Yesterday front-runner candidate for President for the GOP, Texas Governor Rick Perry, said something that got the media and the Washington establishment to declare he made a mistake.
During an appearance in Iowa, Perry was talking about the Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. Perry said, “If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I don’t know what y’all would do to him in Iowa, but we’d treat him pretty ugly down in Texas.”
Santorum is out of his league. At 1% of the national vote he is not relevant, but because he’s a Republican and criticizing Rick Perry, that’s the headline.
In reports, the media has already categorized the comment as “hostilities”, and even Bill Kristol declared that Perry’s comments were “stupid”.
According to reports, on Bill Kristol, Editor of “The Weekly Standard” said on Special Report last night, “It was a stupid comment in the calling Ben Bernanke treasonous or almost treasonous. That's ridiculous. Criticizing Fed policy I think is both substantively correct in my view and politically a winner. I would actually say the Republicans should broaden their economic message to deal with the monetary policy, not just be the party that worries about the fiscal side, about the budget. “
He went on to say, “But I don't think Rick Perry - Rick Perry should give the critique of the Feds policy and not say that Ben Bernanke is almost treasonous.”
The word “stupid” has a boomerang effect. Remember Barack Obama during that incident when police “stupidly” put handcuffs on a home owner in his own home?
You’ll recall when President Barack Obama said police in Cambridge, Mass., acted "stupidly" when they arrested Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates, someone they knew was in his own home.
During a live prime time news conference that largely dealt with health care, Obama was asked about the Gates case. He said, "My understanding is that Professor Gates then shows his I.D. to show that this is his house and, at that point, he gets arrested for disorderly conduct, charges which are later dropped."
HE went on to say, "I don't know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that [Gates case]. But I think it's fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and, number three, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there's a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately. That's just a fact."
Here’s another fact. The media and this President will attempt to portray Texas Governor Rick Perry as a Texan. And because George Bush was a Texan, and we all know how that worked out, we don’t want another Texan. Right?
If that isn’t geographical racism I don’t know what is.