Apr 17th, 2009
Texas Governor Rick Perry has yet again been reminded that the microphone can be your worst frenemy. His Austin Tea Party comments have been under fire, as Perry seemed to be threatening a Texas secession from the Union if the Obama administration continues to “thumb their nose at the American people.”
Rick Perry, of course, is the same governor who inspired a generation of T-shirt makers (and YouTube members) when he bid a reporter a less-than-fond farewell with an “Adios, MoFo” back in 2005. That colorful adieu stemmed from both Perry’s annoyance with the reporter’s comments, as well as an apparent lack of awareness that his mic was still on and the tape was still rolling. Which is to say that both Rick Perry and Jesse Jackson should perhaps consider using their internal monologues more when they’re anywhere near a microphone or a camera, just to be safe.
Perry’s Tax Day Tea Party statements have fired up his crowd of “patriots,” and they also fired up Texas Democrats. Calling his words an “attack on our country,” state Rep. Jim Dunnam also noted that Perry’s remarks were “the ultimate anti-American statement.”
His remarks were delivered to a crowd chanting “Secede,” and despite his very public denouncements of the stimulus package (of which he’s accepting $16.5 billion) and his ringing endorsement of a recent states’ rights resolution, Perry is now claiming that he was misunderstood and that he wasn’t trying to suggest that Texas might secede. He then noted that he called America “a great Union.”
Texas Secession isn’t exactly a new topic, but it’s the first time that Rick Perry has er, might accidentally have led people to believe he, you know, maybe totally inadvertently suggested it. It also may be first time that former gubernatorial challenger Kinky Friedman seems like the conventional candidate.