Rick Perry Forgets His Lines


Behold the instant classic moment from the Republican debate last night, with Rick Perry forgetting which agency of Bloated Big Government he intends to do away with. I, too, have a tendency to forget one item on a list every time I try to make a complete list. On the other hand, I’m not running for high political office.

I think I agree with those who say that it’s the “oops” and the attempt to look sheepish and make a joke of it that really sinks Perry here. Forgetting what he was going to say is one thing, but a failure to take it seriously just reinforces the idea that Perry isn’t really taking this whole President thing seriously, and thinks his rugged regular-guy-ness will excuse anything.

So, in short, get ready for still another round of discussions about which previously-undeclared candidate could swoop into the race and give the primary voters an alternative to Mitt Romney. Remember when that alternative was going to be Rick Perry? Those were the good old days.


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Rick Perry Forgets His Lines

  1. Wall St Journal ~ Is Obama Smart?

    “On another occasion—at the 2004 Democratic convention—Mr. Obama explained to a Chicago Tribune reporter that “I’m LeBron, baby. I can play at this level. I got game.”

    Of course, it’s tempting to be immodest when your admirers are so immodest about you. How many times have we heard it said that Mr. Obama is the smartest president ever? Even when he’s criticized, his failures are usually chalked up to his supposed brilliance. Liberals say he’s too cerebral for the Beltway rough-and-tumble; conservatives often seem to think his blunders, foreign and domestic, are all part of a cunning scheme to turn the U.S. into a combination of Finland, Cuba and Saudi Arabia.

    I don’t buy it. I just think the president isn’t very bright.

    Socrates taught that wisdom begins in the recognition of how little we know. Mr. Obama is perpetually intent on telling us how much he knows. Aristotle wrote that the type of intelligence most needed in politics is prudence, which in turn requires experience. Mr. Obama came to office with no experience. Plutarch warned that flattery “makes itself an obstacle and pestilence to great houses and great affairs.” Today’s White House, more so than any in memory, is stuffed with flatterers.

    But it takes actual smarts to understand that glibness and self-belief are not sufficient proof of genuine intelligence. Stupid is as stupid does, said the great philosopher Forrest Gump. The presidency of Barack Obama is a case study in stupid does.”


    • Say what?

    • Perhaps you haven’t notifced Tony, that the Republicans are clearly focused on nominating a candidate that is unelectable.  Your comment here was a pretty lame diversion from the point of the article; namely that the supposed front runner of a month or so ago, is so inept that he can’t even summarize the three main points of his own platform.  The current front runner obviously offends the moral high ground that Republicans, most of whom profess to be fundamentalist Christians, claim as their’s only.  Yet the Republican crowd last evening are so biased that they were actually applauding Herman Cain’s behaviour before all the facts of his offensive behavour can possibly have been revealed.  Can you make the case that these conservative candidates deserve to be elected, without referring to Obama?  Resorting to calling someone stupid is an elementary school kind of arguement. 

      • I was just trying to point out to Liberal readers that there is not much mileage in critiquing someone’s intelligence when current President thinks there are 57 US States and mentions a language that doesn’t exist.

        Obama ~ There’s a lot of — I don’t know what the term is in Austrian — wheeling and dealing — and, you know, people are pursuing their interests, and everybody has their own particular issues and their own particular politics.

        Obama ~ Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go. Alaska and Hawaii, I was not allowed to go to even though I really wanted to visit, but my staff would not justify it. 

        Ronald Reagn ~ Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.

        • So far you haven’t ANY mileage critiquing ANY Republoican candiate and you weren’t able to reply without mentioning Obama.  Can you really think for youself or do you also cut and paste your thoughts?  Nobody will take you seriously if you are unable to make a cogent case FOR the people you appear to support. 

        • Tony, the only smart Republican – Huntsman – is at something like 1% in the polls. So calling Obama stupid is probably counterproductive.

          • What about Mitt Romney?  He is intelligent, although he does have that pesky religious problem…

      • Just to be clear though, if Herman Cain’s behaviour is what is alleged by the various women then it most certainly is “offensive” and potentially criminal.  But if “all the facts” can not have been possibly revealed the we can’t really call them offensive as yet.

