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Rachel Maddow Explains Why Rick Perry Has Destroyed Himself: VIDEO


Was Rick Perry's batsh*t crazy speech for the conservative Cornerstone group in New Hampshire the equivalent of Howard Dean's "scream"?

Of Perry, Maddow says: "In the case of Rick Perry, this was not one out of context second. This is 25 minutes. Take your pick of any of these moments. Any of these moments is a Dean scream....and what is truly interesting about this truly fascinating Rick Perry appearance is that he seems like he thinks he nailed it."


And this may even be worse news for Perry - the organizer of the event says he wasn't drinking - so alcohol isn't to blame for his weird speech:

"I can tell you unequivocally he wasn’t drinking at the event and he hadn’t been drinking prior to the event," said Kevin Smith, the executive director of Cornerstone Action, the conservative group that hosted the event over the weekend. "I was sitting with him, and I found him to be very engaging with all of the people he was talking with, he was very articulate."

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  1. The one who nailed it is Rachel. She is my siren.

    Posted by: Rob | Nov 2, 2011 8:21:27 AM

  2. is he a closet case?

    Posted by: shanesville | Nov 2, 2011 8:32:39 AM

  3. Wow. In that video he comes off as the queeniest queen in Queentown. I can't wait for a Rick Perry rentboy scandal!!

    Posted by: peterparker | Nov 2, 2011 8:46:08 AM

  4. I think the ghost of Paul Lynde has been possessing him.


    Posted by: kodiak | Nov 2, 2011 8:46:23 AM

  5. I'm sorry. People are saying he's drunk in this video but I think he took pills and maybe he had something to drink as well. His campaign probably gave him something to calm him down and he wasn't used to it. He's not drunk here he is high as a kite though.

    Posted by: Mark | Nov 2, 2011 8:54:47 AM

  6. I hope she's right, I agree with her assessment but, I am not so sure the voting public will see his behaviour as anything more than "folksy" and down to earth.


    Posted by: chad | Nov 2, 2011 9:06:46 AM

  7. I agree with Mark. He's not drunk. If he were drunk he'd be more sloppy and slurred speach. He appears high on somethink like pain pills with a shot (or two) of vodka thrown in for good measure.

    Posted by: oliver | Nov 2, 2011 9:08:15 AM

  8. Is it possible he was giddy at the thought of bringing Cain down by tipping off Politico about the sexual harassment cases??? He was at his giddiest when bringing up Cain.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Nov 2, 2011 9:16:00 AM

  9. He looked coked up (or cocked up) to me; not drunk.

    Posted by: anon texan | Nov 2, 2011 9:24:01 AM

  10. The comparison between Perry and Dean is important and telling. Dean's campaign ended because of an exuberant "scream", taken out of context and amplified by a corrupt media and political enemies out to prevent a progressive like Dean from getting into the WH.

    This is the same corrupt media, but the political operatives have a different agenda. They want to get Perry, or Cain into the WH where they can control the demise of what is left of American society. So, the destruction of Dean's political future was and will remain totally different from that of Perry's. Why? Because the appearance of insanity (Dean's scream) in a Democrat is very different than the actual insanity of a Republican. One is unacceptable, the other will be excused or even justified.

    The fact that Bachman, Gingrich, Santorum, Cain and Perry have made it this far in a run for the MOST POWERFUL OFFICE on the planet and continue on in that quest, shows a large segment of our political system and society is not just defective, but totally insane as well.

    Posted by: Bob R | Nov 2, 2011 9:54:21 AM

  11. Too bad he's a republican and a conservative and an evangelical. He's almost cute here. Almost. Whew! Boy(girl?)friend is, um, definitely in a very "happy" place. I swear he clutches that jar of maple syrup as if it's the Oscar. "I'd like to thank all the trees who made this possible....".

    Go Rick! HOME TO TEXAS!

    Posted by: jamal49 | Nov 2, 2011 9:59:36 AM

  12. High as a kite, and kinda cute & funny.

    Posted by: ron | Nov 2, 2011 10:11:06 AM

  13. heck a day later he did another interview eher he held his tax card upside down, noticed he was holding it upside down, continued holding it upside down and saying how wonderful his flat tax and the tax card were

    his crayness isn't a 1 time thing

    romney though a flip flopping robot is smart to stay away from cameras at the moment and keep his mouth shut. Stay out of the spotlight while cain and perry implode

    Posted by: say what | Nov 2, 2011 10:24:56 AM

  14. Unlike Bush, I'd totally have a beer with Perry. I wouldn't vote for him in a million years, but he looks like he'd be the life of the party. That is, a non-political party.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Nov 2, 2011 10:26:33 AM

  15. PS dastus

    Politico is staffed by former Rove people so I would say the Bush Team who supports romney had more to do with bringing down cain.

