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Political blog Pardon the Pundit has come up with a hilarious guide to making a campaign ad using Rick Perry's recent "Strong" video as its principal case study.

If you recall, Perry started running this 30 second piece of art to prove that he's the real conservative of the Republican party. And Obama hates Christmas.

It's a pretty great political satire of political commercial. Check out the breakdown and the original ad spot run by the Texas Governor in Iowa below ...

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At last night's Republican presidential debate, Rick Perry sought to reignite his maligned candidacy by likening himself to a beloved, American underdog figure.

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.

Asked point blank about his awful debating skills and whether he could take on President Obama, Perry likened himself to the former University of Florida standout, who was told repeatedly he could never succeed in the NFL due to his unorthodox style.

Touting himself as the "national champion of job creation," Perry said that when Iowa votes in the first-in-the-nation caucuses January 3, he hopes to make like Tebow:

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Donald Trump will moderate a debate between Republican Presidential hopefuls on December 27. There's just one problem:

Only Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are currently scheduled to show up.

With Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman having already turned down the invitation, Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry added their negative RSVPs this week, prompting The Donald to say these candidates are "scared" and that he may need to run against them after all.

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"The Republicans are afraid of me running as an Independent," Trump tells TMZ. They’re all afraid. The only person NOT afraid is Newt... There are two reasons that these candidates are backing out of my debate. One, some just aren’t courageous people. Two, some are concerned that I may run as an Independent. They want me to give up ... and I’m NOT giving up."

We're not so sure, Don. Have you seen this Rick Perry ad?!? Say what you want about the man, but he isn't afraid to look like a moronic homophobe.

Trump for President?

 

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Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry has rolled out a new campaign ad, one unlike any you've seen before. And quite possibly for good reason.

Like the infamous Herman Cain smoking ad, you see it once and think "No, this has to be a parody." Then you watch it again, and nope, it's sure not.

The Cliff Notes: Perry is strong. Obama loves gays and hates Christmas. Nice.

Give the Texas Governor credit for melding every wedge issue - homosexuals serving in the military, Barack Obama, the secularization of America, and people who don't celebrate Christmas - into an ad less than 30 seconds long. Skillfull!

While Perry is clearly gearing the ad toward a segment of the Iowa electorate and it may well prove to be effective, it has 3,213 likes and 138,473 dislikes on YouTube.

Sort of like how Perry polls a lot of places.

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by Free Britney at

The good news for Texas Gov. Rick Perry? This was unquestionably the brightest moment of his White House campaign since his announcement back in August.

The bad news? It only came about due to his unbelievable debate brain freeze the previous night, after which Republican voters likely wrote him off for good.

Might as well make the best of it in any case, right?

The politician, to his credit, poked fun at himself by reading The Late Show with David Letterman's Top 10 List Thursday. The category: Top 10 Rick Perry excuses ...

We won't give them away here, because you should really watch the clip for the full effect. But Mitt Romney's handsomeness and Justin Bieber's paternity are involved.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry produced by far the most memorable moment of Wednesday's Republican presidential debate, and his campaign likely ended in the process.

Already characterized as unready for prime time after several poor debate performances cast serious doubts on his candidacy, Perry hit a new low last night.

It's one thing to have a bad outing ... but Perry never has a good one, and in this almost comical clip, he had no idea what he was even talking about on stage:

Perry tried to name three federal agencies he would eliminate if he is elected president, but came up with just two: the Commerce and Education Departments.

Struggling to come up with #3, Perry received encouragement from one of his rivals, Rep. Ron Paul, who suggested he should actually eliminate five agencies.

Someone then suggested that maybe Perry was talking about the Environmental Protection Agency. No, he said that wasn't the third. But what was it, then?

No clue. After an awkward pause, he drew a blank, offering only a simple "Oops."

You wonder why virtual unknown Herman Cain became the Tea Party darling ...

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It's full-on bedlam in the Republican presidential primary race as Herman Cain flat-out accused Rick Perry of starting a smear campaign against him and fueling the sexual harassment allegations against Cain that have surfaced.

Cain, a Georgia businessman who has surged to the lead in many polls, claims Texas Gov. Perry is orchestrating a covert assault to destroy his presidential candidacy.

He made the accusations personally yesterday.

Cain and Perry

As he sought to contain the fallout that consumed his campaign for a third day, Cain shifted his blame from the news media to Perry, the one-time frontrunner.

He accused a top political adviser to Perry of leaking details of one allegation, saying the adviser learned of it while working for Cain’s failed 2004 Senate bid.

“We now know and have been able to trace it back to the Perry campaign that stirred this up, in order to discredit me and slow us down,” Cain said last night.

A spokesman for Perry called that suggestion “reckless and false,” and denied that the campaign was the source of the disclosures against Cain this week.

No word on whether Perry was drunk during that campaign speech.

A source close to Mitt Romney's campaign also denied any involvement. What do you think? Is Cain really being smeared, or just trying to deflect attention?

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We doubt Texas Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry was really hitting a bottle of Jack before this New Hampshire speech, but you never know.

Perry, who once led public opinion polling for the GOP nomination but now trails Herman Cain and Mitt Romney by wide margins, isn't doing himself many favors.

Slurring and gesturing like a madman while making little sense, Perry waved a blue index card (containing his tax plan), saluted Hugo Chavez and much more.

Watch the highlights below and see how loopy he looked last weekend...

To further illustrate how bad things have gotten for Rick, watch the spoof Perry campaign video below. It's not even that much worse than his actual speeches:

Rick Perry:

 

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No offense to Herman Cain, but it looked like Mitt Romney and Rick Perry were the only two serious candidates for president at last night's Republican debate.

At least from the way they treated one another.

Perry, the Texas governor, has fallen in the polls of late with Cain emerging as a more conservative alternative Romney, the former Massachusetts governor.

But while Cain still got plenty of attention Tuesday in Las Vegas, exchanges between Perry and Romney over immigration and health care dominated the night.

Personal exchanges that devolved into the kind of vitriolic attacks normally reserved for a general election ... or a bar fight. Watch one "highlight" below:

Perry clearly knocked the normally unflappable Mitt off his game, but it remains to be seen whether this helps lift his own standing or lowers Romney's.

Either way, another great episode of the best reality show on TV.

Who got the best of this exchange?

 

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Pam Olsen, the newly-named co-chair of Rick Perry's presidential campaign in the state of Florida, really doesn't like gay people. Nor does God, she says.

In fact, apparently all the fires, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes these days are actually God's way of punishing us for being tolerant toward gays.

Who knew, right??! You learn something every day.

You gotta love this stuff ... and really hope Larry Flynt gets his wish and unearths a Rick Perry sex scandal. We'd love to hear Pam Olsen's take on that.

Does she really believe this? Olsen seems to explicitly link natural disasters on God's judgment and gays. This puts the Perry campaign at odds with:

  • GOP rival Michele Bachmann, who believes that Hurricane Irene was God's way of saying that the government needs to rein in spending.
  • Any semblance of sanity or compassion.
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