Perry and the “N-word Stone”

posted at 12:00 pm on October 2, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

The Washington Post is leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to investigate every presidential candidate, and in Rick Perry’s case, it’s literally true. They have apparently dug up – again, almost literally – a large flat rock which used to stand outside the gates of a remote stretch of ranch-land which his family leased as a hunting camp. In times past it seems to have been emblazoned with a name containing a racially charged epithet which need not be repeated here.

Paint Creek, Tex. — In the early years of his political career, Rick Perry began hosting fellow lawmakers, friends and supporters at his family’s secluded West Texas hunting camp, a place known by the name painted in block letters across a large, flat rock standing upright at its gated entrance.

“**********,” it read. [expletive deleted]

Ranchers who once grazed cattle on the 1,070-acre parcel on the Clear Fork of the Brazos River called it by that name well before Perry and his father, Ray, began hunting there in the early 1980s. There is no definitive account of when the rock first appeared on the property. In an earlier time, the name on the rock was often given to mountains and creeks and rock outcroppings across the country. Over the years, civil rights groups and government agencies have had some success changing those and other racially offensive names that dotted the nation’s maps.

But the name of this particular parcel did not change for years after it became associated with Rick Perry, first as a private citizen, then as a state official and finally as Texas governor. Some locals still call it that. As recently as this summer, the slablike rock — lying flat, the name still faintly visible beneath a coat of white paint — remained by the gated entrance to the camp.

When asked last week, Perry said the word on the rock is an “offensive name that has no place in the modern world.”

This story has it all, as national political race tales go. A popular, if recently struggling frontrunner for the GOP nomination, hints of racism, good ole’ boy politics… you name it. And it seems beyond question – at least thus far – that at least part of the story is true. The rock exists, though thrown down and painted over, and it did stand outside the ranch at one time. And if this turned out to be something that Perry knowingly embraced and maintained it would be the death of his political career at the national level.

But is it indicative of some deep-bred problem of racism in the Perry family? Not according to the initial pushback from his camp.

The presidential campaign of Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) complained Sunday that a front-page Washington Post story contains “incorrect, inconsistent” claims.

[...]

“A number of claims made in the story are incorrect, inconsistent, and anonymous, including the implication that Rick Perry brought groups to the lease when the word on the rock was still visible. The one consistent fact in the story is that the word on a rock was painted over and obscured many years ago.

First of all, not in an attempt to excuse the stone itself in any way, that name was sadly quite common across America for a long time… well into the 20th century. There is a ridge near my family’s original summer camp in the Adirondack Mountains in New York containing a spectacular, huge granite outcropping which went by the same name among the locals at least as late as the mid 70′s. It’s just part of a less educated era of our nation’s history.

But as to the case under discussion, this goes one of two ways for Perry. The land in question was leased, originally by his father, with the governor adding his name to the lease in later years. They no longer rent the property and never owned it. According to his response to the Washington Post, the first time he saw the rock – decades ago – he found it offensive and pointed it out to his father. It was then painted over and put out of sight.

Assuming that’s the truth, Perry has absolutely nothing to worry about and the Washington Post will have egg on its face again for looking like they’re cooking up a witch hunt against a GOP frontrunner. And given the “details” in their coverage, don’t be surprised if that’s exactly how this one plays out. While the fact of the stone’s existence seems beyond doubt, their “questions remaining” about the dates when it was painted over and thrown down involve anonymous sources with fuzzy memories and no specific dates given to contradict Perry’s claims.

If, however, some damning pictures, local news items or home movie footage show up which prove Rick Perry was there giving guests tours of the camp with the stone in place, well.. stick a fork in him. He’s done. It would demonstrate that he’s lying about it and – in politics – the coverup is always worse than the crime.

I wouldn’t count on it, though. Perry strikes me as too smart to think something like that could be covered up through the rigorous vetting of a presidential campaign, and the WaPo’s reputation isn’t exactly the gold standard on things like this. Combine that with the lack of specificity in the “questions” being raised in their article and this smells more like something you’d find in one of the outhouses on Perry’s former hunting camp site.

Update (Ed): Here is the statement from Perry’s camp in its entirety:

“A number of claims made in the story are incorrect, inconsistent, and anonymous, including the implication that Rick Perry brought groups to the lease when the word on the rock was still visible. The one consistent fact in the story is that the word on a rock was painted over and obscured many years ago.