    Posted by: say what | Nov 2, 2011 10:26:36 AM

  16. This will not turn off his base -- this is how he speeks. They are used to it and don't care. Have we so soon forgotten what it was like to sit for a half hour and listen to W? Just like this. He won twice.

    Posted by: djcchicago | Nov 2, 2011 10:29:05 AM

  17. Rick Perry is a jerk who shouldn't be in charge of a Dairy Queen, but I don't understand why the campaign won't just explain this away and get on with it. Perry had back surgery a little while ago and is no doubt still on pain pills or muscle relaxers. Mix those with even a few sips of alcohol and you can get what you see here pretty easily. So why not just say that instead of trying to pretend its "liberals" out to get you? It's pretty clear something is "off" here, so why not just offer the reasonable (and proably true) explanation and move on?

    Posted by: BreckRoy | Nov 2, 2011 10:34:00 AM

  18. Rachel Maddow is wrong, unfortunately. This will not make the public opinion rounds. His campaign will not be sunk by this virtually unnoticed speech.
    @BOB R's comment is spot-on. Devious crafting in the R party will determine how this all plays out. If they can get it together to allow Romney the nomination, Obama's in for a difficult fight against the only real politician in the bunch.

    Posted by: shanesville | Nov 2, 2011 10:53:58 AM

  19. shanesvill not exactly

    romney looses by 4 in head to head polls vs obama

    better than the other repubs..perry and cain are in double diget losses

    so 4& win for Obama at the moment is tight/tough but not a difficult fight

    especially since 3/4 of the general population doesn't even know Romney is a mormon yet per polls. Once the public learns he is associated with the annoying missionaries that come knocking on people's doors that 4& gap most likely will grow

    Posted by: say what | Nov 2, 2011 11:11:33 AM

  20. Just one more example of a homophobic, "family values", save the country from the gays, closet case. He makes me sick.

    Posted by: Steve913 | Nov 2, 2011 11:49:59 AM

  21. a snake oil salesman if I ever saw one.

    Posted by: Peter | Nov 2, 2011 12:49:38 PM

  22. I agree, he is TOTALLY HIGH, but kinda cute if he was your uncle at Thanksgiving and you could giggle at his nonesense.

    "Na Na Na Na
    Na Na Na Na
    Hey Hey Hey
    You're HIGH!

    "Na Na Na Na
    Na Na Na Na
    Hey Hey Hey


    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Nov 2, 2011 12:53:40 PM

  23. I WANT what HE'S on..!!!!

    Posted by: mcNnyc | Nov 2, 2011 1:40:19 PM

  24. I would like to see the audience reaction to all that. I wonder what they had to say on the way home.

    Obviously, Perry got hold of some bad syrup before his speech, you know, how when maple syrup ferments and its sugars rearrange themselves into LSD.

    Posted by: Happy Tripping? | Nov 2, 2011 4:05:54 PM

  25. While this was going on, I don't know if it would be more fun to watch the Perry staffers cringing or the Romney staffers high-fiving.

    But the Cain story may have been the juicier story of the day and deflected attention away from this. If there is anything that the press corps love more than a gaffe, it is a sex story with legs. Cain, of course, helped the story by lying/changing his story.

    What's incorrect is the analogy to Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill. That was a "he said/she said" story that was left to be judged by the Congressmen and the public. In this case, the decision was already made by the lawyers for the Restaurant Association. They were presented with the facts and they decided that he had done something bad enough that it warranted a settlement.

    The public doesn't have to hear both sides and decide. The allegation was already deemed credible enough at the time.

    What Herman Cain didn't realize - and what even the most experienced candidates don't understand - is that when the white-hot spotlight of the
    presidential campaign hits you, EVERYTHING that you have ever done in your life will come back to haunt you. Drunk driving tickets, drug use, sexual affairs, overdue library books - it all comes out.

    Sometimes the candidates can weather the storm - Clinton did with Hillary by his side - sometimes they don't. In this case, Herman is toast. Or, perhaps, pizza.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Nov 2, 2011 4:41:25 PM

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