Have You Had Sex With A Really Stupid Southern Governor?
Bruce Bartlett: "Rick Perry's an idiot, and I don't think anyone would disagree with that"
Wednesday Texas Congressman Ron Paul (R) told a gaggle of libertarians in New Hampshire that the Republican governor of Texas is even more of a kook than he is himself. "Now we have a Southern governor, I can't remember his name," joked Paul. "He makes me look like a moderate. I have never once suggested Bernanke committed treason." Although Paul's loyal and dedicated supporters propelled him to a very close second against another deranged extremist among Republicans competing in last weekend's Ames Poll, the media treats him as though he were just some also-ran, vanity candidate joke like Herman "the Hermanator" Cain, Rick Google Santorum, Newt Gingrich or Buddy Roemer. Nor does the media take the only non-weird mainstream conservative in the race, Jon Huntsman, seriously. In fact, yesterday Huntsman was also pointing out to his followers how very different he is from the demented sociopaths-- particularly Perry-- who are offering themselves up as alternatives to Obama:
No, we won't call him crazy. But the rest of them... they all flew over the cuckoo's nest. This is what a combination of a determined anti-education agenda plus Fox's anti-reality/anti-intellectual broadcasting has done to America. Respectable mainstream media-- so not Fox-- takes candidates seriously who assert that evolution and global warming are hoaxes or that there are two competing points of view to examine before we can decide one way or the other. Although Rick Perry did acknowledge, when pushed by a child in New Hampshire, that the earth is "pretty old... it goes back a long, long way."
To which conservative pundit/former Bush speechwriter, David Frum, responded that... well, as everyone knows... it's Romney's turn.
I suppose it's better having Perry stumble around babbling nonsense about creationism than thundering about how Social Security and Medicare are unconstitutional and must be abolished. And like the other members of his part-- including Willard this time-- Perry is allergic to science, wants, in fact, to secede from science. Watch:
One has to wonder who took out the ad in the Austin Statesman this week asking for the young men-- both the hookers and the merely hooked-up-- who have had sex with Perry over the years, to come forward for a little chat. Unfortunately, it isn't the kind of thing Democrats have the guts to do. It thoroughly stinks of Karl Rove, wouldn't you say?
Below is a cut graphic that shows some commonly discussed Texas myths, about how great Rick Perry and his reactionary policies have been for the economy. They never want to talk about how Massachusetts' economy, with what they call the "job killing healthcare system," consistently has a far smaller unemployment rate than Texas-- not to mention much higher wages and better working conditions (as well, obviously, as health insurance for its people, which Texas doesn't). Less talked about, at least in polite company, is another Texas myth, the one that makes believe Rick Perry is a straight man, the myth that prompted the ad above. Believe it or not, though, I'm not going to end this post with a discussion of Perry's hypocrisy or his homosexual serial dalliances.
Was I was growing up the overwhelming reason it was so important to root gays out of government service of any kind was that they could be blackmailed by the Soviet Union. Michele Bachmann notwithstanding, there is no longer a Soviet Union. Whether or not they were ever the greatest blackmail threat to politicians is open to debate, debate because the CIA and FBI have always been eager to get closeted gay politicians into their clutches. The CIA can't blackmail Barney Frank (D-MA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) or Jared Polis (D-CO), all of whom are openly gay Members of Congress. The CIA can blackmail Lindsey Graham (R_SC), Miss McConnell (R-KY), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Aaron Schock (R-IL), Trent Franks (R-AZ) and, most of all, Patrick McHenry. Oh... and that southern governor who wants to be president. Don't you think that assertion deserves a post of it's own? Workin' on it.