'Idiot' jab lobbed at Perry
August 19th, 2011
08:56 AM ET
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'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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soundoff (539 Responses)
  1. Adam

    Perry desires for America to get its fiscal house in order, he exposes the Fed's corrupt actions, and he gets called an idiot for it.

    First off, that's real constructive, Bruce. Secondly, Rick Perry is only trying to help save the country.

    August 19, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. normajean

    Perry is following the lead of the other Repub. candidates.......not knowing when to keep his foot out of his mouth. It is really amazing, but the Republican candidates have a way of talking themselves into a corner., very often with exaggerations, mostly with outright lies. They must think that we voters out here are really stupid. They don't seem to know that we READ, LISTEN and THINK!!! Our eyes are wide open and we aren't missing a thing!!!!!

    August 19, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. NVa Native

    @ no Objectivity ~ No matter how much fox spin you spew, facts can't be denied (or science & history) Obama's stimulus worked by the simple fact we are not in the Bush/GOP Great Depression, but are recovering from the Bush/GOP Great Recession.

    August 19, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Steven

    Well damn I guess then next thing im going to see is a Hockey Team from Hell, cuz its all frozen now..

    August 19, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. modmike

    Mr. Bartlett...that's nothing new....

    August 19, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. Recovering Republican

    This article is an insult to idiots around the world. Idiots my be stupid, but they are not anywhere as corrupt as this cookie cutter GOP sound bite of a politician. I say it again. Sell Minnesota to Canada, sell Texas to Mexico, and let America become America once again. If Canada and Mexico refuse to make an offer, threaten to kill NAFTA.

    August 19, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. FactCheck

    mike – Too bad most real Americans realize Bernanke is a traitor, so Perry's got my vote.


    Yeah, you and the other 18% of the population that makes up the Tea Party gang. Good luck trying to convince anyone with half a brain with your Fox News talking points.

    August 19, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Beverly - NYC

    Bartlett you had me at Rick Perry is an idiot. I have to agree given what I've read about him so far.

    However you lost me with: "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.

    Mr. Bartlet would those open seat perhaphs be for nominees before the House of No, which has done their level best to hold up appointment hearing while blaming the President for government ineffeciences.

    August 19, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Trevor Adams

    Bruce Bartlett is a former advisor to Reagan in the sense that Ann Coulter is a former MSNBC employee. This guy's livelihood is based entirely upon ripping the ripping the free market, then hiding behind the caveat "...and I worked for Reagan!" Read his NYT columns. He's left of Krugman. Oh, and he doesn't even have a degree in economics.

    August 19, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. Chuck

    Sadly for the country, this whole bunch of people are quite sad. The state of Texas may think he is the right man for the job down there, but most of America has moved way beyond the days of the wild west. We don't need a leader that walks or talks like John Wayne. And his empty threat directed toward Ben Bernake was laughable if it weren't so serious. He's perfect for the tea party, but not for those of us that truely want to move forward from where we find ourselves. What people forget is that it took years of poor leadership and incompetency to get us into thiss mess, and it will take a few more to get us out of it. But to think of handing the reins over to this buffoon would be a bigger joke than George W. Bush was.

    August 19, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. TinMT

    Very well stated Leo!

    August 19, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. FactCheck

    There are PLENTY of Dems who think that Obama is a disgrace and leading us to disaster.


    Just like all those PUMAs that were going to tank the 2008 election because of what happened with Hillary, right? Keep at it with those Fox News talking points.. you are only fooling yourself.

    August 19, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. Blackman in America

    LMBAO................................it true, but what is too funni you actually have people thinking this "idiot" is another "leader of the white world"................LOL.......LOL............LOL. STUPID is another word that could used here.

    August 19, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. Mike

    "Rick Perry's an idiot, and I don't think anyone would disagree with that,"

    I'd venture to say that there are probably plenty of people who would disagree with that.

    Now who is the idiot Mr. Bartlett?

    August 19, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. ReallY!!?

    If Perry is an idiot then what do u call the moron in the WH who thinks we should just keep spending to fix the economy as the country is bankrupt? How about dumb as a box of rocks? Or Insane!!!

    August 19, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |

    Please CNN, send people to look into the scandals associated with Perry!!

    August 19, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. JS

    Yes, Perry is an idiot. As are most of the reality-TV style politicians the Republicans have pushed into the spotlight over the past few years. What happened to the Conservatives of the past – stodgy, serious, number-crunching penny pinchers who may not have reflected the social consciousness of our country, but certainly held the side of reason??? Today, we are presented with weird, uneducated bozos as the Republican choice. It's really disheartening.
    I used to like the balance we had between those who want to take care of everyone and coddle society (Dems) and those who argued (reasonably) that capitalist business focus would create a better way of life for everyone (Republicans). Today, there is no such balance. Dems still want to take care of every little underdog and the new Republicans are just a bunch of bizarre goofs without any solid facts to create real debate against the other viewpoint. Instead, they use bully tactics to render impotent an administration they disagree with.
    Never before have we seen a minority group in congress use so many fillibusters to block MOST of the presidents' nominations to key posts, to block MOST attempts at legislation, to block ANY progress at all.
    Perry is just one more of this looney group.

    August 19, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    An idiot Perry is but wait, that's not all he is, the best is yet to come and Perry will dropout.

    August 19, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. cathstar

    We already had an "idiot" ex-governor of Texas as President and look where it got us. That's quite enough.

    August 19, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. Celia Hoades

    It's nice to see a Republican exposing other Republicans. Perry is an idiot. So is Palin, Bachmann, Paul, Cain and Gingrich. But they all now how to collect free money, fly first class, eat well, and spend the money other idiots send to them.

    August 19, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. mtillerco

    The next thing Perry will say will be something about smoking them out!!!

    August 19, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. Andrew

    Perry turns my stomach inside out. If you want to remove your state from america and now your want to lead america, what does that say about your intelligence, sincerity, humanity? You are a moron who does not deserve to lead our nation. I'd vote for romney, even ron paul. But not for perry.

    August 19, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. MAngeline

    Both Perry and Bachmann are going to self-immolate shortly. You can't make the crazy statements that these two do and expect to win a national election. Their religious zealotry also scares alot of people...me for one!

    August 19, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  24. Nija

    He is indeed and idoit. Ask the President of Texas how much was the surplus we had in 2009 and the deficit of 2011?

    August 19, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. Richard

    From what I have seen of the current administration and Bernanke they are the ones that are idots.... they have not done a thing. There focus is way off... and Bartlett has no business talking about Perry..... there are simple rules...you don't spend more than you take in and bottom line.... neither Republican or Dems are worth anything.... they have all voted themselves pay increases when we are in a bad economy...while the rest of us are out of work... I have been for 18 months... and others want Perry or others to talk respectful about the administration.... give me a break.... time to grow up... this country needs some tough talk and action. right now none of the parties are capable to do anything.

    August 19, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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