Rick Paulas pointed out the other day that we here at Nerve have been perhaps unfairly focused on Herman Cain's wild campaign of insanity. And he's right. Cain's impossibly-ripe-for-mockery campaign is taking coverage away from Rick Perry and his own brand of bumbling demagoguery. And that's how the terrorists win.
From a recent Perry speech in Iowa:
"I do not believe Washington needs a new coat of paint, it needs a complete overhaul. We need to uproot, tear down, and rebuild Washington, D.C. and our federal institutions. We should apply the wisdom of Solomon to Washington. Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3, says, 'There is a time to plant and a time to uproot, there is a time to tear down and a time to build.'"
Right. Sweeping, nearly impossible to implement talking points? Check. Biblical reference? Check.
Frankly, Perry's starting to sound a little like Occupy Wall Street in spirit if not letter. Both are prone to making incredibly grandiose statements without actually having the wherewithal to begin thinking about how insane it'll actually be to have those changes implemented.
Look, I'm all for Occupy Wall Street. I really am. But the scope of their demands is a little much: changing tax laws alone is a difficult undertaking, and when you start adding in the dozens of other goals that come up when you Google "Occupy Wall Street Demands," it becomes a bit of a quagmire.
Perry and a lot of the other Republican candidates are the same way. It's one thing to say that you disagree with Obama's policies, but claiming you want to "tear down Washington" makes you sound as unelectable and crazy as a bandana-masked anarchist waving an AK.