I couldn’t liveblog last night’s debate because I couldn’t find a stream and I don’t have Teh Cable. Oh, I suppose that if I’d looked harder I’d have been able to, but considering that I pretty much want to gouge my eyes out, light my hair on fire, and release a bag of feral tarantulas onto my scrotum when I’m watching these things, it was probably for the best.
Anyway, here’s what I missed. Apparently, Rick Perry can count to two, but not three.
Fucking talking points, how do they work?
(via everyone in the blogosphere)
UPDATE BY TREVOR: Predictably, Perry is spinning “Oops I Did it Again-Gate” as confirmation of his regular-guy bonafides, with his pungent brainfart merely proving that he’s not “the slickest politician” in the oil field. But I think this latest gaffe is finally going to make on-the-fence Republican voters remember how important a role optics play in the presidency. George W. Bush may have been even flubbier of tongue than Perry, but I submit that a large reason he won in 2000 (ahem) and then again in 2004 (no ahem this time) is because Gore and Kerry were devastatingly — and more or less accurately — portrayed as stiff, robotic humanoids in the presence of Bush’s folksy penchant for homespun plain-speakery. Now we have another straight-talkin’ (when he can get the words out) Texan behind the podium, but this time his would-be opposition is someone whose oratorical skills more or less netted him a Nobel prize in the absence of any other concrete accomplishments (at the time of the award, anyway). In a wide-ranging, one-on-one debate, President Obama, esq., is going Clarence Darrow Perry’s William Jennings Bryan-channeling ass down a logical rabbit hole (monkey barrel?) that he won’t be able to dig his way out of no matter how many capitally punished bodies he stands on.
It’s weird. Republicans are usually so good at realizing how important perception is — hello Frank Luntz! — that it’s amazing that Perry’s poll numbers have held up even this well so far.