Saturday, September 19, 2009

Rick Perry's "What recession?" and Kay Bailey's purse boys

I was all set to post about Governor 39%'s Claytie Williams moment ...

"Why is Texas kind of recession-proof, if you will? As a matter of fact ... someone had put a report out that the first state that's coming out of the recession is going to be the state of Texas ... I said, 'We're in one?'"

For hell's sake, I was prepared to agree with Paul Burka that the gaffe was a turning point -- downward and eventually out. Adios, MoFo!

(It's worth mentioning that Burka, still struggling with the New Media, already is trying to cover his ass just in case the video turns out to be a John-Cornyn-box-turtle-style 'dirty trick'.)

But then I found Wayne Slater's post about Matt Latimer's Speechless excerpt on the queen running to replace the king:

As the elevator proceeded downward, the senator turned to her J. Crew aides. They were 'the purse boys.' That was the nickname staffers gave them because their job seemed to consist of carrying Sen. Hutchison's purse around Capitol Hill. They also were known to drive her from her house to work - a distance of approximately two blocks. They were basically taxpayer-subsidized butlers.

This was an unusual day, since normally only one purse boy was with Sen. Hutchison at a time. (The other must have been a trainee). As one of the boys quietly held her large purse, she started to fish through it. Then she issued a list of instructions.

"Now I want you to take my purse back to the office," she said.
"Yes, senator," the purse boy responded.
"Take the nail polish out and put it in the refrigerator."
"Yes, senator."
"Take the rest of the makeup out and put that in the refrigerator too."
"Yes, senator."
"Then put the purse by my desk." She said this as though it were her routine speech.

The purse boy nodded dutifully, and the trainee looked like he wanted a pen to jot all this down. Elizabeth and I gazed at each other uncomfortably. I felt a little like entering your parents' bedroom and finding your mother putting on deodorant. It was something you knew happened, but you didn't really want to think about. Then the elevator doors opened. We moved to the side to let KBH pass. She did so regally, without a word to either of us, the purse boys following close behind. In those few minutes, my enthusiasm for KBH sunk to a previously unfathomable low.

'Speechless' (as an adjective) nails it.

Why exactly is this harridan so 'popular'? It can't because of all of the legislation she has written and co-sponsored; it isn't because she's a conservative heroine.

It may be that she's so 'popular' because the traditional media keeps repeating it over and over again.

These two miserable jerks are nothing except a microcosm of those Texans who have repeatedly voted for them: insensitive, clueless, and hypocritical.

Update: “The answer is ‘Yes,’ Governor. Texas and the nation are in the midst of the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression, and just this week your administration announced that the number of jobless Texans is at a 22-year high. Those men and women deserve better than a governor who smirks ‘Recession? What recession.’”

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