Rick Perry Channels His Cheerleading Days at CPAC, Makes an Absolute Fool of Himself

rick-perry-cpacConservatives are falling over themselves to applaud Texas Governor Rick Perry for the speech he gave at CPAC.  Oh, what short memories we have when it comes to politics in this country.

Of course Rick Perry gave a great speech at CPAC.  All he had to do was read a teleprompter and channel his cheerleader past to get a rousing ovation from the crowd.

Honestly, that’s what his speech seemed like.  It was as if some random guy was just spouting off cliché lines to ignite a crowd even though most of what he was saying didn’t really have much of a point.

And let’s not forget, Perry’s weakness isn’t reading a speech from a teleprompter.  Most people can do that very well.  It’s when he has to think for himself, and answer tough questions, that’s when the idiocy that is Rick Perry shines brightly.

Kind of like this.

Well, during his CPAC speech Perry clearly laid the groundwork for his 2016 presidential bid by essentially acting like a conservative cheerleading while standing on a stage waving pom-poms.

Perry went off on the usual limited government tangent (ironic for a man who supports laws in his state which violate the Constitution) but then moved toward his “cheerleader” aspect of his speech, saying, “Defend our country, provide a cogent foreign policy, and what the heck, deliver the mail, preferably on time and on Saturdays.”

Then he really went off on a right-wing tangent flailing his arms around as he said, “Get out of the health care businesses, get out of the education business. My fellow conservatives, the future of this nation is upon you! It belongs to you! You have the power to change America.  You are the path to the future, a light on a distant shore.”

He then concluded by saying, “You represent the renewed hope that America can be great again!”

Now, what does any of that mean?  Outside of a clear support for our postal system, I have absolutely no idea.  But the conservatives in the crowd sure ate it up.

Rick Perry seems to have forgotten that he’s no longer a male cheerleader.  With this speech, he made it abundantly clear what his intentions are for 2016.  And if all he had to do as a presidential candidate was read speeches off a teleprompter, he might stand a decent shot at winning.

I guess nobody showed him this poll where even people in Texas don’t want him to be president.

But I sincerely hope Rick Perry does run for president in 2016.  Because as a writer and commentator, the more time Rick Perry spends giving non-scripted speeches or has to participate in live debates, the easier my job becomes.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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