As expected, Texas Governor Rick Perry entered the crowded GOP presidential field over the weekend. Him tossing his hat in the ring was a non-event, as people had been expecting him to enter for a while now. No offense to Michelle Bachmann, but most bets right now are figuring this to be a two-horse race between Perry and former governor Mitt Romney. (Sidenote: is becoming president worth running multiple times and spending millions of your own money??)
Almost immediately, the attacks on Perry started coming.
It’s no secret that the Left loves attacking their political opponents via cracks at their intelligence. Folks on the left will wax poetically on about how intelligent Obama is and how stupid George W. Bush is, or how stupid Michelle Bachmann is. I can’t recall anyone on the Left referring to Al Gore being stupid even though his grades were actually worse than Bush’s. And even when such an observation was made, it was done in a way to still make Gore–the Lefty–not look so bad:
His generally middling college grades at Harvard in fact bear a close resemblance to the corresponding Yale marks of his presidential opponent, George W. Bush, whose studiousness and brainpower have been more open to question during this campaign.
Gore arrived at Harvard with an impressive 1355 SAT score, 625 verbal and 730 math, compared with Bush’s 1206 total from 566 verbal and 640 math. In his sophomore year at Harvard, Gore’s grades were lower than any semester recorded on Bush’s transcript from Yale. That was the year Gore’s classmates remember him spending a notable amount of time in the Dunster House basement lounge shooting pool, watching television, eating hamburgers and occasionally smoking marijuana. His grades temporarily reflected his mildly experimental mood, and alarmed his parents. He received one D, one C-minus, two C’s, two C-pluses and one B-minus, an effort that placed him in the lower fifth of the class for the second year in a row.
But I digress.
Recently, The Huffington Post jumped into the fray by announcing they had obtained a copy of Rick Perry’s college transcript. As is usually the case, the intended implication is that maybe Perry ain’t so bright:
One reason that might explain his hostility toward the system: He didn’t do very well in it. A source in Texas passed The Huffington Post Perry’s transcripts from his years at Texas A&M University. The future politician did not distinguish himself much in the classroom. While he later became a student leader, he had to get out of academic probation to do so. He rarely earned anything above a C in his courses — earning a C in U.S. History, a D in Shakespeare, and a D in the principles of economics. Perry got a C in gym.
Nevermind that the debate should center on what he has done since then, or maybe even focus on his term as governor, or even that release of a transcript without permission of the student may be illegal. No. Let’s go back to college so we can legitimately say (say it along with me now) “Rick Perry is stupid!!”
Now, the other preferred method of attack is to find a way of labeling the GOP as “racist.” Nevermind that the word has been misused so much that most people don’t even know the real definition, or don’t realize that “bigot” or “prejudiced” would probably be better if the argument actually applied.
MSNBC talking head Ed Schultz decided to prove Perry is a racist. Now, mind you, the Left is always on the case when it comes to calling out statements they don’t like, especially when they are made by Limbaugh, Hannity, and other Conservative talking heads. Somehow, they never mind when people like Schultz pull absurd statements out of their sphincter void and toss them out like gospel.
Rick Perry gave a speech where he referred to America’s debt as a “black cloud hanging over us.” So what did Schultz do? He had his people do some selective editing:
Yep. Let’s leave out a key phrase–“that debt”–and make a case out of it, going so far as to invite guests on who you know will agree with you. Schultz did apologize. “On this particular statement, we should not have included it in our coverage of his overheated rhetoric,” he said in a statement. “That’s our mistake. The full context of all of these other statements show who he is and what he stands for.”
In other words, “sorry we faked THAT one, but he’s still a racist!”
Next, we’ll start hearing about how GOP candidates are ugly and dress funny.