Jon Stewart Joke About Rick Perry's Origin Story Sets Up Wayne Slater's Punch Line

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Speaking of Rick Perry video round-ups ...

On the other side you'll find two clips. First up is last night's Daily Show, in which Jon Stewart dissects the Texas governor's entry into the presidential race over the weekend. Stewart, like Gawker, "confuses" Perry with Josh Brolin in W. But, look, says Stewart, Perry's nothing like Dubya: "Rick Perry is what happens if Lex Luthor distilled down George Bush essence in a laboratory and crossed it with gunpowder and semen from the finest thoroughbred in Lubbock and then strapped that concoction onto a nuclear missile and shot it into the fucking sun and then waited, waited, waited until one day, on the anniversary of the Alamo, a solar flare, yada yada yada, Rick Perry!" At which point The Dallas Morning News's Wayne Slater makes a well-placed appearance.

But speaking of Gawker, you'll also find a Think Progress clip topping that site's page at present in which Perry, addressing some folks in Iowa, talks about Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and accuses him of, well, treason after making what's being interpreted as a tough-talkin' threat. As in:
"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."
As one Gawker commenter points out, former Dubya deputy press secretary Tony Fratto took to Twitter to denounce that comment as "inappropriate and unpresidential."




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Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

I will say it agian, Obama is going to win in 2012, because no matter the economy, when people go into the booth,they will say, "Well, Obama pretty much screwed the pooch, but damn, he isn't an idiot." I now see why Perry never got on tv in Texas, would not debate Hutchison. If a person thinks THIS GUY can lead, they are stoned.

scottindallas
scottindallas

Perhaps the biggest problem is that Bernanke didn't print money.  His QE2 and the discount lending policies have lead to commodities speculation, has artificially propped up gold and stocks, but he never printed money.  Printing money would be preferable to these other policies.  There is no real inflation without demand, the 10yr T-note is under 2.5% and we could really use some real inflation. 

Bernanke's policies are problematic, his recent announcement that he would keep interest rates at zero is an admission that we are in a recession and will continue to be so for some time.  I'm no fan of Bernanke, he should raise interest rates at least a 150 basis points (to 1.5-2.0%) which is still stimulative.  Keeping the rates so low is perverting the economy, and won't do anything 2% will do.  It's like pouring gasoline into a flooded carburetor.  I appreciate the Libertarian message on war, prohibition and civil rights but they are all wet about economics.  The Gold standard did nothing to solve the boom/bust cycle, and arguably exacerbated it.  Check the economic history of the 19th century, it was nothing but depressions great and small. 

We are lucky to be in Dallas, TX where the economy never overheated as it did throughout the country--cause no one really WANTS to move to Texas. 

Rangers100
Rangers100

Bernanke can only pull monetary levers, and the current problem is one of demand, requiring a fiscal response. But we have a GOP that rejects the mainstream economic thinking predominant within a large majority of top academic economics departments, instead choosing to go with a radical anti-Keynesian ideology that opposes stimulatory spending during recessions. So instead of focusing on the same type of stimulatory spending that has been proven to work in recessions elsewhere, the GOP radicals chose to start a fight over long-term debt issues this summer. This at a time when treasury markets were making it very clear (i.e. rates at near historical lows) they had no near-term concerns with US debt levels.

This just isn't a serious political party at this point. One used to be able to at least expect some serious economic discussion from GOP leaders but now the GOP approaches even economics with the same lunacy and discarded junk theory it approaches so many other issues. Michelle Bachmann (an Orel Roberts University grad) brags of economic influences entirely comprised of fringe theorists... and she's a leading Presidential candidate within this nutty movement.

What a disaster today's GOP has turned into.

