While the CPAC photo-op of the week must so far go to Mitch McConnell’s rifle shot (take that Tea Party challenger), a close second would be Rick Perry’s new Swifty Lazar glasses.
Lazar, the iconic Hollywood agent, made his thick black eyeglass frames a lasting signature. (By the way it was Humphrey Bogart who came up with the “Swifty” nickname for getting him three movie deals in a single day).
Perry is not known for being swift at anything other than his brief 2012 presidential campaign, which lasted about as long as it takes to chew a stick of gum. It turned out the much-heralded lion from Texas couldn’t help gnawing off his own limbs with dumb remarks, or in the case of a memorably embarrassing debate performance, forgetting top lines from his own stump speech, followed by his famous “Oops.”
It is a scientific fact that stupid people think glasses make you look smart. And if nothing else Perry does know his constituency.
Perry aides insist they are prescription glasses, not a fashion statement. We’ll have to wait for the medical records to be sure.