Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate was the first of the election cycle to feature Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who quickly made up for lost time.
Using what he himself called “provocative language,” he called Social Security a “Ponzi scheme” and “a monstrous lie,” and Barack Obama an “abject liar.”
Perhaps most notably, though, Perry scored enthusiastic applause when it was noted that the state he governs has executed over 200 people under his watch - and more applause when he said he has no regrets. Watch:
Was that really worthy of applause? Even if you support the idea of capital punishment, it's still the worst-case scenario in which the government kills a human being. Justifiable? Perhaps. But something to stand up and cheer for?
That's the kind of night it was, though.
Perry also defended his denial of climate change, saying “The science is not settled about this ... Galileo got out-voted for a spell.” Well, there you have it.
Who would you vote for in a GOP primary?