So tonight marks the debate debut of Rick "Corndog Fellator" Perry. I imagine he'll fluff up his national security credentials by discussing his return to Texas during their wildfire crisis, even though he slashed funding for local fire departments (mostly volunteer forces). Of course, patently false narratives about GOP handling of crises never seem to be questioned by the media. Hell, Rudy Giuliani made a lucrative career out of fluffing his security credentials even though his poor, unethical decisions about locating his disaster response command post in a region known to be a target and not updating FDNY radios placed first responders in danger. Yeah, conservatives fuck up security and disaster response, then swagger about claiming to be heroes.
I expect Perry will show up at the debate, pimping a mendacious narrative about his effectiveness in responding to the disasters affecting his state, and the media won't question the narrative. Hell, the dude looks like he could have played an effective governor in a movie, so why sully that image?
Hopefully, the candidates in the freak show will form a circular firing squad. Bachmann's got nothing to lose by sandbagging Perry, and Romney absolutely has to do it (although Perry will probably sit back and have Bachmann excoriate Romney for him- no need for Perry to appear petty). I don't know if I have the intestinal fortitude to listen to the freak show on the radi-adi-o tonight, or if I will just check out the recaps tomorrow.