“Gov. Perry and his family never owned, controlled or managed the property referenced in the Washington Post story. The 42,000-acre ranch is owned by the Hendricks Home for Children, a West Texas charity. http://www.hendrickhome.com/

“Perry’s father painted over offensive language on a rock soon after leasing the 1,000-acre parcel in the early 1980s.  When Gov. Perry was party to the hunting lease from 1997 to 2007, the property was described as northern pasture.  He has not been to the property since 2006.

“In 1991, the Texas Legislature passed a bill to rename old, offensive place names.”

If so, this is journalistic malpractice, and the Washington Post owes Governor Perry a big apology.

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That’s like saying Obama’s a racist because he lives in a house built by slaves

Gwillie on October 2, 2011 at 12:02 PM

If so, this is journalistic malpractice, and the Washington Post owes Governor Perry a big apology.

If the Washington Post didn’t practice journalistic malpractice, it wouldn’t be practicing journalism at all.

turfmann on October 2, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Race baiting is all they have in their defense of Obama. This isn’t about Perry as much as it is about all republicans.

darwin-t on October 2, 2011 at 12:04 PM

This is all that’s left of the Hope and Change candidate.

Charges of Racism. Plus his dwindling, smelly, hippy all-white base protesting about fat cats.

faraway on October 2, 2011 at 12:04 PM

This is a great big nothingburger. But, Perry’s wishy-washiness has done nothing to help his credibility up to now.

The MSM’s blatant, bald-faced selective indignation and reporting are front and center here however.

JoeinTX on October 2, 2011 at 12:05 PM

If the Washington Post didn’t practice journalistic malpractice, it wouldn’t be practicing journalism at all.

turfmann on October 2, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Isn’t it the Washington Post that owns a private college/shell company? I thought i read somewhere that if the WAPo had to surive on its advertising revenue, it would have been dead-and-gone at least a decade ago.

gryphon202 on October 2, 2011 at 12:06 PM

It’s just part of a less educated era of our nation’s history.

Stopped right there and decided to look at the author. Jazz Shaw. I’m sorry I got even that far. “Less educated” eh?

Pattosensei on October 2, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Obama taught Alinsky at ACORN.

ALINSKY RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.

Don’t try to defend it. That’s a sucker’s bet.

faraway on October 2, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Currently 3 different posts on Hot Air concerning this story. Seems as though the Republican Establishment has taken the bait.

darwin-t on October 2, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Get used to it folks. This isn’t even the warm up act. This is a tiny whiff of the dung heap that this election will be, no matter who gets the GOP nomination.

MJBrutus on October 2, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Great ammo for Bachmann and Santorum. You can bet your arse they’ll run with it.

Knucklehead on October 2, 2011 at 12:10 PM

The Washington Post is leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to investigate every presidential candidate

…except the incumbent.

itsnotaboutme on October 2, 2011 at 12:11 PM

FIRST THEY CAME FOR SARAH PALIN !

stenwin77 on October 2, 2011 at 12:12 PM

The Washington Post is leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to investigate every presidential candidate

…except the incumbent.

itsnotaboutme on October 2, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Didn’t they already vet the incumbent in 2008?

/SuperMegaUberSarc

gryphon202 on October 2, 2011 at 12:12 PM

If 0bamAA+ had reacted like Perry, he would have told Rev. Wright to chill out, or left the church, instead of staying 20 years

Jest sayin’…

cane_loader on October 2, 2011 at 12:13 PM

The political discourse is twisted. On Face the Nation McCain chastised those in the crowd who booed the gay soldier. And now we’re talking about a rock that was painted over how many years ago. How did it come to this?

Paul-Cincy on October 2, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Great ammo for Bachmann and Santorum. You can bet your arse they’ll run with it.

Knucklehead on October 2, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Well so far only Cain has jumped on it.

We’ll see.

sharrukin on October 2, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Why didn’t they force Arnold Schwarzenegger to change his name before he ran for Governor. I mean, that’s like a double racial slur in his native ‘Austrian’ language. And it is his NAME, in everyone’s face, all the time, Not just a place he went occasionally.

LegendHasIt on October 2, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Great ammo for Bachmann and Santorum. You can bet your arse they’ll run with it.

