Rick Perry gets cheered, amiably booed, on Jimmy Kimmel show.

Jimmy was doing the show in Austin, you see. It’s fascinating viewing; I get the impression that Austin and Rick Perry cheerfully despise each other in a very complicated way that lesser (read: non-Texan) beings can only hope to dimly understand. I mean, obviously Austin doesn’t like him, but they’re pleased as punch that he came by so as to let them boo him personally – and Governor Perry seems content to bask in their warm disapproval*.  It’s all very cozy.

Here’s the first clip:


I swear to God, I wish that he hadn’t had that back pain in 2012. Although he might be a better candidate for it in 2016: negative reinforcement can be a powerful teaching tool.

Moe Lane

*I have to say: Rick Perry’s stance of I think that all you hippies are clearly idiots for smoking the marijuana, but I’m tired of the Great State of Texas locking you up for it is… a workable way to approach the subject.

@GovernorPerry: @BarackObama attempting to bully governors.

This was from a RGA panel(?), back in February:

“When you have governors, and we all compete against each other — we are the laboratories of innovation — and for the President of the United States to look Democrat and Republican governors in the eye and say, ‘I do not trust you to make decisions in your state about issues of education, about transportation infrastructure,’ — and that is really troubling,” he said.
Perry expressed his own fears regarding Environmental Protection Agency restrictions choking off America’s energy production and a possible reduction in his state’s national guard.

“As a matter of fact, he [Obama] said at that meeting, he said, ‘If I hear any of you pushing back, making statements about Washington spends too much money, you’ll hear from me,” he said, adding, “I’m highly offended by that.”

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Rick Perry looking at how to stop putting potheads in jail.

It’s a touchy subject, to be sure

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that he’s for the decriminalization of marijuana use — not legalization, but the softening of punishment for marijuana users in the border state.

Perry made the comment during an international panel on drug legalization while speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

His spokesman confirmed that Perry is staunchly opposed to legalization of marijuana because of medical issues, but is committed to policies to lower the punishment for its use in order to keep smokers out of jail.

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RedState Gathering Interview: Gov. Rick Perry (R, TX).

The below does not even remotely represent the amount of video that got shot at this year’s RedState Gathering: in fact, it does not even remotely represent the amount of video that RedState shot at this year’s Gathering, or the amount of video shot of Governor Rick Perry. But the Governor had some time to talk with me on some of the issues involving Texas lately, and I was happy to talk with him:

Continue reading RedState Gathering Interview: Gov. Rick Perry (R, TX).

Tweet of the Day, Verizon Doesn’t Need This Kind Of Brand Identification edition.

Ladies and gentlemen, Governor Rick Perry:


@barackobama FINALLY takes @governorperry’s advice on Syria no-fly zone.

Took Obama a while, of course.  It always does.

“The White House has tasked the Joint Chiefs of Staff to plan for a no-fly zone inside Syria, that would be done on a multilateral basis with countries such as France and Britain,” said Newsweek/The Daily Beast’s senior correspondent Josh Rogin.

Continue reading @barackobama FINALLY takes @governorperry’s advice on Syria no-fly zone.

Jerry Brown gets smacked by Rick Perry over California’s business climate, and reacts… poorly.

(Via Hot Air Headlines) I can’t believe that Jerry Brown led with his chin with this one:

Gov. Jerry Brown publicly scoffed at Gov. Rick Perry’s attempt to draw Californians to Texas for better business, saying that the ad campaign is “barely a fart.”


Brown told reporters that if Perry wanted to be taken seriously, he would have to spend at least $25 million on radio and television ads. The ad paid for by TexasOne was a mere $24,000, which, Brown mockingly called “the smallest entry into the media market of California.”

(Audio of the ad here; text here) Continue reading Jerry Brown gets smacked by Rick Perry over California’s business climate, and reacts… poorly.

#rsrh QotD, Rick Perry’s Medicaid Response Lacks Only One Word edition.

And the word is, of course

Dear Secretary Sebelius :

In the ObamaCare plan, the federal government sought to force the states to expand their Medicaid programs by – in the words of the Supreme Court – putting a gun to their heads. Now that the “gun to the head” has been removed, please relay this message to the President: I oppose both the expansion of Medicaid as provided in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the creation of a so-called “state” insurance exchange, because both represent brazen intrusions into the sovereignty of our state.


God bless Texas.

(Via @bendomenech.)

Moe Lane

#rsrh So the word is that Perry is out.

It’s a shame, of course: Perry wasn’t my first choice – Pawlenty was – but I liked Rick’s positions on pretty much everything that wasn’t a social issue.  And, of course, he was a governor, which became my absolute minimum requirement after the 2008 disaster and remains so to this day.


Well, it’s highly unlikely that the Romney campaign’s going to reach out to me on this anyway, so I guess it’s time to start on House/Senate/Governor races.  I have further comments, but “First: do no harm.”