GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry is such a pandering clown. Romney “bets” Perry $10,000 that he’s wrong about his Massachusetts’ health care mandate and the media, sensing “gotcha,” calls it a gaffe because Romney’s so darn rich he can’t possibly imagine that $10,000 is a lot of money to a lot of people.
Read the previous sentence again and you’ll realize how stupid that assumption is. Naturally, the Democrats jumped all over it. DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a second-rate Ann Coulter, but hey, she’s a Democrat, emailed this: “Romney, a millionaire 200 hundred times over, had the most out-of-touch moment in any debate so far — offering to bet Rick Perry $10,000 as casually as if it’s something he does all the time.” The DNC also released a web ad attacking Romney’s $10,000 bet. (Here)
I understand why the Democrats crassly play the class warfare card. It’s long been the Democrats’ strategy to maintain political power by keeping the middle class tethered to government. And they’ve done a good job at it over the past several decades, making middle class entitlements so desired that neither party has the will to stop them, even as the future screams red ink.
But Rick Perry, the guy who fights with Michele Bachmann for 7 percent in the national polls, a man so devoid of ideas, or speech skills, that he has to mock himself in ads to get votes, is also playing the class warfare card. His video (here) is called The Truth Cannot Be Bought. On the Sunday shows, I heard Perry blather something about how the average Iowan doesn’t have $10,000 to bet.
Well, neither do I. But I’m smart enough to realize that “betting” $10,000 over a policy issue in a debate is not meant to be taken seriously. Besides, Mormons don’t bet. There’s another dumb statement.
I’m perusing the headlines from the Republican primary race today, and besides the Romney $10,000 bet story, the news is so devoid of reality. Newt Gingrich is promising evangelicals he won’t cheat on his third wife (here) and Rick Santorum is stubbornly insisting he’s not a celebrity. (here). How long before campaigns are on the E Channel reality show circuit?