Top story on CNN.com today: George Bush was way more sensible than Rick Perry

posted at 9:27 pm on August 17, 2011 by Allahpundit

It’s not the top story as I write this, but here’s the screencap from earlier this afternoon:

That link went to this piece by Texas liberal James “Bush’s Brain” Moore, who’s suddenly the hottest ticket in cable news for his willingness to tell panicky leftists that Perry will succeed in bringing about the wingnut apocalypse that Bush only dared dream of. Why is utterly predictable hackery running in a slot that’s normally reserved for hard news? You already know why.

When Bush came to Austin, he held private meetings with each of the 181 state senators and representatives from both parties. He asked them what their legislative agenda included, shared what was on his radar and discussed how they might work together. An astonishing notion, cooperation, but in politics common sense often passes for genius.

Perry, though, was having none of that stinking compromise and kumbaya business. A coalition of hard-right conservatives had taken control of the Legislature, and they weren’t interested in a governor who cut deals. But they didn’t have to push Perry to the right-hand edge of their flat earth; he bravely led them…

Bush might have contemplated reductions in health care for budget cuts and forced up your property taxes with a legislative shell game, but he would have at least felt bad about it. Perry would tell you either not to get sick or make enough money to buy your own damned health care and shut up and pay your property taxes because we need you to underwrite all the tax breaks we give corporations coming to Texas because they are going to make campaign donations.

Perry thinks of W as a country club Republican, a politician too willing to work out deals. Bush doesn’t think of Perry much at all. The people who want Jesus as a screensaver on every computer in public schools, call women who have had abortions “baby killers,” think that being a homosexual is a “lifestyle choice,” and are convinced that humans once saddled up and rode west on dinosaurs; these people all made Bush uncomfortable. But Perry loves them. He shares many of their beliefs. They helped elect him governor.

Thus does the new Hitler become the reluctant Hitler in hindsight. Elsewhere in the piece we discover (a) Bush dressed like less of a poseur than Perry and (b) both men were cheerleaders in college, which should be disqualifying because, and I quote, “No one has yet adequately explained how America can elect cheerleaders to the position of national quarterback.” Top story today. CNN.com.

Ed says this guy wins the super-hack award for most predictable Bush/Perry narrative, but I don’t want to cheat Moore. Can they share the honor? After all, they’re both contributors to CNN, which seems to be trying to out-MSNBC MSNBC in its embrace of the “if you thought Dubya was a scary Texan, just wait” storyline. Speaking of which, via News Busters, here’s Chris Matthews innocently wondering if Rick Perry would have opposed … school desegregation. Only 14 more months!

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itsnotaboutme on August 17, 2011 at 9:30 PM

18 hours, 32 minutes after the Rasmussen poll…

I win the pool!!

PA Guy on August 17, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Yeah, great try libs! We all remember how harshly you all portrayed President Bush.
We are not buying it.

carbon_footprint on August 17, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Points for prescience, Allah.

But I predicted that the sun would come up this morning. I should get a few points myself.

KingGold on August 17, 2011 at 9:31 PM

The warmongering, child murdering offspring of a Hell’s-Troika involving Hitler, Pol Pot, and Genghis Khan was sensible?

Man, times they are a changin’.

Bishop on August 17, 2011 at 9:32 PM

CNN 2008: BUSH IS HITLER!!!

CNN 2011: PERRY IS HITLER!!!

No wonder nobody watches their terrible channel.

Vegi on August 17, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Miss me yet?

Apparently, CNN votes yes!

massrighty on August 17, 2011 at 9:34 PM

As predictable as it comes.

Like I told someone else the other day: Democrats & liberals are going to lose their f***ing minds when this guy beats Obama. They won’t be able to comprehend what just happened.

Vyce on August 17, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Oh how much do we love the Lame Stream Media?

UGH and talking heads wonder why people shut off their TVs rather than listen to this crap!

