By York Van Nixon III
Washington, DC -- It is charitable to give those who have “brain farts” like Rick Perry the benefit of doubt. But there is a limit to patience, even of a saint. At some point the question must be asked: What was he smoking?
Through a haze of prime-time embarrassment, Perry proved last week he slept through high school civics, when he failed to name more than two federal agencies. Everyone has lapses of memory. However, when one is running for the highest office in the land, “the 3:00 a.m. call” comes without room for fumbling “the football” containing nuclear launch codes.
Lest we forget, the deer in the headlights is the morning road-kill. In the wake of his mental meltdown, Perry’s opponents that are starving for attention have backed up their pick-up trucks and hauled away poll numbers, which will cost the Texas governor a lot to reclaim before the Iowa caucus.
Considering the cowboy boot wearing Rick Perry should be no stranger to being thrown from a horse, it is surprising he would choose to mount a bronco at the next opportunity to display his political mettle. Challenging the former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to a debate on government makes as much sense as asking Herman Cain to name the capital of Uzbekistan (Tashkent) or to give a dissertation on neo-conservatism. One can only speculate this latest display of Thanatos (death-wish) is the result a recent weekend mishap.
Perhaps Perry like his former boss George W. Bush busies himself on his ranch during his free time. Bush preferred clearing sagebrush around his Crawford ranch. Maybe Rick Perry enjoys shoeing horses and recently took a kick to his head in the process. From the rear it is certainly easy to mistake a jackass (the Democratic variety) for a Texas quarter horse (elephants eschew shoes).
Yesterday House Minority Leader Pelosi received a slapping-glove letter from Rick Perry:
"I am in Washington Monday and would love to engage you in a public debate about my Overhaul Washington plan versus the congressional status quo.
I think it would be a tremendous service to the American people to see a public airing of these differences," he continued. "Let the people decide. If Monday doesn't work, perhaps we could find a time in Iowa over the course of the next month to discuss these issues in front of the people of America's heartland."
Later in the day Mrs. Pelosi responded as she struggled to hold back her amusement:
“He did ask if I could debate here in Washington on Monday — it is my understanding that such a letter has come in. Monday, I’m going to be in Portland in the morning, visiting some of our labs in California in the afternoon, that’s two … I can’t remember what the third thing is,” she said at her Thursday morning news conference to laughter.
Rick Perry should heed the admonition of another Republican:
"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." ~ Abraham Lincoln
Only an idiot with Perry’s ability or lack thereof would challenge Pelosi to debate government. Furthermore, only a dolt would believe Gov. Perry would ever show up to get his butt kicked by a woman known for wearing steel-toed heels.
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