'Idiot' jab lobbed at Perry
August 19th, 2011
08:56 AM ET
3 years ago

'Idiot' jab lobbed at Perry

(CNN) - Former Treasury official Bruce Bartlett labeled newly-minted Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry "an idiot" Friday.

Bartlett, who served at Treasury under former President George H.W. Bush and as a domestic policy adviser to the late President Ronald Reagan, delivered the choice words to the Texas Gov. in reference to his recent comments about Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.


"Rick Perry's an idiot, and I don't think anyone would disagree with that," Bartlett said Friday on CNN's "American Morning."

Perry sparked controversy when he said Bernanke would be "treasonous" if he printed more money to stimulate the economy before the 2012 election.

"I mean, printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous, or treasonous, in my opinion," Perry said Monday in Iowa. He stood by his comments Tuesday.

Bartlett said the politics at the Federal Reserve are a serious problem and in part blamed U.S. presidents, who he said have historically not focused their energies on the bank.

"He [Obama] has had open seats on the fed almost his entire presidency and I think that this sends a signal that he just doesn't care very much about what the fed does," Bartlett said.

Despite serving in Republican administrations, Bartlett is no stranger to GOP criticism, particularly of former President George W. Bush.

Bartlett's 2006 book "Imposter: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy" accused the administration of departing from conservative economic principles. More recently he attributed the economic recession to the former president and Republican Party.

Team Perry did not immediately respond for a request for comment.


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  1. Spydyee

    To: Jonsie

    Actually he did not have the Congress he wanted.If you understood how the Senate works then you would understand that if the House had bulldozed the Republicans then therepublicans would have filibustered the house and nothing would have gotten done. So they had no choice but to try to work with the party of resistance and destruction instead of simply doing what they wanted. Obama, unlike Franklin Roosevelt is not scary enough to threaten Congress with using Executive orders to do things. Congress refused to implement Roosevelt's plans fast enough for him so he started implementing them through executive order. Eventually Congress did pass laws to support most of his orders after the people, their constituents, began to praise Mr. Roosevelt for making their lives better and those congressmen realized that they would be put out long before the people would put out Mr. Roosevelt.
    Remember, he is the president that the people of this country elected 4 times to that office. He must have been doing something right.

    August 19, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. sam

    2009 jobs....either way you lied

    August 19, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. EffortPA

    Why does the GOP keep pressing the self-destruct button?

    August 19, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Terry Gloege

    Who knew!!!! A republican that knows the truth and is not afraid to say it.

    August 19, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. JustMe

    Oh hell, GOP'ers and TP'ers will just accuse the guy of being a RINO even if the guy is EXACTLY right in what he says.

    August 19, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Larry L

    Perry believes the Earth is less than 6 thousand years old. He considers the Bible to be the only textbook student really need. He asks for federal aid omn the same day he publishes an essay critical of States receiving federal aid. He is in fact an idiot. He is exactly what conservatives tend to support. Can you say "W"?

    August 19, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. volksmaniac

    All of the posters crowing about a repub denouncing a repub , you may want to watch the latest interview with congresswoman Waters . I know that I really enjoyed it .

    August 19, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. Davidk

    Well Jonsie....quit pointing fingers yourself! If it's blame you want look who started this mess. The Bush administration left the country in ruins. It took 2 more years to manifest itself. If someone throws a match out a car window and the forest catches on fire don't blame the fireman for not putting it out fast enough.

    August 19, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. Ken

    It's refreshing to know that SOME Republicans can see the Truth!!!

    August 19, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. Liz the First

    If the shoe fits! and btw, Jonsie, yes, we're still blaming bush, because, guess what? it's still his fault! just like the Holacaust is still Hitler's fault. time doesn't change history. and as for the congress Obama wanted for two years, were you off the planet while the repugs blocked just about every attempt he made to fix their mess? and they're still doing it, even worse now that they have control of the House.

    August 19, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. Geoz

    I wonder if this will also be reported on Fox.

    August 19, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. usindian

    Anyone not ideologically blinded can see that Bush came in with a surplus and left America in the worst shape. Obama inherited this and still the blame seem to be on Obama. If Obama inherited a surplus or at least an even economy, we could blame Obama. He has been trying to fix the deep hole dug by GWB for his friends.

    No doubts, only those who plant their heads in sand (for listening to Rush) will not see this clear picture.

    August 19, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  13. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Perry is NOT good for this country, neither was George W. Bush!

    August 19, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. William

    "If the shoe fits, wear it"

    August 19, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. Geoz

    LM... I accept your challenge: Texas is the place to be if you want to earn minimum wage or worse. 9.5% of Texans earn that amount.. tied for the highest rate in any state on minimum wage.
    Texas unemployment ranks 26th among states.
    So a lot of people are still unemployed and a lot of the employed are at minimum wage.
    Not the place I want to be.
    READ MY LIPS: NO NEW TEXANS.

