Rick Perry has spent this entire week attacking gays, because, well, when you’re down in the polls that’s just what you do. Need attention? Pick on gays. Down in the polls? Pick on gays. Sagging career? Pick on gays. Failed marriage? Pick on gays.
For instance, in this new Rick Perry ad, released yesterday, the flailing governor says,
“I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian, but you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.
“As President, I’ll end Obama’s war on religion. And I’ll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage.”
The Governor’s campaign team, too stupid to have secured RickPerry.com, was also, as Chris Bowers at Daily Kos noted, too stupid to disable likes and dislikes on their YouTube account. As you can see on the Perry campaign’s YouTube page, this new ad, titled, “Strong,” (if you have to say it, it isn’t, by the way,) which is scheduled to debut in Iowa today, already has well over 100,000 dislikes, and only 2500 or so likes.
Incompetent? Yeah, I’d say so.
Evan McMorris-Santoro at Talking Points Memo notes,
The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a group which defended homosexual servicemembers in court while Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was in place and worked to end the ban late last year, told TPM that Perry should check the facts before he tries to make gay military service a wedge issue in Iowa.
“Gov. Perry is out of step with the majority of Americans who supported repealing DADT,” said Zeke Stokes, SLDN spokesperson. “The Governor needs to consult with the Service chiefs, all of whom reported to congress that repeal is going well without controversy.”
Even GOProud, the gay Tea Party group, which went as far as saying they would support the extremely homophobic Michele Bachmann, had a few nasty words for Perry. GOProud co-founder Jimmy LaSalvia, via Twitter, said:
“So Rick Perry thinks that the service of tens of thousands patriotic Americans is what’s wrong. No Governor, it’s you that’s wrong.”
So, after a really tough week, the last thing we’d want to do is rub salt into the Governor’s wounds, but as the highly-respected Taegan Goddard of Political Wire tweeted yesterday, Perry, as you see in his new ad, in playing the uber-anti-gay, seems to have — accidentally or not — gone all Brokeback Mountain on America.
Yes, it seems that the 61-year old Texas governor, who is now an uber-homophobe, is wearing the same jacket as Heath Ledger (may he rest in peace) did in the groundbreaking 2005 romantic drama Brokeback Mountain, in which he starred with Jake Gyllenhaal. Well, Ledger starred with Gyllenhal.
“This isn’t a popular national stance, but there’s a slice of the Iowa electorate, still up for grabs, that has traditionally been organized and driven by socially conservative church leaders. This is Perry making his bid for that Huckabee vote.”
No word yet on whether Perry is a fan of the 2005 film. And no word yet on whether anyone’s earned the million-dollar reward.
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