Just when you think Rick Perry can’t sink any lower. The other day Governor Barn Jacket seemed to believe that Canada was the 51st state (a smashing beginning to what I’m sure would be a series of foreign policy triumphs for the Perry administration), but what he said today really takes the cow patty cake:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry admitted Thursday that he didn’t know about the Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas, a case decided while he was governor which struck down the state’s anti-sodomy law and similar laws in 13 others.
Governor Barn Jacket tried to slough it off as some kind of gotcha question:
“I wish I could tell you I knew every Supreme Court case. I don’t, I’m not even going to try to go through every Supreme Court case, that would be — I’m not a lawyer,” Perry said at the Blue Strawberry Coffee Shop here. “We can sit here and you know play I gotcha questions on what about this Supreme Court case or whatever, but let me tell you, you know and I know that the problem in this country is spending in Washington, D.C., it’s not some Supreme Court case.”
This is not a minor flub, it’s not a gotcha question (“Who was Paul Revere?” “What newspapers do you read?” Now those are gotcha questions.) Here is a landmark case that was decided while Perry was governor that goes right to the heart of the deep contradiction that is the conservative view on homosexuality, which is that government has no place in our private lives except to prevent sweaty couplings in the privacy of one’s own bedroom should said coupling include more than one (1) male and one (1) female or involve acts deemed Unnatural by the local scolds obsessed with what other consenting adults do in the sack. (And note to Ron Paul fans: sodomy laws are precisely the kind of nonsense that gets enacted when we give power back to the states.) Perry’s opposition to the overturning of anti-sodomy laws makes no kind of sense beyond pure bigotry, and yet the guy does not even bother to learn the facts, let alone work out the inherent contradiction. He just believes whatever the baby Jesus tells him to believe, I guess.