Rick Perry isn't even running yet (I repeat, yet), and he's already embarrassing himself (well, embarrassing himself again) in front of prospective voters. Or as I like to call it, what was he thinking?
Perry apparently believes cracking a joke about the pronunciation of a Hispanic name will ingratiate him to... people with Hispanic names.
Of course, he also has a little problem with having pushed a photo ID law, as well as local police enforcement of federal immigration laws, a la Arizona's SB 1070 "Papers Please" bill. Supporting voter intimidation and racial profiling against his own audience is a guaranteed crowd pleaser, a real knee-slapper. What fine judgment, compassion, and comedic skills SpongeRick HairPants has.
Gov. Rick Perry received a tepid response when he addressed the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials on Thursday, joking about the pronunciation of a Hispanic appointee's last name and frequently staring blankly at the audience when they failed to respond to his conservative applause lines.
He joked about how perfect it was to appoint Jose Cuevas to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission... because-- wait for it-- his name sounds like Jose Cuervo. Thud.
On the Official Laffy Cringeworthy Humor Scale of 1-100, that gets a 200.
Then he went on to describe Texas as a land of opportunity. That would be the same land of opportunity that suppresses the right to vote and be Latino.
Perry often stopped for applause and heard only the clink of forks on plates as he stared out at the crowd, a stark contrast to the jubilant reception he's received at recent Republican events. Many in the audience had never heard of him before.
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