Cookies Mom on August 17, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Associated Press heavily pushing “Confederate flag” thing.

SouthernGent on August 17, 2011 at 9:35 PM

CNN must be reading HA for their storylines! Tee them up, Allah. What’s next? Which media source questions Perry’s affection for livestock?

DrStock on August 17, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Love it!

John_Locke on August 17, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Associated Press heavily pushing “Confederate flag” thing.

SouthernGent on August 17, 2011 at 9:35 PM

I noticed that and I am really shocked that Hot Air has not touched that yet. Surely 2K comments.

carbon_footprint on August 17, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Oy. It’s going to be a long campaign season. My prediction: anyone who runs against Obama is a Hitlerian racist.

Count it!

Rational Thought on August 17, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Speaking of desegregation, maybe Mathews should have asked Sen. Byrd… oh wait. Nevermind!

Mike Rathbone on August 17, 2011 at 9:39 PM

CNN must be reading HA for their storylines! Tee them up, Allah. What’s next? Which media source questions Perry’s affection for livestock?

DrStock on August 17, 2011 at 9:36 PM

They don’t even have to go that far. All they have to do is pursue the “multiple-sourced story” that Rick Perry is teh ghey.

KingGold on August 17, 2011 at 9:39 PM

C’mon, they are obviously promoting Perry with a leftist negative indicator assist. If they wanted to damage Perry, they would talk about how sensible they think his immigration policy is.

Buddahpundit on August 17, 2011 at 9:39 PM

But but but but I thought Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia and friends with Eastasia?

Defector01 on August 17, 2011 at 9:39 PM

…both men were cheerleaders in college,

Whoa, hold on there. Bush was a cheerleader. Perry was a Yell Leader. Big difference.

Google it.

SlaveDog on August 17, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Top story on CNN.com today: George Bush was way more sensible than Rick Perry

I love it. Means Perry has them by the short hairs.

Hey, MSM, Perry will make you wish you had Bush again.

petefrt on August 17, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Can’t think of anything but how foolish these media-ferrets have become. Yeah, Perry wanted school segregation, meaning between those who wanted their kids forced into a school not of their choice vs. those who wanted to choose which school their kids went to. By trying for the latter, no question he’s Bull Connor, with a water hose.

TXUS on August 17, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Can’t use blame w meme no more libs

cmsinaz on August 17, 2011 at 9:43 PM

yeah, I caught a wee-bit of hardball while on the treadmill this afternoon. Dude, Mathews and Joan Walsh and some dude from Univ of Notre Dame were off the chain over Perry. Bull Connor? CM doubled down on it today–race card, conservatives are down on blacks, all of it. It was over the top.

ted c on August 17, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Guaranteed rational thought

Guaranteed

cmsinaz on August 17, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Watching that Howard Fineman clip makes me chuckle at the “Eisenhower Institute Fellow” woman the other night from New Hampshire who about knocked Fineman over with her “Yes! Yes, Perry can beat Obama in New Hampshire! People are mad!”

Marcus on August 17, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Moved to Texas in the early 90′s after living in California and DC, so I’ve lived with first Bush and then Perry as governors. Man it’s been horrible, bought a big house, at the cost of less than 2 bedrooms in Palo Alto, that has done nothing but go up in value, built a career that has grown only slightly better than the Texas economy, sent my kids to public schools where in early grade school they had gun safety classes and learned about Travis and Sam Houston and eventually were admitted, with many classmates, to universities that are only in the top 20 in the country, had a heart operation locally at a hospital ranked only in the top 10 in the country for such procedures,

damn, it’s a wonder I’ve survived in this hell hole – I mean it must be since we’ve had such idiots for governors – right?

/sarc

god the media are provincial idiots.

