Rick Perry’s Little Trick

December 23rd, 2011 at 8:59 am David Frum | 32 Comments |

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Mike Huckabee has not endorsed Rick Perry for president. On the contrary, there’s a long, rich record of Huckabee jabs at Perry.

Yet take a look at the new Rick Perry ad, “President of Honor,” aimed at the Iowa caucus-voters. The ad montages endorsements and testimonials from winners of the congressional medal of honor, artfully edited in ways to make you think that Gov. Perry must be almost sort of a war hero himself.

Hit pause at second 55. Whaddya see there? A smiling Mike Huckabee, winner of the 2008 caucuses, standing next to Rick Perry himself. It goes by so fast you almost don’t see it. Somebody must however be hoping you’ll absorb it.

For an aspiring “president of honor,” it seems kind of a cheap trick.

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  • icarusr

    Did I miss a Frum article on the despicable, ethically disgusting and politically moronic “if we talk about the economy, we lose” ad of Romney? That was not a “cheap” trick; it was a lie, as cynical a political stunt as one can pull without walking into Willy Horton territory. And yet … Romney is the man of the moment for this site …

    • Graychin

      Great point, icarusr.

      In the world of FrumForum, Mitt Romney is the only competitive Republican candidate who “respectable” country-club Republicans can support without suffering from terminal humiliation at what has become of their beloved political party.

      Hence, you won’t be seeing anything negative about Romney in these pages – except from commenters like me and you – unless/until Romney fails to win the nomination. Then I’m certain that we will be reading post after post about what a sorry, flip-flopping, dishonest sack-of-poop candidate he was.

      • Hunter1

        Speaking of outrageous lies, Krugman’s column in today’s Times examines a few more of Romney’s.

        It should be obvious that honorable men and women, even politicians, need to have a modicum of respect for the truth if they expect their fellow countrymen to heed them in times of peril. With Frum at his side, Shrub deliberately and flagrantly failed that test again and again. For Frum to complain about Perry — and remain silent about Romney — is odious in the extreme. It tells us that there is something undeniably bent in the core of David’s soul.

        • Holmes

          Yes, it does remind us of the bad times under W. That administration prided itself on inventing an entire realm where facts, science, reality, honesty, and decency were forever banished. Frum was one of the leading sorcerers.

        • greg_barton

          Indeed. This is why I read FrumForum every day. Frum is a master propagandist, and it’s interesting to see the shape of the reality he’s trying to project.

      • beowulf

        “In the world of FrumForum, Mitt Romney is the only competitive Republican candidate who “respectable” country-club Republicans can support without suffering from terminal humiliation at what has become of their beloved political party.”

        If by that you mean he’s the only one who can win the general election, then true.

  • bdtex

    DF,you might’ve been the only one who saw the ad. Perry is stuck in 4th place in Iowa and nowhere near the lead in NH. He doesn’t appear to be polling better than 3rd anywhere.

  • PracticalGirl

    Frum, did you miss this little tidbit? Seems that the Great White Job Creator has gone on a bit of a hoilday lay-off spree:

    “…The Texas Governor’s campaign this week gave 30-day termination notices to all political consultants in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina…Perry aides said the campaign was moving toward fiscal discipline…”

    If you really want to talk about something, why not tackle something that is unique to Perry- “Merry Christmas! In Jesus’ name, I release thee. Good luck to you in 2012. Love, Rick” – instead of the overblown, truth bending ads common to all?

    • bdtex

      He won’t be needing those consultants for a general election.

      • PracticalGirl

        But he certainly needs them to help him get to the general, right? Iowa, I get. What’s done is done. But NH and SC? It’s a bit shortsighted to think he can compete in these crucial early states with little on-the-ground intelligence combined with his limited in-the-head intelligence.

  • rbottoms

    Rick Perry being a d*ckhead isn’t exactly news, all the GOP candidates would be suited for that title.

  • TerryF98

    No mention of Romney totally refusing to release his tax records. He is afraid that we will notice the lack of tax he has paid over the last 10 years.

    • Emma

      McCain tried to pull the same stunt in 2008, claiming they were no one’s business. He never did cough up his military records.

  • Redrabbit

    His latest trick is not getting enough signatures to be on the Virginia Primary ballot.

    Seriously. It’s on CNN right now.

    Now THAT has to be kinda humiliating, especially considering how important Virginia was supposed to be for Perry.

  • WaStateUrbanGOPer

    Almost half the posters here tried to change the subject from Rick Perry to Mitt Romney. Weird.

    Seriously, this is weird. I mean, look at what Rick Perry has essentially done here: he’s tried to deceive voters in IA into believing that he’s received the endorsement of one of the most egregious christianist hicks in our political culture (perhaps a runner-up only to Perry and Sarah Palin). Does anybody think he would’ve done this if it didn’t have the potential to succeed– i.e., the potential to garner Rick Perry votes?

