Rick Perry Reinforces 'Dumb Texan' Stereotype, Regales Us with Geographic Ineptitude

Categories: Perry 2012

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Fine at economics but terrible at geography.
It seems as if Rick Perry has recently decided that his time is better spent abroad than in the state that elected him to lead. While he's asked for a special session -- giving him greater leeway to inflict abortion restrictions for reasons founded on faulty science -- he's also seemed to enjoy flitting around the country. And that's fine. It's his prerogative, so long as he can recruit some of the businesses he's so gladly attempting to poach from other states.

But with greater travel comes greater pressure not to make any of the verbal slips to which Perry seems so prone. The 2012 campaign, which saw him all but branded as the Oops candidate, could at least semi-plausibly be blamed on the apnea incurred through his hectic schedule. Anything this time around, though, is simply him sticking his foot in his mouth, megaphoning his imbecilic reputation for a wider audience to see. There's no excuse for the timeless miscues he found in his 2012 adventure.

Fortunately, we have video evidence that our governor has continued to instill his image of a bumbling blunderbuss, one who pines for the spotlight but flubs anytime it turns to him. From this weekend's Faith and Freedom Coalition, Perry unveils the geographic fortitude for which he's now known:



For those who have a tough time with the audio, this was Perry lambasting the current administration, per his John Bolton talking points, for letting a handful of Americans die in Benghazi. However, our governor seems to think the attack in question took place not in Libya but in Lebanon.

It's one thing to harp on an administration for its perceived plights. (And, to be fair, and as a bit of a surprise, Perry does criticize the recent phone-related NSA revelations, saying, "That bothers me -- it gives me great concern.") But it's another entirely to slap the wrong nation, only slightly related, on the matter. And it's one more reason to thank the American voter for not tasking Perry with figuring out the Syrian quagmire. Just as likely Perry would send small arms to Aleppo as he would to Atlanta.

While it didn't quite match Sarah "Let Allah Sort 'Em Out" Palin's crudities, these were prepared remarks. This wasn't Perry presented with an unknown question, forced to respond on the fly. This was a text in front of him. This was the most fun Perry's had since calling Turkish leadership -- those Muslim-majority NATO allies -- "Islamic terrorists."

As it is, Dubya's favorability ratings are finally, somehow, creeping into positive territory. An end to the Dumb Texan trope might finally be on the horizon. But Perry's not helping the cause.

(h/t Texas Tribune)

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Androdian
Androdian

when shall we be delivered from this wreckage!

johnwright198181
johnwright198181

Not dumb at all, he is a graduate of A+M.  Try to get in there.  What we have here is a real American so he is going to be made fun of by the liberal bed wetters up North.  You know, all those states that are rust bucket bankrupt paradises.  Yeah, let's listen to them.

Hayden Greenwade
Hayden Greenwade

Nothing but an embarrassment. WHY do people keep voting for this ass.

Jerry Obiechina
Jerry Obiechina

It seems like Houston Press would rather have some Communist Liberal calling the shots in Texas trying to take our guns away too. Houston Press, please fire all the liberals that work for you and hire some real Americans, Maybe even some Veterans that actually love their state, and Houston, and the people that live within it. Thank you.

Victor Del Rio
Victor Del Rio

Quit trying to instigate, the man is reinforcing his own stupidity.

Jimi Austin
Jimi Austin

Another Perry post, and yet still not one about Sheila Jackson Lee? Stick to food, music, and advertising for strip clubs. Stuff you actually know about.

Eric Dellafave
Eric Dellafave

Here is Manny the troll from LA. Spewing bullshit. The dude thinks he has a college education in everything, but knows nothing...

Trace Jones
Trace Jones

The President of the United States once said there were 57 states - those who cast stones....

Amy Coleman
Amy Coleman

And yet Texas continues to thrive...

Angie
Angie

How many times is this story going to be sent out? rolling my eyes...

I missed the story you did on Obama confusing Hawaii with Asia back in November of 2011. I missed the story you did where Obama claimed to have visited 57 states. 

Back in July Sheila Jackson Lee said there are two Vietnams living side by side. Missed where you included her in your dumb Texas stereotype article.

Can you do a follow up or any story on  Hillary promising that the film maker of the film that caused Benghazi will be persecuted. She said that two days after the attack. He's still in prison by the way. For a film. And then later says it doesn't matter why four Americans are dead. 

So thanks for posting this stale fluff....again. Looking forward to seeing it a few more times before anyone decides to write about anything real or fresh. 


Angie Perryman Howes
Angie Perryman Howes

Oh let's dump Perry! I am tired of being the most successful state in the nation.

Toni Tagliarino
Toni Tagliarino

NOT our city, this is the Houston Press, not the Austin American Statesman.

Toni Tagliarino
Toni Tagliarino

WE need to have the balls to do something about every Repuberal politician in the country. This isn't R v D this is people v control.

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

And while in one of these states/territories, he should "pray away" the dark cloud of economic malaise so that it can be "mornin' in 'Murkah" again.

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

Like the Amerikan reich wing who bash immigrants, the poor, and pretty much anyone else that doesn't blindly adhere to antiquated views of society or oft-refuted economic fantasies? You're right....Rick Perry and the rest of the state Republican establishment need to actually have the balls to tackle difficult issues with a more strategic, pragmatic approaches rather than rely on (failed) ideologically based quick-fixes (less to no regulation, "tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts") to remedy fiscal & societal woes.

Nina Afrique
Nina Afrique

lol enough about Perry, we all know he's a class clown.

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

Except that this politician happens to be the head executive of your very state. Derp!

Erick Ibarra
Erick Ibarra

Thanks to the Texans who keep re-electing him

Trace Jones
Trace Jones

agreed quit posting this political BS. All politicians make these same blunders so you report only on one?

Toni Tagliarino
Toni Tagliarino

I think this is the 3rd time I've seen y'all post this...seriously, showing your true colors. Report on Houston, or maybe go after a difficult story. Easy targets show the weak character of those taking aim.

Basawat
Basawat

That's what these politicians want you to believe, that they are just "dumb" - Perry knows how to stay in power.

Look at Rotten dot com's article on George W. Bush

tsujones
tsujones

Our “soon to be x-prime minister of Texganistan and the national face of Sharia law in Texas” opened his mouth…..again.This is the man who believes that a $10,000. Degree from UT is rational yet look at what his is going with his $50,000. A&M degree.

kenjohnson9
kenjohnson9

Fabulous. One day liberal rankings will be lambasted. Look out. Of course our fabulous democrats have never lied or double talked. Check out Pelosi. Healthcare will be affordable quote. Now she says she never said that. Congrats Colorado for your gun bill. I wonder how you will feel when tourism from big game hunters disappears, but I guess with legalized marijuana you won't care.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Can you hear the laughs all the way from Denver ??? Texans have PERMANENTLY replaced Polacks in stupidity jokes !......

matx
matx

The embassy bombing in Lebanon took place 30 years ago, killed 63 people, 17 Americans included.  

H_e_x
H_e_x

@Juan_Leg Oh jeez, what did the Poles do to you? Did they pollute your water too?

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