Rick Perry’s Odd NH Speech

This is just, well, odd:

This is as animated as I have seen him, but it

There’s a certain live bobblehead quality to the part at the beginning regarding “live free or die.”

Also: I am note sure what the whole bit at 4:09 about expanding the tax footprint is. What’s with the put-on lisp, for example?

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  1. michael reynolds says:

    To paraphrase Jon Stewart, he’s either drunk during this speech, or he’s been drunk in every other speech he’s ever given.

  2. pajarosucio says:

    I’d say Perry got lucky with the Cain scandal breaking around the same time as his bizarre and erratic behavior was caught on film. You have to wonder if he mixed some heavy painkillers with booze before that speech. Just bizarre.

  3. Peter says:

    Almost as good as a Bad Lip Reading clip.

  4. Gustopher says:

    I really do wonder what the cause of this was, it could be perfectly reasonable but unfortunate, or really dramatically terrible — loopy on a bad reaction between cold medicine and pain killers? A whole lot of alcohol?

    Also, his handlers did him a disservice by letting him onstage like this.

    If it’s just a bad reaction to some medicine… well, crap happens. I wouldn’t expect anyone to be 100% all the time, but for someone who wants to be president, he should surround himself with capable people who will prevent him from embarrassing himself this badly (or bombing some country if he were to be elected president).

  5. WR says:

    @Gustopher: Maybe he’s just stupid.

  6. Restless says:

    It’s 5 o’clock somewhere…

  7. James in LA says:

    But but but Dean Screamed!

  8. michael reynolds says:

    Oh, he’s stupid. Now he’s evidently stupid and drunk.

  9. Franklin says:

    I dunno. He does seem very loose but I tend to let things like this and the ‘Howard Dean scream’ slide. It’s actually kind of nice when they’re not so stiff.