Many in the Republican Party considered tonight’s CNN debate a make-or-break event for Rick Perry, and he came out swinging against the frontrunner Mitt Romney, particularly on an issue close to the hearts of Texans, illegal immigration. In one of what would become a number of crosstalk bits where referee Anderson Cooper had to split up the fighters, there was clearly little love lost between the two from the moment Perry accused Romney of holding a position on immigration that was “the height of hypocrisy.”
Actually, he said the “heighth of hypocrisy.” WTF? There is no such word as heighth!!!!!! (Can you tell that’s one of my pet peeves?) By the way, Governor Little Ricky Goodhair likes to brag that he was educated in Texas.
While the two maintained a level of respect for each other that others did not exhibit to candidates not on the podium, it was clear from the moment that Perry turned to Romney on the relationship between illegal immigration and jobs that he meant to hit hard. “Mitt,” he began, “you lose all of your standing in my perspective for hiring illegals in your home and knowing about it for a year.” Romney laughed, apparently confused, as he concluded that this was “on its face the height of hypocrisy.” After a bit of crosstalk, Romney finally got a word in, though the word was procedural rather than substantive: “the way the rules work here is that I get sixty seconds and you get thirty seconds to respond,” he quipped.
Wussie Mittsie yelled for Mommy Anderson Cooper to intervene. Ryan Seacrest Cooper just stood back, thought about how pissed he was that he wasn’t allowed to wear a tight T-shirt that shows off his guns, and allowed the poo-flinging to continue.
“This has been a tough couple of debate for Rick, and I understand you’re going to get testy.” Rather than swatting him away the way he did Rick Santorum previously, he retorted, “if you want to become President of the United States, you have to let people speak.”
Oh, and he did finally respond that he had no idea what Perry was talking about, before being reminded that it was a company he temporarily hired for his lawn that had hired the illegal immigrants and Romney summarily fired upon finding out.
Actually, what he said was this:
So we went to the company, and we said, ‘Look, you can’t have any illegals working on our property. I’m running for office, for Pete’s sake! I can’t have illegals!
So, if you’re not running for office, it’s perfectly okay to have “illegals” working for you, Mittsie?
(Video at MEDIAITE link)