    The fact that religious right voters in this country are so pathetically stupid that they would swallow a made-up endorsement of one awful christianist moron by another numbskull christianist is a way more fascinating topic for discussion than Mitt Romney– period. Any discourse about Romney, no matter the details or circumstances, is bound to be an insomniac’s dearest wish, and especially so compared to this latest Rick Perry idiocy. So what gives with some of the posters in here?

    • TerryF98

      Perry at this point is irrelevant. I am guessing that most people are therefore disinterested in him.

      • WaStateUrbanGOPer

        I don’t disagree that he’s irrelevant vis a vis the primary race. I was merely pointing out that (1) he is a more colorful character than Romney and hence more interesting to talk about, and (2) that this article has precious little to do with Mitt Romney.

        If people want to go off-topic on this blog, that’s fine by me. A high volume of irrelevant posting may persuade the editors to establish an open thread, which is long overdue. But going off topic to discuss Mitt Romney doesn’t make any sense, as there is no paucity of articles on this blog where one can relevantly talk about him.

        • nuser

          At no time does Frum point out Romney’s lies, and there are plenty of them, hence the mention of his name(Romney) by posters here. Frum supports (old snake eyes , Romney)
          and wouldn’t dream of lessening his chances. I come to this forum because of these posters, they are a bright decent lot.

        • WaStateUrbanGOPer

          Well, if you don’t take kindly to Frum’s (supposedly) lenient treatment of Mitt Romney, then call him out for it– in a comments thread that’s directly related to Mitt Romney. In the process of responding to Frum, you can set forth all your grievances with the Mittster, as well. There are numerous opportunities to do this on FF. It’s not as if the topic of Mitt Romney is as neglected as, say, the idiocy of the religious right or matters of higher culture, topics that would benefit from an open thread.

        • WaStateUrbanGOPer

          And please tell me you don’t consider Terry and Armstp “a bright decent lot.”

        • Nanotek

          “And please tell me you don’t consider Terry and Armstp “a bright decent lot.”

          I certainly consider them so.

        • Clayman

          +1 Nanotek

    • Rich T Bikkies

      They weren’t changing the subject from Perry to Romney. They were changing it to Frum.

      The question is, which Republican is Frum going to endorse if Romney – the only pseudo-electable candidate – doesn’t get the nomination? The commenters on Frum Forum are repeatedly asking this question, more and more stridently. One comment that comes up again and again is this: since Frum’s description of the ideal Republican candidate fits Obama and none of the Republicans, why doesn’t he stop mucking about and endorse Obama?

  • Marquis

    I remember a Politico article a while back literally titled: “IS RICK PERRY DUMB?” At first I was a bit taken aback by the audacity of the headline, but I soon realized how serious and matter-of-fact that question is. You don’t need to be an intellectual to sit in the Oval Office, but if you’re wont to believe that prosecution of the Iraq War was a divine mandate, you should be kept as far away as possible from the nuclear launch codes.

    • WaStateUrbanGOPer

      I used to think that comparing Rick Perry to Elmer Gantry was apt and instructive, given that they are both loudmouthed fundamentalist charlatans of heartland stock. I even thought this comparison wonderfully illustrative, what with the uncanny similarities in apperance between Perry and Burt Lancaster, who played Gantry in the film version of Sinclair Lewis’s eponymous novel. But over the the course of this campaign I’ve come to realize this comparison just doesn’t work, for no other reason than that Elmer Gantry was a much more polished and persuasive figure than the maladroit Rick Perry!

  • TJ Parker

    You’ve gotta hand it to him: the guy may be dumb as a stone, but at least he hates queers! He’s got my vote!

  • valkayec

    Let’s end the debate about Perry right now. He’s not going to be the GOP nominee. He won’t even have much effect, if any, at the Convention. His latest ad, whatever it shows, won’t lure IA voters to him ’cause for all their Christian conservativeness, they don’t like him and understand he’s just plain dumb.

    His political career is over, I suspect, even in TX now that the national spotlight has shown what an incompetent, crony-capitalist, self-glorifying twit he is.

    • Jack E. Lope

      But if we talk about Romney, The Thread Police show up and try to beat us down.

  • jakester

    Perry couldn’t even manage to get himself on the Virginia ballot. He is self destructing

  • Gramps

    Well at least Captain Perry, flew C-130, turboprops, on cargo milk runs, all around the world…with the US Air Force.

    Unlike Lieutenant G.W.Bush, who actually did fly his F-102, between Texas and Florida delivering floral bouquets, in coolers…on at least one occasion…with the Texas Air National Guard.

    However; not only did G.W. Bush manage to get sufficient signatures to run the South Carolina , primary…

    “Bush waged [a] nasty Smear campaign against McCain in 2000…McCain slurs included illegitimate children, homosexuality and a drug-addict wife…”

    Talk about the “Texas, three-step”OUCH…!

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