Over50 on August 17, 2011 at 9:45 PM

How can they top their 8 yrs of bush hate

cmsinaz on August 17, 2011 at 9:45 PM

There is already been more vetting of Perry than 5 years with Obama

The Notorious G.O.P on August 17, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Over50 on August 17, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Shhh!
Don’t give people from the other 49 states any ideas.

carbon_footprint on August 17, 2011 at 9:46 PM

The GOP will agree to allow Matthews on the debate panel.

Watch.

artist on August 17, 2011 at 9:47 PM

How can they top their 8 yrs of bush hate

cmsinaz on August 17, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Not sure how, my friend, but if Perry beats Obama, we are definitely going to see them try.

carbon_footprint on August 17, 2011 at 9:47 PM

It begins!

ZK on August 17, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Rush called this earlier.These idiots didn’t wait,what,3 days?:) Hey media,how do you like being so predictable?

ohiobabe on August 17, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Indeed carbon

Tru dat notorious

cmsinaz on August 17, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Hee hee

gophergirl on August 17, 2011 at 9:50 PM

This is the best campaign ad that Perry could have ever received.

And … it’s FREE!

HondaV65 on August 17, 2011 at 9:50 PM

…Mathews and Joan Walsh…over the top.

ted c on August 17, 2011 at 9:43 PM

That’s what it says on the cable guide if you click “Info” on the remote.

SlaveDog on August 17, 2011 at 9:51 PM

Not sure how, my friend, but if Perry beats Obama, we are definitely going to see them try.

carbon_footprint on August 17, 2011 at 9:47 PM

They’ll go violent. Okay – strike that … they’ll be MORE VIOLENT than they are now, and it’s going to be pretty terrible.

However, having won everything in 2008 … and then to go into the dregs in 2012 … I’m telling you – if they lose the Senate, the White House – and don’t retake the house …

Many will give up and go violent. Bank that – it’s in their nature.

HondaV65 on August 17, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Let me repost this from another thread

To use that great movie quote

” Assphincters say what?”

bluemarlin on August 17, 2011 at 9:48 PM

bluemarlin on August 17, 2011 at 9:52 PM

What a meltdown the left is having.

disa on August 17, 2011 at 9:53 PM

When Bush came to Austin, he held private meetings with each of the 181 state senators and representatives from both parties. He asked them what their legislative agenda included, shared what was on his radar and discussed how they might work together. An astonishing notion, cooperation, but in politics common sense often passes for genius. Perry, though, was having none of that stinking compromise and kumbaya business.

This is amusing. It was Bush’s willingness to compromise (i.e. spend) that got us into trouble in the first place. He didn’t veto a single bill until his second term in office. The last thing we need now is a “go along to get along” Republican.

Erich66 on August 17, 2011 at 9:54 PM

After the bs with ABC nothing shocks me. This is going to be a war and the only difference this time is how many people are retarded enough to want Obama to keep the keys?? I have actually had several liberals at other places agree that Obama sucks but…….

Southernblogger on August 17, 2011 at 9:54 PM

It’s going to be All Perry All the Time.

SlaveDog on August 17, 2011 at 9:54 PM

The media, in its attempt to portray Perry as worse, will end up stressing that they’re two different types of people who don’t like each other very much.

Something tells me that’ll come back to bite them. When the Dem line will be “we don’t need another Bush”, people will have heard for months that Perry and Bush are different characters.

How is that helpful?

amerpundit on August 17, 2011 at 9:54 PM

They’ll go violent. Okay – strike that … they’ll be MORE VIOLENT than they are now, and it’s going to be pretty terrible.

However, having won everything in 2008 … and then to go into the dregs in 2012 … I’m telling you – if they lose the Senate, the White House – and don’t retake the house …

Many will give up and go violent. Bank that – it’s in their nature.

HondaV65 on August 17, 2011 at 9:52 PM

In parts of the country that might happen, in other parts I am betting they will find they are not in London anymore!

bluemarlin on August 17, 2011 at 9:54 PM

bluemarlin on August 17, 2011 at 9:52 PM

In the Headlines, they’re building a new Noah’s Arc.

