It’s not that Texas Governor Rick Perry is known for his eloquence or even his brilliance. Far from it, as we have seen time and again since he announced his candidacy for the highest office in the land. But at what point do Americans simply walk away laughing?
In what can only be described as a classic face-palm moment, Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry not only got the name of the company wrong, calling it “Solynda” but called solar energy company Solyndra, which went bankrupt after receiving $535 million in federal loan guarantees, a “country”.
I dunno…maybe Iowa Republicans, to whom he was speaking, who are largely evangelical in make-up, and who have already demonstrated a liking for gratuitous ignorance and idiocy, are dumb enough to receive this message:
“I’m for pulling all of those tax credits, or subsidies or however you refer to them out of the energy industry,” Perry said….
But his attempt to turn this tough talk into an attack on the current administration came with a few of the verbal misstatements that have plagued other public appearances by Perry. While criticizing President Barack Obama for picking winners and losers in the energy industry, he bungled the name of the most famous energy company to go under despite government assistance.
“No greater example of it than this administration sending millions of dollars into the solar industry, and we lost that money,” Perry began. “I want to say it was over $500 million that went to the country Solynda.”
A voter has a right to wonder what exactly Perry DOES know. It doesn’t seem to be much and even when he thinks he knows something he forgets it, including entire government agencies.
A good question would be this: who does Perry intend to appoint as ambassador to the country of Solynda? I have a suggestion: Rick Santorum. It would be the perfect match, the imaginary statesman to the imaginary country. I think they could do big things together, don’t you?