What is it about Ricks lately that's making them be such spotlight mongers?
First off, we have Rick Perry, governor of Texas. Glomming onto the tax-day teabag parties to bogart a little “We Hate Obama” and/or “Taxes Ain't Fair” mojo, Perry made not-so-thinly veiled statements about his Lonestar State's possible move toward secession from the union: "There's a lot of different scenarios," Perry said. "We've got a great union. There's absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we're a pretty independent lot to boot."
Problem is, Perry is wrong about Texas even having the right to do so. The state could split into four states, but can't actually secede. Still, he fomented the crowd into a frenzy with proclamations such as, "I'm just not real sure you're a bunch of right-wing extremists. But if you are, we're with you." Nice.
All of this — along with his rejection of $550 million in stimulus support — is part of his ramp-up to the 2010 governor's race in which he faces a Republican challenger to the tune of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
Second Rick up to bat, is Pastor Warren who is trying to re-write his history with California's Proposition 8. He recently told Larry King, "In the first place, I am not an anti-gay or anti-gay marriage activist. I never have been, never will be. During the whole Proposition 8 thing, I never once went to a meeting, never once issued a statement, never — never once even gave an endorsement in the two years Prop 8 was going." Except that he did:
This about-two-face is not only puzzling to the LGBT community, but to the religious right, as well. Says Bishop Harry Jackson, "I really respect Pastor Warren, but his stance will hurt the evangelical church. He is being politically correct instead of biblically courageous."
Batting clean-up, as usual, is a Rick in Dick's clothing — one Mr. Chatty, I mean, Mr. Cheney who, all of a sudden, is being the media's best buddy whilst clamoring for full disclosure of CIA memos pertaining to all this torture mumbo jumbo. Rachel Maddow and a Cheney documentarian laid it out nicely last night:
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So, what gives, Ricks? You guys think we the people can't spot hypocrisy when we see it? Not one of you is slick enough to pull it off. I'm calling shenanigans on the whole lot.