    August 19, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. Alan

    Bartlett has always been about self promotion and making money for himself by enticing liberals with exaggerated and asinine comments. Granted Perry misspoke and I am no fan but records count and Texas leads the country in job creation. I do not think Americans are interested in more economic and job losses in the name of social and political justice that our current President has implemented. Moan and scream all you want but people are not stupid enough to elect Obama again who has been and is the poison pill for any economic success.

    August 19, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. Ed Texas

    Bruce Bartlett is totally correct in labeling career politician Rick Perry an idiot. This is something we've known in Texas since he was first elected Texas Agriculture Commissioner over 20 years ago. Perry has threatening to secede Texas from the Union and believes evolution is "just a theory" If you want to take America back to the dark ages, Perry is your man.

    August 19, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Spydyee

    To: LM
    Well I have seen numerous Texans across your state say that they wish they could afford to leave the state because Perry is a bad governor and he has destroyed Texas. Texas Rep. Garnet Coleman has even publicly stated the exact opposite of what you are saying. He said, "If you want a bad job, go to Texas. If you want to work at Carl's Jr., our doors are open, and if you want to go to a crumbling school in a failing school system, this is the place to come." Now when your state legilators are saying that about your state there is a problem. Maybe if you left you elitist office and actually drove into the slums of your cities and looked around or visited the welfare offices in your city you might get a reality check on what is going on in Texas. I have family in Houston and they agree with their representative that Texas is not a good place to be right now. They also happen to agree that Perry is an idiot.

    August 19, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. maine liberal

    "I challenge anyone to say Texas hasn't been the place to be during this recession"
    ACS/xerox in dallas just placed all of ITO on 1 week furlough with out pay.
    One week later 10 percent staff cuts in ITO

    These measures were taken for US staff only. and have been on going for the last 6 years.

    August 19, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. Objectivity

    Actions speak louder than words. Rethoric and liberal theologies won't put money in your purse or get you jobs. Don't judge a book by it's cover but look at it's results. Objectively speaking biased opinions on Perry are toothless. Why are people all going to Texas if Perry was an idiot? Jobs ! Jobs! Jobs! Perry has set a conducive environment for people to get jobs. People don't care whether they are high paying or low paying jobs just give them jobs . If that is what an idiot does then being an idiot must be a good word. Bartlett has not created any jobs so he should just keep his mouth shut.

    August 19, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. Jilli

    Well done Mr. Bartlett! He is an idiot, it'll just take time for others to see through the phony tx tough guy schtick. He's the male version of sarah palin.

    If you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend googling perry's video explaining the success of abstinence only education funding. TX ranks 3rd in the number of teenage pregnancy, yet rick perry thinks the money spent on abstince only is worth it – and that the results are good. We need higher standards – and we don't need rick perry.

    August 19, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  22. panamclipper

    Perry must have a "D" in science too. He believes evolution is just a theory. He believes creationism and evolution are equally valid, that the earth was created in six days 6000 years ago and dinosaurs and man lived together at the same time. Proof that that wasn't the case is that we are still here instead of having been a food source for dinosaurs. Oh yeah, we must have killed them all off like we did the mammoths. He must have thought the "Flintstones" was a documentary.

    Further consider how we arrived at 200+ breeds of dogs from the common wolf, or all the breeds of domestic livestock or all the domesticated crops adapted for man's use, or how bacteria develop resistance to our antibiotics, or how bugs develop resistance to our pesticides.

    Yep, evolution is a myth alright. We need more creationists. Let's do all we can to stamp out any remaining intelligence in this country before it really goes to the dogs. We can do alot for the deficit if we just have the churchs teach science instead of wasting all that money on science classes in schools and universities.

    August 19, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. Holy Cow

    Finally a Republican that is willing to say out loud that the emperor has no clothes. I have not seen a Republican leader with any real appeal since Reagan. There is not a chance in heck I could ever bring myself to vote for Perry or any ticket with him on it. Romney is a sleazy liar but at least he has some intelligence.

    August 19, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. BEn275

    Add Palin and Bachman to the list of idiots.

    August 19, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. Jilli

    Objectivity

    Actions speak louder than words. Rethoric and liberal theologies won't put money in your purse or get you jobs. Don't judge a book by it's cover but look at it's results. Objectively speaking biased opinions on Perry are toothless. Why are people all going to Texas if Perry was an idiot? Jobs ! Jobs! Jobs! Perry has set a conducive environment for people to get jobs. People don't care whether they are high paying or low paying jobs just give them jobs . If that is what an idiot does then being an idiot must be a good word. Bartlett has not created any jobs so he should just keep his mouth shut.

    -

    Then perhaps Perry should keep his mouth shut too because he's not responsible for job creation – the majority were government jobs. Perry is a placeholder on employment in TX – home to the oil industy and the military. We actually lost jobs, not gained them.

    August 19, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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