August 29th, 2011

Is Rick Perry dumb?

The gist of the Politico article that asks that question seems to be that Perry’s certainly not dumb about politics and about campaigning. That may end up mattering.

Funny thing, that’s exactly what Obama wasn’t dumb about.

Otherwise, Perry’s positioned himself to be Obama’s antithesis. The perception is that Obama is smart (read: intellectual) and Perry is dumb (read: anti-intellectual). That just may be exactly what each of them would like you to think.

33 Responses to “Is Rick Perry dumb?”

  1. Hong Says:

    The latest hit piece from the Democrat media. The next article will cite ‘unnamed sources’ (ie John at the watercooler) claiming Perry bashes ‘Muslims as terrorists’ by calling Islamism a national threat.

  2. hurumpf Says:

    Oh it is just campaign season starting up again and GOP candidates are always declared dumb by our home grown Soviets. I am surprised that you feel you have to feel that this has to be addressed case by case basis.

    It would be better to address this bizarre fantasy that the Marxists have that they are smarter than everyone else,

  3. Libby Says:

    Of course Perry’s dumb, he’s a Republican, and all Republicans are dumb, right?!?! And when he’s not portrayed as dumb, he will be portrayed as greedy, bigoted, gun-crazy, or an icky Christian.

    The MSM and Democrats like to keep it simple – why change your tactics when you can just keep applying them to each new candidate? Especially when it feeds into their own sense of superiority.

  4. gatorbait51 Says:

    I’m still waiting for Duh Wun’s Law Review articles to be published. I’m still waiting to see his collected work regarding Constitutional law.

    I’ll bet I’ll be waiting a hell of a long time.

  5. Libby Says:

    You should check out Obama’s 1990 letter in the Harvard Law Record that Jack Cashill covers over at American Thinker (includes link to the full letter):

  6. George Pal Says:

    “They” may insist Obama is an intellectual all they want but it has become apparent to any who will see with more than hope that Obama participated in Columbia and Harvard by the intervention of affirmative action. That goes for his election to the presidency as well.

    As for Perry, his smarts are less a concern than his ability to identify with the American ethos at a level higher than my political platitudes are better than yours. He needs to make ‘hope’ as large an inducement as Obama’s Hope and Change but he needs make it a Reaganesque Hope and Restore.

  7. Wolla Dalbo Says:

    Libby–Oh, yeah. what clarity, what logic, what bad English grammar and meandering: a work of genius.

    Compare this to the two autobiographical works Obama supposedly wrote, one of which was called by one critic ” the best political memoir ever written by an American politician.”

    Did Obama get a sudden infusion of English grammar and vocabulary, and actual writing talent or did somebody–Bill Ayers I’m talkin’ about you–write these two supposed autobiographies.

    And why, pray tell, didn’t this numbskull, semi-incoherent, and only somewhat literate letter not surface before the Election, so that we could judge for ourselves if Obama was indeed, Tolstoy reincarnated?

  8. gatorbait51 Says:

    God,what a bigot and an ignorant Jackass to boot

  9. Tesh Says:

    @Wolla Dalbo We just had to elect him before we could see what he had to offer. That’s the Pelosi Way.

  10. stan Says:

    In all seriousness, I would give odds that Perry’s IQ is higher than Obama’s. I wish someone like Rush or Brietbart would put up a cash prize for anyone who can show that Obama’s test scores are higher than Perry’s.

    The unclaimed money would sit there speaking with all the eloquent silence in the world.

  11. vanderleun Says:

    Unlike “Constitutional Scholars and Harvard Law Editors” the Air Force does not give the controls of C-130s to dumb people.

  12. I R A Darth Aggie Says:

    He’s an Aggie. Of course he’s dumb. Hello?

    Have you heard about the Aggie kamikaze pilot?
    He flew 22 missions.

  13. Jim Says:

    The candidate hasn’t even been decided, and the Palinization has begun.

  14. neo-neocon Says:

    Jim: it began almost the moment Perry declared.

  15. Artfldgr Says:

    yes he is dumb…

    but politics is where the dumb and unscrupulous go to be useful to the smart and devious set, and so become wealthy…

    really smart people end up like the wizard of omaha…
    really smart people do not run for political office where the socialist extreme will lambaste them beyond their deaths

  16. Brad Says:

    I would rather hope Perry is merely dumb. Otherwise his handling of the commission set up to investigate, among other things, the Todd Willingham case makes him morally culpible.

    There are two types of courage: physical and moral. Perry seems ok with the physical courage , but seems to lack all moral courage -or maybe he’s just a faux Christian.

    In any case for the Democrats I recommend writing in someone, trying to primary Obama, or voting third party. For Republicans I recommend Huntsman, Paul, or a write in.

    This is shaping up to be the most horrid election of the last 16 years in terms of candidates.

  17. Parker Says:

    I still want to see BHO’s Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard transcripts.

    “.. politics is where the dumb and unscrupulous go to be useful to the smart and devious set, and so become wealthy…”

    A concise description and right on target. As it appears that BHO is growing a bit weary of the whole presidential thing; let’s hope he feels he’s made his mark in politics and wants to change professions and become a $200,000 a pop inspirational speaker on the international lecture circuit. That’s hope and change I can believe in.

  18. Curtis Says:

    In re Willingham.

