Well, I don't actually remember the third gaffe. But it's a good one. Oops
Oh wait, it's coming back to me now. That's right, he referred to Solyndra, the now-bankrupt solar panel manufacturer that received $535 million in federal loan guarantees, as a country, not a corporation.
While on a campaign stop a couple of days ago, he criticized the Obama administration for the loan deal and told a crowd of people
in Café Diem in Ames, Iowa:
"No greater example of it than this administration sending millions of dollars into the solar industry, and we lost that money. I want to say it was over $500 million that went to the country Solyndra."
We could solve the energy crisis right here and now if we could learn to harness Rick Perry's gaffes. The guy is a walking verbal bumble machine. Legend has it that just being in the same room with the guy will suck 10 points off your IQ. That actually would explain a lot about the current state of the Republican base.
I'll cut the guy some slack for the Woodrow Wilson flub (it's pretty clear he meant to say "century" instead of "decade") and who hasn't given a big political speech after tying on a good buzz? But he gets no pass for screwing up the facts around Solyndra. If he can't get the basic facts right about this somewhat complex issue which he's complaining about, he is in no position to complain. I understand that presidential candidates have packed schedules and don't have the time to really dig into every issue they have to talk about, but this is ridiculous.
Or in the world of the GOP presidential candidates, this is par for the course.
"Just booked our vacation: 10 days at the Montemayor Resort in sunny Solyndra"
*- an easy joke, I know, but this is the first Rick Perry article I've written, so I get one free pass.