Rick Perry

Rick Perry Once Called Donald Trump "Cancer" but the Former Texas Gov Is a Tumor Himself

Would-be president will be on Dancing With The Stars, fueling even more contempt for politics and politicians.

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who tried twice to run for president, is like a human ice-cream headache: Every time he shows up, your teeth start to hurt and you get a pain in your noggin that you can't quite get rid of.

Back in the day (2011), he was the great Republican hope to beat Barack Obama before he demonstrated an inability to count to three. In the early days of the 2016 campaign season, he called eventual GOP nominee Donald Trump a "cancer on conservatism" before…endorsing the billionaire and showing up at rallies for him, including the Republican National Convention. Trump "is one of the most talented people who has ever run for the president I have ever seen," the longest-serving governor in Texas history said when endorsing the billionaire developer back in May.

It is precisely this sort of flip-floppery among major political figures that is driving record levels of contempt for the major politicial parties and their nominees. It's one thing to say that you disagree—even vehemently—with an intra-party opponent. It's another to liken him to cancer and then essentially say, "Never mind." Or, as Perry also did, say you're open to being vice president for President Cancer.

And then there is this new spectacle that Perry is forcing on America:

I'm not one to stand on false ceremony and I think that "dignity" is vastly overrated, but would it kill politicians who want to be taken seriously not to act like complete attention whores all the time? Trust in authority is declining, which is generally a good thing. Voter identification with the Democrats and Republicans is at or near record lows, which is also generally a good thing. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump started the general election season as the least-approved major-party candidates of all time and their poll numbers continue to sink—again, generally a good thing. Yet there is a serious problem when trust and confidence in government and politicians hollows out:

The political scientists Philippe Aghion, Yann Algan, Pierre Cahuc and Andrei Shleifer wrote a paper titled "Regulation and Distrust." Using data from the World Values Survey, the authors convincingly argue that "distrust influences not just regulation itself, but the demand for regulation." They found that "distrust fuels support for government control over the economy. What is perhaps most interesting about this finding . . . is that distrust generates demand for regulation even when people realize that the government is corrupt and ineffective."

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That is most definitely not a good thing. And to the extent that politicians can stop their own clown-show antics, they really should, even if it means that Rick Perry doesn't get to cut the rug on Dancing With The Stars or is pushed not to call opponents cancer and then embrace them in the interest of getting some small position in a Trump administration.

There's a long line of criticism of libertarians that we're fundamentally not serious about politics and policy (never mind the hundreds of thousands or even millions of words published in issues of Reason and at Reason.com over the years, not to mention by the Cato Institute, Foundation for Economic Education, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Mercatus Center, and other libertarian outfits). But it's characters such as Rick Perry—and Anthony Weiner, of course, and Alan Grayson, but also Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton, with all their "appearance of impropriety" baggage—that have hollowed out belief in good government. While the GOP nominated a political novice whose reality-testing seems to be on the fritz and the Dems nominated a cabinet member who refused to use government-supplied email, the Libertarian Party nominated a centrist two-term governor for president. Bless its pointed little head. And God bless the USA. Because our political class is full of idiots and worse.

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  1. It is precisely this sort of flip-floppery among major political figures that is driving record levels of contempt for the major politicial parties and their nominees.

    It’s infected the minor party candidates as well. GayJay flip-flops to a degree that would spell doom for a major party hack.

    1. Ok, I’m definitely now 60/40 that you don’t like Gay Jay.

    2. “Did [Breyer] actually uphold Kelo?” Johnson asked Benson.
      “Yeah, he did,” Benson replied. “He was in the majority in that case.”
      “Oh my gosh,” Johnson declared.

  2. I’m not one to stand on false ceremony and I think that “dignity” is vastly overrated, but would it kill politicians who want to be taken seriously not to act like complete attention whores all the time?

    Is Perry even a politician any more?

    I have no love for Perry (and even less for DWTS), but if more politicians spent time on TV game and reality shows and less time trying to “solve” some “problem” the country would be a better place.

