Rich Lowry’s Memory Failings

Rich Lowry’s Memory Failings November 15, 2011

The National Review’s Rich Lowry responds to Rick Perry’s memory meltdown during Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate by saying:

That might be the most uncomfortable moment I’ve ever witnessed in presidential politics.

No, Rich. The most uncomfortable — and endlessly amusing — moment in presidential politics came in 2008, when Sarah Palin winked at you and sent you scurrying for a box of kleenex and some hand lotion:

‘m sure I’m not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, “Hey, I think she just winked at me.” And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America. This is a quality that can’t be learned; it’s either something you have or you don’t, and man, she’s got it.

That ought to be the most embarrassing thing ever said by anyone since the beginning of time itself.

"Damn it! They forgot to invite the Unitarians, again."

Another Right Wing Nut Plots to ..."
"Here's a book first published in 1991 that lays out much of what weare coming ..."

Trump Pick to Head Climate Change ..."
"Added to that; an anthrax infection of the lungs is almost invariably fatal."

Another Right Wing Nut Plots to ..."
"Both can work through injection.Most cases of Anthrax are infections of the skin and, frankly, ..."

Another Right Wing Nut Plots to ..."

Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!


TRENDING AT PATHEOS Nonreligious
What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment
  • Mr Ed

    It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America.

    I don’t advocate taking psycho-active recreational drugs but if you do have a straight friend with you so you don’t do something stupid, like endorse Sarah Palin.

  • d cwilson

    Lowry has to be the only person in the world besides Palin herself who thought she was doing well in that debate. Neither of them seemed to understand that it wasn’t a beauty pageant.

  • eric

    That might be the most uncomfortable moment I’ve ever witnessed in presidential politics.

    I thought the SNL send up of it wasn’t bad (can’t say the same about the rest of the show). Mitt saying “I want to be President…but not like this” really captured just how bad it was.

  • Pieter B

    when Sarah Palin winked at you and sent you scurrying for a box of kleenex and some hand lotion

    My officemate looks at me funny when I make rude noises. Good thing I’d finished my coffee.

  • Aquaria

    No, Rich. The most uncomfortable — and endlessly amusing — moment in presidential politics came in 2008, when Sarah Palin winked at you and sent you scurrying for a box of kleenex and some hand lotion:

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    As soon as I read Rick’s sniveling, I thought the same thing. It was something a 9 year old would say about the brown-haired girl with the snaggled teeth.

  • emc2

    Sorry, but when it comes to uncomfortable moments, especially in debates, nothing compares to Admiral Stockdale.

  • Modusoperandi

    Hold on… Is America learning? Does the “instinctually intelligent but habitually lazy Texan” thing not look so good this time around? Or is it just because he’s not good at dogwhistling the Base (while still sounding moderate for the rest)? Or is it because the media isn’t playing along this time?

    So many questions, so little time.

  • lofgren

    Every single thing that Lowry writes should be followed by a reminder that he once wrote that.

  • duck1887

    OMG I remember Admiral Stockdale! Phew, that was indeed squirmy. But these guys are comparable, like Cain yesterday on Libya.

    Also, I agree with d cwilson (#2): the line that gets me from that Lowry quote isn’t the one about “starbursts” – it’s “when she knew she was doing well”. Wow, that’s some serious detachment from reality there.

  • coryat

    For sheer density of stupid I’m going to have to nominate Ilana Mercer’s

    “[…]liberal and permissive narrative about sexuality that serves to denude sex of its Randian majesty and meaning.”

    That manages to be confusing, counter-intuitive, embarrassing, pretentious and annoying all at once!