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August 17, 2011

GOP Foes, Team Obama Pile on New Frontrunner Perry

By Chris Stirewalt

Published August 17, 2011 |

Welcome to the Big Rodeo, Gov. Perry

“Everybody who runs for president, it probably takes them a little bit of time before they start realizing that this isn’t like running for governor or running for senator or running for Congress, and you’ve got to be a little more careful about what you say.”

— President Obama on CNN warning Rick Perry about his comments on the prospect of more stimulus by Federal reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

Did you hear? Rick Perry threatened to execute Ben Bernanke and suggested that the reason the economy was in such bad shape is because President Obama is black.

Wednesday saw a full-blown media hyperventilation – stoked by the president and White House press secretary – over Perry’s comments that it would be “almost treasonous” if the Federal Reserve chairman were to print more money in a bid to boost the wilting economy in advance of the 2012 election.

The Obama campaign and its liberal backers have begun to build the narrative that Perry is a reckless and radical figure, including one cable and radio host who cut a Perry sound bite to make it seem that Perry had said Obama was “a dark cloud” hanging over the American economy instead of what he did say, which was that uncertainty and debt were dark clouds hanging over the economy. This led to a long discussion about Perry’s secret racism and the racist tendencies of the Tea Party movement.

Meanwhile, other reporters have been digging through the trove of piquant Perry statements from his decade governing Texas, including the hot microphone moment when he left the set of a querulous TV interview saying “adios mofo.”

More moderate Republicans and backers of fellow frontrunner Mitt Romney first took offense to Perry’s remarks about Bernanke on Monday, but by Tuesday afternoon, the White House was joining the pile on, with the press secretary warning that Perry should watch his tone.

While Donald Trump was able to force Obama to show a copy of his birth certificate, the concerted attack on Perry shows the sharpest reaction yet to a Republican candidate by the administration and the rest of the campaign. It’s flattering for the Texan in a way, but it also reveals the greatest threat to his dive to the nomination: a quick burnout.

Certainly the administration and the Romney campaign would both benefit if Perry’s rapid rise resulted in an equally rapid blowout. Obama could reinforce his “reckless and radical” charge against Perry and Romney would be the last man standing for the GOP.

The question for Perry now, having taken his first big step into the center ring of the political media circus, is whether he can learn to tamp down homespun hyperbole without losing the heat that is finally firing up long-dissatisfied Republican primary voters.

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