“To the C students, I say you, too, can be president of the United States”
— George Bush, May 26, 2009
I like to think that Rick Perry, Cro-Magnon Governor of the Corporate State of Texas and a 2nd generation Birther, believes that GWB was directed at him and he got really, really pissed. I-hate-you Mitt Romney finger-pointing at a Repugnican debate pissed.
Today, Rick Perry wanted people to be discussing
Steve Forbes’ his brilliant suicide squeeze of a flat tax reverse-Robin Hood give-away to the FatCats and Corporations. And I was ready to bite, chew and spit that plan all over his free-for-favors cowboy boots, I really was.
Then he gave an interview where he doubled down on the Birther talk, showing how clumsy he is with subtlety, not agreeing with the comments about birth certificates and the “need to be thorough”, all the while spreading the lies and bigotry.
And, then I understood. He’s done.
The Birther jag is nothing more than the final “Hail! Mary” pass from just another not-ready-for-the-bright-lights Repugnican. We’ve seen this play out before: Someone who is not Mitt Romney, speaking the code words of the Teabaggers, shoots to the top of the polls (because he’s not Mitt Romney), gets outsized coverage from the MSM (because he’s not Mitt Romney) and then flames out when those who praised him/her finds out there’s nothing between the ears except an undeserved ego and is found wanting.
The pilgrimage to Trump, a disgraceful Papal visit to the faux-Billioniare who could never have been King, is singular sign of the intellectual poverty of Rick Perry and the rest of slate of Repugnican lightweights vying to be humiliated as the candidate who lost to a vulnerable WimpAss Obama in a landslide. Then, after it all had been laid rest, along with Obama’s
Muslim Christian crackpot Minister, Perry had to “go long” and pull out the most noxious of the canards about Obama – he’s not “one of us”, he’s “foreign”, “illegal” and illegitimate.
Now, Rick Perry knows that Obama is not an illegal alien. He knows that Obama was shamed into digging up his “full form” birth certificate – an odious parallel to poll taxes and literary tests from the Old South. None of this is important. It’s all about the dog whistle: the silent code to the hardcore block of racists that control the Repugnican Party that let’s them know that Perry is fighting to return the country to them. He’s going to take back the country from the scary Black man.
The equation is simple: Birtherism = Racism.
Welcome to the Big Time, Rick Perry. So glad to see it time for you to go.