Knucklehead on October 2, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Cain’s already run with it.

Dongemaharu on October 2, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Currently 3 different posts on Hot Air concerning this story. Seems as though the Republican Establishment has taken the bait.

darwin-t on October 2, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Herman Cain, Chris Wallace and Fox all bit.

Bishop would be proud.

Knucklehead on October 2, 2011 at 12:14 PM

If Perry had attacked musims\arabs, Cain would not have cared.

Spathi on October 2, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Stephanie McCrummen, a Washington Post based reporter formerly stationed in Nairobi has a history of fanning racial flames out of context.

In a move that was genuinely supported by people of all races in North Carolina, McCrummen earlier this year tried to paint tea party backed school board members as racist for restructuring a school busing program in the Raleigh area. Again, there were a large number of black residents supportive of the measure, but McCrummen’s reporting failed to get into that.

Now, she’s out with a story about Rick Perry and his dad using a hunting camp with a big rock on it that has the word “Ni**erhead” on it. Rick Perry’s father painted over the rock. At some point, they turned the rock over so it couldn’t be seen.

RedState. She has a history of race-baiting, inaccurate stories.

Wethal on October 2, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Point of clarification. painting over is “maintaining”.. that said, sounds like mountain/molehill to me.

Cain said today that the use of the word is insensitive. I agee, although I wish he would have gone a teeny bit further and said that when JZ or Kid Rock use the word it is equally “insensitive”.

In Folsom California (near Sacramento), there is a state park called Negro Bar. It is the site of the first black gold mining camp, and dates to the 1840′s.

kringeesmom on October 2, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Great ammo for Bachmann and Santorum. You can bet your arse they’ll run with it.

Knucklehead on October 2, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Yep. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum will be shouting it from anyplace they can.

This primary is getting painful.

portlandon on October 2, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Perry was a Democrat back then.

Akzed on October 2, 2011 at 12:15 PM

If the Washington Post didn’t practice journalistic malpractice, it wouldn’t be practicing journalism at all.

Close the thread now, turfmann said everything that needed to be said.

JEM on October 2, 2011 at 12:15 PM

If Perry had attacked musims\arabs, Cain would not have cared.

Spathi on October 2, 2011 at 12:14 PM

No sh!t sherlock? I’m gobsmacked, I tell you. GOBsmacked!/

gryphon202 on October 2, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Remember the Bob McDonnell thesis that Wapo pimped to holy hell in 2009?

Yeah.

Apologetic California on October 2, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Great ammo for Bachmann and Santorum. You can bet your arse they’ll run with it.

Knucklehead on October 2, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Hermain Cain already did…you must be so disappointed in him, right?

P.S. $$$Cain Needs Cash$$$, or something.

steebo77 on October 2, 2011 at 12:16 PM

I imagine that Perry will not say that he would pick Herb Cain as VP again.

faraway on October 2, 2011 at 12:17 PM

The 42,000-acre ranch is owned by the Hendricks Home for Children, a West Texas charity. http://www.hendrickhome.com/

I bet the Hendricks Home for Children are about to wish they had never owned the property, or atleast never leased it out to a politician.

Looking forward to MSNBC destroying that Children’s home for ratings./

portlandon on October 2, 2011 at 12:17 PM

The political discourse is twisted. On Face the Nation McCain chastised those in the crowd who booed the gay soldier. And now we’re talking about a rock that was painted over how many years ago. How did it come to this?

Paul-Cincy on October 2, 2011 at 12:13 PM

What was that, that “thing” our “Age of Reason” Founders thought was so important to a free people?

(we are so screwed)

itsacookbook on October 2, 2011 at 12:18 PM

P.S. $$$Cain Needs Cash$$$, or something.

steebo77 on October 2, 2011 at 12:16 PM

LOL.

Knucklehead won’t be pushing that link anytime soon.

portlandon on October 2, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Herman Cain is a skunk- his 15 minutes are almost up.

jjshaka on October 2, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Hendricks isn’t just some dinky little charity — it’s associated with the area’s largest medical center in Abilene. So there are going to be a lot of people who will be able to either confirm or deny the accuracy of the Post’s charges or the Perry camp’s rebuttals; it’s not just going to be a Washington Post-vs.-Rick Perry scrum.

