difficult for Perry to hide for much longer that he is “Michele Bachmann with better hair.” [...]After an exchange where Hightower tossed in the line “he puts the ‘goober’ in gubernatorial,” Matthews jumped in on the fighting spirit, bringing up Perry’s “big black cloud” comment and stating, “I smell birtherism about this guy.”


A 1998 voting guide published by a leading neo-Confederate group and obtained by Salon not only endorses Perry for lieutenant governor but also describes him as "a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans." Perry's office did not respond to a request for comment about the governor's possible membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans.


The organization that publishes DixieNet describes its mission in openly secessionist terms: "The League of the South is a Southern Nationalist organization whose ultimate goal is a free and independent Southern republic."

Salon War Room

I’m guessing he’ll eventually have to answer.

Ray Wainner, Texas division adjutant at the Sons of Confederate Veterans, told me that Perry's name did not appear in the group's membership records -- but that they only go back to 2001.


Its core beliefs include the abolition of the income tax and central banking, a Southern republic that "revives the use of State Militias in place of maintaining large, standing armies," and a society that "perpetuates the chivalric ideal of manhood." The group rejects "the American Empire that now occupies the South."

Wow. And I thought I had some issues with our current government.

“No, he is not George Bush on steroids. Rick Perry is what happens when Lex Luthor distilled down George Bush’s essence in the laboratory, and crossed it with gun power, and semen, from the finest thoroughbred in Lubbock, and then strapped that concoction on to a nuclear missile, and shot it into a fucking sun, and then waited, waited, until one day on the anniversary of the Alamo, a solar flare, yadda, yadda, Rick Perry.”

  Jon Stewart via Raw Story

Yet another one.

....but hey, do what you will anyway.


  1. “He puts the ‘goober’ in gubernatorial”--I am still laughing about that one!

  2. i heart jim hightower


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