On the stump in Iowa Saturday evening, Rick Perry made made yet another spectacular gaffe. According to CNN, the Texas governor tried to accuse President Obama of ‘picking winners and losers,’ but ended up saying something a little different:
“I want to say it was over $500 million that went to the country Solynda.”
Solyndra, of course, is the solar panel-production company which went bankrupt despite loans from the Department of Energy. Republicans have been using the incident as an example of ‘crony capitalism’ and has become a favorite faux-scandal Republicans have used to attack the administration. Solyndra received $535 million in federal loan guarantees.
Now, Perry's defenders can say all they want about slips of the tongue, or that they're minor mistakes made under the pressure of running for the presidency, or that it's to be expected that the "lamestream media" would highlight every mistake Perry makes, c'mon, give the guy a break, he's not using a teleprompter! He's genuine! Real!
I'd agree. Perry is a real dumbass, that's for certain. An ignorant, willfully uninformed, reactionary dumbass. Or, as Stephen Colbert once said about another Southern political genius, "what a stupid cracker!" And there's not a Saltine in sight around here. If Perry flubs simple things like "Solyndra is a company" and "the voting age is eighteen." the Chinese will have Perry pimping out his own daughter to pay off our debt to them, and he'll think he made a great deal!
Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, and Mitt Romney: is this the best the Republican Party can offer?