"I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian, but you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school. As President, I’ll end Obama’s war on religion. And I’ll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage. Faith made America strong. It can make her strong again. I’m Rick Perry and I approve this message."
This ad has been running on youtube for six days. As of writing Perry's ad has been viewed 6,345,832 times with 20,931 likes, 660,779 dislikes. Elvis isn't even as popular as Rick Perry. Or as sexy but I digress.
This past Sunday, the ad's target, President Obama, dressed down his wife and the two of them took the girls to church. The first time the family has been to church since Easter Sunday. When you tabulate of all the other rest spots and golf courses this family has visited since Easter Sunday, this is a very successful and unexpected result.
Same boots one day later.
If all of this weren't enough success to cause marketing envy among the Cannes Gold Lion winning Team O, the ad that targeted Obama has flushed out the folks who always insist everything they are the targets of everything :
WAUKEE, IOWA - You know a candidate is having an interesting day on the trail when he starts out in an evangelical megachurch, testifying to his faith, and ends up in a college-town coffee shop being yelled at by a professor of Queer Studies. For Rick Perry, that was Sunday in Iowa. [...]
A relaxed and folksy Perry -- clearly feeling at home -- told the crowd how he felt 'a hole in my heart' as a young man in 1977, saying such a spiritual need "can only be filled by the Lord Jesus Christ." But the more pressing point of Perry's talk was to encourage evangelicals to become engaged in politics.
"There are those who say people of faith, you stay out of the public arena," Perry said. "But here's the fact: Our laws, and the things that we are engaged in as a country are going to be impacted by somebody's values, and the question is going to be, whose values? I happen to think that people of faith biblically are charged to go and be engaged in that debate."
After the service, Perry's big SUV headed north toward Ames, home of Iowa State University, where a crowd packed the Cafe Diem coffee shop on Main Street. That could be read as evidence of a Perry boomlet -- he has now climbed back into double-digit support in Iowa, although he's still fourth in the GOP race -- or the fact that on this Sunday Perry was the only game in town. His Ames event was filled with supporters, curious townfolk and reporters who didn't have anything else to cover.
Perry gave a routine speech on the deficit, health care, jobs. It was only after he finished that electricity ran through the crowd.
"Why are you marginalizing people in this country?" a man yelled at Perry. "Why are you demonizing gay and lesbian people?"
A second man began to yell. 'Why do you hate gay people so much?"
As most reasonable people have already concluded, no where in Rick Perry's ad (see copy above if necessary) did Rick "demonize", "marginalize" or say he "hates" gay people. The reality is the people who are claiming he did this are guilty themselves of marginalizing, demonizing, and fomenting hatred of Rick Perry. Rick Perry's ad merely pointed out --most successfully - that gays in this country do not have their sexuality marginalized if they choose to serve in the Armed Forces. Whereas, children who often have no choice especially with Obama's economy but to attend public schools have their faith marginalized every day in this country. Margianlized by the laws of this country. That's a very big difference.
As well as the truth. Nice job Team Perry.
Late this morning, news reports have it that retired (gay) Bishop Robinson, of the Episcopal Church has weighed in on Perry's ad. Keep flanning the worn out flames of intolerance Bish. It's worked so well for the membership of your church.
Team Perry hasn't tackled this one yet - give them time. But until they do, this is an excerpt of Rick Perry speaking (beautifully) off teleprompter at the GOP debate last Saturday night :
At yesterday afternoon's presser Obama had this to say about the downed drone:
"We have asked for it back. We'll see how the Iranians respond."
Last night Iran gave us their response via Imadinnerjacket on Venezualannightly TV:
'The Americans have perhaps decided to give us this spy plane. We now have control of this plane.'
Muddled is a polite word for Obama's foreign policy.
Hit harder Rick.