Slick Rick Blows the Dog Whistle

"And up my sleeve, I have...NOTHING!"

In September, Governor Rick Perry was the frontrunner and leading the pack of Republican presidential candidates with a 31 percent favorability rating.  Now it’s November and he’s down to nine percent trailing behind Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich and (gulp!) Ron Paul.

To say the Perry campaign is in free fall would be kind.

President Obama said in a speech this week, “There are a lot of things that make foreign investors see the U.S. as a great opportunity — our stability, our openness, our innovative free market culture.”

“But we’ve been a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades,” Obama continued. “We’ve kind of taken for granted — well, people will want to come here and we aren’t out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new business into America.”

Perry rushed out an ad breathlessly declaring, “”Can you believe that?  That’s what our President thinks is wrong with America? That Americans are lazy?”

Appearing on Fox News (where else?),  Perry was asked what he thought the president’s mind-set was.

“It reveals to me that he grew up in a privileged way,” Perry said. “He never had to really work for anything. He never had to go through what Americans are going through. There’s 14-plus million americans sitting out there, some of them watching this program tonight, that don’t have a job. This president has never felt that angst.”

“He never had to really work for anything. He never had to go through what Americans are going…has never felt that angst that they have in their heart. And I think he’s always, when he has had problems, he’s always pointed to somebody else and said it was their fault, not mine.”

These are dog-whistle politics Perry is engaged in.

Dog-whistle politics n. a concealed, coded, or unstated idea, usually divisive or politically dangerous, nevertheless understood by the intended voters

Here is a White man who speaks with forked tongue.

What Governor Goodhair is really saying. “You know that Barack Obama is really somethin’, ain’t he? He went to Harvard. Taught Constitutional Law. Edited the Harvard Law Review. He’s written two best-sellers. He’s a right smart fella. For a Black guy, I mean. He really seems to think he’s not just as good as a White man, he really thinks he’s better than a White man.”

Perry all but says Obama is America’s first affirmative action president. He’s privileged. He got the job others were with more experience and more impressive credentials were bypassed for. He didn’t have to work for what he got. It was all laid out for him . All Obama had to do was show up, give a good speech, smile pretty and all those guilty White liberals would fall over themselves to vote for him.

"Hey Rick, I got your 'privileged" right here."

What America needs is a real American. Someone with good hair, White skin and politics to the extreme Right end of the spectrum.

Someone like Rick Perry.

When Perry says Obama “never really had to work for anything,” he either does not know or does not care Obama was raised by a single mother and his grandparents after his father abandoned the family and his mother would wake him at 4 a.m. on weekdays to study. She also fed young Barack by receiving food stamps.

That’s Perry’s idea of growing up “privileged.”

When your political star has risen as high and fallen as fast as Perry’s has since he entered the presidential race as the frontrunner and now trails Romney, Cain, Gingrich and Paul in the Iowa caucuses that are just six weeks away, you’ve got to do something to reverse the slide. A slide made even more steep by disastrous debate performances and a WTF speech in New Hampshire that left many wondering was he stoned, drunk or both.  Going negative is a desperate, but typical way to try and stop the fall.

It probably won’t work, but Perry hasn’t given anyone any other reasons to pay attention to his slip slidin’ away campaign so if it takes going on Fox and pandering to the racial resentments of Republican voters, that’s exactly what he will do. It’s a dirty, no-class and unprincipled way to get to the White House, but Perry never has claimed to be a paragon of principle.

When anyone tells you something that is an easily proven and demonstrable lie, it should immediately stir the intended recipient of that lie to wonder, Why is this person lying to me and if he isn’t telling me the truth about this, what else is he lying about?

Perry’s more pressing problem is before he can take on Obama he has to earn the privilege of being the Republican nominee and as things stand now, he won’t.

The arc of a presidential campaign is long and candidates that take hard falls can rise again (Exhibit A: Newt Gingrich) and Perry is hardly Texas Armadillo Roadkill souffle yet. Any race that features nitwits like Michelle Bachmann and Herman Cain probably has room for Governor Goodhair to resurrect his flagging fortunes.

But if you can’t win the playoffs, you’ll never get the chance to play in the Super Bowl.

Even if America is denied the opportunity for Rick Perry to do to the country what he’s done to Texas he can always retire to his Niggerhead Ranch to engage in one of his favorite pursuits: tossing out race bait.