When all is said and done, the 2016 field of Republican candidates is going to be one of the biggest sideshows we’ve seen in modern American political history. Hell, perhaps even in all of American political history.
Currently there are ten Republican candidates with at least three more who are certain to declare their candidacies soon (Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal, Scott Walker) and the potential for a few others (Chris Christie, Donald Trump, John Kasich). We’re looking at a potential field of sixteen GOP candidates.
That’s absolutely insane.
Well, the newest entrant into the circus came yesterday when former Texas governor Rick Perry declared his candidacy. While his announcement has been expected, no sane person thinks he has a shot at winning. Hell, he isn’t even more popular in Texas than Ted Cruz, who he would have to beat in order to get the nomination. Does he really think he’s going to be picked by Republican voters as their candidate for the general election when he can’t even win his home state?
Out of all the current candidates, he’s the one who seems to be running on nothing but pure ego rather than at least having some sort of ulterior motive like Carly Fiorina or Ben Carson, both of whom seem to be in it just to make money from the exposure.
Naturally, Jon Stewart was rather giddy about Perry’s announcement, devoting a good portion of his opening segment to mocking the former governor.
“Omigawd omigawd omigawd,” Stewart enthusiastically announced. “Perry is running for president. Wow, prayer really does work. Gimme more!”
He then played part of Perry’s campaign video where he says he’s willing to, “Do right, and risk the consequences.”
“‘Risk the consequences,’” Stewart said. “Maybe the most accurate campaign slogan I’ve ever heard. ‘Hi, I’m Rick Perry, let’s see what happens!’”
He then went on to mock Perry’s decision to wear glasses, a move many people think he made to appear more intelligent after his humiliating 2011 “oops” moment.
Then Stewart turned his attention to potential candidate Jeb Bush, pointing out the extremely shady way in which Bush has essentially been campaigning to be president – while avoiding officially declaring – so he can skirt campaign finance laws as they relate to raising money and coordinating with his PACs.
The fact that Bush can look people in the eye and say that he’s still “not sure” shows what an unscrupulous liar he is. For months he’s literally been out there campaigning for the presidency, maybe more than any other Republican, yet he continued to imply that he was still “thinking” about it.
If you haven’t gotten a chance to watch Bob Schieffer’s final interview, which happened to be with Jeb Bush, I would highly recommend checking it out. He pressed Jeb really hard on why he hasn’t announced his candidacy and the former Florida governor just came off looking completely sleazy.
It’s segments like these that make me realize just how much I’m going to miss Stewart when he retires at the end of this summer.
Watch the segment below via Comedy Central:
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