    1. Perry was Governor of Texas for 12 years I think.

      The 109 Sec of State of Texas announced a year or so ago that 1,000 people a day were moving into Texas from other states where they couldn’t find gainful employment, for the most. I guess Gillespie thinks Perry turned Texas into a shithole if only 1,000 people a day are moving there.

      Perry did a pretty good job overall.

      Now he is a private citizen and should be able to do whatever the fuck he wants.

      What’s you problem Gillespie ? Was your application for DWTS overlooked ?

    2. But that’s part of their job, isn’t it? And aren’t they obligated to flip-flop when the polls do? They’re not supposed to act on their own beliefs, they’re supposed to be the agents of the electorate. Otherwise you don’t have a democracy, republic, or whatever you want to call it. They’re supposed to draw your att’n, & the voters are supposed to draw their att’n.

  3. It’s another to liken him to cancer and then essentially say, “Never mind.”

    What would the media do if Trump were elected, then?

    1. Depends on how many accidental or unexplained deaths affect journalists in his first year as president, I guess.

  4. When Trump inevitably loses in a landslide and becomes a pariah in the party to which he never even actually belonged, it will be interesting to see the effect this has on those idiots who pledged fealty.

    1. “No one I know voted for Nixon.”

    2. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/publi…..ouse_watch

      Why do people persist in believing the fantasy that he is going to lose in a landslide? He may not win, but the longed for Hillary landslide is not going to happen.

      1. I will wager you all of SugarFree’s land holdings that he will.

        For the record, if it matters, I don’t want Hillary to win. I don’t want Trump to win. I hope the one who does win surprises me, but I don’t see a good outcome regardless of which of us is correct here.

        1. By the Reason staff. Most are voting Clinton. Nick and a few others voting GayJay.

  5. (never mind the hundreds of thousands or even millions of words published in issues of Reason and at Reason.com over the years, not to mention by the Cato Institute, Foundation for Economic Education, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Mercatus Center, and other libertarian outfits)

    I notice you neglected to mention The Commentariat, the lifeblood of All Things Reason, and source of power for symbiote known as The Jacket.

    I swear, Gillespie, I get the feeling you’re just pissed off and hurf feelz because they didn’t ask your ancient, hirsute, Dowager’s hump packing decrepit cadaver to dance with svelte, supple dancers like the young lady with Perry there. Besides, Perry’s not in office, he’s not running for anything, and appears to be having a grand old time being the next Tucker Carlson-vote-em-off-ASAP placeholder.

  6. Rick Perry was a decent governor. Texas is among the top job creating states.

    Of course he’s a partisan and not the sort of “wacko bird” to go against party lines. By overall, he’s a better candidate than Gary Johnson. Unless legal pot is like your no.1 issue.

    1. By overall, he’s a better candidate than Gary Johnson.

      No bar is lower…

    2. “Rick Perry was a decent governor.”

      Funneling taxpayer money to his cronies through the Texas Enterprise Fund and sending the Texas National Guard to the border so he could cut a Presidential campaign commercial doesn’t sounds like a decent governor to me. But, I guess he could have been worse.

      1. This is my biggest criticism of Perry. He was a small time crony capitalist. To the tune of $50M total, I think. Relatively small potatoes.

        But on balance, he didn’t suck.

        The US would be better off with 50 of him.

        And if the goal is to reduce respect for politicians, isn’t it GOOD that he is on DWTS?

        MAKE UP YOUR MIND!

        1. I would take Rick Perry over the slew of democrat traitors WA has had as governor for the last 20 years.

      2. You forgot his quick reactions to Hurricane Ike. Helping with supplies and organizing relief for Katina, using the Nation Guard not to cut a commercial but stop drug dealers coming across the border.

        Maybe you should actually come to Texas. He was no hero but living in PA and TX is like day and night.

    3. Oh, and I almost forgot about derailing a panel that was supposed to figure out if the state had executed an innocent man.

  7. At least Perry’s not a malignant tumor – those get bigger. I’m not sure what you call a tumor that gets smaller and smaller until it eventually just falls off. Are you sure you’re not thinking of a wart?

  8. I’m naturally inclined to give Perry Shit, He was kind of corrupt, but as pretty nice as far as political corruption

    His plan to build a tollway for NAFTA trucks was actually a pretty decent idea. Considering that I-35 is always bumper to bumper traffic.

