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Watch: Rick Perry Blasts Obama For Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal



That's the word Rick Perry used to describe President Obama's support for Don't Ask, Don't Tell's repeal. Obama, he said, is "using the military as a political tool to advance his base's position" during a meeting with veterans at the U.S.S. Yorktown yesterday.

Perry's comments of course come after he attacked gay military men and women to win over social conservatives in Iowa.

So, considering that a majority of Americans supported DADT's repeal, who's really the tool here?

Watch Perry's remarks, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. As a Texas resident, Perry has to be one of the dumbest GOPers here in the Lone Star state. His brand of hate-filled homophobic rhetoric knows no bounds. I can't wait for his time in the governorship to end (probably to be followed by another anti-gay GOPer politician).

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Dec 9, 2011 2:27:43 PM

  2. how about one using, and feeding, a culture of ignorant bigotry to advance his base's position?

    this man is a sad tired and embarrassing joke.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Dec 9, 2011 2:30:54 PM

  3. I just have to wonder what sort of political benefits he hopes to reap out of this; it's not just reprehensible speech, it's bad politics. He's not getting any conservatives that weren't already on board with him (given that they hadn't jumped ship to Gingrinch) and he certainly isn't going to sway any moderates by criticizing the armed forces. What strategy IS there behind all this?

    Oh, and of course, he's a total buffoon, too.

    Posted by: Marcus | Dec 9, 2011 2:31:44 PM

  4. This is a desperate last ditch attempt on his part. He couldn't swing moderate repubs, so he's aiming for the ultra-conservative religious right. Too little too late at this point.

    Posted by: BEAHBEAH | Dec 9, 2011 2:41:01 PM

  5. He's also a Total Closet Queen.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 9, 2011 2:41:28 PM

  6. Regardless of his motives, this whole argument is so yesterday. Military leaders say that DADT repeal had no ill effects, so no one frigging cares!!

    Posted by: Larry | Dec 9, 2011 2:43:37 PM

  7. This proves that he only listens to campaign consultants and not voters, who, even in Iowa are overwhelmingly more interested in economic issues than social ones. If the bank is trying to foreclose on your home, are really all that concerned about DADT? Campaign consultants are too busy refighting the 2008 election.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 9, 2011 2:44:40 PM

  8. what I'm stunned to find out is that man started as a Democrat? Did he suffer a head injury or like Saul/Paul lay claim to a road side conversion? Why is he not being blasted for flip flopping parties for convenience? Does he actually believe anything or is he just a talking head for his handlers?

    Posted by: Steve | Dec 9, 2011 2:48:40 PM

  9. OK...we already knew that perry was an
    a-hole and a fool but who knew Maggie was working so closely by his side. Isn't that her to his left with yet another bad hairdo? And now, she's sporting sideburns...what a gal. Does someone need hormones?
    And who's that to his right...Ghadaffi's twin?
    I'm looking for humor under each and every rock these days.

    Posted by: Paul B. | Dec 9, 2011 3:01:21 PM

  10. Good lord. Could he BE any more desperate?! Even among Republicans f*g-bashing isn't the crowd-pleaser it once was, Bachmann and Santorum have already claimed the low-road on the subject anyway and it hasn't done their poll #s any favors, and by now even the avg. guy on the street knows "obsessed with gays" equals "most likely to be caught s*cking d*ck in a public restroom."

    If he wanted to go old-school, why not "witches who hex cows"? No one has claimed that one yet, though it's only a matter of time.

    Posted by: Caliban | Dec 9, 2011 3:07:09 PM

  11. "This proves that he only listens to campaign consultants and not voters, who, even in Iowa are overwhelmingly more interested in economic issues than social ones"

    Then they're not particularly good consultants, because it's a waste of time and money to be dwelling on this. As Marcus pointed out, it's not as if he's winning over any new adherents. And while Romney may need a social conservative as a vice-president for his ticket, it's not going to be Perry, because the two despise each.

    Posted by: Nat | Dec 9, 2011 3:08:04 PM

  12. If we did not have cable news, these would be non-starter items.

    Posted by: 99% | Dec 9, 2011 3:11:38 PM

  13. I will never understand why white men are so homophobic and hateful.

    Posted by: mickW | Dec 9, 2011 3:15:05 PM

  14. Perry, Bachmann and Santorum are climbing all over each other, waving their arms in the air and screaming, "NO, OVER HERE, ME!!! I CAN BE AN EVEN BIGGER BUTTWAD!!" because they have no original ideas on the economy, foreign policy, the environment, etc.

    Posted by: MikeMick | Dec 9, 2011 3:15:47 PM

  15. But your play with the word "tool" misrepresents what Perry said. Can't you just deliver the news? Smartass can be fun, but not it distorts.

