The American media won’t hesitate to destroy a political career over a bad “moment.” The American public, of course, joins in with glee.
I remember the “Dean scream” with disdain. Not disdain directed at Howard Dean, but at the morons in the media who used the so-called scream to savage his campaign. With a media and a populace focused on substance and not on “moments,” there may have been a stronger Democratic nominee in 2004 and we may have avoided the re-election of George Bush. But it was not to be.
So, when Rick Perry’s campaign kick-off is greeted by MSNBC hosts with giddiness about his brain fart from 3 years ago, you know, the “oops” moment, it annoyed me. I’d never support Rick Perry for anything, let alone the presidency, but continuing to rake him over the coals for something that any honest person among us would admit could easily happen to him is distasteful, to say the least.
Some “moments” are telling. When Jan Brewer couldn’t deliver an opening statement, it was a sign she lacked intellect, something she’s confirmed over and over again. That’s different. The public needed to know about that. But not being able to recall a word? We haven’t all been there before? I know I have. More than once.
There’s so much to go after Rick Perry for. His record as Governor of Texas is despicable. And he may be the first person to announce his candidacy while under indictment. So, what does it say about us if we focus on a mental lapse instead of the substantive stuff? I don’t know, but I do know this: The next time someone we like goes down in a similar circumstance and we want to understand why, we’ll know where to look. The mirror.