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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