‘there is nothing too bats–t for these people….’

Rick Perry arrives for a campaign stop in Iowa City, August 15

Paul Begala (Daily Beast): I first met Rick Perry in 1985. He was a Democratic freshman state rep, straight off the ranch in Haskell, Texas. He wore his jeans so tight, and, umm, adjusted himself so often that my fellow young legislative aides and I used to call him Crotch. Even among state representatives, even among Texas Aggies (graduates of this cute remedial school we have in Texas), Perry stood out for his modest intellectual gifts. Hell, he got a C in animal breeding. I have goats who got an A in that subject. But lack of brains has never been a hindrance in politics.

… Rick Perry threw his hair in the ring on Saturday. His entrance into the GOP presidential field can be a game changer. Perry can raise money as well as Mitt. He can rally the base as well as Michele Bachmann, and he will say or do anything to win. And in today’s Republican Party, if you want to be the nominee you have to be willing to do some really crazy s–t.

You’d have thought that Mitt Romney was the guy who would do whatever it takes. Like the defendant in a Stalinist show trial, Mitt has renounced everything about his prior life: his positions on gay rights, abortion rights, TARP, gun control, campaign finance, immigration, etc. Abandoning nearly everything you have stood for certainly evinces a desire to win (if not a steely spine).

… Perry told The Daily Beast’s Andrew Romano that Social Security is “a Ponzi scheme,” and that both it and Medicare are unconstitutional… he has already flirted with secession. Secession? Even Jefferson Davis opposed secession when he was a senator from Mississippi. When you’re more open to secession than Jefferson Davis was a century and a half ago, well, you’ve gone pretty far.

…. Perry will claim that Texas leads the nation in jobs created. As a joke currently circulating in the Lone Star State puts it, “Sure, Perry has created thousands of jobs. I’m working three of them.” Texas does in fact lead the nation in minimum-wage jobs and in both the number of people who are uninsured and the percentage of the population that’s uninsured. Under the supposedly antigovernment Perry, government jobs grew at twice the rate of private-sector jobs.

… he presided over the execution of one of his constituents, Cameron Todd Willingham, who was probably innocent. But I’m not sure that’s a liability in today’s Tea Party–obsessed GOP. There’s a legend in Lone Star politics that one of Perry’s Republican rivals in Texas tested the Willingham issue in a focus group. One Republican man, the story goes, squinted and said, “Well, I like that. Takes a lot of balls to execute an innocent man.” At that moment, folks say, Perry’s rival knew opposing him was fruitless.

….he has the most important quality of all: the willingness to do whatever it takes. That’s truer than ever in relation to today’s Tea Party–dominated Republican Party. You’ve gotta be willing to do anything, say anything, accept anything, propose anything, endorse anything, pledge anything. There is nothing too bats–t for these people….

Full article here

33 Responses to “‘there is nothing too bats–t for these people….’”

  1. 1 GGail
    August 15, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    OH, I like that picture!

  2. 2 JoJothecat
    August 15, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    I worked for The Texas Comptroller’s office as a state auditor in 1985 after a “Ronald Reagon-Recession” was ending. I graduated in 1982 and like last year their were no jobs for graduating seniors. by 1984/85 the economy was getting better. Texas was a Democratic state back then and was not in the mess it is in now. They were big on collecting taxes back then.

  3. 3 ChristiMtl
    August 15, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    We all know that, like we knew about the Tea party. It’s only the question of how good the corrupt media will promote him like they did for the tea party.
    From the way they were questioning Michele Bachman this weekend, it’s obvious that corrupt media doesn’t want her, she has zero chance, but they do want Perry so they’ll spin and spin and lie and do anything to make sure he doesn’t come across as the insane lunatic that he is.

  4. 4 tao jones
    August 15, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Well in a star where they have adopted the mantra that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a welfare recipient to get to Heaven…

    • 5 Mae who love our CIC
      August 16, 2011 at 11:28 am

      But Mark 10:25 says It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.

  5. August 15, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    I believe this about Perrry, of course it really is true of all the repub candidates: the willingness to lie about anything and everything to ‘win’. they live in the sewer politically and they will try very hard to get America to join them- in the sewage.

    • 7 Anonymous
      August 15, 2011 at 9:13 pm

      Chris Hayes had this guy on Lawrence’s show discussing Rick Perry’s book, “FedUp”. Chris palyed a section of Perry’s speech talking about social security, and it was the total opposite of what he says about social security and medicare in his book. He suppose to be such a Christian but everything out of his mouth is a lie and he is preying on those little old uniformed ladies who probably think he is so great.

  6. 8 Anonymous
    August 15, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    The guy who was heckling PBO was Ryan Rhodes of the Iowa Tea Party Revolution. Typical tea party clown.

    • August 15, 2011 at 9:32 pm

      Look at this way – No one can claim that Obama’s townhalls are packed with only supporters.

      • 10 jacquelineoboomer
        August 15, 2011 at 9:43 pm

        I didn’t get a chance to see today’s heckler, but I’ve seen PBO handle hecklers before without even breaking a sweat. It’s kind of enjoyable to watch.

