JEFF PEARLMAN

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Laziness and Rick Perry

There comes a point in every failed political campaign when the moment of implosion shows itself; where you know—without question—this person cannot win. For some (Rick Santorum, Mike Gravel, Paul Simon, etc), no such moment is needed. The candidate joins the race, and is immediately greeted by the sound of muted crickets.

For others, however, it’s a sonic boom.

Enter: Rick Perry.

Now, for most people, the so-called moment for Perry came two debates back, when he famously failed to think of the third government agency he wished to destroy. I, however, date Perry’s official demise to, well, yesterday, when he released the above commercial slamming Barack Obama for calling Americans “lazy.” Well, lo and behold, Obama didn’t tag Americans as “lazy”—he was referring, specifically, to the United States’ efforts to attract foreign investment. The exact quote: “There are a lot of things that make foreign investors see the U.S. as a great opportunity—our stability, our opennesss, our innovative free market culture. But we’ve been a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades. We’ve kind of talen for granted—well, people will want to come here—and we aren’t out there hungry, selling America and trying to atrract new business into America.”

Obviously, Obama didn’t call Americans lazy. He called our efforts to draw in foreigners as lazy. Huge difference.

And that’s not all. Perry then appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News Shit Hole and ripped Obama for growing yp “in a privileged way.” Which, ahem, included being raised by a single mother. On, ahem, food stamps.

Farewell, Rick.