Liar, liar, pants on fire!


Gail Collins:

Rick Perry, Uber Texan

YOU think of Rick Perry, you think of Texas. And more Texas. Perry the cowboy coyote-killer, the lord of the Texas job-creation machine, the g-dropping glad-hander with a “howdy” for every stranger in the room. He barely exists in the national mind outside of the Texas connection.

A continuation of the TV series “Dallas” is due in 2012. How long will it take before we fixate on the fact that James Richard Perry is another J. R.?

Some of this is natural — the man is the governor, after all. But we didn’t obsess about the state this way when Governor Bush was the presidential candidate. (We obsessed about the Bushes.)


Naughty, naughty, Ms. Pinocchio!

Back when Governor Bush was the presidential candidate YOU OBSESSED ABOUT AL GORE!

The proof is all right here.


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39 Responses to Liar, liar, pants on fire!

  1. Guess Gail and Maureen are tag teaming on Perry. The ongoing Progressive meme about the Republicans is that they are dumb, and BO is smart. Here’s MoDo being her pompous self..

    The Republicans are now the “How great is it to be stupid?” party. In perpetrating the idea that there’s no intellectual requirement for the office of the presidency, the right wing of the party offers a Farrelly Brothers “Dumb and Dumber” primary in which evolution is avant-garde.

    Having grown up with a crush on William F. Buckley Jr. for his sesquipedalian facility, it’s hard for me to watch the right wing of the G.O.P. revel in anti-intellectualism and anti-science cant.

    Sarah Palin, who got outraged at a “gotcha” question about what newspapers and magazines she read, is the mother of stupid conservatism. Another “Don’t Know Much About History” Tea Party heroine, Michele Bachmann, seems rather proud of not knowing anything, simply repeating nutty, inflammatory medical claims that somebody in the crowd tells her.

    So we’re choosing between the overintellectualized professor and blockheads boasting about their vacuity?

    The occupational hazard of democracy is know-nothing voters. It shouldn’t be know-nothing candidates.

  2. ralphb says:

    Chicago Tribune: Why Obama should withdraw

    This may leave a mark.

    When Ronald Reagan ran for re-election in 1984, his slogan was “Morning in America.” For Barack Obama, it’s more like midnight in a coal mine.

    The sputtering economy is about to stall out, unemployment is high, his jobs program may not pass, foreclosures are rampant and the poor guy can’t even sneak a cigarette.
    (…)
    But there is good news for the president. I checked the Constitution, and he is under no compulsion to run for re-election. He can scrap the campaign, bag the fundraising calls and never watch another Republican debate as long as he’s willing to vacate the premises by Jan. 20, 2013.

  3. ralphb says:

    GOP not always against entitlements

    Just one example of the Republican hypocrisy about deficit spending. To say nothing of the DOD.

    “I’m an equal opportunity critic here,” said David Walker, a former head of the congressional watchdog agency. “I think the Republicans were irresponsible for passing the Medicare prescription program in 2003 and I think the Democrats were irresponsible for passing” Obama’s health overhaul.

    As comptroller general of the Government Accountability Office for most of the past decade, Walker used his position to call attention to the nation’s long-term budget problems at a time when the debt wasn’t front-page news. He now leads the Comeback America Initiative, a nonpartisan group promoting fiscal responsibility.

    “There was no attempt to offset the cost of the Medicare prescription bill,” Walker said. “It’s fair to say that at least there was an attempt to pay” for the health law through a mix of spending cuts and tax increases.

    How big is the hole left by the prescription program? Over the next 75 years, its $7.5 trillion “unfunded obligation” exceeds the $6.7 trillion gap attributable to Social Security.

    • myiq2xu says:

      That’s only 100 billion a year.

      1/5th of what we lost on Solyndra

    • Reason Magazine defends Ayn Rand receiving medicare and social security.

      But the Randicare brouhaha is completely opportunistic. This is all part of the game of holding libertarians to some standard you would never imagine imposing on a follower of mainstream politics. If a Democrat complains about a bad day at the DMV, nobody claims he deserves it because he wants the regulations that make the DMV inevitable. But let a libertarian send a letter through the U.S. Postal Service and he’s fricking Tartuffe. It’s a goofy game, but you can see why it’s so tempting to play, given that libertarians have such a stranglehold on foreign policy, drug prohibition, financial regulation, health care, and so many areas of public policy.

      • 1539days says:

        Rand believed in self-interest. So obviously she didn’t want to pay for other people’s entitlements. At the same time, if the government was going to give her free money, that would be a way to recoup her losses from taxes.

  4. WMCB says:

    I always find it amusing that people who live their lives inside the tiny little exclusive bubble that is the NY intelligentsia have the gall to call other people provincial, and woefully unexposed to people unlike themselves.

    I daresay Rick Perry has had more interaction with people markedly unlike him than our ivory tower Gail has.

    When’s the last time you went to a barbeque or listened to country music or attended a Nascar race, Gail? When’s the last time you hung out with waitresses checkout clerks and wage-workers and carpenters for a beer at happy hour? When’s the last time you shopped at WalMart? When’s the last time you went to a church potluck, or a VFW hall?

    What’s that you say? Haven’t ever done much of that? Why, Gail, I am appalled at your ignorance and insularism, and how you cling to your narrow, narrow, narrow little cultural comfort zone. Really, you are borderline xenophobic.

    Oh, and fuck you.

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