PERRY: DRUNK? I'M NOT SURE. BECK-LIKE? DEFINITELY.
Rick Perry's campaign is taking on more and more water. Here's the latest:
Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry raised some eyebrows Friday night with a speech performance in Manchester, N.H., that was unusually expressive....
The video below is not a full version of his remarks. It is a carefully edited montage designed to highlight the giddiest and strangest moments of a roughly 25-minute speech....
Gawker was more succinct, asking, "Just How Drunk Is Rick Perry in This Video?"
See, I don't think he's necessarily drunk. What he reminds me of is a slightly less amped-up Glenn Beck:
Do you see it? Same compulsive, jittery jokiness. Same hyper gestures. No, he didn't pretend to set anyone on fire, but this clip is extreme even for Beck. Perry's like Beck on a (for want of a better word) normal day. And his style has just a bit more drawl in it. So think of it as a combination of Beck and George W. Bush -- two ex-substance abusers, for what it's worth. But I'm not sure he's drunk so much as clinically manic.