Perry Made 'Rookie Mistake' With Bernanke Comments
... or is a little 'hyperbole' being overblown by media?
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2011 1:00 PM CDT
Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to workers as he makes a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – Rick Perry's comments about Ben Bernanke and treason continue to dominate the political chatter. A few takes:

  • John Podhoretz, Commentary: "What Perry did was make a thoughtless blunder, an unforced error; we’re now going to spend a couple of days discussing whether he was summoning violence on Ben Bernanke’s head or not, which is of absolutely no use to Perry. ... This was a serious rookie mistake on the national stage."
  • Mark Hemingway, Weekly Standard: "You may disagree with Perry substantively and his comments may not have been the most artful, but beyond that he seems guilty of little other than hyperbole, which last I checked, isn't exactly a crime in politics."

  • Paul Krugman, New York Times: "Yes, he’s showing ignorance of the basics of monetary policy; yes, he appears to have implicitly threatened violence against my former department head." But the real sin: suggesting that Bernanke is OK with "playing politics" to help Obama get re-elected. "That’s a hell of an accusation to make—especially when you bear in mind that Bernanke was a Bush appointee."
  • Ed Morrissey, Hot Air: "Perry needs to learn a lesson from this experience. It’s good to offer red meat to the base, but it’s bad to let yourself get caught up in the feeding frenzy."

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Aug 16, 2011 3:40 PM CDT
He got the word from the Bilderberg Group.
Aug 16, 2011 3:01 PM CDT
I wonder if Mark Hemingway is okay with "Tea Party are terrorists" rhetoric.
Aug 16, 2011 2:50 PM CDT
You know, it's interesting not having a political affiliation. I check in on this site every few days and there's certainly a pattern that repeats itself. Before Perry announced his nomination, there has been article after article with a headline slanted toward slandering someone on the right. Mainly it's been Bachmann or Romney, but it's as if now because there's some kind of new viable threat to whatever the agenda of the site runner may be, Perry has had approximately 7-8 different headlines on the front page in the past 24 hours alone, an unprecedented campaign having been launched against him already after throwing his hat into the ring. Does this know...bother some people? I'm not siding with Republicans but...if you want to appear objective, this kind of white-washing reporting is not the way to do it. It's just lambasting and beating a dead horse. Maybe that's this site's demographic, people who like sensationalism. It would be nice to know. It's just the more and more time goes by, the more and more I've noticed this site has gone from being very objective, to being beyond subjective, with more and more opinion articles being published in favor of objective, actual "news".