I’d prefer a new Noah’s Arcade.

Good Solid B-Plus on August 17, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Honda….armegeddon?

cmsinaz on August 17, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Many will give up and go violent. Bank that – it’s in their nature.

HondaV65 on August 17, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Yeah, I believe that. Not the Tea Party kind of violence, but real violence.

Just wondering how the flash mobs in Philly, Chicago and NYC are going to react?

carbon_footprint on August 17, 2011 at 9:55 PM

For those of you hoodwinked by the narrative that Perry and Dubya are enemies, read this article.

Perry, who was considering a presidential run, said he took that opportunity to ask Bush about his thoughts on whether the governor should get in the race. According to Perry, Bush replied, “‘you’ll do what’s right.’ He said ‘you don’t want to wake up when you’re 70 and go, ‘I wish I’d have tried that. I wish I had done that.’

carbon_footprint on August 17, 2011 at 9:51 PM

I’ve had similar professional conversations with people I disliked.

Of course – he’s going to talk to Bush before declaring – it’s the nice thing to do. No sense in offending a guy who has allies that can make your life hell.

And of course – Bush responded quite nicely also. “you’ll do the right thing” – is not exactly a “Yee-Ha do it bud I’m behind you!”.

Don’t read too much into that convo.

Feel free to read EVERYTHING into Tokyo Rove’s condemnation of Perry – and the condemnation of Perry from Bush’s former Deputy Press Secretary.

HondaV65 on August 17, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Perry has the Establishment, the RINO’s and the Libtard’s crapping in their pants.

Knucklehead on August 17, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Perry has the Establishment, the RINO’s and the Libtard’s crapping in their pants.

Knucklehead on August 17, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Yes, which tells us exactly who they want to win the primaries, albeit for different reasons.

carbon_footprint on August 17, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Push back. Push back. Push back. By not doing so, Dubya lost the media war. Push back and phuck their ‘civility’. Feel free to laugh hard whenever someone talks about how sophisticated the Europeans are. Your beloved British aren’t the people you thought they were in WW2. Let’s face it, neither are you. Time to move on.

Fortunata on August 17, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Over50 on August 17, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Well stated, fellow Texan, but remember this: As much as I might give credit to the Governors and Legislators and Courts of our state, it is the people that make them do what’s right. Same for that other country, the USA, which we are currently a part of. And, that’s the only salvation, the people. What makes Texas great is the same thing that once made the USA great, the power being with the people first, the government but their servant, their slave, and not the other way around.

TXUS on August 17, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Honda….armegeddon?

cmsinaz on August 17, 2011 at 9:55 PM

You’ve got two views of America’s future – one is Conservative – and a return to the founding principles. The other view is LIberal – which wants to supplant all founding principles with those of socialism.

If the Socialists lose in 2012 … they aren’t likely to sit by and just watch us disassemble the New Deal.

Which is why we need to elect a REAL Conservative who will have guts to disassemble the nanny state AND take a hard line with libbies.

HondaV65 on August 17, 2011 at 9:59 PM

There is already been more vetting of Perry than 5 years with Obama

The Notorious G.O.P on August 17, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Lots of talk about his Cs and Ds – just like Obama.

Oh wait – we’ve never seen Obama’s transcripts.

disa on August 17, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Whitehouse must be cracking down pretty hard on CNN. Someone there is looking to score an Obama interview in the next month or so. MSNBCNN

BruthaMan on August 17, 2011 at 10:00 PM

carbon_footprint on August 17, 2011 at 9:51 PM

I like Dubya, but don’t trust those people. Bushies were all over the almost treason comment crapping on Perry.

Southernblogger on August 17, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Here goes the LSM trying to pick “OUR” candidate by destroying one they are afraid of…

“F” them…

Khun Joe on August 17, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Don’t give people from the other 49 states any ideas.
carbon_footprint on August 17, 2011 at 9:46 PM

There’s 57 states.

