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Perry’s Bernanke slam sparks Republican ire

By DOUG THOMPSON
August 17, 2011

Rick Perry: The mouth that roared?

Didn’t take long for Texas Gov. and GOP Presidential wannabe Rick Perry to get into trouble with even the right-wing of the Republican Party with his shoot-from-the-lip style of attack politics.

Conservative leaders of the GOP aren’t happy with Perry’s claim that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is “treasonous.”

“If this guy prints more money between now and the election,” Perry said in Iowa. “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 treacherous…err…treasonous in my opinion.”

Democrats, of course, jumped all over Perry’s remarks but his comments also pissed off the right.

“You can’t accuse the chairman of the Federal Reserve of being a traitor to his country, of being guilty of treason,” GOP political guru Karl Rove said on Fox News. “And suggesting that we treat him pretty ugly in Texas. You know, that is not, again, a presidential statement.”

Rove once worked with Perry but left the Texas governor’s campaign when Perry’s off-the-cuff statements dissed George W. Bush loyalists.

Another former aide in the Bush White House called on Perry to apologize for the remarks, saying Perry’s words reflect “the kind of blustering, unthinking comment that Perry’s critics expect of him.”

Wrote Peter Wehner in an article on the Commentary Magazine web site:

Why he would play to stereotype is hard to fathom. Or, perhaps he’s simply being himself. We’ll find out soon enough. In the meantime Perry ought to offer a retraction and apology—and then offer a serious intellectual critique of why he believes Ben Bernanke is pursuing injurious policies.

On Twitter, former Bush deputy press secretary Tony Fratto said: “Gov. Perry’s comments about Chmn. Bernanke are inappropriate and unpresidential.”

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum joined the bash-Perry campaign Tuesday, saying the Texas governor’s style sounds like comments from liberal Michigan Democrat John Conyers, former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

Said Santorum on CNN:

Well his comments about Ben Bernanke, they were completely out of bounds. I don’t agree with Ben Bernanke’s policies… but to me the rhetoric that Rick Perry used was sort of the rhetoric I would expect from a John Conyers, talking about President Bush and saying he should be impeached. We don’t do that. We don’t impeach people, we don’t charge people with treason because we disagree with them on public policy. You might say that they’re wrong, you might say lots of things about how misguided they are, but you don’t up the ante to that type of rhetoric. It’s out of place, and hopefully Gov. Perry will step back and recognize that we’re not in Texas anymore.

While Perry’s bombastic comments fit right into the style of politics that appeal to tea party activists they don’t sit well with more reasoned conservatives who worry if his mouth hurts the party’s efforts to recapture the White House in 2012.

“He’s just another loose cannon in a field of loose cannons,” one GOP activist tells Capitol Hill Blue.  “We don’t need any bomb throwers.”

 

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11 Responses to Perry’s Bernanke slam sparks Republican ire

  1. griff

    August 17, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Perry is just another opportunistic parasite that will say or do any thing to get votes.

    Kinda like the guy in the White House right now.

  2. Sandune

    August 17, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Comments on Governor Rick Perry

    He is being compared to a swaggering Texan in the mode of “Duke” Wayne. Let me explain why this annoys me…… I knew the Duke and in his wildest sprees would he ever have allowed an insult made on any standing President. He loved America with a passion that came through in every role he ever played. He was the epitome of American standards whether in war or fighting for his land in the west. So in my book Perry insults the reputation of our Duke Wayne.

    I see more of Burt Lancaster in his role of Elmer Gantry with swaggering his manhood in front of his revival audience to the point of sexual madness.

    But, Rick Perry will never earn a star on Hollywood Boulevard for his trying to act the part of leadership trying to face a failing American white house. He looks more like Jerry Lewis in a comedy role.

  3. Carl Nemo

    August 17, 2011 at 10:23 am

    “…Perry’s claim that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is “treasonous.” …extract from article

    It reads as if Governor Perry would fit well posting on CHB. : ))

    Disclaimer: My comment is not an endorsement for this candidate.

    Carl Nemo **==

  4. Almandine

    August 17, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Bashed for anti-Keynesianism? Just goes to show the ubiquitous spread of idiocy all around.

    While I don’t much like him, Perry is essentially correct on this one.

    • griff

      August 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm

      Yeah, unfortunately he is. But all that means is he’s a savvy politician.

      • Almandine

        August 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm

        More a lay Austrian economist, it seems to me.

  5. Keith

    August 17, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    The American electorate already elected one Texas Cowboy for President….twice. And we all know where THAT little mistake did for our country’s reputation around the world.

    Why, then, are we even THINKING about doing it yet again?

    • Carl Nemo **==

      August 17, 2011 at 11:32 pm

      Re: Voting for another Tex prez.

      “Why, then, are we even THINKING about doing it yet again?” …extract from post

      Evidently ‘Muricans like messin’ with a Texas ‘bull..sh*tter…then gittin’ the horn’ agin an agin…no? / : |

      Carl Nemo **==

      p.s. Don’t fergit ol’ LBJ another Texan; I.E., Mr. “winnin’ the hearts and minds” of the poor oppressed folks in Nam…NOT!

  6. Sandune

    August 18, 2011 at 9:31 am

    You must be a red neck if you call your enemies treasonists.

    • Carl Nemo **==

      August 18, 2011 at 11:53 am

      It’s more hip to call your enemies ‘terrorists’ in these seeming end times for the Republic. So Bernanke would more appropriately be classed as a ‘financial terrorist’ relative to destroying the value the USD along with our capital markets. QE3 anyone…? / : |

      Carl Nemo **==

  7. Jon

    August 18, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    “You can’t accuse the chairman of the Federal Reserve of being a traitor to his country, of being guilty of treason,”

    Um, actually, yes, you can. Arguably, ‘quantitative easing’ is treason when the people’s money is embezzeled and handed to an international few.

    J.