Earlier this week, I gave Rick Santorum props for defending his use of an expletive to respond to a particularly nettlesome journalist by saying, "If you haven't cursed out a New York Times reporter during the presidential campaign, you aren't a real Republican." At the time, I called it the best line of the 2012 campaign. The ruling still stands, but -- luckily for Santorum -- only because Rick Perry is no longer a candidate.
Over the weekend, Perry gave a speech at Washington's Gridiron Club dinner, an annual event that marks the one time a year when politicians are allowed to be actual funny instead of Washington funny. And as reports come out, it seems that the Governor of Texas killed it. There are pretty extensive excerpts in this report from Business Insider, but here are a few of his best offerings:
I like Mitt Romney. I mean, I like Mitt Romney as much as one really good-looking man can like a really good-looking man and not break Texas law.
“I used to have SO much fun needling Rick [Santorum]. I’d say, ‘Now, Rick, tell me again, which one of the Village People are you? You’re the policeman? Or you’re the Indian?’”
Perry also noted that he majored in animal husbandry at Texas A&M, which he said is "what Santorum thinks happens as a result of gay marriage."
Pretty good material, which brings a thought to mind: Rick Perry has some more time on his hands these days and Rob Long has a sitcom to shoot. Just saying.