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Rick Perry’s Brain Lockdown and a Lesson in Media Math

I have to admit, watching Rick Perry not be able to remember part 3 of an equation he has probably recited hundreds of times on the stump made me feel very sympathetic.

You see, I do this about once every three weeks, and it is always a result of my mind being three-four sentences ahead of my mouth. When any sidebar steps in I lose my place, every time.

It’s not a big deal. In fact, it’s a little deal, and anyone who understands this very normal occurrence to people who have to store up volumes of information…most of it trivia compared to the actual task of being president…will think no more of.

So, Rick Perry lost no points with me, and quite frankly, had this even occurred to someone I don’t particularly like, except maybe Obama and the Democrat leadership, I’d feel equally sympathetic.

Lessons in Media Math

But have you read today’s blogs and internet news? This incident is being spread like wildfire, but again only among a few hundred thousand wonkish readers in the morning. But by 7 PM, all the major news networks will have run their spreads and sound bytes, so then ordinary citizens around the country on the national news broadcasts will also know about this slip up in a mud hole. Now we’re up to maybe 25% in all.

Therein lies a lesson, for you see, Rick Perry’s brain lockdown tells us nothing about Rick Perry, either as a man or potential president.

But it tells us volumes about the media and blogosphere pundit-class out there, including many of whom are conservatives.

There’s a math to this drama that can help you understand everything the media does, including our own conservative media talking heads.

Imagine sitting in a school auditorium or church and a kid flubs his lines or Bible verse.

Ever see that? Ever notice how the rest of the audience sort of stirs restlessly in their seats, with low murmurs, til finally, after 10-15 seconds that seems like a Methodist stem-winder, the kid gets an off-stage cue which brings him back to his part, and he finishes his lines?

The kid is mortified, which lasts about a day. Locks himself in the room at night, then a little teasing at school next day.

But notice how no one in the audience just breaks out into a belly laugh…you know, because it’s not their kid, but someone else’s poor kid? This is because a version of the Golden Rule applies here, “Wish unto others as you would have them wish unto you.”

My point is, who is being judged here is not Rick Perry, but the audience. In particular, our audience of conservatives.

So if you didn’t know, most of the audience to the live presentation of last night’s CNBC debate were in fact members of the media and pundit class. More ordinary Americans, ordinary Republicans, ordinary conservatives and ordinary likely-Perry voters were all watching the Bones marathon on channel 47.

Not a lot of people saw it.

Now, I can understand the leftwing media, who’re all rooting for Romney anyway, and the RINO media, who make up (tops) 25% of the Republican electorate, wanting to crow about Perry’s little misstep, and try to turn it into a big stumble.

By why would conservatives, who make up the only voting bloc large enough to take down Obama in anything resembling a landslide? I can see no profit in Herman Cain’s people guffawing over Rick Perry’s bad luck here any more than I can find in Gingrich, Santorum, Bachmann and Perry making sport over that leftwing-planted cross burning in Herman Cain’s front yard right now.

Now I’m not naming names as I looked at Drudge only. But a lot of Perry pundits will likely be backing water right now for probably only one reason, which involves the one compelling rule of almost all the media, and that is:

What will my colleagues think if I still hang with Rick Perry?

Rick Perry has embarrassed them. Much of the “Perry showed his behind” literature today will come from conservatives who are looking over their shoulders wondering who will be sniggering at them if they come to Perry’s defense and hold to Perry as their man.

So yes, it’s true, the media class is not composed of real men, for the most part.

It is to protect themselves that most media feeding frenzies are born, and as both Herman Cain and Rick Perry can attest, truth, fact, or common sense dare not get in the way.

Don’t worry, Rick Perry will be back. He’s not my No 1, but he will make a fine president, and nothing he’s done lately minimizes that fact.

 

vassarbushmills
Citizen With Bark On

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  1. I have seen already this morning what you speak of VB. PC rules. I am reminded of many outlets, particularly NRO where almost every one of it’s staff and contributors first hastily agreed with Breitbart in the USDA woman’s apparent racist rant, and then when presented with another tape, hastily demanded that Breitbart apologize. In the end, you had to be a real news junkie to follow the story on out and find that not only was Breitbart vindicated – false racism, fraud and reparations was at play – but the woman was indeed a closet racialist and in league with the mongers at NAACP, and was the recipient of tons of taxpayer money, although Breitbart never was focused on her, but on the USDA and the NAACP.