Bigot.

Bishop on August 17, 2011 at 10:04 PM

The Bush clan and their front hate Perry because he is the genuine Texan.

Love that the Obamas/media and the Bushes/elittists are all soiling their diapers over Perry. It s/b a symbol of pride for Perry.

Krauthammer ever so subtly was pushing Romney today.

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Just wondering how the flash mobs in Philly, Chicago and NYC are going to react?

carbon_footprint on August 17, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Hey, if they want to destroy their own cities, and the rest of the inhabitants let them – meh, I don’t care. As long as no federal money is spent on those losers.

disa on August 17, 2011 at 10:05 PM

I must have seen the clip of Obama doing today’s little talk a dozen times this evening. It’s Obama prancing around waxing eloquent in front of hundreds of empty pallets.

I’m sure he has no idea what a pallet is and the optics of hundreds of empty ones behind him while he promotes raising taxes.

Obama has taken cluelessness to a whole new level.

SlaveDog on August 17, 2011 at 10:06 PM

There’s 57 states.

Bigot.

Bishop on August 17, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Doh! I forgot, since 2008 we have 57.
Kind of like Spain began pronouncing the letter “d” as “th” because the king had a lisp.

carbon_footprint on August 17, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Hey, if they want to destroy their own cities, and the rest of the inhabitants let them – meh, I don’t care. As long as no federal money is spent on those losers.

disa on August 17, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Agreed.

carbon_footprint on August 17, 2011 at 10:08 PM

When the Dem line will be “we don’t need another Bush”, people will have heard for months that Perry and Bush are different characters.

How is that helpful?

amerpundit on August 17, 2011 at 9:54 PM

You’d think, right? But we’ve all seen the LSM push two apparently mutually exclusive and contradictory memes simultaneously: e.g., 1) tea partiers are poorly educated lower middle class hicks who vote against self interest and 2) tea partiers are selfish upper middle class sububanites who don’t want to share their wealth with the more deserving.

They do it all the time …

Firefly_76 on August 17, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Perry because he is the genuine Texan.

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2011 at 10:04 PM

But Moore tells me that Bush is more authentically Texan and Perry’s a poseur because of his boots or something, so it must be true. /

Firefly_76 on August 17, 2011 at 10:10 PM

This will profoundly influence CNN’s audience of overnight housekeeping crews at airport terminal waiting rooms.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on August 17, 2011 at 10:10 PM

TXUS – I agree, we have a good system that counts for a lot in Texas; I especially credit no income tax and limits on the legislature meeting; but if Bush and Perry were the idiots the media tries to portray, we would have still been in serious trouble over the past couple decades.

Carbon-footprint – I hear you; I thought my mention of gun safety classes in public elementary schools would scare most of them off. (I didn’t even get around to mentioning how the millions of local prejudiced hicks elected a lesbian as mayor.)

Over50 on August 17, 2011 at 10:12 PM

If Perry is less sensible than Bush, I am all for Perry.

steveracer on August 17, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Whoa, hold on there. Bush was a cheerleader. Perry was a Yell Leader. Big difference.

Google it.

SlaveDog on August 17, 2011 at 9:40 PM

HUGE difference.

txag92 on August 17, 2011 at 10:15 PM

(I didn’t even get around to mentioning how the millions of local prejudiced hicks elected a lesbian as mayor.)

Over50 on August 17, 2011 at 10:12 PM

It was actually all the liberals/minorites that voted for Mayor Porker. The city of houston, except for a few pockets, is blue, like so many big cities. It starts getting red as you get away from the center.

TxAnn56 on August 17, 2011 at 10:26 PM

As i said last night, Moore is a liar, a traitor to Texas, and a Mofo. He makes part of his lefty bona fides by dissing and lying about Texas.

