Rick Perry, Savior of the South

Latest in the parade of good-looking white people who want to be the Republican candidate for president of the United States is someone who isn’t always sure he even wants to be part of the United States. Of course, it’s already mandatory that Republican candidates to run the government must not believe there should even be government. Except for the military. That’s like a candidate for school superintendent running on a platform of closing the school but keeping the football team. Oh wait, that’s probably a common position in Texas. Anyway, given that incongruity, it’s a minor step for Republicans to run a candidate to lead the country whose response to not getting what he wants is to break up the country. The candidate, of course, is Rick Perry—he of the secession talk in 2009, in which he declared Texas’ right to leave the USA should it so choose. Of course, maybe as a true-blooded Southerner he was just feeling mournful about how poorly it worked out for them the last time they tried that. Well, I feel for him, and I’m willing to review the results of the War Between the States on not-so-instant replay and…declare victory for the South. You won. You’re free to go, along with your anti-evolution, why do we need a central bank, keep the brown people out, slavery wasn’t really so bad candidates. And don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.

4 comments on “Rick Perry, Savior of the South

  1. peterjesson says:

    Rick Perry aims for the Hat Trick, or as Mencken put it:

    The larger the mob, the harder the test. In small areas, before small electorates, a first-rate man occasionally fights his way through, carrying even the mob with him by force of his personality. But when the field is nationwide, and the fight must be waged chiefly at second and third hand, and the force of personality cannot so readily make itself felt, then all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre — the man who can most easily adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum.

    The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

  2. peterjesson says:

    Bruce Bartlett a member of a number of Republican Administrations – Speaks his mind

    (CNN) – Former Treasury official Bruce Bartlett labeled newly-minted Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry “an idiot” Friday. Bartlett, who served at Treasury under former President George H.W. Bush and as a domestic policy adviser to the late President Ronald Reagan, delivered the choice words to the Texas Gov. in reference to his recent comments about Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. “Rick Perry’s an idiot, and I don’t think anyone would disagree with that,” Bartlett said Friday on CNN’s “American Morning.”
    Perry sparked controversy when he said Bernanke would be “treasonous” if he printed more money to stimulate the economy before the 2012 election. “I mean, printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous, or treasonous, in my opinion,” Perry said Monday in Iowa. He stood by his comments Tuesday.
    Bartlett said the politics at the Federal Reserve are a serious problem and in part blamed U.S. presidents, who he said have historically not focused their energies on the bank. “He [Obama] has had open seats on the fed almost his entire presidency and I think that this sends a signal that he just doesn’t care very much about what the fed does,” Bartlett said.
    Despite serving in Republican administrations, Bartlett is no stranger to GOP criticism, particularly of former President George W. Bush. Bartlett’s 2006 book “Imposter: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy” accused the administration of departing from conservative economic principles. More recently he attributed the economic recession to the former president and Republican Party.
    Team Perry did not immediately respond for a request for comment.

  3. peterjesson says:

    Even Huntsman is having a go:

    WASHINGTON (AP/The Huffington Post) — Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman is pounding away at rival Rick Perry’s skepticism of manmade global warming and criticism of the nation’s central banker, saying those stands hurt the GOP and make the Texas governor come off as a not so serious national figure.

    Huntsman, a former Utah governor who was President Barack Obama’s first ambassador to China, has trailed in early polls nationally and in early voting states, leading his campaign to pledge more aggressive attacks on the top candidates.

    Perry, who entered the race last weekend and has surged to a prominent role, has provided Huntsman with an ample opening to take shots.

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