I’ve given up watching the Republican presidential debates not because I don’t want to see these people claw each other into bloody gore, but because I am tired of hearing audience reaction to some of the most hateful ideas voiced on stage.
Like the enthusiastic cheering at the
governor’s presiding over the most state-sponsored executions in the nation. Texas
Like the booing of a gay soldier serving in
who had a question for Rick Santorum concerning Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Iraq
Like the positive reaction to an observation that someone who is without health insurance, and has gotten fatally ill, should die.
Conservative audiences have become so polarized that it turns my stomach to watch anymore. And I hope that this is also not lost on Independent voters come next year’s election.
So I got to miss Rick Perry’s latest gaffe, as he failed to remember the name of the 3rd presidential cabinet department that he wanted to eliminate: the Department of Energy.
How can a governor of a state which has such a heavy stake in energy (oil and gas) forget about the Department of Energy and how he wants to eliminate it? He couldn’t do it despite several attempts.
So here is my explanation. As mentioned previously, Rick Perry has no core beliefs other than the fact that he needs to be rich, and accomplishing that while serving in public office involves getting stuff from your donors, and getting stuff for your donors.
One hand washes the other.
So when Rick Perry couldn’t dredge up the 3rd department he wanted to eliminate, it was just a failure of memory – failure of his rote memorization of his targets - without any conviction for which targets they should be, and why. All of that was just memorized.
It has to be. There can be no other explanation.