Steeped Too Long

About 30 minutes into the ‘debate’, I couldn’t help but wonder what was going through Mitt’s mind. If it had been me, I would have been thinking something along the lines of “Holy Joseph Smith, what the Jackson County did I do to find myself surrounded by so many moral cretins and snake oil salesmen? Sweet Moroni, I promise to take as many wives as you say, just rid me of these people.”

That was followed by reluctant admiration – how diabolically clever of the GOP to surround Mitt with so many tards; it would do nothing but “normalize” Mitt for mainstream America. In comparison to this group of whack jobs, Mitt’s batshit religion and pathologically longing for the White House seemed…not normal, per se…but at least less meth-head, alternate universe insane.

I mean, you wouldn’t want to give ol’ Mitt the launch codes or other important stuff, but you could actually picture him 1 in the White House.

Not so with Rick Perry. 2 To begin with, I’ve had some truck with his organization and am not impressed with their vetting process.

From: “nick AT”
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2011 09:07:41 -0500
To: Eric Bearse
Subject: The Response

30 July 2011

Mr. Bearse,

We’ve been queried by several of our readers for more information on The Response.

As such we would very much appreciate whatever media package you folks have put together. Also, if it isn’t too much trouble, credentials for the event itself would be greatly appreciated; it would just be myself driving down.

Thanks in advance for your time.

Nick Charles, Ed.

—–Original Message—–
From: Response Media Logistics
Sent: Monday, August 1, 2011 03:02 PM
To: nick AT
Subject: RE: The Response

Which media package are you asking about? We will be streaming The Response on August 6th, but I am not sure if this is what you are asking about. I can add your name to the media credential list.


From: nick AT
Sent: Monday, August 01, 2011 8:37 PM
To: Response Media Logistics
Subject: Re: The Response

August 1st, 2011


If you would, please, add my name to the media creds list; that would be great, thanks.

Hope to see you this week!

Nick Charles, Ed.

—–Original Message—–
From: Response Media Logistics
Sent: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 10:38 AM
To: nick AT
Subject: RE: The Response

We have added you to the media credentials list. We will see you this weekend!

Hunter Hawkins

If his staff was willing to give WNBTv media credentials 3 , Thor knows who they’d be willing to vett as Perry’s VP. That ought to be a show stopper in and of itself. 4

Then there’s Perry’s basic willful ignorance. We posted a vid last month of Perry exercising his stunning intellect on a local Texas cable channel.

But this debate was special, especially as many network ‘pundits’ considered Perry to have “won” said debate.

Do I lose sleep over the possibility of having killed an innocent man? HELL NO!

A Scrotum of Tea Baggers in the Audience: Yippy K-Fuckin’ Aye, motherfuckers!

“Social Security is a Ponzi Scheme and un-Constitutional… Social Security is monstrous…”

The Same Scrotum of Tea Baggers: Goldman Sachs! Goldman Sachs!

Back in the day, when Chuck Norris wasn’t a palsied eleventy-bazillion year old, Rick Perry would have been a recurring villain on his show, Walker: Texas Terrorist. It would take Chuck a plethora of slo-mo roundhouse kicks, on 3 contiguous shows, to finally defeat Perry. But then Perry would show up on the season ending show! Bigger and better than ever, still with that e-vil glint in his eye, and a new plan to further degrade The Great State of Tex-ass!

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On substantive matters Perry was…well, an idiot.

If you’ve been paying attention to the man this is not news; he’s the same wattage dim bulb as Bush the Lesser. Hell, I’m surprised he hasn’t yet started talkin’ about his “gut” feelings. Though he might as well have the other evening concerning climate change.

“…just because you have a group of scientists that have stood up and said here is the fact; Galileo got outvoted for a spell.”

I suppose the above barely ekes by the minimum standard to qualify as an analogy…but only if you’re grading by Texas metrics. Even then it’s so piss poor in so many ways it boggles the mind. Not the least of which is the fact that Galileo was correct. And whom was Galileo forced to disagree with, one might reasonably enquire. Why, none other than the 16th century equivalent of the Tea Baggers, that’s who.

Perry is what Bugs fondly referred to as “…an ultrmaroon.”

Seriously, Perry’s turning out to be as big an airhead as Palin and Bachmann combined. Next thing you know we’ll learn he can’t shoot any better than Palin. 5

Debate Moderator:  “…234 executions in Texas (you’ve)  signed off on…”

The Same Scrotum of Tea Baggers Go Insane – wild cheering, clapping, cow bells, the whole routine. Fuckers would have break danced in the aisles if they hadn’t been lily white.

Perry:I think Americans understand justice.” 

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Folks, Rick Perry’s Texas is an unapologetic mess.

While I’m fairly certain the great majority of Americans would reject this asshole should he actually be nominated by the Republicans, here’s hoping it doesn’t reach that point.

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The debate ultimately put me in mind something I had read decades past. It took me until this morning to find time to locate it, but it was well worth the onerous 10 minutes of Googling my poor fingers suffered.

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'” – Isaac Asimov, column in Newsweek (21 January 1980)

I fully expect the Republicans to spend the next 13 months proving that to us one painful day at a time.

Show 5 footnotes

  1. With a chaperon.
  2. Every other idiot at the debate had, through one office or another, previously disqualified themselves from receiving enough 2012 middle America votes to be a threat to the Republic, so we will not address their numerous shortcomings in this space…today.
  3. Something obviously not in their best interests.
  4. Yes, I went. Yes, I came away with some unbelievable memories and photos, as well as a few scars. No, nothing to post; I went to see just how fervent, and how large, the devo portion of our nation truly is. Answers? Clinically fervent and, fortunately, not that large. However, vigilance, vigilance…
  5. Unless he’s driving a car, with an open alcoholic beverage, over 90 miles an hour on a county 2-lane and his target is any road sign. I expect under those circumstances he’d qual out as “Marksman”.

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