I'm already so sick the constant Perry Watch, and it's only August 2011.
We may have to get through MONTHS of this. If you do even a modicum of research, you'll find an interesting article about "Brain Biases & News" and see that people who are deemed attractive by our shallow US standards generally are considered Teflon-coated and given a "pass" on many things. (http://www.brainbiases.com/2008/11/beautiful-people-bias.html) That's one reason Sarah Palin won't go away, and why we're going to have to suffer through the Bachmann BS as well. Romney's not an issue because he's a ... dare I say it ... MORMON.
The more sentient beings, however, will see beneath the surface and begin to look at more substantive things like values, behaviors, etc. Do your own Rick Perry research and see where he really stands and what he's really done (TO us) during the past ten (okay, really 28) years. This government-tit hypocrite can't make up his mind on a variety of issues, and the way you can tell he's lying is when his mouth is open. Pukey.
As I've harped on many times, however, this is why reality TV exists. We have become an extremely shallow, easily distracted, frequently duped society suffering from ADD.
To quote a favorite movie line, "you people make my ass twitch."
There is also something out there called the "Gullibility Control Bias" - the tendency to become more gullible when we feel out of control. Do you feel in control of the current economic situation, yours or America's? That probably makes you more susceptible to buying the BS that our current 'elected representatives" spoon feed us regarding what's in OUR best interest, which just happens to make some of them millionaires while the rest of us watch our 401k's disappear along with our chance of getting anything out of the Social Security system that we have paid into for decades, etc. Do you feel 'entitled' to that money? How dare you.
There are all sorts of things we've been manipulated into buying/believing:
The Money Illusion: http://www.brainbiases.com/2009/03/money-illusion.html
The Self-Serving Bias: (this has Congress written all over it): http://www.brainbiases.com/2009/03/money-illusion.html
The Dunning-Kruger Effect: http://www.brainbiases.com/2009/04/dunning-kruger-effect.html
The Authority Bias: (aka Glenn Beck, you should really just kiss my a$$)
I could go on, but then you would miss out on the opportunity to fish for yourself.
Wake up, America. It's time to start thinking critically and not just swallowing the pablum.