Gov. Rick Perry was asked by Candy Crowley to comment on the Marine urination scandal. I liked his response:
"Well, obviously, 18, 19-year-old kids make stupid mistakes all too often, and that's what's occurred here." Perry said, reminding viewers that General Patton did "basically the same thing" at the Rhein [sic] river and that Churchhill [sic] did the same thing on the Siegfried Line.Video here. More video here from last night's "Huckabee Forum." Perry starts taking questions at the 58 minute mark. His limited-government message, with his impressive record as Texas governor to back it up, should appeal to conservatives who understand the terrible mess we're in.
"What's really disturbing to me is this kind of over the top rhetoric from this administration and their disdain for the military, it appears." Perry said, "Whether its the Secretary of State or the Secretary of Defense.
"These kids made a mistake. There's not any doubt about it, they shouldn't have done it it. It's bad." Perry said, arguing that people upload all types of videos online. "But to call it a criminal act, I think, is over the top."
Too bad Perry's been branded by the pundit-sphere as a dummy/loser and therefore "unelectable":
Perry's campaign suffered yet another setback on Saturday when a group of leading social conservative activists announced their endorsement of his rival, former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.).Sussing out the ephemeral "electability factor" is a fool's errand. Take Mitt Romney. Please. Like Obama's purported "first-class temperament," Romney's chief asset, his electability, is based on very slim evidence indeed:
Perry admitted that he would have liked to have won the group's endorsement, but said voters will ultimately decide the nomination.
He argued that he, not Santorum, is "the most consistent social and fiscal conservative in the race."
Crowley noted that Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council and a spokesman for the social conservative group, said that questions about Perry's electability were why the group chose not to back him.
"That's what they said about Ronald Reagan in 1980," Perry responded.
Aside from winning the governorship against extremely weak opposition in a three-way race where he failed to get an actual majority of the vote, in a state that despite its liberalism had become accustomed to electing Republican governors (for 12 straight years), Romney still has never won an electorally significant victory that wasn't in his native state (Michigan) or in a state that is his backyard and site of his vacation home (New Hampshire). Even in Iowa, his mere eight-vote win after five years of work there amounted to six (yes, count them, exactly six) fewer votes than he earned four years earlier in the same caucus system.And that's just the tip of the iceberg of Romney's weaknesses. Read the rest.
Back to that endorsement, it's interesting that the group determined that Rick S. is more "electable" than Rick P. Maybe they're right. But it's certainly not obvious.
But, you say, Gov. Rick Perry's so stupid he called on a mannequin at the "Squat-N-Gobble" (!) eatery. Oh, wait. He only joked about calling on the restaurant's mascot, who stands in the back with her arm perpetually raised. But it was reported and reflexively repeated as another Perry "oops." (Hey Buzzfeed, I love the way you "retracted" your stories on this. I guess it fits the Perry-is-so-dumb narrative too well for you to make a fuss about it being false.)
And just when you thought this whole thing couldn't get any weirder, we have the story of Romney handing out cash to a woman with a tale of woe on the campaign trail in SC. The kicker for me: She was undecided until Romney's act of charity won her over -- "I was caught between him [Mitt] and Perry." (2:40 into the video.) Now she's working for the Romney campaign. If Perry slips her $100 will she change her mind? (And if Romney gets elected, will he go around the country granting wishes to his impoverished subjects?)
Linked at MichelleMalkin.com -- thanks!
Also linked at the Daley Gator. Doug is fed up.
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