        • As it stands now, even Herman Cain’s responses to the allegations have been offensive and he has done all he can to make sure “all the facts” are not revealed.  The fact that there are” various” women complaining about his behaviour justifies this being taken seriously by the media and the electorate. 

        • It really bothers me when people paint Monica Lewinsky as a victim of Bill Clinton.  She was 23 years old and flashed him her thong underwear.  Men who are serial cheaters are cheating on their wives but the women they cheat with also bear some of the responsiblity and are surely also lacking character.  Bill Clinton’s seeming inability to keep his zipper up was an issue between he and Hilary.  Thank goodness, most sensible people can understand that.

          • “Bill Clinton’s seeming inability to keep his zipper up was an issue between he and Hilary.”

            Did you read HUff Post article or just one sentence? Clinton did much more than have one consensual affair while he was Governor and President and many feminists came to Clinton’s defence. 

            Clinton and his feminist fans significantly hurt feminism as a movement. 

            “THE hypocrisy of the feminists who suddenly rethought sexual harassment when their ally in the White House found himself in the dock has been discussed ad nauseam. But there is plenty of hypocrisy to go around.”

          • Yes Tony I did read the post but you brought up Monica Lewinsky and she sticks in my craw because she bragged to her friend on the phone about her sexual encounters with the president.  That is how we all know about the thong underwear….because she bragged to her friend about flashing Clinton. 

          • While “Bill Clinton’s seeming inability to keep his zipper up” was certainly a failing in relation to his marriage vows, I submit the following:

             That it also lead to a moral backlash that gave strength to a movement that ultimately elected Dubya. Without the Clinton/Monica impeachment debacle, Gore beats Bush (maybe not by much, but he still wins).

             Does this mean no oil war in Iraq? Think of the lives lost; the people injured. Think of the cost of that war to the US economy. Think of the cost to the world in general

             Would the US be in the craphole it is now, if Clinton kept that zipper up?

             That is one expensive BJ.

        • Cain’s alleged behaviour is illegal, Clinton’s was not. 

          • Are you certain about Clinton? 

            “In an interview broadcast Sunday night on CBS 60 Minutes, Willey said she and Clinton were in his private study off the Oval Office when Clinton embraced her tightly, kissed her on the mouth, fondled her breast and then placed her hand on his genitals. Clinton has denied these charges.

            She said the advances were unwelcome, that she did nothing to signal Clinton that she might be interested in a sexual encounter and that the president was aroused.”


          • Tony you have now made about five comments on this article about Rick Perry without once making any comment about Rick Perry.  Did you read the article?  What do you think of his performance last evening?  What do you think about his abilities in general?  I challenge you to comment on this article without mentioning anyone but Rick Perry. 

    • If you typed that all in from memory, congratulations. You’ve got a better memory than Rick Perry. 

      If you cut and pasted, then congratulations are still in order. You’ve become quite adept at saving your own time while wasting everybody else’s.

  2. Biggest Primary Gaffe: This or Howard Dean’s Scream?

    (I realize Dean’s wasn’t during a debate, but still)

  3. It would be delicious irony if the Republican nominee wins in 2012 and offers Perry the position of Secretary of Energy.

    • I don;t think Michelle Bachmann is going to win the nomination. 

  4. If this was the Republican Party of Canada, they’d be declaring victory.

  5. As a typical, easy going, Canadian retiree I don’t usually get involved in this on-line bantering but, after reading all the comments about Rick Perry’s gaff, I can’t resist.  Just a couple of points:
    1. In today’s world, where it’s possible to know just about everything about everybody, I suspect that even if you cloned Jesus and ran him for president somebody could find some dirt on him!
    2. That being said, Perry committed his own political suicide,  so media scrutiny can hardly be blamed
    3. But …why don’t you go ahead and elect another right wing, bible thumping, Texan!  Lord knows they don’t make any of their own decisions anyway, and we do so enjoy watching them recite the opinions they’ve been given to read!

  6. Perry is just another vacuous Texan vying for top office; I cant believe the candidates that the Republicans put up for nomination. Having said that, the smartest of the bunch, however, is actually a Texan too…Ron Paul. He’s the only one I’ve heard who makes any sense and he seems to have a mind…something you’d think an important feature in anyone who wants to be president.

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