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Gov. Rick Perry is wasting no time in establishing his John Bircher/tea party credentials as he lashed out at Ben Bernanke and used thuggish and violent rhetoric to make his point.
Texas Governor Rick Perry, who entered the presidential campaign on Saturday, appeared to suggest a violent response would be warranted should Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke “print more money” between now and the election. Speaking just now in Iowa, Perry said, “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 treasonous in my opinion.” Treason is a capital offense.
Talking treason is something knows well since he has articulated his belief that Texas should secede from the U.S. The only thing that surprises me in this clip is that he didn't demand that America returns to the gold standard. If I were Ben, I'd stay clear of Texas. Perry seems to be in the race to take away Michele Bachmann's supporters so that Mitt Romney can be the nominee. And maybe Rick gets the VP job as a thanks. But any way you look at it, politicians in the United States of America should not be threatening individual members of the government. There's already been too much violence the last three years and some nut wouldn't hesitate to lash out at Ben.
What's even more hilarious is that Karl Rove, the mastermind behind one of the worst president's of all time is attacking Perry via GOP12:
This morning, Karl Rove called Rick Perry's comments on Ben Bernanke "deeply unfortunate."
"It's his first time on the national stage, and it was a very unfortunate comment. You don't accuse the chairman of the federal reserve of being a traitor to his country and being guilty of treason and suggesting that we treat him pretty ugly in Texas -- that's not, again, a presidential statement."
Here's the key, politically.
"It's not smart politics, either. Governor Perry is going to have to fight the impression that he's a cowboy from Texas. This simply added to it."
Faiz then adds:
Rove then argued that Perry and Bush are actually quite close:
[In 1998, Bush] moved heaven and earth to get Rick Perry elected as his running mate...I know from the perspective of the former president that he has a cordial, personal strong friendship of nearly two decades with the governor. I think that’s true of the governor too. But why he falls into this pattern of sounding like he’s being dismissive of the former president is not smart politics strategically or tactically.
Host Martha MacCallum observed, “It sounds like you feel like he’s been ungrateful to the Bushes.
Many other Bushies are joining in on the criticism. Let's get something straight: Rick Perry is not a novice at politicking. This wasn't a slip by a newbie. He's been around a long time and he's playing to the teabirchers that have overtaken the GOP and also he knows how unpopular George Bush is.
In response to a question from Danny Yadron of the Wall Street Journal, who asked Perry if he was suggesting that Obama didn’t love this country, Perry replied: ” I dunno, you need to ask him.”
Only WND, Oathers, Birthers and Newsmax supporters enjoy that kind of talk. Perry has been described as George Bush on steroids so guess who's joining his team?
The experts that he has reached out to include former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Doug Feith, former NSC strategy guru William Luti, former Assistant U.S. Attorney and National Review columnist Andrew McCarthy, former Pentagon official Charles "Cully" Stimson, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe Daniel Fata, former Pentagon China official Dan Blumenthal, the Heritage Foundation's Asia expert Peter Brookes, and former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalizad.
Politico reported that Donald Rumsfeld helped Perry set up the initial meeting with Feith, Luti, McCarthy, and Fata (Stimson was invited but couldn't attend), but there have been several more since then and the Perry team is continuing to fly in experts to meet with the Governor in Texas
Holy moley. He's made quite a splash. It's all intellectually incoherent, of course, but that's what makes him so darned attractive to the right wing.
The more incoherent he is, the more the beltway media will praise him as an excellent campaigner. Bet on it.