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Perry’s Biggest Campaign Issue Is Himself

Perry’s Biggest Campaign Issue Is Himself

Every week it seems like there is a new excuse for why the Perry campaign doesn’t live up to the promise it had before the Texas Governor actually launched it.  They’ve tried lack of sleep, they’ve blamed back surgery.

But really, it’s a different body part of the Republican candidate that is getting in the way — his tongue.

As the campaign continues, Perry is becoming more and more known for his blunders than his policies.  Sure, he can get the occasional zinger in, but when he can’t even get simple facts like the voting age right, it’s hard to see him as Commander and Chief.

His latest on-the-stump screw-ups?  The Supreme Court and Solyndra, two of Republicans’ favorite topics.

According to The Hill, Perry was having a hard time remembering who all was on the Supreme Court, or even how many judges there should be. “‘When you see his appointment of two, from my perspective, inarguably activist judges, whether it was …’ Perry said, then was unable to come up with the name of Sotomayor. At one point, Perry guessed that the justice’s name was ‘Montemayor,’ before a member of the paper’s editorial board stepped in and provided him the name he was searching for.”

He then stated there was only 8 justices, not 9, which might explain why he couldn’t remember all of their names. “I trust the people of the states to make those decisions. I trust those independent school districts to make those decisions better than eight unelected, and frankly unaccountable judges.”

Putting aside his recall for basic high school civics lessons, his grasp of geography is somewhat frightening, too, since he apparently believed that the solar firm Solyandra, which has be embroiled in political controversy and the subject of numerous Republican attacks, is actually a foreign country.  “No greater example of it than this administration sending millions of dollars into the solar industry, and we lost that money,” he said. “I want to say it was over $500 million that went to the country Solynda [sic].”

I suppose if he can’t pronounce it, it’s not surprising he doesn’t know what it is.

There’s a point in a campaign where it becomes obvious that a candidate is working off a script written by advisers, and doesn’t necessarily know what the script is saying.  Sarah Palin hit that around the time of her infamous Katie Couric interview in the 2008 presidential race.

Perry, I think this may be your moment.

 

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4:44AM PST on Dec 14, 2011

Scary Perry!

2:03AM PST on Dec 14, 2011

Rick Perry does believe in executing the mentally handicapped and has signed the execution orders for more than a few innocent people. So it does show a person with the power of life and death in Texas is so gormless. Still, given that the last time a Texan governor became president left the country in such a mess there should be a caveat about letting them try for such roles. As many American politicians have this nasty habit of bring either Jesus or God telling to run, which suggests that God must be a pretty major practical joker or he is just taking the piss big time.

2:48PM PST on Dec 13, 2011

Do you think it's an incest thing in Texas? Maybe they are all related TOO CLOSELY??? I think he falls well past the line of sadly lacking!

1:13PM PST on Dec 13, 2011

It appears that Perry took himself behind the shed and treated himself, well, pretty ugly.

1:03PM PST on Dec 13, 2011

You can look for reasons for Perry's problems all you want but what it comes down to in the end is simple.

Like another Texas Governor we all know, He has the IQ of a box of rocks.

The only difference is, Perry does not have Karl Rove to pose as his brain.

11:29AM PST on Dec 13, 2011

Rick Perry...proof that America really doesn't want another brain-damaged Texan in the White House.

10:56AM PST on Dec 13, 2011

Rick Perry is a joke. He's also the biggest dolt Texas has unleashed on the rest of us since George W. Bush.

Do they put something in the water down there??

10:35AM PST on Dec 13, 2011

There's the line about the dog that actually catches the car it's chasing and wonders "What do I do with this,now !" I'm wondering if Rick Perry is that dog. Maybe when he took the GOP lead he realized how very far over his head he was,and if not screwing up intentionally-unless Andy Borowitz is writing his material-just stopped trying .

10:32AM PST on Dec 13, 2011

With the gallery of idiots that the GOP has, President Obama is a shoe in for re-election.

Lincoln is turning in his grave over what has become of his party. Of course all of the smarter people are paying attention and either voting vor qualified candidates rather than the GOP or are leaving the GOP altogether. Even my father, a die hard Republican is ashamed of his party, while my one friend, one of the sheeple in the GOP firmly follows the cult's party line without question and completely disregards all proof as propaganda without so much as the slightest fact check.
I just hope that all of you republican voters that toe the party line look at the long term results of what you are supporting. YOUR rights and prosperity hang in the balance along with the rest of this nation if they win.
And it will not be good. hope that none of you get social security either because if they get what they want, the GOP would eradicate it and all of that money that you paid in your taxes for yourself after retirement, will end up going to the rich; now THERE is real socialism at it's worst.

9:40AM PST on Dec 13, 2011

He is a clown and he puts Bozo & Clarabell to shame.

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