JohnC
JohnC

The Perry clip is ridiculous.  Why is it that Tea Partiers have a vendetta for the Fed Reserve (and the UN for that matter)?  The Fed has a statutory mandate to promote full employment and price stability (good things, no?).  Monetary policy and fiscal policy are the primary tools available to stimulate a sluggish economy.  Fiscal policy (obviously not under Fed control) is too slow and is politically off the table anyway, so what exactly is treasonous about pursuing perhaps the only thing that could help the economy in the next 6 months or so?  OK, so Perry made a D in Principles of Economics at A&M, and maybe his grasp of the money supply is weak (I can't possibly give him the benefit of the doubt that he actually understands potential risks of the alluded to quantitative easing with dollar devaluation, etc.).  But to make such a "I'd stick my boot up his butt" Texas bravado statement is embarrassing, and thoroughly unpresidential.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Im so glad perry jumped into the frey, this guy is going to be ripe fruit for comedians...Here's hoping he's laughed out of office in TX and his attempts to run for prez as well..

Montemalone
Montemalone

If ever there was a reason to pray...

DallasMike2U
DallasMike2U

Ah, you mean the same Wayne Slater who first brought national attention to the man who created the "fake but accurate" Bush National Guard memos?

He also co-wrote the tinfoil-hat book "Bush's Brain" while covering Washington politics for the DMN. The book and resultant movie makes Michael Moore look like Ken Burns.

I don't think the DMN would hire Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck as a reporter. Yet they hire, and encourage, propagandists for wacky leftwing politics.

scottindallas
scottindallas

So, you don't think Rove was the strategist for Bush?  You're a regular GW Bush. 

Montemalone
Montemalone

"inappropriate and unpresidential."

Goodhair in a nutshell.

Casual Observer
Casual Observer

I think that as the people in Iowa get to knpow Rick Perry, the less they will like him.  What a joke and embarassment he is for the State of Texas.

Michael C
Michael C

The Republicans in Iowa will LOVE Rick Perry, because apparently they are enthralled by any crazy person who spouts of a list of evil things: gays, blacks - especially presidential ones, UN international armies, Mexicans, etc.

It's insane that someone like Michelle Bachman can be considered a viable candidate for dogcatcher, much less president. Her entire political life has been burning books, hating on various groups, and making up random facts that serve whatever venom she is producing. 

Are the majority of Republicans actually PROUD of any of the candidates currently running? I mean, Pawlenty was the halfway sane one, and he's gone.

Casual Observer
Casual Observer

I am so glad that Michelle Bachman remembered that today was Elvis Presley's birthday was today.  I guess the rest of us had it all wrong.  I guess some Tea Party person is already hard at work changing Wilkepedia to have the information corrected. 

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

Honestly, he is ripe for jokes and I will get them soon.  Right now I just think he is doing further damage PR wise to our state. We are cooler than he represents. 

Montemalone
Montemalone

Inside Texas, we know not everyone is an inbred, redneck, biblebeatin, truck drivin, dog beatin, wife kickin, gun totin fool, but the rest of the country aint hip to that fact.

who are you?
who are you?

no, not everyone. just nine out of ten..

TimCov
TimCov

As I've told others, Perry is some of the worst traits of GWB without any of his redeeming qualities. If Perry wins the Republican nomination, I will be doing my best to make sure he doesn't win (and, I really don't like Obama's policies).

Rangers100
Rangers100

I've said exactly the same to many people recently asking me about him. Say what you want about GWB but he never stooped to bashing Mexican immigrants, never proposed secession, etc. He was at least a Yale/Harvard grad, willing to spend time in such places, even if not excelling as a student. That's a long, long way from Perry's 1.7 GPA in animal husbandry.

GWB was a conservative but disappointing as a leader. Perry is nothing but a thug and a radical. He's a bad, bad dude.

Michael Briggs
Michael Briggs

Obama's policies are Republican policies. He has none of his own. Obama is a moderate Republican who does 99% of whatever the Tea Party and his corporate sponsors pay him to do.

SteveT
SteveT

Perry is Dubya, without the encumbrance of intellect.

scottindallas
scottindallas

Dubya has intellect?  I find him to be the most incurious person since, Perry.

Cheerybitch
Cheerybitch

Dubya has the smarts. He knows he comes off as a goofball. Perry, on the other hand, thinks he's flawless and can mask his idiocy with his Texas smarm... I mean charm. ;)

Buckeye
Buckeye

Does the DMN still refer to Wayne Slater as their "Austin Bureau Chief" implying he has some kind of journalistic integrity and objectivity?  They really should just call him a paid political hack.

Scott
Scott

nothing wrong with Slater save your own bias.

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