You know, I didn’t actually wake up this morning and decide Hey, let’s talk about Governor Rick Perry all the time today! I mean, I still have two RS Gathering mini-interviews to process, new interviews to set up, trying to figure out how to get to NJ this weekend when the 9/11 motorcycle riders are taking the same route at the same time, that sort of thing. Seriously, I would like to dwell on other things.
But apparently the media is refusing to play ball. Which means that, as a media parasite and all that, I apparently have to follow suit.
Some takeaways from this little bit from MSNBC on Perry dealing with an attack-by-proxy on creationism:
“Evolution is a theory that’s out there,” Perry says crouching down and staring into the eyes of an elementary-school-age child, who stands with his mother’s hands on his shoulders.
“It’s got some gaps in it,” Perry continues, “but in Texas we teach both creationism and evolution…”
“Ask him why he doesn’t believe in science,” the mother interjects off camera.
Putting both hands on the outside of the boy’s shoulders, Perry, non-plussed and not acknowledging the mother says, “…because I figured you’re smart enough to figure out which one is right.
In no particular order:
- I’m an evolutionist myself (theistic variety), but I’m extremely less concerned that Rick Perry might be a creationist than I am in the fact that MSNBC apparently can’t find writers who can write. To give just one example: the rest of the article in question was in the past tense. Either tense is more or less fine, folks – but pick one and stick to it.
- When MSNBC feels obligated to point out that a mother is acting like a [redacted] by using her kid as a mobile prop, then you have failed in your mission. Seriously, ma’am, the guy was right there.
- Perry’s answer fit the situation: which is to say, it did not actually answer the question, avoided saying anything actually damaging to the candidate, and pandered like hell. All of that is meant as a compliment, by the way.
- Damn, but the Left’s cranky these days.
That’s it. But, seriously, MSNBC: think about remedial compositional writing classes for your staff, OK? You’re trying to make yourselves look like the smart news network, after all.