Well, it didn't take long for the "news" media to go after Rick Perry. By strange coincidence, much of the anti-Perry attack began on or shortly after the Obama campaign put out a call for Texans to start dishing the dirt on Perry. Funny how the Obama campaign and the "news" media seem to be working on the same timetable!
Walter Shapiro at the New Republic got into the act on August 24 with a piece titled: "Rick Perry: The God-Fearing, Know-Nothing, Pistol-Packing Embodiment of Liberals’ Worst Nightmares."
But what sets Perry apart and earns him his niche in the far right corner of Mount Rushmore has nothing to do with the gyrations of the 2012 campaign. Indeed, Perry is not only a presidential candidate, but also a cowboy-booted sociological experiment. It is almost as if Perry’s political persona was constructed by bundling together all the fears and phantoms in the left-wing anxiety closet. Since the hysteria of the 1950s Red Scare, no Republican figure has matched Perry in his God-given ability to give liberals the heebie-jeebies. Others can rival the governor’s disdain for academic achievement (Palin), his cross-on-the-sleeve religiosity (Michele Bachmann and Mike Huckabee), and his antipathy to Social Security and Medicare (Paul Ryan and Barry Goldwater). But never before has a top-tier presidential candidate embodied the whole lethal package—and more[.]Next up is Jonathon Martin, writing in Politico: "Is Rick Perry Dumb?" Martin goes on to recount the quote from one insider who suggests that Perry is "like Bush only without the brains."
You have to read down the page to find out that much of the dirt being dished about Perry is coming from people who he has defeated for office:
“The political graveyard in Texas is buried full of people who have underestimated Rick Perry,” [Perry friend Cliff Johnson said] “We had a U.S. senator who did that and she didn’t even make the run-off. Sooner or later, they’re going to figure out that he’s not just lucky, he’s good.”Perry's success as Governor of Texas is largely based on his ability to find the right people to get the job done. That's a key characteristic of any good chief executive and a prime failing of the Obama presidency.
Perry Not As Smart as Obama? GOOD!
Readers may recall shortly after the 2008 election radio personality Don Imus interviewed historian Michael Beschloss. The two had this exchange:
Historian Michael Beschloss: Yeah. Even aside from the fact of electing the first African American President and whatever one’s partisan views this is a guy whose IQ is off the charts — I mean you cannot say that he is anything but a very serious and capable leader and — you know — You and I have talked about this for years …Now that we are nearly three years in to the Obama presidency we see the damage that comes from having a smart, but ineffective president incapable of leadership surrounded by a hapless crew of misfits who don't have the answers to our problems and aren't even too clued in on the questions. A brainiac president who needs a teleprompter for even the simplest announcement hardly inspires confidence.
Imus: Well. What is his IQ?
Historian Michael Beschloss: … our system doesn’t allow those people to become President, those people meaning people THAT smart and THAT capable
Imus: What is his IQ?
Historian Michael Beschloss: Pardon?
Imus: What is his IQ?
Historian Michael Beschloss: Uh. I would say it’s probably – he’s probably the smartest guy ever to become President.
What many of the left fail to realize is that dumping on Governor Perry for not being an intellectual heavyweight is actually a career enhancer. People want a president who can lead and surround himself with capable people to help him. Despite the lame attacks, Perry's record of achievement in Texas speaks for itself and is a model that can and should be emulated nationwide!