The irony is the last time the big media went into the Abilene area to try to attack a Texas politician with questionable sourcing, it didn’t turn out very well. If the Hendricks people back up Perry’s statement, this could end up actually giving him a boost in the primary race, simply by being the first of the major GOP candidates to have the big media play the race card on him, in an election cycle where it’s pretty much a given that whomever wins the Republican nomination (yes, even Jon Huntsman, if that somehow came to pass) is going to have the race card played on them. That doesn’t mean Perry can keep screwing up the debates or not articulate his positions and win, but it could end up making some people give him a second chance, based on the attacks by the media.

jon1979 on October 2, 2011 at 12:19 PM

I heard that Perry read Tom Sawyer once. But a spokesman has denied it, claiming it was only a slur-free version of Cliffs Notes. And that Perry can barely read anyway. With poor comprehension.

Barnestormer on October 2, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Herman Cain is a skunk- his 15 minutes are almost up.

jjshaka on October 2, 2011 at 12:18 PM

I don’t think so. His problem is that he is a complete rookie to politics. He is too used to being a talk show host, when he got paid by the word. The man doesn’t know how to censor himself. No filter means no career in politics.

MJBrutus on October 2, 2011 at 12:23 PM

WaPo will print a retraction in a one-inch line on p. 54D on Friday.

Wethal on October 2, 2011 at 12:23 PM

A number of claims made in the story are incorrect, inconsistent, and anonymous

That’s an awfully squishy, hairsplitting response for such incendiary charges. I would have expected something a lot more categorical if Perry really didn’t have any exposure on this issue.

Brace yourself for a lot more of this over the next year. The MSM is going to go all out to destroy any Republican who cracks double digits in the polls in order to pave the way for Obama’s reelection.

cool breeze on October 2, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Wondering why Cain’s communications director resigned.

Wethal on October 2, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Why doesn’t Sarah just announce and let them have some REAL sales…

There must be something they have missed with her. :)

golfmann on October 2, 2011 at 12:24 PM

I sure that there was a legitimate reason that this was was named “Niggerhead” and that it didn’t have anything to do with race relations. My goodness, it got painted over 38 years ago. How can this be news now? This reminds of a story from a few years pack. There was a bunch of PETA types with way to much time on their hands. They were petitioning for the renaming of the Catskill Mountains. Because it had the word “cat” and “kill” in it. At least Herman Cain continues to prove what a classless racist idiot he is.

Tommy_G on October 2, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Herman Cain is a skunk- his 15 minutes are almost up.

jjshaka on October 2, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Maybe a bit overstated, but I agree that his knee-jerk reaction to this is disappointing. The race card. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

I bet the Hendricks Home for Children are about to wish they had never owned the property, or atleast never leased it out to a politician.

Looking forward to MSNBC destroying that Children’s home for ratings./

portlandon on October 2, 2011 at 12:17 PM

And when their donations dry up over this, and the children suffer, will the WAPO pat itself on the back? Evil.

Rational Thought on October 2, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Perry was a Democrat back then.
Akzed on October 2, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Heh, good one. Thank you.

Perry should have thought of that, and used it.

LegendHasIt on October 2, 2011 at 12:26 PM

If this word is so offensive, why do blacks sing about it every day?

faraway on October 2, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Wondering why Cain’s communications director resigned.

Wethal on October 2, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Stacy McCain has some good reporting on the whole thing.

It’s well worth the read.

Knucklehead on October 2, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Great ammo for Bachmann and Santorum. You can bet your arse they’ll run with it.

Knucklehead on October 2, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Santorum and Bachmann have lost credibility with me, but I can’t imagine they would fall for something this awful.

Kim Priestap on October 2, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Remember well that Pelosi said they would go for this election to win ‘by any means’ and this article is only one of the many tactics they will use.

This is going to be the dirtiest election in history because the progressives who hijacked the democratic party have seen that their 50 year long march to the front is now being rejected in mass.

Strap yourselves in folks this is going to be a bumpy ride.

CommentGuy on October 2, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Perhaps someone should check with Whoopi Goldberg since she claims that the N-Word is the PRIVATE PROPERTY of African-Americans, i.e. they can use it but whites cannot…e.g OK if Jesse Jackson uses it, but it’s not OK if Barbara Walters.

Karmi on October 2, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Stacy McCain has some good reporting on the whole thing.

It’s well worth the read.