    Posted by: Will | Dec 9, 2011 3:41:03 PM

  16. If he were in the armed forces, he would be discharged for his insubordination. He is disrupting the military and hurting morale in time of warfare.

    Posted by: trees | Dec 9, 2011 3:58:40 PM

  17. Having grown up in Texas, let me explain something. Before George W Bush, you could be a democrat and be very religious and want to help people. After W, you had to align with GOP if you were at all religious, that way they could properly enslave the cristianists to do their bidding. The very wealthy Jews are doing the same thing right now. There is a big push to sway Jews(traditionally liberals) over to the GOP side. Hopefully we can stop that from happening because I believe it would be disastrous.

    Posted by: Jerry | Dec 9, 2011 4:00:26 PM

  18. Good point about the majority wanting to repeal a discriminatory law. Also, when equal civil rights becomes a "political issue" then we as a nation are in bigger trouble than we realize.

    On a side note, I would love to find out just exactly what the fringe, religious crazies would like to happen to the gay/lesbian Americans in this country. Seriously - if they had their way, what would they like the American civilian landscape to look like? This would be an excellent debate question. It's only fair that the American people discover the answer to that question.

    Posted by: Tre | Dec 9, 2011 4:05:15 PM

  19. Ricky Perry is a fool. He's self-destructing. He's morphed into the male version of Michele Bachmann.

    Posted by: jason | Dec 9, 2011 4:05:33 PM

  20. @MICKW

    You write that you have never understood why white men are so homophobic and hateful.
    Ah, but the answer is easy. Straight white men have enjoyed massive privileges in this society for hundreds of years BECAUSE they are the segment of the population that has established what the rankings in our social heirarchy are. For decades upon decades straight white men got the good paying jobs and had the money and the control in society, in large part because they belonged to this self-serving, power-imbued group. In the 50's if you were black or gay or female, no matter how much more qualified you were for the job, the straight white guy got the job 99% of the time because... well, because he was a straight white man. However, that has been slowly changing since the 1970's. And the changes have really accelerated over the last 20 years. Straight white men are feeling their social privileges and entitlements ebb away, and they're resentful and pissed about it. Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh play to exactly this audience. Their underlying message is:
    hey you straight white male... you're not a failure because you're lazy or arrogant or self-absorbed, you're not making it because of the feminazis, and the uppity blacks, and the sodomites... that's why you're in the hole you're in!! The A.M. radio dial is little more than a salve on the bruised arrogant ego of the straight white male.

    Posted by: dancob@aol.com | Dec 9, 2011 4:07:31 PM

  21. I hope all of Perry's and Bachmann's and Santorum's and Romney's attacks on the repeal of DADT are getting broad coverage over in Iraq and Afghanistan and wherever American troops are stationed in this time of war. I hope every American sailor, soldier, and marine can watch these presidential wannabes insult the men and women with whom those service members now work.

    Posted by: BobN | Dec 9, 2011 4:12:10 PM

  22. "I will never understand why white men are so homophobic and hateful"

    You mean white men like Andrew Cuomo, Joe Lieberman, Patrick Murphy, Ted Olson, etc......and just about every other mover and shaker when it comes to REAL advancement of gay rights?

    You know what I will never understand? How people like you can be so unbelievably stupid and ignorant as to make such statements.

    But, hey, why don't you go bond with Michelle Bachman or Maggie Gallagher......or any black "minister" you come across and share your concerns with them?


    Posted by: Rick | Dec 9, 2011 4:26:36 PM

  23. "Straight white men are feeling their social privileges and entitlements ebb away, and they're resentful and pissed about it."

    They can stomp your little gay boy a$$ right into the ground, any time they want to. You just remember that, OK? They can also force women to do whatever they want them to, as well. You don't believe it, just look at Iran, where every woman in society was stripped of every vestige of power within 48 hours, once men decided they wanted to do it and were united about it.....not only stripped of power but forced to cover themselves whenever they appear in public.

    The bottom line is that the only reason you are beginning to be treated decently as a gay man is because straight white men have decided to do so.

    Just making it real for people like you who live in Far Left Disney Land.

    Posted by: Rick | Dec 9, 2011 4:37:36 PM

  24. Um, Rick Perry is not a straight white man.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Dec 9, 2011 4:47:39 PM

  25. Not sure of the logical connection between Brokeback Rick's (likely internalized) homophobia and idiotic hopes of resurrecting DADT and a comment celebrating the abuse of women in Iran, but, hey, that's our fellow misogynist at work. The comment makes as much sense as the other Rick's increasing desperate and pathetic campaign.

    The link between white men who support lgbt rights is not their sex but their political affiliations: Progressive Democrat or old-school Conservative, neither of which have a place in today's Republican politics.

    Posted by: Ernie | Dec 9, 2011 5:05:35 PM

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