  9. Is it not a bit unseemly of Gillespie to come down hard on Perry for supporting his party’s nominee despite the candidate’s obvious flaws while telling us to ignore Johnson/Weld’s obvious flaws?

    You cannot be above it all and down in the muck at the same time, Nick.

  10. We bitch that Reason has TDS, that every article is about Trump, that they don’t talk about GarJo enough, that they talk about GarJo too much, that they softball GarJo.

    Is there no pleasing the commentariat?

    1. GarJo?

      He’s GayJay

      Now stay out of the comments unless you’re going to use your real “editor name”.

      1. I prefer GarJo because it has a better ring and makes me think of ScarJo.

        Not an editor. Long time occasional lurker, very infrequent commenter.

        1. Matt Welch is the only person I’ve seen call GayJay “GarJo”.

          You’re welcome to comment on anything at any time.

          1. I keep waiting for someone to tell me to “stop trying to make GarJo happen. It’s never gonna happen, Gretchen!”.

            Sure it will. Any day now all you fuckers are going to realize GarJo is way better than Gay Jay. You’ll see!

        2. I don’t know. It kind of reminds me of Jar Jar Binks. And that can’t be good.

  11. I am a dancer. What is the problem with Dancing with the Stars? There is nothing wrong with it. In fact, becoming a good dancer is hard work and requires integrity and teamwork to deliver a good performance. I wish Perry well.

    Consider the current incumbent, Gillespie’s God Emperor Obama who routinely debases his office on talk shows, but looks cool for the cocktail set while he screws over the rest of us.

    1. Dancing for the Stars is low status tv for proles. Libertarians like a lot of really spergy and nerdy things so in order to compensate they shit on low status pop culture offerings. It’s kind of like how Reason liked it when Obama went on Between Two Ferns which is a ridiculous thing for a president to do. But that’s hip and geeky so Reason liked it.

    2. Dancing for the Stars is low status tv for proles. Libertarians like a lot of really spergy and nerdy things so in order to compensate they shit on low status pop culture offerings. It’s kind of like how Reason liked it when Obama went on Between Two Ferns which is a ridiculous thing for a president to do. But that’s hip and geeky so Reason liked it.

    3. I enjoyed Jerry Springer’s stint on DWTS.

    4. Consider the current incumbent, Gillespie’s God Emperor Obama who routinely debases his office on talk shows, but looks cool for the cocktail set while he screws over the rest of us.

      ^This

      Nick gets all panty-twisted by an ex-Governor who is likely to never hold another political office being in a dance contest- but has never said word one about Obama’s appearances on Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon, Ellen Degeneres, Mark Maron’s fucking podcast, etc. ad nauseum.

  12. There’s a long line of criticism of libertarians that we’re fundamentally not serious about politics and policy…

    You mean like when the Chairman of the Libertarian Party did a striptease on national TV? No way!!

  13. He’s not a too-mah!

  14. There’s a long line of criticism of libertarians that we’re fundamentally not serious about politics and policy (never mind the hundreds of thousands or even millions of words published in issues of Reason and at Reason.com over the years

    Writing a great deal about a subject does not necessarily indicate that you are serious about politics or policy. See: Sheldon Richman’s foreign policy articles. A thousand pages of shallow crap does not equate to a coherent hundred page position.

  15. Her look screams, through clenched teeth, “Help meeeee…”

  16. Oh my Jeebus. Let the man have some fun. Who the fuck cares if he’s going on Dancing with the Stars?

  17. I think that “dignity” is vastly overrated,

    We already knew this from reading your writing, Nick. We already knew.

  18. I’ll believe it when the people start slaughtering the police.

  19. Nick, did you get huffy when Obama makes his fucking bracket picks on ESPN or now that he’s guest-editing Wired (bahaha….will the issue focus on the monumentally incompetent rollout of Obamacare online?)

  20. Jeez, who cares? He’s never going to be president. He’s too big time to lower himself running for Congress. So he’s basically a retired state politician and that’s it. Let him have his fun.

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