Knucklehead on October 2, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Stacy’s a mensch. I don’t always agree with him, but I almost always do. His reporting is good all-around.

gryphon202 on October 2, 2011 at 12:30 PM

He eats Brazil nuts, too.

mrt721 on October 2, 2011 at 12:30 PM

My comment at 12:27 is probably not artfully worded. :(

faraway on October 2, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Stacy’s a mensch. I don’t always agree with him, but I almost always do. His reporting is good all-around.

gryphon202 on October 2, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Whoops…tagged it up wrong. I’m a little off my game. But yeah. I thought I’d just put in a plug for Stacy. Good guy. Yup.

gryphon202 on October 2, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Doesn’t matter whether it’s true or not. It’s now out there for all the MSM world to distort.
My only question is, why is Perry responding to this…he sure is thin-skinned now isn’t he? s/

Mr. Perry, it’s only the beginning…..welcome to Palin’s world.

tencole on October 2, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Why would any politician ever rent a ranch that they knew was called n*head? If it had been called that for decades, surely Ray Perry and family knew the name of the place before renting it…

equanimous on October 2, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Doesn’t matter whether it’s true or not. It’s now out there for all the MSM world to distort.
My only question is, why is Perry responding to this…he sure is thin-skinned now isn’t he? s/

Mr. Perry, it’s only the beginning…..welcome to Palin’s world.

tencole on October 2, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Responding to this with anything other than a terse “I painted over it years ago” directed at the TV cameras was a mistake, I think. But Cain’s response was an even bigger mistake. Herman Cain now looks like a loose cannon.

gryphon202 on October 2, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Um, I wish Jazz hadn’t posted ********** because that leaves a lot to the imagination. I used Google and had to wade through left-wing sites claiming that Rick Perry eating his corn dog was this **********ing.

Maybe in the future, we could handle such stories a little more maturely.

MeatHeadinCA on October 2, 2011 at 12:32 PM

This is just another pathetic attempt to smear Perry. Our country is going down the tubes fast under Obama and liberals think Americans care about some damn rock in Texas?

Lizzy on October 2, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Why would any politician ever rent a ranch that they knew was called n*head? If it had been called that for decades, surely Ray Perry and family knew the name of the place before renting it…

equanimous on October 2, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Nonsense. Do you do a racial history of every piece of property you set foot on? Guess what? You live in a former slave-owning country. Why would anyone live in such a country? Surely your family knew that history before they settled here…

Rational Thought on October 2, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Why would any politician ever rent a ranch that they knew was called n*head? If it had been called that for decades, surely Ray Perry and family knew the name of the place before renting it…

equanimous on October 2, 2011 at 12:31 PM

They were Democrats at the time so it didn’t count (see Robert Byrd for details). Perry later became a Republican, and now we have this tempest in a teacup.

sharrukin on October 2, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Great ammo for Bachmann and Santorum. You can bet your arse they’ll run with it.

Knucklehead on October 2, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Hermain Cain already did…you must be so disappointed in him, right?

P.S. $$$Cain Needs Cash$$$, or something.

steebo77 on October 2, 2011 at 12:16 PM

LOL, ouch.

ddrintn on October 2, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Roland Martin hasn’t wasted any time dealing the card to Cain.

I haven’t been able to post the link here for some reason. If you have the stomach for it, you can find it on RCP’s front page.

MJBrutus on October 2, 2011 at 12:36 PM

He eats Brazil nuts, too.

mrt721 on October 2, 2011 at 12:30 PM

I was thinking the same thing. I wish this was the reason I was struggling to get behind Perry.

MeatHeadinCA on October 2, 2011 at 12:36 PM

But Cain’s response was an even bigger mistake. Herman Cain now looks like a loose cannon.

gryphon202 on October 2, 2011 at 12:32 PM

No, he’s starting to look like someone who’s out of his depth. Not good.

ddrintn on October 2, 2011 at 12:37 PM

But Cain’s response was an even bigger mistake. Herman Cain now looks like a loose cannon.

gryphon202 on October 2, 2011 at 12:32 PM

No, he’s starting to look like someone who’s out of his depth. Not good.

ddrintn on October 2, 2011 at 12:37 PM

That too.

gryphon202 on October 2, 2011 at 12:38 PM

And if this turned out to be something that Perry knowingly embraced and maintained it would be the death of his political career at the national level.

