Ladies and Germs, Here’s Your Possibly No Longer Already R Frontrunner – UPDATED with photo!

Rick Perry’s Serious Unforced Error « Commentary Magazine

 

Today in Iowa, Rick Perry was asked about the Federal Reserve and, in a halting 45-second answer, went off on chairman Ben Bernanke: “If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I dunno what y’all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost teacherous…treasonous in my opinion.” The clip is here.  Liberals on Twitter exploded immediately in outrage after Think Progress posted it, with the economist Nouriel Roubini actually comparing Perry to the Norwegian mass murderer and saying he should be put in a mental institution.

I think it’s pretty clear from the clip that Perry was trying to play folksy straight-talkin’ populist guy while taking up a complicated issue, using colorful dirt-kicker language to connect to his al-fresco audience as he might in his home town of Paint Creek. And in the early going on Twitter, I suggested the harrumphers were knowingly making a mountain out of a molehill to bring him down a notch. I was wrong.

 He’s trying to be the next president, and he needs to be judged on that standard. What Perry did was make a thoughtless blunder, an unforced error; we’re now going to spend a couple of days discussing whether he was summoning violence on Ben Bernanke’s head or not, which is of absolutely no use to Perry. He is, or was, moments away from becoming the race’s frontrunner, and what is in his interest is to harness the excitement of his late entry with qualities of leadership and control that will rally the majority of Republicans unhappy with the choices facing them to his side. Rick Perry made that more difficult today; this was a serious rookie mistake on the national stage.

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Rick Perry’s Texas A&M Class Photos [PIC]

 

Rick Perry's Texas A&M Class Photos


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  1. Of coarse, JPod don’t wanna have to ‘mit that Perry’s talk about

    “treasonous Jew bankers stabbing America in the backside” is gonna play jess fine and “energize the basest”

    this isn’t going to harm him with Repub primary voters at all.

  2. We may be doomed/privileged to discover just how truly broken our “political system” (our collective self) is.

    He and his rhetoric should be completely out of bounds. If it turns out not to be, then we are already further down the path of Weimarization than anyone who isn’t also out of bounds has wanted to consider.

  3. If there was possibly the worst way to present that argument, he found it, ‘it must be a gift’ but Argentina ‘it’s what’s for dinner’

  4. Perry’s way of presenting things works real good with rednecks and Christianists, miggs, other folks appreciate him a little less.

    Latino Leaders Give Perry Lukewarm Response

    Perry then played to the crowd as best he could, and mentioned the Latinos he’s appointed to office, including Secretary of State Esperanza “Hope” Andrade, Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Director José Cuevas.

    “That is the right job for that man,” Perry said in reference to Cuevas’ name. The comment drew some light chuckles.

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