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Jimmy Kimmel is shooting his show at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas, and his special guest was none other than Texas Governor Rick Perry.

“He is the longest serving governor in the history of this state,” Kimmel said. “He lives in a very old house right down the block from here. He comes directly from the trip hop tent at South by Southwest tonight.”

The audience started clapping as they do for the introduction of every guest. However, when Governor Rick Perry began to sit down, the boos started. “There is [sic] three places you wanna make sure you don’t wanna be introduced if you are in the business I am in,” Gov. Perry said, “a hockey match, a rock concert, and now the Jimmy Kimmel Show.”

Kimmel then said, “What have you done to make these people dislike you so much?”

The governor responded.  “I tell people, I said [sic] Austin is kinda the blueberry in the tomato soup in the state, if you will. It is a little different than the rest of the place. They do their part in keeping Austin weird.”

That blueberry in tomato soup implies a Liberal Austin in a sea of Conservative Texas. Of course that is completely false. The governor would do well to remember that the population centers in Texas are Travis County (Austin), Harris County (Houston), Dallas County (Dallas), Tarrant County (Fort Worth), Bexar County (San Antonio), and Nueces County (Corpus Christi). When these population centers are finally mobilized, the conservative Republicans that have been ruining the state will all be voted out.

Later in the interview the governor suggested that he would decriminalize marijuana. "We've kind of done that," Perry said. "You don't want to ruin a kid's life for having a joint." Perry gave strong hints that he will be running in 2016 for president of the United States. He said, “America is a great place for second chances."

Originally posted to ProgressiveLiberal on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 04:30 AM PDT.

Also republished by Houston Area Kossacks and Daily Kos.

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