  2. The dinosaur media and the left (but I repeat myself)can’t understand why we would continue to support Rick Perry when he clearly isn’t the orator their little man-god is. Just listen to Mr. Greatest Orator In The World speak when he doesn’t have TOTUS there to prompt him along.

  3. Another input to the media math (love it Vassar) is the fact that the multitudes are headed to BlogCon in Denver today.

    V You sure hit it out of the park on the reputation wimps. Best to dump on the down-but-not-out candidate so as to not sully their pristine reps (gag).

  4. The pundits (even on ‘our’ side, if you can find any) had previously decreed that Perry’s ‘under-performance’ in the earlier debates mandated improvement if he was to remain at all viable. Given that, any teeny deviation from perfection would be piled on, to ensure the continuance of the template. Especially a gaffe that reinforces the characterization that ‘he’s just dumb’. Rank hypocrisy & cowardice on display for all to see, from those who are piling on. And I still place myself among the undecided; the Illinois primary isn’t until March next year.

    • Funny too, MrRiggio. I don’t recall GWB winning a single debate against the more polished Gore or Kerry. I don’t think he misunderestimated them, either. The people know, that’s what matters.

      What I want to see is a conservative coalition, unanimity, coming our of this campaign. Remember, if a McCain RINO gets the nod, as many as 6 million conservatives will stay home again (as much as I lament this, I still think it’s true) but if a conservative gets the nod, maybe 1 million Castle-like RINOs stay home. But our conservative will bring over 3-4 million new Reagan Democrats, people the RINO’s won’t even reach out to.

      Let the good times roll/

  5. I remember when the media went into a frenzy when GWB mispronounced “nuclear” as “nukuler.” Just because someone is a great orator, doesn’t make him/her fit to hold office. I would much rather have someone who will uphold the Constitution, not keep making end-runs around Congress, not appoint dept. heads who should be in prison for life, and not turn the country toward socialism even if he/she isn’t the best speaker; than a crook who doesn’t miss a beat while talking.

  1. I have seen already this morning what you speak of VB. PC rules. I am reminded of many outlets, particularly NRO where almost every one of it’s staff and contributors first hastily agreed with Breitbart in the USDA woman’s apparent racist rant, and then when presented with another tape, hastily demanded that Breitbart apologize. In the end, you had to be a real news junkie to follow the story on out and find that not only was Breitbart vindicated – false racism, fraud and reparations was at play – but the woman was indeed a closet racialist and in league with the mongers at NAACP, and was the recipient of tons of taxpayer money, although Breitbart never was focused on her, but on the USDA and the NAACP.

  2. The dinosaur media and the left (but I repeat myself)can’t understand why we would continue to support Rick Perry when he clearly isn’t the orator their little man-god is. Just listen to Mr. Greatest Orator In The World speak when he doesn’t have TOTUS there to prompt him along.

  3. Another input to the media math (love it Vassar) is the fact that the multitudes are headed to BlogCon in Denver today.

    V You sure hit it out of the park on the reputation wimps. Best to dump on the down-but-not-out candidate so as to not sully their pristine reps (gag).

  4. The pundits (even on ‘our’ side, if you can find any) had previously decreed that Perry’s ‘under-performance’ in the earlier debates mandated improvement if he was to remain at all viable. Given that, any teeny deviation from perfection would be piled on, to ensure the continuance of the template. Especially a gaffe that reinforces the characterization that ‘he’s just dumb’. Rank hypocrisy & cowardice on display for all to see, from those who are piling on. And I still place myself among the undecided; the Illinois primary isn’t until March next year.

    • Funny too, MrRiggio. I don’t recall GWB winning a single debate against the more polished Gore or Kerry. I don’t think he misunderestimated them, either. The people know, that’s what matters.

      What I want to see is a conservative coalition, unanimity, coming our of this campaign. Remember, if a McCain RINO gets the nod, as many as 6 million conservatives will stay home again (as much as I lament this, I still think it’s true) but if a conservative gets the nod, maybe 1 million Castle-like RINOs stay home. But our conservative will bring over 3-4 million new Reagan Democrats, people the RINO’s won’t even reach out to.

      Let the good times roll/

  5. I remember when the media went into a frenzy when GWB mispronounced “nuclear” as “nukuler.” Just because someone is a great orator, doesn’t make him/her fit to hold office. I would much rather have someone who will uphold the Constitution, not keep making end-runs around Congress, not appoint dept. heads who should be in prison for life, and not turn the country toward socialism even if he/she isn’t the best speaker; than a crook who doesn’t miss a beat while talking.

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