Rick Perry and the Crusades

Here’s the infamous Rick Perry ad.

The obvious bigoted slam is against gays. To put it in context, think of the 1940s and substitute “gays in the military” with “Negroes in the same barracks as whites.” That was the issue then, and it was wrong. But Rick doesn’t see it that way.

And he’s saying a lot more. He’s a Christian. Not a Jew, not a Muslim and definitely not a Mormon. And what “war against religion” is he talking about? Apparently it’s the same War on Christmas that Fox News has been pushing. You know, Bill O’Reilly going off on his tangent about Obama and the government taking Christ out of Christmas.

By the way, where was Bill O’Reilly recently?

On Wednesday, a YouTube user who posts as “jjlongofa” posted a video of Bill O’Reilly crossing the street as he was on his way to a White House Christmas party.

These guys are just unbelievable.

Again, just give the GOP nomination to Romney already

Former frontrunner Texas Gov. Rick Perry completely lost it in Wednesday night’s debate:

(Looking to one of your debate opponents to help you figure out what you were planning to say isn’t the greatest idea.)

The NRA (No Romney Allowed) crowd is just going to have to suck it up and say, “Mitt’s the best we can do.”

A reason not to own a television

Political insiders say Rick Perry is about to go nuclear on Mitt Romney. (From Politico)

Republican media strategist Alex Castellanos suggested that Perry is likely to focus his attention on the last of those imperatives: tearing down his most formidable opponent in the race instead of “repairing Perry’s broken image.”

“My guess is they believe that if they can kill Romney, no one else can get the nomination but Perry,” Castellanos said. “I expect that a few Perry positives will soon hit the TV airwaves, but they will just be cover for a brutal assault on Romney from the Perry campaign and his super PAC.”

He warned: “Perry won’t just go negative. He’ll make your television bleed and beg for mercy.”

There’s nothing I hate more than a bleeding television.

Here we go again on birth certificates

The birther issue is never going to die as long as Republicans believe it’s an easy way to get the cheap votes of people who can’t think (from an interview with Rick Perry in Parade Magazine):

Governor, do you believe that President Barack Obama was born in the United States?
I have no reason to think otherwise.

That’s not a definitive, “Yes, I believe he”—
Well, I don’t have a definitive answer, because he’s never seen my birth certificate.

But you’ve seen his.
I don’t know. Have I?

You don’t believe what’s been released?
I don’t know. I had dinner with Donald Trump the other night.

That came up.

And he said?
He doesn’t think it’s real.

And you said?
I don’t have any idea. It doesn’t matter. He’s the President of the United States. He’s elected. It’s a distractive issue.

Is it really that hard to say, “He was born in Hawaii, of course he’s an American citizen.”?

Frontrunner of the week

From Public Policy Polling

Is the new Republican frontrunner Herman Cain? Maybe for this week anyway.  PPP polled Republican primary voters in three pretty different states over the weekend- North Carolina, Nebraska, and West Virginia- and found Cain leading the way in each of them as Newt Gingrich surged, Mitt Romney stayed steady, and Rick Perry saw a collapse in his support.

Here are the numbers:

North Carolina: Cain 27, Romney/Gingrich 17, Perry 15, Paul/Bachmann 6, Santorum/Huntsman 2

Nebraska: Cain 30, Gingrich 16, Romney 13, Bachmann/Perry 10, Paul 5, Santorum 4, Huntsman 2

West Virginia: Cain 24, Gingrich 18, Romney 16, Perry 15, Bachmann 8, Paul 6, Santorum 3, Huntsman 1

What’s in a name?

The top of this story speaks for itself:

In the early years of his political career, Rick Perry began hosting fellow lawmakers, friends and supporters at his family’s secluded West Texas hunting camp, a place known by the name painted in block letters across a large, flat rock standing upright at its gated entrance.

“Niggerhead,” it read.

There is a long story behind this. Here’s the link. But given that people don’t want to read long stories, and television only deals in sound bites, those first two paragraphs are the only things most people are going to read.

That’s the last straw

I can’t even begin to figure out what this means:

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain came out on top in the Florida straw poll on Saturday.

The former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza won the test of conservative strength with roughly 37 percent of the vote. Texas Governor Rick Perry came in second place, followed by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who did not actively compete in the event. Here’s a full breakdown of the results:

Herman Cain: 37.11%
Rick Perry: 15.43%
Mitt Romney: 14.00%
Rick Santorum: 10.88%
Ron Paul: 10.39%
Newt Gingrich: 8.43%
Jon Huntsman: 2.26%
Michele Bachmann: 1.51%

The GOP has had debates in Florida, and the spokesman for the state’s Republican party said whoever won the Florida Straw Poll would eventually win the GOP presidential nomination.

Herman Cain isn’t going to be the Republican nominee. But even with that in mind, if Rick Perry and Mitt Romney can’t beat the pizza guy, it seems the GOP nominating process has just spun into oblivion. And look who showed up in last place: the winner of the Ames, Iowa, straw poll.