It is quite epic:
Just to recap, in less than two months Rick Perry has:
- Suggested that maybe Ben Bernanke should be lynched.
- Declined to back off his contention that Social Security is an unconstitutional Ponzi scheme.
- Called climate change a “contrived phony mess" that was cooked up by scientists who have "manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling in to their projects."
- Pissed off the conservative base by defending his decision to (in Michele Bachmann’s immortal words) give “government injections" to "innocent little 12-year-old girls." Said Perry condescendingly: "What I don’t get is what parents don’t understand about an opt out."
- Further pissed off the conservative base by suggesting that if you disagree with his policy on in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, “I don’t think you have a heart.”
- Mangled a prepackaged debate attack on Mitt Romney so badly, and then followed up with a statement on Pakistan so inscrutable, that even his supporters started to wonder if he has a three-digit IQ.
- Proposed that U.S. troops should be used to fight Mexican drug lords. In Mexico.
- Had to defend himself against revelations that his family leases a hunting spot called “Niggerhead.”
Should we start taking bets on how much longer Rick Perry lasts? I think he’ll hold out until the first primaries, personally. What’s shocking to me is the defense of the Perry family from supporters. From the original Washington Post article:
"It’s just a name," said Haskell County Judge David Davis, sitting in his courtroom and looking at a window. "Like those are vertical blinds. It’s just what it was called. There was no significance other than as a hunting deal."
If Perry continues, I have a feeling he’ll be just a name shortly as well - some failed governor that flamed out spectacularly while running for the presidential nomination.