Rick Perry dislikes everybody


This ad, released by the Rick Perry campaign yesterday, hits so many offensive buttons (promising to end “Obama’s war on religion,” lamenting the fact that gays can serve openly in the military) that you almost wonder if its offensiveness is deliberate, designed to get much more free publicity for the ad than he’d get with something more measured. Well, mission accomplished, I guess; everyone’s going to be talking about it. But it really is an awful combination of persecution complex with a fervent dislike of everyone else in the world. I don’t even know that it will be that effective: an effective nasty ad is one that has the illusion of niceness. This ad doesn’t. It’s just nasty.

Perry has been one of the surprises of the U.S. primary cycle, since he really should have had everything going for him. The argument for his entry into the race was persuasive: he was an across-the-board conservative, he ran a state that saw some growth in jobs (not to say he “created” the jobs himself, just that it helps to preside over positive job growth at a time when jobs are the big issue) and unlike Romney and Gingrich, he’s currently holding down an important elected office, rather than running on the strength of a job he held years ago. But he’s just proved that people who don’t enter the race early, who have to be dragged into it or who choose to enter because there aren’t that many good candidates, tend to have serious weaknesses, or they campaign as if their heart isn’t really in it. Or, as in this case, they release unpleasant TV ads.

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Rick Perry dislikes everybody

  1. This ad is precisely why he won’t be the candidate.

    • On the contrary…these ads play up exactly to the base he seeks. He won’t be the candidate, you are right on that account, but not because of this ad.

      • The ‘base he seeks’ is too small to make him the candidate.

        The US has serious problems to deal with….gays and school prayer don’t even make the list.

  2. this one is in the bag. this ad will put him over the top. THIS is the true GOP, and they will pick him. I have little doubt about it

  3. Leave it to a knee-jerk liberal to label an attack on his ideology as an attack on everybody. My God. This is what passes as an objective “media” these days, is it?

    • You can always count on Weinman to provide Conservatives In Mist coverage. I wonder if Weinman knows he’s a caricature? 

      National Review:

      I was recently watching a BBC wildlife documentary on the Discovery Channel. The narrator — a British fellow with an accent like Gandalf the White — described the scene ….. But, my point is, whenever I read liberals reporting about the goings-on of conservatives I always get the nature-documentary vibe. A liberal reporter puts on his or her Dian Fossey hat in order to attempt to write another installment of Conservatives in the Mist. 

      I’ve followed this particular brand of reporting for years, it’s almost a fetish of mine. Most attempts fail. Of these lesser varieties, there’s fear (“Troglodytes!”), mockery (“Irrelevant troglodytes!”), condescension (“I had to explain to them they’re troglodytes.”), bewilderment (“Why don’t they understand they’re troglodytes?”), astonishment (Dear God, they’re not all troglodytes!”), and a few combinations of all the above.


      • Oh, I remember that article. There’s some truth to it, but since the media is not liberal either, there’s arguably more “liberals in the mist” coverage than conservatives-in-the-mist coverage.

        But that’s just a natural consequence of the fact that people often report on ideologies they don’t personally share. What Goldberg was complaining about was that coverage of conservatives portrays them differently from the way conservatives see themselves, not realizing that the outsider perspective might be right. Surely you don’t think coverage of liberals should portray them the way they see themselves; otherwise Obama would be portrayed as right-of-centre.

        • Canadian msm is astonishingly facile because 95% of it is Liberal journos writing articles about how scary Cons/cons and are they slightly retarded? Your post would be far more interesting if you added some nuance to your inane fear mongering. 

          Obama and Perry had same positions on these issues until a few months ago but I have yet to read how you think blessed Obama is scary.

          National Review ~ Are Conservatives Nuts?

          Remember the cocky, arrogant kid in nursery school, the one who always thought that he had all the answers and that he could do whatever he wanted, and was always ignoring what the teacher had to say? Chances are this bully grew up to be a conservative.

          Right now, I have no doubt that some liberal readers are nodding their heads and saying, “Yes! That makes total sense. Conservatives are such bullies!”

          Well, according to the latest “scientific” study this is nonsense. In fact, it’s the other way around.

          Here’s the lead from a story in the Toronto Star about a new study in The Journal of Research Into Personality: “Remember the whiny, insecure kid in nursery school, the one who always thought everyone was out to get him, and was always running to the teacher with complaints? Chances are he grew up to be a conservative.”

          • hahahahahahahahahahahaha

            TorStar and Salutin can’t find left wing news? 

            That was priceless, thanks ColbertReport.

          • @Tony_Adams:disqus 

            You are as confused about ‘left wing’ as you are about technocracy and luddites.

    • 1. Not intended to be objective, nor presented as such.

      2. There was no attack on ideology in the ad; there was an expression of dislike that gay people are serving openly and a conflation of Obama’s policies with a “war on religion.” So the ad views differences in ideology, or differences moral views, as a war against religion, which is certainly an attack on everybody who doesn’t agree with him.

      • How in the world do you go from characterizing Obama as engaging on a war on religion to Perry disliking everybody? No, he dislikes the ideology that you and Obama subscribe to. What a horror!

        And you’re a typical knee-jerk liberal disguising himself as an objective commentator on movies.

      • We were all doing so well ignoring Dennis, Jaime. Get with the program! 

      • At times like this, Jaime, it’s good to remember Mr. B. Frank’s
        line about the dining room table.

  4. Well then…at least no one will be talking about the debate gaffe anymore. Diversion tactic…successful!

  5. As an American living in Vancouver and voting by absentee ballot, I very much like this ad. I think he comes across as a man of courage. I haven’t made up my mind yet on who I’ll voye for, but Perry goes up a notch in my estimation for this ad.

    • Perhaps you’d better re-read your constitution then.

    • And 3K people agree with you.

      And 150K people disagree with you.

      Looks like if you’re anxious to love under a Theocracy, you’ll have to move to Iran. America is gonna stay on the separate Church and State thing.

  6. Things you live to regret :- pausing Bill Evans playing Elsa long enough to
    listen to this ad.

  7. This makes me think of the SNL sketch a few weeks back where Perry smilingly concedes that there is no depth to which he will not sink to get the nomination.  I didn’t realize quite how accurate it would turn out to be . . .

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