BRADDOCK: Dear Pundits, Gov. Rick Perry’s Not Dumb

AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – The major political news site Politico asks the question out loud: “Is Governor Perry dumb? ”

I can only imagine that if there were sites like Politico back when Gov. Bush ascended to the White House, there would have been a story titled “Is George W. Bush dumb?” In fact, Politico’s story opens with a line harkening back to the presidency of the last Texan in the Oval Office:

“Another Texas governor who drops his “g’s” and scorns elites is running for president and the whispers are the same: lightweight, incurious, instinctual.”

Now, why does droppin’ your g’s put you in the runnin’ for bein’ stupid? Just wonderin’.

It’s not just the Southern accent that brings the criticism, but it seems to be the first thing people point to when questioning the intellect of a Southern politician. Many talking heads/pundits in the national media questioned Perry’s thinking when he said Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke would be “treasonous” and suggested Texas could secede from the United States.

GOP Strategist Jim McGrath, who’s supporting Mitt Romney in the Republican primary, says the media’s attacks on Perry only seem to be helping his cause. He also points out Perry faced a conservative rebellion 3 years ago for various reasons, but became the “darling of the right” following his performance at several Tea Party events where he flirted with secession.

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Your thoughts are welcome in the comments.

  • JS

    Who cares what the liberal media and websites think of Rick Perry. They only add to his popularity among the voters.

  • dumbanddumber

    Just another power-hungry megalomaniac who wants to push every non-millionaire and non-conservative into the sea.

  • Lisa

    HE was the “darling” until the realized how he lied about the debt of Texas….

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  • Bill Turner

    Of coarse he isn’t dumb. Clearly the world is 4600 years old. Hundreds of thousands of animals were in an ark. We speak different languages because if a tall tower. Snakes talk, Men come from dirt, water can turn to wine, well …. Read the only divine book, It will tell you.

    • Land

      It’s more sinister than that. Perry knows the earth is old. He chooses to lie to himself and others for gain. He even lied that Texas schools teach creationism in science. They don’t.

      Perry is a first rate propagandist.

  • chama teddy

    Who cares?

    Both are losers. One speaks like a patrician, the other cultivates the typical Texan big-mouthed dirt farmer he can communicate with the typical tea-baggin’ moron.

    • Nonya

      At least Perry can string together enough words to properly form a sentence unlike the current President.

      • Mexicon

        Yes, of course. Perry’s behavior is Obama’s fault…. just like this drought and hurricane Irene. And the liberal media are not reporting it.

    • Land

      Spot on

    • Land

      Actually, it’s more sinister than that. Perry’s comments were written for him in focus groups sponsored by his donors. He truly is the manchurian candidate. He has been trained like a dog to take money to run his ignorant mouth.

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  • fredpat

    Gov Perry is very smart. He is a skilled, fined tuned, and succesfull poitician. In a culture saturated with commercials and consumer oriented non-sense, he clearly knows how to get public attention making sensational comments. People take notice of these bizzare comments in an almost emotional way. Then, when we are paying attention, he presents a very normal persona.
    He publically admits his mistakes. Many politicos have egos which prevent such.
    His behind the sceens practical side reveals his problem solving skills that enable Texas to work better than other states under these historically brutal econmonic conditions. Things may seem bad here but are worst in other states.

  • Sue Brewton

    The attacks on Rick Perry are amusing, and they smell like fear. It is quite clear what an elitist few think of the majority of everyday Americans. Can’t you understand that Rick Perry represents the majority of Americans? Just sit back, enjoy the ride, and be prepared to be entertained. We are, and we love it!

  • AlwaysRealistic

    Perry is no dummy. He’s pulling a Palin. His road to POTUS is a merely screen test. When he melts down after the 2nd prez debate and drops out of the race, he will finish his last term as TX governor. Then he will pop up on a Murdoch-owned TV network as a talking head. That contract will be worth at least 7 figures annually. Look out, Huckabee!

  • NiteNurse

    Just call him Slick Rick!

  • Land

    At least Perry talks. I could only dream Obama would aggressively promote liberal ideas. Instead, Obama ignorantly called Perry a “rookie” a few weeks ago.

    Who is the rookie, here, Mr. President?

  • rICK

    Just by Perry’s weird answers to common sense questions you can tell he isn’t very bright.

  • Elmer

    The dems have been plying the intelligence card since the 1960 election. Why would they change? Perry’s grades are obviouly better than Obama’s or Obama would release his.

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