Amateur Hour

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on October 26, 2011

It’s nice to see that Rick Perry thinks that Barack Obama is an American citizen, and has been since birth, but one wonders why he felt that “kidding” about the issue would get his candidacy anywhere, especially when the “kidding” in question helped step all over Perry’s rollout of his tax plan yesterday.

I have a hard time believing that much of Perry’s campaign staff will find the “kidding” to have been all that humorous in the long run:

Speaking of shooting oneself in the foot, anyone want to explain why Mitt Romney–who I thought had learned something from his mistakes in the 2008 campaign–has decided to give credence to all of the charges that he is a flip-flopper, with no core convictions of his own? If you go to Ohio as a Republican Presidential candidate, you have to be prepared to answer questions regarding what the Republican Governor of the state is doing to address an issue as politically sensitive as collective bargaining. Unfortunately, Romney chose instead to look unprepared, unprincipled, and completely afraid of taking a stand.

It remains an open question as to whether the bad economy will sink Barack Obama in 2012, or whether garden-variety bumbling will sink whichever Republican candidate gets nominated. But over the past 24 hours, two of the top Republican candidates appear to have decided to do their best possible imitations of the Chicago Black Sox. The White House and the Democratic party must be absolutely delighted.

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