The Phony Campaign

2011-09-18 Update

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The Rick Perry Surge (which would be an excellent name for a rock band, should Governor Perry decide to pursue that career path) continues:

Query String Hit Count Change Since
"Rick Perry" phony 29,500,000 +15,800,000
"Barack Obama" phony 7,900,000 +460,000
"Sarah Palin" phony 4,870,000 +50,000
"Mitt Romney" phony 3,560,000 -340,000
"Jon Huntsman" phony 1,390,000 -30,000

  • Whatever Perry's problem with phoniness is, Michael Scherer of Time can't see it. After a YouTubed compilation of Perry's Texas TV campaign ads:

    … Scherer comments:

    Perhaps the only thing that beats a politician in chaps is that same politician walking through a sausage factory, all the while looking good and not at all phony. Meet Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whose long political career, is filled with high quality and effective television spots.
    These things are notoriously subjective, though. You might find that the "high quality and effective" spots remind you of nothing other than those 2am ads for personal injury lawyers.

  • Like a few million other people, I got mail from Jim Messina, President Obama's 2012 campaign manager, this week, announcing
    We all remember the birth certificate smear, the GOP's barrage of lies about the Affordable Care Act, and the string of other phony attacks on President Obama that we've seen over the past few years.
    My favorite lie about the Affordable Care Act was "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it" Who was saying that again?

    Oh, right:

  • By the way, extensive Pun Salad research reveals that Obama campaign manager Jim Messina may not actually be that Jim Messina. For one thing, his mama does dance and his daddy does (indeed) rock and roll.

  • Speaking of, you've probably already seen this but:

    Drat that Emmanuel Goldstein.

  • Apparently this isn't made up at all:
    This weekend, former Obama Spokesman and current Senior Strategist for Priorities USA Action Bill Burton attacked Mitt Romney as a "phony" for tweeting about his love of flying commercial, and of eating Subway sandwiches, in what Burton sees as an attempt to change his image with regular folk. In an email to reporters, Burton said the tweets show that Romney "is willing to do or say anything to become President, even if it means changing his positions, his appearance and his sandwich."
    You may now consider the bottom of the barrel scraped, phony-wise.

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