“Watching Rick Perry fail to recall the third part of his own answer in tonight’s debate was like seeing a thoroughbred get euthanized on the track after a fall. It was shocking, grisly and impossible to look away. Seems like the race is over for this horse.” ~Adam Sorensen
That was an ugly 50 seconds of television no matter which side you’re rooting for. I actually found myself feeling sorry for the man, hoping he’d come up with whatever it was he wanted to say, and, unlike Sorensen, I did look away for a second or two. If someone is going to screw up, I’d rather it be for something they’ve said or done as opposed to something as human and unintentional as a case of brain freeze. There is much about Perry to criticize and mock. This specific incident isn’t one of them.
So, is it all over for Perry? Well, yes…he just doesn’t know it. In truth, it was over for Perry right after the first debate he took part in back in September. But people like Perry and Cain and Bachmann have no real sense of awareness of how ignorant they are. I imagine it’s all part of being ignorant to begin with. And it’s what allows a guy like Herman Cain, a non-intellectual buffoon if ever there’s been one, to enter a debate on the economy so totally unprepared. Cain failed to answer a single question in last night’s debate. Instead he offered the same canned 9-9-9 response as if every solution to every problem somehow involves taxing the poor into oblivion.
Cain was asked last night what he’d do to make sure that the financial disaster Italy is experiencing does not adversely affect the U.S. financial system. His response…
“Just like a dollar must be a dollar when we wake up in the morning, just like 60 minutes is in an hour, a dollar must be a dollar.”
“This administration has done nothing but put stuff in the caboose, and it’s not moving this economy.”
Laugh or cry, it’s a toss-up. The man is clueless and appears to have no interest in being otherwise. And as long as conservatives like the idiots in last night’s audience who applauded his every word, refuse to ask more of the Herman Cains of the Republican party, politician’s like Cain and Palin will continue to stand front and center of the party.
For the few conservatives who do understand the damage being done by conservatives like Herman Cain, it’s a major concern. Here is how Peter Wehner, a conservative who has worked in the Reagan and Bush (1 and 2) administrations, expressed it.
I understand early on there was a certain freshness to Cain’s style. But we’ve now had several months in which we’ve been able to watch Cain in debates, during interviews, and at center stage, raising this question: Has any recent major presidential candidate shown as little mastery of the basics, when it comes to policy matters, as Cain? … Yet some defenders of Cain actually celebrate his lack of knowledge, portraying it as a virtue, a sign that he’s an outsider, a non-establishment figure, authentic, the appealing anti-politician.
But this has very little to do with whether or not one is a slick, pre-packaged politician and has everything to do with whether an individual who seeks to be president has taken the time to study, even minimally study, the urgent issues facing our nation.
In the 1980s, one of the Republican Party’s main sources of attraction to younger conservatives like myself was its growing reputation for intellectual seriousness … The way such things happen is by rewarding intellectual excellence among those vying for the presidency rather than making excuses for their lack of knowledge.
Today’s Tea Party Republicans just don’t get it…or just don’t care.