    • 12 ChristiMtl
      August 15, 2011 at 9:45 pm

      The founder and chairman of the Iowa Tea Party – a
      Michele Bachmann supporter – stood up and screamed questions to President Obama today after he said the president ignored him.
      U.S. Rep. Tom Latham had invited Rhodes, of West Des Moines, as a guest to the event. Rhodes said before the event that he wanted to ask Obama when he and the Democratic Party will stop laying blame for economic problems on former President George W. Bush.

      • 13 majii
        August 15, 2011 at 10:46 pm

        The tea partier is out of touch. It’s not only the dems and PBO who blame George w. Bush for the recession, it’s the majority of Americans. For a group that “prides” itself on taking personal responsibility, I’ve yet to see a republican/conservative/tea partier do it.

    • 14 dotster
      August 15, 2011 at 9:47 pm

      Should have guessed that. I wondered who didn’t care that his disrespect, rudeness and hatefulness was on full display. Those people are terrible.

  7. 15 Anonymous
    August 15, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Did you all notice that Perry has on a shirt in this picture just like PBO’s shirt? Scary!!!!

  8. 16 utaustinliberal
    August 15, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Hahaha. Perry’s new nickname is Mr. Crotch. I’m not surprised his grades were abysmal; not everyone does outstandingly well in college. Besides he went to that remedial school they refer to as a “University” called Texas A&M aka Aggieland. Ewwwwww. As a UT Longhorn, Paul Begala and I correctly refer to Aggieland as remedial nation. Their traditions are freaking weird. I have friends (unfortunately) who go to that nuthouse and the way they breed them is sick sick sick. LoL. But seriously; it’s sick. They have a tradition of dancing around a bonfire chanting nonsensical musings. 99% of the students are hardcore conservatives. They lack cultural diversity. They only use men on their cheerleading or “yell” team because you know, allowing women would be ultra weird 🙄 I could go on and on. In essence, you know an aggie when you see one.

    Perry is the media’s new darling. He should enjoy the fun before his real record begins to be dissected in minute detail and people realize what a sociopath he is and how his policies are from the dark ages.

    • August 15, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      We are going to really be depending on you Texas folks to bring the truth out! He lies. About everything. and the media just loves him, cuz he is pretty, and they have a shiny new object. Help us hold the MEDIA accountable!

    • 18 Anonymous
      August 15, 2011 at 9:36 pm

      I’m thinking the schmuck will peak way too early. That coupled with the Media’s ADD, he may be flavor of the month. If maintains his status, what are Moderate Repubs going to do? My son’s BF is a Moderate Repub, who respects BHO, and is against the TP. Cannot imagine him voting for PArry. Sue’s comment in the prior thread was fascinating in this regard.

  9. August 15, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I don’t see how they consider him good looking. Just look at the lines in his face. Ewwwww. Nothing attractive about this man at all.

    • 20 jacquelineoboomer
      August 15, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      I feel like a kid when I see his face. Just want to grab a magic marker and fill in the lines. (Trying to control myself, though.) 🙂

    • August 15, 2011 at 9:42 pm

      I don’t know, he looks like he was separated at birth from Baby Bush. Insular, unaware of how what he is offering is so unappealing to the rest of the country. #sad.

    • August 15, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      I agree. He has an ugly soul and it is shown all over him. He Is a snake oil salesman.

    • 24 HZ
      August 16, 2011 at 12:31 am

      One thing for sure, his face will never match that of President Obama. It is the heart and the truth that makes a face shine for me. I will look into President Barack Obama’s face anyday over Gov. Perry’s. I hope they do not expect us to stand by and allow them to start on body parts. Our President is fineeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee and some. We have a wonderful decent, very easy on the eyes President to behold each and everyday. Now that is nice to know. But what comes out of President Obama’s head and heart is what really makes him an object of God just showing out for sure.(No disrespect at all) I have a wonderful T shirt that says:”When God made me, He was just showing out.” HZ

  10. August 15, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I caught the very ending of Tweety’s show when I turned on tv to watch Rev. Al, and I heard tweety saying that Perry was the top layer of the cake now, referring to Bachmann and Romneey as the other layers. He even mentioned how good he looked. Yuk.

  11. 28 utaustinliberal
    August 15, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Heads up guys: For those who missed President Obama’s Cannon Falls, MN townhall, CSPAN ONE is re-airing it at
    10:20PM ET/ 9:20PMCT/ 7:20PM CT.

  12. 29 carolyn
    August 15, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Handsome? Not in this woman’s eyes. I am married to a handsome man, who is handsome on the inside as well! That is what counts. This man’s meanness (purposely executing an innocent man) and manipulation show in his face. He is not handsome. I have not read or heard any women calling him that…..just men, and what do they know.
    When I read the list of Texas’ rankings….all bad…first in pollution, last in insured, etc to my daughter-in-law, I commented that I hated for my grandchildren to grow up in that state. I do.
    On Chris Hayes (subbing for LOD) tonight one guest said that the states around Texas have better employment rates than Texas: Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and New Mexico, not states usually known for great economics. That should say something.

    • 30 jacquelineoboomer
      August 15, 2011 at 9:55 pm

      You are so right about the handsome part, carolyn.

      And with Perry’s huge record of incomprehensible statements and actions, surely big ol’ groups of people won’t fall for it. Surely.

  13. August 15, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    I am happy that PBO is taking the “Obama Care” slogan and making it a positive. He is so clever.

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