Rick Perry is talking again. And he’s saying stupid shit… again.
From Kevin Drum:
From Rick Perry, after John Harwood of the New York Times notes that his tax plan will mean huge tax cuts for the rich in an era of already skyrocketing income inequality:
But I don’t care about that.
I suppose there’s something oddly refreshing about that response. There’s also this:
Q. Why did you choose to keep the birther issue alive?
A. It’s a good issue to keep alive. You know, Donald [Trump] has got to have some fun. It’s fun to poke him a little bit and say “Hey, let’s see your grades and your birth certificate.” I don’t have a clue about where the president — and what this birth certificate says. But it’s also a great distraction. I’m not distracted by it.
Yes, the birther issue is just a spot of fun!***
Sure, Rick Perry. It’s a good issue to keep alive in order to pander to your idiotic racist-ass base who are, by the way, too stupid to care that you just said YOU DON’T CARE THAT THEY ARE POOR.
For the love of —
***Rick Perry is an ignorant asshole.
[via Mother Jones][cross-posted at Angry Black Lady Chronicles]
“Rick Perry’s an asshole” goes without saying (I’ll say it anyway), but I wonder how many of his pig-headed supporters take this issue very seriously, and will cast him out as a non-believer for joking about such a grave threat.
If it’s obvious that Rick Perry doesn’t listen to himself, do the rest of us need to listen to him?
No “a**holes” tag? Or has BJ used that too much today already? I can barely keep up!
My original take on Perry was “anyone who Karl Rove dislikes can’t be all bad.” But it’s now “dumb as shit and that’s it.” And that’s it.
I’m sorry, I know it’s off topic, but I cannot stop having PTSD-like flashbacks of that goddamn Herb Cain ad. I’m afraid that this fucker’s giant, disembodied, slowly smiling head is going to haunt me for the rest of my days. Is anybody else experiencing this problem?
Please let life imitate art.
@fasteddie9318: Yes. Major creep-out.
Donald Trump got his ass handed to him by Obama at the White House Correspondents dinner over the birth certificate Issue. Obama has a biting sense of humor and if the republican nominee gets too stupid with the president he will be embarrassed. Poke away at your own risk.
Jay in Oregon
Rick Perry ends up making the case for exactly why the birth certificate issue is racist bullshit.
Borrowing from the video Baratunde Thurston posted about Barack Obama finally releasing his birth certificate, the birth certificate issue is a way for black people to be reminded that They Are Not Real Americans, no matter how accomplished they may be.
Ignorant fuckwit crackers like Rick fucking Perry who say shit like “It’s fun to poke him a little bit and say ‘Hey, let’s see your grades and your birth certificate.'” should be completely shunned from polite society; the fact they are not shows how far we have to go.
It’s gotta be extra enraging and painful for AA’s in this country to suffer this kind of mean spirited crappola from one of the major pol parties in this country. While rank and subtle racism are still potent motivators to a sizable minority of the electorate, in spite of all sorts of efforts to keep it going from shitheads like Perry, it has failed to stop the steady but slow progress toward it becoming better, rather than worse – on the whole, from whence we came.
This country is fucked up in all sorts of ways, and though it seems really bad still, at least on the issue of race, it is better than it once was. And most likely, after some backsliding, will be better as time marches on. I don’t think race baiting is going to help the wingers one bit in this General Election, for the reason we are currently in the midst of a class war brought by the plutocrats and their water carriers, that should trump the GOP’s usual bullshit. White folks got to eat and pay the rent, just like black folks.
ah, he’s Bernard Posner from Billy Jack
i knew i recognized this guy
Two problems. Most of the media finally stopped pretending that this was either a controversy or an issue, so Perry apparently doesn’t understand that this makes him look like a clown. He doesn’t have any of the reservoirs of media goodwill that sustained Papa John McCain, and this is not good for someone trying to get positive national media attention.
Also, there are even a lot of conservatives who have moved on from considering that the birther crap had any validity. They may still indulge some of their friends who cling to this, but it’s becoming an embarrassment to all but the lunatic fringe.
With the nasty little aside about grades, Perry is going from crazy birtherism to full on racism. Trump tried to paint himself, his friends, and his family as part of an obvious meritocracy who did well in school and reaped the benefits of their superiority. This was a big lie, but since Trump is not running for anything, nobody is going to look too hard as his real background anymore.
And he wants to talk about grades?
The GOP philosophy neatly encapsulated in six words.
For the last time, the birth certificate thing is not racist, because Obama isn’t really black.
@fasteddie9318: i haven’t seen it, so thanks for the heads up
personally, i’d start drinking, stat
John M. Burt
@General Stuck: General, there are living African Americans who remember when the Republican party still remembered Lincoln and used him as an example rather than a figleaf. How must they feel about what the party has become?
Belafon (formerly anonevent)
@Steve: But is it reverse racist, because he’s part white?
If only he looked just like Buddy Holly.
hey, just because rick perry don’t care, don’t mean he don’t feel.
The Morning Joe crew was really pounding on Perry this morning.
@Brachiator: In his own inimitable style, he does want to talk about grades. Because if you read what he said, he brings up his own grades, whining that as an average — i.e., thoroughly victimized by minority tyrants — white guy, he was unfairly mocked for his own GPA, while the black guy gets a pass on scrutiny of his academic record. Because, you know, the black guy never could have gotten into decent schools on his own merit, and affirmative action is constantly making incompetent students president of the Harvard Law Review.
@Ben Cisco: Between your excellent taste in sci-fi, your earlier comment about Perry graduating lawdy how come from A&M, and this little bit of win just now: where would you like your Internet delivered?
Doesn’t matter if Republicans have abandoned the issue.
He’s reaching across party lines, damn it.
Going for that good PUMA vote.
A wise move. If he plays his cards right, that might gain him as many as twenty new votes.
Two can play the “fun to poke” game.
You know what else Rick Perry thinks is fun to poke? Texas Secretary of State Geoff Connor.
@Catsy: Yes, but if you factor in loudness, that’s the equivalent of 200,000.
Good lord, how many times does Obama have to publish his birth certificate before these clueless assholes get a clue? He’s done it twice already, once with the legally valid copy, and once with the actual document. I suppose the next step is to slap them with the mummified umbilical cord.
Let him keep talkin’.
Cause that bulls**t he’s spoutin’?
Will push folks to votin’,
For the one who’s still Hopin’.
You think the Cain smoker video is weird, check out the second video at this link about the cowboy with yellow flowers. It will blow your mind.
@gocart mozart: I…I…I mean…I’m speechless. And I used to like Nick Searcy, dammit.
@fasteddie9318: Dude, then don’t go to The Hermanators YouTube page and find the 31/2 minute one of a cowboy riding a horse carrying yellow roses.Mino posted it in the last Herman Cain thread hours ago and I’m still fucking discombobulated over it. And it ends with the same creepy, creepy smile.
words fail. is cain an obama plant? he’s some kind of plant. for sure.
Paul in KY
@Zifnab: If he’s the nominee, Pres. Obama will hang that around his neck. He will regret saying that.