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Early-onset dementia victim Rick Perry managed to flub a basic question in his only known area of expertise, “gay stuff,” after a town hall participant asked him to explain how he manages to reconcile his constant, vapid harping about limited government with his public opposition as Texas governor to the 2003 Supreme Court case that ruled same-sex anti-sodomy laws an unconstitutional intrusion of government — an opposition that Rick Perry has evidently forgotten about. His response is a bewildered stare off into space as he repeats a few words, and if you look hard you can almost see the thought bubble forming over the top of his head reading, “Shit, gay sex is legal now?”

That lasts for a few seconds before his wires pick up an EARTH TO RICK PERRY signal from the crowd, and he moves into autopilot with a rant about government spending. As usual, however, the mean reporters can’t just let it go.

From ABC News:

Asked by Ken Herman, a columnist with the Austin American Statesman, for clarification on whether he knew what the case concerned, Perry responded, “I’m not taking the bar exam…I don’t know what a lot of legal cases involve.”

When told that the Supreme Court case struck down the Texas sodomy law, Perry said, “My position on traditional marriage is clear and I don’t know need a law. I don’t need a federal law case to explain it to me.”

The Texas governor referenced Lawrence v. Texas in his 2010 book Fed Up!, calling it one of the court cases in which “Texans have a different view of the world than do the nine oligarchs in robes.”

That’s right, y’all. There’s only allowed to be one oligarch, and he only gets to wear fancy gay cowboy boots, and be named Rick Perry. [ABC News]

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