Two things about politics.
One, politicians aren’t necessarily the smartest people in the world. We see that every day.
Look at Christine O’Donnell and Sharon Angle. Some of the dumbest even get elected. Look at Jim Inhofe and Eric Massa.
Two, even some of the smartest politicians sometimes make dumb mistakes. John Kerry once bragged about “voting for that $87 billion before he voted against it.” Toward the end of the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama said he’d campaigned in 57 states and had one more to go. And don’t forget Anthony Weiner.
But, in all my years of covering politics, I’ve never seen a gaffe as funny or as bad as Rick Perry’s brain fart this week. When he defiantly vowed to eliminate three entire federal agencies – and then couldn’t remember the names of all three. Even though the third one – Energy – is supposed to be the centerpiece of his campaign.
It makes you yearn for someone bright and articulate, like George W. Bush.
In fact, whoever thought it possible: It would take another right-wing Texas governor to make George W. Bush look like a Rhodes scholar.
That’s my parting shot for today.