Apparently Rick Perry figured now was the time to get out his dumbest statements. While much of the nation — but most importantly the national media — was obsessed with their own problems.

And this is Rick Perry and dumb on the Rick Perry scale is pretty impressive.

“It is a Ponzi scheme for these young people. The idea that they’re working and paying into Social Security today, that the current program is going to be there for them, is a lie,” Perry said. “It is a monstrous lie on this generation, and we can’t do that to them.”

Put that together with his declaration that Social Security is unconstitutional and you have an idea of just how right the far right has become. Even touching the program that used to be the the third rail, now the arguments made by conservatives in the mid-1930s are STILL cutting edge conservative ideas.

If our national media was paying attention this weekend you could assume that would be it for this candidate, he’d be politically finished (not to mention he conveniently makes the Cat Food Commission look like the moderates they dream of themselves as being). But, of course, the national media paid no attention, so it might as well have never happened.