Yesterday, Gov. Rick Perry said what many are calling an “unforced error.” Here’s what he 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.”
Now some are saying he threatened Fed Chairman Bernacke. I suppose you could spin it that way. That’s not how I interpret it, but then again, I’m not out to hurt Gov. Perry’s chances.
Given that it would be easy to walk the comment back and put your own spin on it, it’s refreshing to see that the Perry campaign isn’t interested in allowing the left to dictate the debate:
[Mr. Burns hands] Excellent. [ / Mr. Burns hands]
Twelve hours removed from a controversy about his suggestion that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke was engaging in “treasonous” behavior Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign didn’t try to walk back the remark. In fact, they doubled down on it.“I am passionate about the issue but I stand by what I said,” Perry told reporters in Iowa today.
Although Perry’s campaign is only a few days old, the episode provides a telling insight into the Texas governor: he is brash, bold and unapologetic about being so.
And that just might make him a perfect fit for the current Republican primary electorate who is mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.
For some time I have longed for someone high profile who could communicate the conservative message without walking it back or apologizing for it. Herman Cain does it well, but lacks the exposure that Gov. Perry does, unfortunately. Hopefully Perry can maintain his spine and continue to speak truth to power.
And since a majority of Americans agree with what he thinks, I also hope the press continues to try to marginalize his position, allowing the scales to fall from Americans who think there is no bias in the media.