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Ruby the Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-14-11 12:15 AM
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Ouch: (Texan) Paul Begala takes the gloves off about Rick Perry
Edited on Sun Aug-14-11 12:19 AM by Ruby the Liberal
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.

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Does Michele Bachmann make conservative crowds swoon by saying the Lord told her to study tax law? Meh. Perry gathers 30,000 people to a controversial Christian prayer rally. In Houston. In August. One veteran Texas politico told me, The guy is Elmer Gantry. He could take over a conservative megachurch tomorrow and outpreach the pastor.

Does Tim Pawlenty rant about Social Security? Hah. Perry told The Daily Beast's Andrew Romano that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, and that both it and Medicare are unconstitutional. Never mind that the Supreme Court recently ruled that Social Security is perfectly constitutional. OK, not that recently. In 1937, actually. A court with seven Republicans and just two Democrats ruled (in Helvering v. Davis) that Social Security does not violate the 10th Amendment or any other part of the Constitution.

Does Ron Paul talk about states rights? Come on. Perry has already flirted with secession. Secession? Even Jefferson Davis opposed secession when he was a senator from Mississippi. When youre more open to secession than Jefferson Davis was a century and a half ago, well, you've gone pretty far.

Does Herman Cain boast of creating jobs as a CEO? Puuhleeze. 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.

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Full article: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/08/13/rick-p...

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DesertFlower Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-14-11 12:51 AM
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1. there's not a decent one among them.
i'll stick with obama. he's been disappointing but he's better than any of them.
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southernyankeebelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-14-11 12:12 PM
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5. Am so disappointed in Obama. He might be better if reelection because
he doesn't have to worry about reelection. Maybe he'll turn into FDR. I would never vote for a republican.
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DesertFlower Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-14-11 03:57 PM
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6. i'm hoping for that too. i'd never vote
for a republican either.
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TexasTowelie Donating Member (137 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-14-11 03:18 AM
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2. The Ultimate Aggie Joke. n/t
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HillWilliam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-14-11 07:17 AM
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3. "...a cute remedial school we have in Texas..."
:rofl:
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-14-11 04:36 PM
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7. "There is nothing too bats--t for these people."
:bounce:
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Salviati Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-14-11 11:14 AM
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4. The Texas miracle is that it's a miracle that anyone believes the bullshit from texas republicans...
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