How can any conservative pundit read this hit job and rush to the conclusion that it would be the death of Perry’s national career.

It might be my sole opinion but it appears to me that pundits like yourself and Ed are relatively quicker to give Dems and RINOs an out compared to conservatives. Every negative story on Obama or a RINO always has a caveat, while hit jobs on conservative are trumpeted as career-ending scandals.

:).

TheRightMan on October 2, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Barnestormer on October 2, 2011 at 12:22 PM

LOL!

bluefox on October 2, 2011 at 12:39 PM

If there really was something to this, they would have waited until the voting was about to start before springing this on Perry.

It’s a nothingburger, just looking at the timing.

Rebar on October 2, 2011 at 12:39 PM

I think that this would be the perfect time for our president to lead this nation in a frank discussion race.

MJBrutus on October 2, 2011 at 12:39 PM

There are black teachers in the schools here, that often refer to the white kids as crackers. Have they been admonished, suspended, reprimanded, or fired? Nope! Do I blame them? Yes. Do I blame Perry for a rock that was on land, that he LEASED, not owned? Nope! That’s stupid.

Is the Washington Post an insipid, biased, trite, unreadable piece of crap? Yes!!!

capejasmine on October 2, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Herman Cain now looks like a loose cannon.

gryphon202 on October 2, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Mr Cain hasn’t changed, he’s always been that way…..it’s the actual depth of the conservatism of the other candidates that’s changed.

Mr Cain is “winning polls” by default.

tencole on October 2, 2011 at 12:40 PM

. As recently as this summer, the slablike rock — lying flat, the name still faintly visible beneath a coat of white paint — remained by the gated entrance to the camp

.

Perry said the rock was painted over and eventually turned over. So, who’s lying?

Blake on October 2, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Mr Cain hasn’t changed, he’s always been that way…..it’s the actual depth of the conservatism of the other candidates that’s changed.

Mr Cain is “winning polls” by default.

tencole on October 2, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Very trenchant analysis there. But my feelings on Herman Cain haven’t changed either. I’ve always questioned his talent for running a decent campaign. I’m just being proven right in that regard.

gryphon202 on October 2, 2011 at 12:41 PM

My wife grew up in Stamford, about 10 miles from Paint Creek and her parents still live there. We own property about from 5 miles from Paint Creek.

My wife (half-Vietnamese BTW) and I visited the Crooked River ranch back in 2001 when we were looking at places for our wedding. The cabins and facilities were nice out there for hunting, pretty spartan for wedding purposes though. In the end, we had the wedding in Stamford.

WE NEVER SAW ANY ROCK WITH THOSE WORDS ON IT. PERIOD!!

This is a two-bit hit piece aimed not just at Rick Perry himself, but at good people in Haskell and Throckmorton counties, and West Texas as a whole.

What is the Washington Post thinking when they throw in one person’s unverified allegation about a supposed lynching that might have happened in the 1950s? If this was about a celebrity, even TMZ wouldn’t publish such nonsense!!

HDFOB on October 2, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Mr Cain is “winning polls” by default.

tencole on October 2, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Polls? Plural? He won the FL straw poll. That’s the only one I know about.

MJBrutus on October 2, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Cain is already attacking Perry with this. Great, just great.

29Victor on October 2, 2011 at 12:42 PM

How can any conservative pundit read this hit job and rush to the conclusion that it would be the death of Perry’s national career.

TheRightMan on October 2, 2011 at 12:39 PM

This particular matter will not be the death of Rick Perry’s career, nor should it be.

gryphon202 on October 2, 2011 at 12:43 PM

wow.. this is a story? seriously?

I am going to try and forget that I actually read this today

johnnyboy on October 2, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Boy the Obamamedia knows how to spin a story. This story has now morphed from “Perry hunting camp had a rock with a bad word on it” to “Herman Cain denounces racist rock at Perry hunting camp.” See how that works? That the rock is there, is racist, and was embraced by Perry is now fact, and the news is that Cain “denounced” it as “insensitive.” Perry’s done.

Rational Thought on October 2, 2011 at 12:44 PM

I don’t think so. His problem is that he is a complete rookie to politics. He is too used to being a talk show host, when he got paid by the word. The man doesn’t know how to censor himself. No filter means no career in politics.

