Dan Amira ARGUES that anyone who would take pity on “poor simpleton Rick Perry” cannot rightly be said to be a bully.
Amira says Romney campaign adviser Kerry Healey wants us to remember
the infamous GOP primary debate in which Perry, for a solid minute, hopelessly racked his poor, wretched brain for the third federal agency he’d abolish. Midway through that soul-crushingly uncomfortable display, when Ron Paul was just making things worse by distracting Perry with his claw of liberty, Romney suggested that maybe Perry was thinking of the EPA.
We’re not sure what motivated Romney there. Maybe he really did just feel bad for the guy, twisting in the wind in front of a horrified national audience. Or maybe Romney, by demonstrating that he was capable of naming a federal agency, was simply trying to show off his vastly superior mental abilities. Either way, what Romney didn’t do, in that moment of vulnerability, is hold Perry down and forcibly shave his head. And that’s progress.