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This Week: Ross Perot

Ross PerotTexas businessman H. Ross Perot assembled one of the most surprising presidential campaigns of the 1990s. Perot’s unorthodox approach mixed grass-roots networking with expensive media exposure and earned him an auspicious 20 million votes in 1992. By 1996, however, his support in the polls had dropped by more than half.

The man who’s been called a “hand grenade with a bad haircut” has been uncharacteristically quiet amid the recent federal budget debates, offering nary a sound bite, much less one of his infamous infomercials. Is Perot’s recent silent treatment a strategic wait-in-the-wings, or are his political days finally over?

  1. Perot once described Washington, D.C., as a town…

    with “a broken arm.”
    full of people who “shoot off Roman candles.”
    “just like my Texarkana backyard.”
    just “like a crazy aunt we keep down in the basement.”
    whose “alabaster city gleams, undimmed by human tears.”

  2. What reason did Perot give for leaving the U.S. Navy?

    He was sick of “godless…drunken tales of moral emptiness.”
    Too much of a job and not enough of an adventure.
    Chronic seasickness.
    Tired of hanging around with a “bunch of plain people.”
    It was a “brutal, dirty, thankless job.”

  3. What did Perot predict would happen with the passage of NAFTA?

    It would “increase the chances that the Japanese would try to export sushi and data chips.”
    It would “turn Washington into a town where they tell fairy tales, have little Chinese fire drills, and play Lawrence Welk music.”
    It would “not affect me at all.”
    It would “worsen the water quality in Little Rock. That place is full of $40-a-month flophouses with spiders runnin’ up the ceiling and brown water comin’ outa the kitchen sink.”
    It would “create a giant sucking sound as American jobs went to Mexico.”

  4. What is a favorite Perot-ian phrase?

    “These people work for us.”
    “The deficit is a wave we can’t ride.”
    “PACs are politically asinine crooks.”
    “Playing defense, not offense.”
    “It’s just that simple.”

  5. Journalist Robert Fitch once called Perot “America’s first _______.”

    nouveau riche billboard
    welfare billionaire
    pint-sized robber baron
    tele-populist
    zealot tycoon

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Ted Rueter is the author of several books on politics, including The Newt Gingrich Quiz Book and The Rush Limbaugh Quiz Book.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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