Don’t Write Off Rick Perry

I mentioned Rick Perry earlier. He’s out doing the media rounds today, and he’s sounding good — and he had a great exchange with Mike Allen of Politico. Everybody that says, “Ah, Perry is a nice guy, but he looks slow, Rush.” I can’t tell you the number of people, wherever I go, whose number one complaint about practically every Republican hopeful is that somebody thinks they’re stupid or that they sound stupid or that they talk stupid, or that they talk dumb. It’s really a powerful, influential thing that has happened here. Some people tell me, “You know, I love Rick Perry but the Bushies hate him, and he sounds stupid, sounds so slow. Rush, I’m embarrassed to tell people,” and they say that about not Perry they’ll say it about somebody else.

But these people are not “stupid.” They wouldn’t be where they are if they were stupid. There are just different standards now that people are being measured against. Now, Perry… this is not stupid. This is actually pretty funny and pretty smart. Mike Allen of Politico was talking to Perry and performed a usual media trick. (summarized) “Hey, you know, there are members of your staff, and they’re talking about how stupid your campaign is, Governor Perry, and they’re talking about how dumb your campaign is — and these people are your staff, Governor Perry — and they’re blaming your campaign, and the people who run it, for where you are right now in the Hawkeye Caucus.” Mike Allen said, “Governor, some of your staffers have told us that you ran this as a gubernatorial campaign for too long. You didn’t look big enough; you didn’t get big enough fast enough. Do you take some responsibility for that?”

And Rick Perry said, “I don’t know who you’re talking about. So I can’t respond unless you give me a name,” and Mike Allen said, “Well, these are members of your staff,” and Perry said, “You got a name?” and Mike Allen, “These are members of your staff who say…” Perry said, “You got a NAME?” There’s a pause and Allen says, “You won’t listen to…? “Perry says, “You got a NAME?” Allen says, “Uh, uh, uh,” and then Perry says, “If you don’t have a name to tell me this individual said this, then I don’t think that’s a corroborating source. You give me a name.” Now, this is not stupid. That’s pretty clever. “Okay, you’re gonna tell me that some unnamed member of my staff is ripping my campaign? Who? You tell me who it is and I’ll give you an answer.” The implication is: “I think you’re making this up. You’re a journalist, and you can run out and you can say that somebody said.



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