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photo of rick perry post-transformation into secessionist teabagger asshole.Newsflash, we guess: Rick Perry miraculously sounds like a sentient human in a secret communique he typed to Hillary Clinton (!) at some point 18 years ago before the demons of compassion lost the battle for his soul. Perry wrote the letter as Texas Agricultural Commissioner to praise Clinton for her attempt at the time to begin reforming health care and requested Clinton consider rural Texas and its struggles to maintain medical access for its agricultural workers. “Rural populations have a high proportion of uninsured people, rising health care costs, and often experience lack of services,” Perry wrote to her with a voice showing concern for others so alien to the toxic sludge-flavored acid trip known as the Rick Perry Experience that we had to wonder: is it real? Apparently, since Rick Perry’s campaign immediately responded by defending him with a more familiar line: he had no clue what was really going on.

The full text of the letter can be seen here. One notable passage:

As the Agriculture Commissioner for the State of Texas, I have a strong interest in the problem of health care delivery to rural areas. Over 50 hospitals have closed in rural Texas since the mid-eighties. Most rural communities have problems with access to adequate health care due to shortage of physicians, clinics and hospitals within a safe driving distance.

And here is Rick Perry’s campaign today, from the DC:

“You need to read the letter,” top Perry political strategist Dave Carney told The Daily Caller. “He praised her efforts in trying to tackle the issue and urged her not to overlook rural Americans. The letter was at the onset of her efforts before she proposed anything. No one could have imagined the horrible monstrosity she cooked up, in fact not to be outdone until ObamaCare years later.”

Yes, good they avoided that horrible monstrosity from that very dark chapter of Rick Perry’s brief stint as a recognizable human and Texas Agricultural Commissioner. And then Texas went on to have the highest rate of uninsured Americans in the entire country under Governor Rick Perry, everyone was happy, the end. [The DC]

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