Superman Is Human: Rick Perry Meets Kryptonite

What a fascinating event this Tea Party sponsored debate on CNN was. Plain and simple,
the winner of the debate was everyone involved not named Gov. Rick Perry.
Superman Perry had entered the race standing tall as ever, as he towered over
the competition with an emblem of Texas on his chest where the letter S should
be, but during this debate he got his cape stepped on repeatedly as the
political kryptonite hit Perry right between the eyes, while Michele Bachmann
and Rick Santorum annihilated him over his controversial, cervical cancer
option for young girls. To Santorum and Bachmann, having the government dictate
or suggest the type of health care precautions on any level is just a minimized
version of Romneycare or Obamacare, which sounded a lot like Perrycare to them!

Perry tried valiantly to make his case, by trying to appeal to the sanctity of life, which
is a right-wing staple, but Bachmann accused Perry of playing Santa Clause to a
big, drug company that contributed to his campaign and got financial kickbacks
from the cervical cancer treatment programs or cancergate. Perry then looks at
Bachmann and declares that the political contribution he received was a measly
$5,000 and adamantly stated that he could not be bought for $5,000, when he was
busy raising 30 million dollars through other donors, but Bachmann and Santorum
were convinced that Perry had sold the farm by basically pimping out young
girls to one of his favorite drug companies who helped to finance him, as
Bachmann asked Perry if he did it for life or for profit, and the audience was not
happy about it in regards to Perry.

When Perry told Bachmann that suggesting he could be bought for $5,000 in the face of
his lucrative, contribution nest egg, he came across as arrogant, corrupted,
and very much an elitist. No politician should ever leave open the
suggestion that they can be bought, as long as the net gain is high enough,
which is obviously much higher than a scant $5,000 in Perry’s eyes. What
Superman Perry needs to learn is that throwing treasonous stones in political,
glass houses always seems to have a boomerang effect on the idiot who tossed it
out first, and Bachmann made Perry eat that boomerang. Not necessarily because
Perry was wrong by humanity’s standards, but by the Tea Party’s standards.

The other major blow suffered by Perry came at the hands of Bachman, Romney, Santorum,
and Huntsman over Perry’s controversial move to allow some illegal immigrants
to receive college tuition help for school, and this went over with the Tea
Party audience like a lead balloon with President Obama’s picture drawn on the
side of it. Again, Perry tried with all of his might to curtail the anti-ethnic
animosity that had become apparent over his generous, financial offerings to
illegal immigrants, by trying to justify his actions as a way to keep the
economy moving in a nondiscriminatory way, but neither the candidates nor the
audience were buying it. While Romney characterized it as unacceptable
behavior, Bachmann took it a step further by comparing and tying Perry’s
illegal immigrant socialism to the amnesty of President Obama’s dreaded “Dream
Act,” a proposal despised by conservatives.

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Superman Perry took a kryptonite uppercut to the chin during this debate, and it was
Bachmann who unloaded with the biggest pair of Tea Party brass knuckles, with
Romney right behind her, as Perry spent most of his time trying to defend many
of the rogue liberalisms of his not so glorious Texas record. It will be very
interesting to see how and if these attacks on Perry will affect his poll
numbers, because there were numerous conservatives in the audience who were
clearly unhappy with him.

There were also other key moments during this debate. One of those was when
Romney corned Perry on ehther or not Social Security was unconstitutional, as
Perry has stated in one his most recent books, but straight talking Perry
dodged the question. Then, Huntsman took on both Romney and Perry on Social
Security and many other issues. Huntsman really asserted himself during this
debate, and he once again sounded like the only general election candidate
outside of Romney. Huntsman’s rhetoric seems to have gained some steam as of
late, and with Perry’s invincibility possibly being not as invincible as
previously thought, Huntsman will probably stick around a little longer.

Now the two most striking moments of the debate were not about Perry, but these points were
so outlandishly vile and conceited that they have to be
included. And yes one of them belongs to Ron Paul. As Rick Santorum castigated
and blistered Paul’s September 11th statement about how U.S. actions
contributed to September 11th with its disingenuous, shoddy, foreign policy
practices, Paul tried to explain to the audience why the U.S. foreign policy in
the Middle East and around the world was and is misleadingly bad at best.

Paul, like many progressives, pointed the finger of blame inwards towards America’s
imperialized self-interests and away from sensationalized terrorism, and the
audience booed Paul like he had helped to hide President Obama’s Kenyan birth
certificate, and that says far more about the Tea Party than about Ron Paul. So
let this be the 10th or 11th wonder of the world. Why is Ron Paul in the
Republican Party? The world may never know!

Now certainly, the most horrid moment of the debate came during a hypothetical
scenario brought forth by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. The question that Wolf proposed
was: ‘what should be done about a 30-year-old person who does not have health
insurance, but suddenly finds themself sick and in need?’ When Wolf asked Paul
what should happen to this sickly individual, Paul suggested letting some form
of a church charity take care of this person, not the federal government, which
is to be expected from Paul. Wolf followed up on his health care scenario and
asked: ‘should we just let this person die? Is there a responsibility to life?’

Now remember, the Tea Party, the Republican Party and the conservative ideology as
a whole are supposed to be staunchly pro-life. Nevertheless, when Wolf asked if
the person should just be left to die, there were boisterous chants in response
to Wolf’s question from the Tea Party/Republican/conservative audience, and the
answer that was given loudly and proudly was a resounding yes! Meaning, yes let
them die, because we have insurance and employment; tough sledding for you if
you don’t have it, and if that doesn’t tell you what the Tea Party and the
Republicans are about, nothing will!

By the time that it was all over, Herman Cain’s performance appeared as if it just might be
the biggest loser of the night. To say that Cain’s ‘pizza delivery’ rhetoric
was grossly overshadowed during the debate by the first tier contenders would
be the understatement of all understatements, while Newt Gingrich, the big
thinker, should do a better job at thinking of a way to become relevant again.
The only reason that Cain and Gingrich are probably allowed to stick around for
so long is because of the tokenism of Cain and the familiarity of Gingrich, but
it’s hard to see how either of them can become anything more than political, background
ornaments.

Author of the book The Fear of Being Challenged