Mo Fo. He can kiss my Texas as s, and then go to hell.

juliesa on August 17, 2011 at 10:28 PM

I loved that W defended our country and kicked some JeeHad A$$.

But he was no fiscal Conservative. In fact, he was quite the Keynesian.

It’ll be fun to watch Liberal heads explode when a true Supply Sider with a minor in Regeanomics takes the oath a year from January.

DrW on August 17, 2011 at 10:32 PM

Macho Texas is still seeking psychological counseling trying to reconcile the fact that its two most popular governors in the modern era were cheerleaders. Bush first learned to hold the bullhorn to his mouth at Andover, and Perry, who prefers the term “yell leader,” rallied the cadets at Texas A&M.

I didn’t read past that, because the stupid became too painful to endure. Especially in Perry’s case, where the all-male and mostly military yell leaders are elected by the student body and get a lot more votes than the student council offices.

juliesa on August 17, 2011 at 10:41 PM

What a waste of your time.

Perry fans might as well lose this attitude that no one is supposed to compare Perry to Bush. I suppose if some other liberal comes out of Chicago to run for POTUS someday, you won’t compare them to Obama at all.

Moesart on August 17, 2011 at 10:42 PM

You wonder if these guys heads will explode holding in the dissonance of praising Bush to pillor Perry.

Wait…may it happened at birth.

itsspideyman on August 17, 2011 at 10:53 PM

Stop it with the Perry posts, neocons.

iamse7en on August 18, 2011 at 12:07 AM

If Perry is less sensible than Bush, I am all for Perry.

steveracer on August 17, 2011 at 10:15 PM

That is exactly why they are trashing Perry. Because liberals will feel a tingle down their legs when we elect a real conservative.

pedestrian on August 18, 2011 at 12:12 AM

Seriously, dude, you not only check the CNN website but even take screencaps of it?

Shouldn’t you be hiring some Mexican to do those jobs Americans won’t do?

Adjoran on August 18, 2011 at 1:45 AM

You know what that is? It’s the smell of fear, my friends.

peski on August 18, 2011 at 2:52 AM

CNN still has viewers?

I mean their tagline is ‘CNN the most busted name in news’ right? That’s how I’ve heard it, at least, truth in advertising and all that.

ajacksonian on August 18, 2011 at 7:13 AM

Libturds are now flying with one wing …

tarpon on August 18, 2011 at 7:18 AM

More George Bush than George Bush is our motto.
-Tyrell Corp.

SKYFOX on August 18, 2011 at 7:32 AM

Perry fans might as well lose this attitude that no one is supposed to compare Perry to Bush. I suppose if some other liberal comes out of Chicago to run for POTUS someday, you won’t compare them to Obama at all.

Moesart on August 17, 2011 at 10:42 PM

That isn’t the point. The point is that liberals always find a strange new respect for republicans no longer in office and claim that those republicans were moderates/pragmatists willing to compromise. This after years of calling the former office-holder republicans hitler and worse. We all predicted they would start doing this w/ Bush and it did not take long.

They did it with Goldwater, Nixon, Reagan, Bush I, they even did it with Gingrich for a little while.

So now they are willing to claim that W. Bush was a good guy, a moderate, reasonable and willing to compromise, after 8 years of telling us he was stupid, evil, racist, sexist, and fascist.

If Perry were to win teh general election, they will hate him for 4 or 8 years and then they will find a strange new respect for him when they need to vilify a new republican. it’s as predictable as the sun rising.

Monkeytoe on August 18, 2011 at 7:53 AM

Monkeytoe on August 18, 2011 at 7:53 AM

well said MT

cmsinaz on August 18, 2011 at 7:56 AM

Advice to the Clown News Network… When attempting a hit-piece, try to sound less shrill and hysterical. Even if you had a fact in there somewhere, who would take it seriously when you’ve got conservatives mounted up on dinosaurs?

Sheesh. That’s not even a good try. lol

Murf76 on August 18, 2011 at 9:02 AM