Oops Is In

From Politico:

“Gov. Rick Perry is inviting hundreds of prominent Republican donors and policy experts to a series of gatherings next month that are intended to rebuild his damaged national brand and lay the foundation for a potential 2016 presidential campaign….

The small-group sessions kick off Tuesday and Wednesday in Austin with a pair of lunches and dinners held in the governor’s mansion wedged between policy briefings at the nearby office of Perry senior adviser Jeff Miller. In all, Perry’s team expects he will meet in person with more than 500 major donors and bundlers from around the country in December as well as a slew of operatives, Republican National Committee members and policy experts.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/11/rick-perry-2016-campaign-113210.html#ixzz3KU9lYWbo

So can he remember a list of three things this time around?  Will he write them on his hand like Sarah Palin?  He’s already stolen her idea of using glasses to try to look smart.

Christie Has Cooties

Chris Christie is heading to Texas to fundraise for the Republican Governors Association, which he heads (although probably not for long).

But neither current Texas governor Rick Perry nor GOP gubernatorial hopeful Greg Abbott will be there.  They, um, have to do laundry that night or something.  They obviously don’t want to be in the same room with him or have their picture taken with him.

Before Bridgegate everyone wanted a picture with Christie because you’d look so thin.


Perry Fights for Christmas, But Not for Women

It’s been quite a week for Texas Gov. Rick Perry.  He went from signing a bill to defend Christmas in Texas’ public schools to vetoing one that would have defended women’s right to equal pay, a state version of the federal Lilly Ledbetter Act.

Forty-two other states have these equal-pay laws.

So Perry chose to address an imaginary problem and ignore a very real one.  Is he still on those pain meds for his back?

Baby Jesus and Frosty the Snowman

We can all sleep better at night now, people, especially if you live in Texas.  Gov. Rick Perry has solved a terrible problem.

It’s now okay to say “Merry Christmas” in Texas public schools.  Also, you can display symbols of Christmas if you have symbols of more than one religion or just one religion (guess which one!) and a secular symbol.

So look for Frosty the Snowman joining the Three Wise Men in the manger.  Perhaps Frosty will be holding a menorah.

Shame on You, Rick Perry

What state has the highest percentage of residents without health insurance?  You might expect Mississippi or Alabama or Arkansas, which usually win these dubious-distinction contests, but in this case it’s Texas.

Twenty-four percent of Texans don’t have health insurance, and the federal government is offering expanded Medicaid that would insure more than one million of them.  Plus, it wouldn’t cost Texas anything for the first three years, and after that, Texas wouldn’t have to pay more than 90%.

You’d think any governor would jump at the chance to have a healthier work force and give kids a better start in life, but if your governor is Rick Perry, not so much.  Because, you know, the Medicaid expansion is part of evil Obamacare.

Somebody seems to be thinking more about 2016 GOP primary voters than about his own citizens.  Very sad, very shameful.

And The Feeling Is Mutual

“In private, Romney has told friends he has little interest in helping the Republican Party rebuild and re-brand itself.”

Philip Rucker, “A detached Romney tends wounds in seclusion after failed White House bid,” WaPo

Look, I can’t stand the guy, but if the GOP thinks it was just him and his 47% percent — hideous as that was — they’re even crazier than I thought. 

The seeds of Mitt’s defeat were sown in the earlier victories of extremist governors like Scott Walker, Rick Scott, John Kasich, and Bob McDonnell.  They were sown in the spectacle of the GOP debates when Mitt had to share the stage with nutjobs like Cain, Santorum, Bachmann, Perry, and Newt.  They were sown in the Senate races of Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, dragging Mitt down with them as they drowned.