In one corner, you have the former Speaker of the House and current House Minority Leader, a woman with over 20 years of congressional experience in committee debates and speaking on the floor.
In the other corner, a man who’s latest debate contained a full minute of trying to remember his own talking points.
But Texas Governor Rick Perry isn’t one to be daunted by his own repeated debate failures. Instead, he’s deciding to shift his focus from debating his fellow GOP presidential competition, and trying out someone on the other side of the aisle instead. His target? Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
In some ways, the choice of pushing Pelosi for a debate makes sense. Perry is unlikely at this rate to get the Republican party nomination unless he does something drastic. Trying to challenge Obama to a debate is too obvious. Challenging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wouldn’t get many the same amount of attention. Debating his own party on his “government overhaul” plan would do little good, since they would all agree with him. Challenging Pelosi, on the other hand, means he’s pretending to take on that great Republican boogeyman, the “Princess Nancy.”
Still, it’s a little confusing why he’s approaching Pelosi, instead of say, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, who was the one who publicly called the proposal ridiculous.
Unless, of course, he was afraid Hoyer would take him up on it.
Because, just as Perry planned, Pelosi has turned Perry’s request down, with a little jab thrown in, as well.
So, Perry wins the debate the one way he could be sure he would win — by pretending he wanted to have one and then not actually having to follow through with an actual debate. Because Perry’s best debates are the ones he doesn’t have to speak during.
It’s a shame. If they had sold tickets I bet that would have paid off the national debt.
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