With Rick Perry only a few days into his campaign the Ben Bernanke "treasonous behavior" episode provides a telling insight into the long-serving Texas governor: he is brash, bold and unapologetic about being so.
Video Leaves No Doubt as to Perry's Remarks
The video clearly shows governor Perry addressing a group of Iowa voters during his campaign trip to Iowa, and stating that Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke would be engaging in treasonous behavior if he engaged in another round of quantitative easing prior to the 2012 election. In Perry's view that would be reckless behavior as the Federal Reserve would be spending billions of dollars to attempt to support the economy in ways that have proven ineffective, but would give aid to President Obama's reelection bid.
Today in Iowa, Rick Perry told reporters "I am passionate about the issue but I stand by what I said." Perry's bold remarks will probably go down well with the current Republican primary electorate who is mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. The Republican primary electorate hates the too big to fail bank bailouts and quantitative easing.
More than likely in conservative Iowa, Perry is preaching to the choir when he states that any QE3 effort by the Fed would amount to treasonous behavior by the Fed Chairman. A major question for the Perry campaign is how well his bold, brash, and unrepentant remarks will play outside of Texas and Iowa. It is highly unlikely that Perry will change his style. Rick Perry isn't afraid to make strong statements and doesn't apologize Â— as the longest-serving governor in the country it's worked for him politically.
Are American Voters Ready for a Strong Talking Unapologetic Candidate?
The all-important independent voters are not used to a politician who actually says what's on his mind, and doesn't tailor answers to questions to match up with the most recent polls. However, the country, including independents, may just be fed up enough with gutless sound bite, poll opinion oriented politicians to embrace a straight talker like Perry, who is willing to take a firm stand on important issues.
No doubt about it, Texas Governor Rick Perry and his entry into the 2012 campaign for President is going to steal a lot of thunder from the other Republican candidates. At a time when the electorate is fed up with political gridlock in America and has developed a "throw the bums out" mentality, a bold talking Perry will likely emerge as the front-runner for the Republican nomination for President.
If the economy remains as poor as it is today by the November 2012 election, the United States may have another Texan occupying the White House. And who would Perry pick as his running mate? Early speculation is that it could be another physically attractive well-known politician, headline grabbing, conservative media darling Sarah Palin.
That possibility should give fed up, not going to take it anymore American voters something to really think about as they step into the voting booth. Would Americans reelect a President Obama who so far has shown questionable weak leadership abilities, or choose two beauty contest winning politicians whose election would probably dismay every leader in the developed world?
Oy! What a choice American voters will likely have in 2012. What shape will the nation be in by 2016?
Texas Governor Rick Perry