Rick Perry’s Strategic Attacks on Donald Trump

Rick Perry, who has been lagging in the polls against the the other Republican presidential candidates and at serious risk of missing out on the first debate in two weeks, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has decided that taking on Donald Trump is the best way to boost his name recognition and support.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has already emerged as one of the GOP presidential field’s most vocal critics of Donald Trump, ratcheted up his rhetoric again Wednesday as he slammed the real estate mogul’s presidential bid as a “cancer on conservatism” and warned that, left unchecked, Trump could be the demise of the Republican Party.

“He offers a barking carnival act that can be best described as Trumpism: a toxic mix of demagoguery, mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued,” Perry charged during an address at the Willard Hotel in downtown Washington. “Let no one be mistaken: Donald Trump’s candidacy is a cancer on conservatism, and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised and discarded.”

He’s right, of course, but I’m just impressed that he managed to pronounce all those big words correctly and wonder how many times he had to practice it to make sure. You know, Rick, I don’t think just the glasses are going to be enough to make you look smarter than you are. I suggest actually appearing at all your public events wearing a cap and gown.

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  • daved

    Cap and bells would be more appropriate, though they’d be even more appropriate for Trump.

  • Synfandel

    I bet his mortar board is foil-lined.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    He’s right, of course, but I’m just impressed that he managed to pronounce all those big words correctly and wonder how many times he had to practice it to make sure.

    Oh, please! He’s been working hard over the past few years to sound smart (but not too smart). Plus it’s written phonetically on his teleprompter.

     

    And he’s not right. The GOP without Trump is half a party, with the remaining half mostly consisting of people who won’t vote for those damn hippies in the Democrat party.

    Think of the GOP as emperor Palpatine. Without his hate he’s just an old man in a bathrobe.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    “He offers a barking carnival act that can be best described as Trumpism: a toxic mix of demagoguery, mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued,” Perry charged …

    Yeah, no other Republican has EVER engaged in demagoguery, mean-spiritedness or nonsense, before Trump came along. The War on Drugs, the Willie Horton meltdown, the Elian meltdown, the Schaivo meltdown, the attacks on women who wanted to control their own bodies, the incoherent ravings about Obamacare and Obama’s birth certificate…all that stuff must have come from liberals, not true conservatives, amirite?

  • busterggi

    ” I suggest actually appearing at all your public events wearing a cap and gown.”

    hey, it worked for the Three Stooges.

  • John Pieret

    Perry’s Strategic

    Now there are two words I never expected to see together.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    John: I agree. Perry was caught flat-footed, and now he’s frantically playing catch-up after realizing, too late, that he can’t just ignore Trump. He’s not engaging in “strategic” anything, just trying on masks and personas, one after the other, until he finds one that works. Run on rugged manly good looks? Nope, not enough. Wear glasses to look more innelekshal? Nope. Attack unions? Nope, Scott Walker is way ahead there, and the only unions left are the ones who agree with me anyway…

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Raging Bee #4: the Elian meltdown

    Which prompted me to look into whether anyone in the media has interviewed Elian Gonzalez in the light of improving US- Cuban relations. I found this: Increasingly Visible, Cuba’s Elián González Champions Island’s Government

  • chilidog99

    a toxic mix of demagoguery, mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued,”

    The lack of self-awareness on Perry’s part is astounding.

  • caseloweraz

    Ed: I suggest actually appearing at all your public events wearing a cap and gown.

    Just as long as Perry makes sure it’s not a black robe — otherwise he’d look like one o’them ty-rants.

  • Michael Heath

    The first question the media should ask Mr. Perry is this. Why hasn’t the U.S. suffered from stagflation since 2012 given that the Fed did promoted easy month vs. austerity as Perry promoted back then. Promoted so avidly he encouraged people to lynch the Fed policymakers.

    Ed’s forum used to suffer from a troll at the start of the crash named mroberts. Like Sarah Palin, he was claiming the Fed should promote austerity in 2008 and during the crash. He eventually went away without one mea culpa. In fact like Palin, he’d cherry-pick results to falsely argue we really were suffering from inflation.

    These people need to be called out on their horrendously wrong predictions. Predictions that emanate from their political ideology rather than what experts argued should be done to achieve optimal results.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    “He offers a barking carnival act that can be best described as Trumpism: a toxic mix of demagoguery, mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued,” Perry charged …

    Perry is right, of course. Fortunately he’s here to lead the Republican party back to a less toxic and merely nauseating mix of demagoguery, mean-spiritedness and nonsense.

  • whheydt

    … left unchecked, Trump could be the demise of the Republican Party.

    He says that like it would be a bad thing….

  • StevoR

    @3. Modusoperandi : “Think of the GOP as emperor Palpatine. Without his hate he’s just an old man in a bathrobe.”

    A bathrobe with a lightsaber that is! Plus a Death Star!

    Also whilst hatred was certainly one key emotion Palpatine had and exploited, I think his driving motivation was his lust for power, uuunnnlimmittted POW-AH!