Rick Perry Shakes Up the Race; Bachmann Rolling, Palin Lurking

I have met Governor Perry at least once. By the way, the Washington Post fact-checked Perry’s announcement speech. You remember how they fact-checked Obama’s announcement speech. Well, that’s because they didn’t. That’s why you don’t remember it. I don’t remember it, either.

This is kind of a funny story. This is probably two years ago now, and I have been requested to go to Texas to do a fundraiser. Now, as most of you know, I do not do fundraisers because if I do one, the floodgates open, and I try to keep my distance. However, this request I could not and would not turn down. So the minute it was determined, the minute it was known that I, El Rushbo, was going to Texas to do a fundraiser — it was not for Perry; it was for a congressional candidate — I started getting e-mails from people warning me, Republicans warning me that Rick Perry was gonna try to sneak into this thing and have his picture taken with me for the purposes of his own campaign. He was at the time being opposed by Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas gubernatorial campaign. And these e-mails are coming in from a lot of different people and from a lot of different places, warning me not to let this happen. “Do not let yourself be used.”

So a little confused by this, I called my host, and I said, “Is there something I ought to know about what’s going on at this thing?” “No, no, no, no, no, everything’s fine, don’t worry about it, everything’s cool.” So I went and Governor Perry was there. And not only was he there, but he was the one who introduced me. And I have to tell you, it was one of the most thorough and concise introductions of me that I can recall that was on the spur of the moment kind of thing. this is a bunch of people hanging around in a courtyard of a typical Texas mansion. Well, it was a fundraiser, what do you expect? But the crowd loved him. (interruption) How many acres was it on? I don’t know. I didn’t count the acres. No, no, no, no, drove in. Didn’t helicopter in there. He was good, he was amiable, and he made some remarks himself that were very right down the line, right down the middle conservative.



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