    Since Truman Capote and “In Cold Blood,” the new journalism has immorally focused on the perpetrator as victim. Perry didn’t allow another progressive attack on our judicial system and stopped it cold.

  19. Don Carlos Says:

    The smartest people are not good at anything beyond being smart.

  20. david foster Says:

    Vanderleun…”Unlike “Constitutional Scholars and Harvard Law Editors” the Air Force does not give the controls of C-130s to dumb people.”

    Herewith, the electrical diagram for the C-130. The pilot would be expected to understand this well enough to analyze and troubleshoot faults in flight.

    Can anyone imagine that Obama would have the patience and mental ability to understand this diagram? He could perhaps *memorize* it…he evidently showed some skill at playing back the things professors expected him to say..but *understand* it?. I doubt it.

  21. david foster Says:

    Don’t know why the link didn’t work, but the C-130 electrical system in all its glory is here:

  22. Gringo Says:

    As many have pointed out here, the “Da Pub is Plum Dumb” theme the Demos have pursued since at least the days of Adlai has a problem here. When dumb-as-an-Aggie is compared to the President-Genius, there are no documents to show that the President-Genius is actually brighter than dumb-as-an-Aggie.

    Does that mean that President-Genius is actually Dumber-than-an-Aggie? Only a Teasipper knows for sure. :)

  23. SteveH Says:

    “”Can anyone imagine that Obama would have the patience and mental ability to understand this diagram?”"
    David Foster

    No. But he could hold a summit discussing the social injustice inherent in aviation electronics.

  24. Brad Says:


    The jurors in the original trial could only go with the evidence they had. It wasn’t their fault the evidence was nothing of the kind and based on shoddy science. Given what they were shown I would have convicted myself. And then kicked myself later when it came out that just about everything they were told about evidence in that fire was bullshit.

    In any case, not only has every single expert panel thats ever looked at this case came to the conclusion that there was no evidence whatsoever for an arson fire in that case, but the Texas Forensic Science Commission itself finally said the same thing, despite Perry’s attempts to tamper with it.

    Pretty pathetic, hmm?

  25. Curtis Says:

    No, I don’t think so, Brad. What we have here is the leftist false fact generating machine establishing yet another narrative. Long has the left labored to instill itself in committees and commissions wherein it produces “longitudinal” studies consisting of the opinions of like minded suck-ups spewing pseudo-science. “Experts,” you claim, conclude there was no evidence for arson. Run the trail of the experts from the beginning to the end and see if you don’t find a progressive cause club putting their snotty nose where it don’t belong.

  26. Brad Says:

    You are really showing your ignorance here.
    Please, please don’t even talk about this case until you read the following:

    I support the death penalty. But I want to be sure we execute guilty people, not innocent ones.

    Now, I’ll be able to tell if you read my link by your reply to me. Do you (after reading the link) still believe there was good evidence of arson? If so, why?

  27. Don Carlos Says:

    You read that, Brad? It’s not objective by any standard. I am unpersuaded by the preening rectitude of the Gritsman..

  28. Brad Says:

    Don Carlos:
    The point is that pretty much every big name in “fire science” over the past 30 years has looked at this case. And they’ve all come to the same conclusion. I merely linked to that particular post to show Curtis just some of the qualifications of the people who are criticizing the arson investigation in the Willingham case – they are THE experts in the field. There really is no comparison here. The panels I referred to earlier were staffed by other people equally as qualified. It’s really quite simple. There are no dissenting fire scientists (unlike say, Global Warming where at least SOME of the critics actually have real PHD’s even if in unrelated fields)- the Willingham case was conducted using bad forensics.

    Regardless of Willingham’s guilt or innocence it should mean something when a governor interferes with a forensics investigation. Perry is a moral coward at best – and more likely a total fraud in terms of any alleged religous beliefs.

  29. Parker Says:

    I instinctively wish to avoid Perry or Romney as a hold my nose choice at the ballot box. In the final analysis these 2, along with the fading Huntsman, represent the RINO establishment. My nose tells me this will be the season to turn it all upside down and put forth either a real fiscal conservative (Palin or Cain) or a real libertarian (Johnson or Paul).

    Of greater importance is maintaining a GOP majority in the House, electing a GOP majority in the Senate, and consolidating and expanding the GOP presence in the statehouses and legislatures. We are in the final round. The very future of the nation is on the chopping block.

  30. John Says:

    The lib dems think everyone is dumb don’t they?

  31. ErisGuy Says:

    After the depredations of FDR’s ‘brain trust,’ JFK’s ‘best and brightest,’ and Obama’s Harvard and Yale grads, only the stupid can be trusted to govern us.

  32. Wolla Dalbo Says:

    To put my 2 cents in here, although the name of Ron Paul keeps getting mentioned and his people are very good at packing polls and getting supporters into public events to loudly cheer him on, and although he does have good idea or two in the field of economics—his idea of dismantling the Federal Reserve is one such—overall, he strikes me as a crank, in appearance and tone a demented leprechaun, and particularly wrong when he starts to talk about foreign policy and national defense issues.

  33. Amy Says:

    Rick Perry hits back: “What’s dumb is to oversee an economy that has lost that many millions of jobs, to put unemployment numbers – over his four years will stay probably at 9 percent, to downgrade the credit of this good country, to put fiscal policies in place that were a disaster back in the ’30s and try them again in the 2000s. That’s what I consider to be the definition of dumb.”

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