If you haven’t seen the video of the “highlights” of Rick Perry’s speech at the Cornerstone Action Awards Dinner in New Hampshire last Friday, check it out below — this copy alone has already been viewed over 800,000 times. [Note that the Post has the full speech as well.]
I’ll leave others to decide whether Brother Rick was drunk, giddy, stoned or just feeling a little loose that night, but what fascinates me is how quickly this particular clip has affected how people see him as a candidate. Back in the pre-internet days, politicians could say different things to different crowds, or be a little “loose” on the stump here and there, and no one would know outside the particular hall in which the remarks were delivered. Even if a political journalist reported what someone had said, it was often buried somewhere in a local newspaper or seen only on local TV news.