Bad Weather Prevents Rick Perry From Keynoting Virginia GOP Rebranding Retreat

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After losing races for Governor and Attorney General, the Virginia GOP has decided to bring in an expert on not blowing it in high-profile elections: our own Rick Perry.

Unfortunately, this weekend's bad weather kept Rick Perry from attending, which is probably the first lucky break the Virginia GOP has gotten all year.

The Republican Party's loss in the Virginia Governor's race is the first time in over four decades that the party not in control of the White House failed to win the year after a Presidential election. It's also the first time since the 19th century that any political party failed to win two consecutive terms in the Governor's mansion. (The VA Governor is limited to one term.)

Most pundits argue that it was the VA GOP candidates' extremist views on women's health, voting rights, and other issues that drove voters to elect Democrats instead.

So it's no wonder that the brain trust at the VA GOP has decided to bring in someone known for his astute political analysis and impressive intellectual feats: Rick “I Can't Remember Three Things” Perry.

Below the jump, read more about how Rick Perry is the exact kind of Republican that Virginia voters just rejected.The DNC put together this handy list of reasons why Rick Perry is exactly like the ultra-conservative far-right candidates that Virginia voters just rejected resoundingly in November 2013:

  • Rick Perry supported the strategy that shut down the government and cost the American economy $24 billion and supported a default on America's obligations – a catastrophe that could have caused Virginia's credit rating to tank.
  • Rick Perry signed historic legislation restricting women's health and closing women's health clinics. He also ended funding for Planned Parenthood, costing his state hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • Rick Perry refuses to expand Medicaid in Texas, calling it “foolish” and “like putting 1,000 more people on the Titanic.” Perry's refusal (which Texans oppose) is costing his state big – denying coverage to 1.5 million Texans and costing Texas about $10 billion.
  • Rick Perry is enacting a discriminatory voter ID law that may make it harder for minorities, women and the poor to vote.

If Rick Perry is the person the Republican GOP thinks can help them get back on a path to electoral victory… Then maybe those glasses he's been wearing really do make him look smarter!

In all seriousness, however, Rick Perry is just about the last person who can help set the GOP on a more moderate course. However, as a Democrat, I'm more than happy to encourage the GOP to continue to fail to learn from their mistakes!


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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. She is also a fan of UCONN women's basketball and breakfast tacos.

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