'Idiot' jab lobbed at Perry
August 19th, 2011
08:56 AM ET
11 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.

Filed under: 2012 • Federal Reserve • Rick Perry
soundoff (539 Responses)
  1. M.K.

    Perry had better put one of the mega church preachers on his payroll, because he needs all the help he can muster. If praying is as strong as Perry thinks it is, he had better shoot for the moon and try to get one of the Grahams or maybe Pat Robertson. He needs a heavy hitter that's for sure.

    August 19, 2011 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  2. S1N

    I was thinking about a week ago,"I hope the GOP can produce a plausible candidate that I can consider voting for in 2012". Instead, I got Rick Perry. As much as it pains me, I might be stuck voting for Mickey Mouse or Eric Cartman. I love write-ins!

    August 19, 2011 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  3. chris

    TP Mike, you are truly a Tea party idiot just like Perry

    August 19, 2011 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  4. chris

    Perry is an IDIOT. facts are facts and thats that

    August 20, 2011 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  5. M.K.

    The whiny Senator from Alabama, the one that appears to be dipping snuff when he addresses the Senate, would make Perry a good running mate. He is almost as dumb as Perry.

    August 20, 2011 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  6. M.K.

    Tea Party Mike must be getting ready to run for something, he uses the phrase "going forward" like a good Republican. Just what in the hell does going forward refer to anyhow, as opposed to going backward like the Republicans want us to do and depend on Reagan's trickle down economic policy. What a bunch of do-dos.

    August 20, 2011 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  7. StephenfromDallas

    For those of you not living in Texas all your life, an Aggie is a graduate of Texas A&M University. Their minds are generally ok before they went to A&M. Once they come out, their minds are generally unstable, and their IQ were magically reduced by a factor of two to ten, with the cadets being in the eight to ten range.
    Rick Perry is a typical Aggie cadet which is very good to all the Aggies, but a trajedy to the rest of the population. If, God forbid, he ever becomes the US President, America will undoubtedly become the laughing stock of the world !
    So, for the sake of the country, Mr. Perry, please be a true Aggie and withdraw from being a candidate for the President of this country. Just be the governor for another twenty years, ok ?

    August 20, 2011 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  8. thomas

    Sorry stacey , that was ment for Mark from Louisiana !

    August 20, 2011 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  9. cathyinca

    I agree, Perry is an idiot. So is Obama, only much more so!

    August 20, 2011 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  10. memo2

    I'm not agree with Rick's plan but he is right some one need to stop Bernanke's economical disorder..

    August 20, 2011 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  11. Rick

    So there IS an intelligent Republican in the country.....who would have thought???

    August 20, 2011 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  12. Melo-D

    No argument here

    August 20, 2011 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  13. Kiki

    I love when these guys get rolling since it all but guarantees that any half sane moderates and independents will be back in the Obama column before you can say...Heehaw! Oh, and Dominionists like Perry are a disgrace to Christianity.

    August 20, 2011 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  14. w

    Bartlett supported Obama in 2008. He is obviously a much bigger idiot than Perry.

    August 20, 2011 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  15. Mr Fabulous46

    If you look at the photo of Parry that accompanies this article he looks remarkably like Josh Brolin who played "W" in the Oliver Stone movie of the same name. If you don't know the movie, it was a savage portrayal of him as a bumbling, dim, false-machismo Texan who was a puppet of his handlers: Cheyney (whose daughter is married to another woman!!), Karl Rove, et all. It's the same with every photo or interview I've seen of Parry. He's posing and acting how he thinks a Texan should act. Someone close to him needs to tell him that the Upper 49 are having a good old time at his expense and he should stop behaving the fool. He really is a moron. Fool me once (George W. Bush) shame on you; fool me twice (Rick Parry) shame on me!!

    August 20, 2011 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  16. Hardy Campbell

    Count me as yet another Texan who certifies that Perry is a 24 karat, dyed-in-the-wool, no-doubts-about-it, take-this-check-and-cash-it imbecile that actually makes Dumbya Bush look smart by knuckle-dragging comparison. The only chance Perry has to get elected president is if he has his lips surgically sewn together and has both hands cut off; in this way he cannot speak like a brain-dead fungus nor write his vapid stupidities down on paper. Only in rabidly white trash, gun-totin', evangelical neo-con nutjob Texas could someone as incredibly and preposterously cretinous achieve a position of power. But after Bush, DeLay and Gramm, is there any criminal idiot we won't elect?

    August 20, 2011 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  17. Jeffrey

    When do the bumper stickers go on sale? Sounds like an opportunity for someone out there.

    August 20, 2011 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  18. Kurgen

    Being an idiot is actually a positive for a candidate. Idiots can be easily manipulated, what we don't need is smart, honorable and consistent people as President, guys like Ron Paul should be ignored, he's even got integrity, a definite drawback. Perry has all the assets to be a model President for Corporate America.

    August 20, 2011 04:51 am at 4:51 am |
  19. kennethr

    I was visting my mom and stepdad who live in Waco.And bob told me the weather is changing.like what would be in a part of the country the weather is cold .now it's getting that way in texas.Are we ready for another teas president .dumb and dumber.Wake up and do the job you were put in office for.i dont take much stock in the tea party.it's their way or the highway.just ask any republican if you dont do as they tell you they will make sure you dont get reelected.me i dont want people like that to the country.they probley were all ways getting their way when they were growing up.

    August 20, 2011 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  20. Grazia

    Another republican, religious, cowboy idiot from Texas with no clue, just what the country needs.

    August 20, 2011 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  21. frank

    Much like W, Mr. Perry has the ability to kneel and confer with Jesus.It will all work out and some lame brain Americans will actually vote for him.

    August 20, 2011 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  22. abdc1

    If he and idiot ,then he fits in Washington as of today standards.

    August 20, 2011 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  23. Tom

    No doubt someone who served under W would have experience spotting idiots.

    August 20, 2011 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  24. Franny

    Living in Texas for more than 60 years? I disagree with former President Clinton. Perry is NOT that good looking in my opinion, but I agree that he's a "Rascal" for sure! He has hurt the Children, Women, the Elderly, the disabled, and that's just the tip of the iceberg! Please folks, don't be taken in by this hypocrite, because it appears to this Texan that he's not of good character that he tries to portray. In my opinion he's hurt many here in Texas, and God only knows what damage he could inflect on this Nation! Please, beware of sheep in wolf's clothing, or should I say coyote's clothing?

    August 20, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  25. Tom Legare

    definition of an idiot, "a person who can't see the forest for the tress". Yep Rick fits it!!

    August 20, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
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