GOP Fun House: The Desperation of Rick Perry

PolitiFact is finally, at long last, calling Rick Perry out for being the liar that he is. From the debate in New Hampshire yesterday:

Asked if he agreed with Sen. John McCain that President Barack Obama “is a patriot,” Perry replied:

“I make a very proud statement and, in fact ,that we have a president that’s a socialist. I don’t think our founding fathers wanted America to be a socialist country. So I disagree with that premise that somehow or another that President Obama reflects our founding fathers. He doesn’t. He talks about having a more powerful, more centralized, more consuming and costly federal government.

The PolitiFact story is here.

This is from a O’Reilly factor transcript back in November of 2011:

O’REILLY: Do you think he’s a socialist? Do you think…

PERRY: Absolutely.

O’REILLY: You do — a hardcore socialist.

PERRY: Yes, sir I think Barack Obama is a socialist. I think he believes that — when you — when you talk about printing money and — and spending government money, and trying to spread it out as that conversation that he had with “Joe the Plumber,” you know, kind of redistribute the wealth.

via Rick Perry ‘Absolutely’ Believes Obama Is a Socialist – Interviews – The O’Reilly Factor – Fox News.

Perry isn’t alone. This has been a GOP meme since 10 minutes after Obama was sworn in. Okay. Maybe a month after Obama was sworn in? It’s this kind of lie that lowers the U.S. status in the world. Obama in 2012. I know, big surprise.

Sorry kids, long time readers knew this was coming. It’s only going to get better as the year progresses.