MJBrutus on October 2, 2011 at 12:23 PM

That is very true. Scary isn’t, that your fellow conservatives think that being a “rookie” is okay….as long as he has an “R” after his name.

BTW….I’m STILL waiting for him to “get back to us” about Afghanistan.

tencole on October 2, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Well you can one thing, this has taken the heat off bho for F&F, solyndra, and all the other krap out there bho is involved in for a few minutes? No one is talking much about bho today.
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letget on October 2, 2011 at 12:44 PM

I am very disappointed in Cain for commenting on this.

He was looking golden this week, and I had moved him up to be one of my top choices. I don’t like the fact that the facts are in dispute, but he commented on it.

Herman Cain: “Perry acted stupidly.

Not good, Herman… not good at all.

This sucks.

cane_loader on October 2, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Boy the Obamamedia knows how to spin a story. This story has now morphed from “Perry hunting camp had a rock with a bad word on it” to “Herman Cain denounces racist rock at Perry hunting camp.” See how that works? That the rock is there, is racist, and was embraced by Perry is now fact, and the news is that Cain “denounced” it as “insensitive.” Perry’s done.

Rational Thought on October 2, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Looks like I’ll be repeating myself all day….
Welcome to Palin’s world.

tencole on October 2, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Say hello to President Romney or President Christie.

Rational Thought on October 2, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Mr. Perry, it’s only the beginning…..welcome to Palin’s world.

tencole on October 2, 2011 at 12:31 PM

I agree. Perhaps he and his campaign need to take a page out of Sarah Palin’s book. Did she respond to the 1,000 attacks and racist accusations about her and her family? I think she ignored them and just got her message out. If she did respond to any, it was very few as I can’t even remember any.

bluefox on October 2, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Let’s do another Hot Air October candidate survey and see what this does to Cain’s surge.

Mark1971 on October 2, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Ever hear of Alinsky?

Viator on October 2, 2011 at 12:47 PM

I agree. Perhaps he and his campaign need to take a page out of Sarah Palin’s book. Did she respond to the 1,000 attacks and racist accusations about her and her family? I think she ignored them and just got her message out. If she did respond to any, it was very few as I can’t even remember any.

bluefox on October 2, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Palin responded. Just ask her detractors. They’ll tell you she revels in being the victim or something.

gryphon202 on October 2, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Cain is an idiot with a proven record of blathering about things he knows nothing about. I really doubt Perry is stupid enough to have anything that serious against him even when he was at the state level. It is absolute bullchit to tie him to this on land he does not own unless they have proof that he somehow thought the sign was appropriate. This reminds me why I hate the libtard press so much.

Southernblogger on October 2, 2011 at 12:48 PM

I agree. Perhaps he and his campaign need to take a page out of Sarah Palin’s book. Did she respond to the 1,000 attacks and racist accusations about her and her family? I think she ignored them and just got her message out. If she did respond to any, it was very few as I can’t even remember any.

bluefox on October 2, 2011 at 12:46 PM

In today’s world, you don’t get to NOT respond to a charge like this.

Rational Thought on October 2, 2011 at 12:48 PM

OK, the more I think about this….

This is a hit piece by the Romney camp, probably with sourcing by Rove.

Intended to hurt Perry. Also, intended to entangle Cain (Chris Wallace??).

faraway on October 2, 2011 at 12:48 PM

bluefox on October 2, 2011 at 12:46 PM

She never had to defend herself against “friendly fire.” The attacks against her in the 2008 campaign came from the left, not primary opponents.

MJBrutus on October 2, 2011 at 12:49 PM

I don’t think so. His problem is that he is a complete rookie to politics. He is too used to being a talk show host, when he got paid by the word. The man doesn’t know how to censor himself. No filter means no career in politics.

MJBrutus on October 2, 2011 at 12:23 PM

That may be MJ, but he’s running for President, not a Mayor:-) As far as I know he has not said anything about saying he wouldn’t vote for Gov. Perry if he was the Republican Nominee, has he?

bluefox on October 2, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Perhaps someone should check with Whoopi Goldberg since she claims that the N-Word is the PRIVATE PROPERTY of African-Americans, i.e. they can use it but whites cannot…e.g OK if Jesse Jackson uses it, but it’s not OK if Barbara Walters.

Karmi on October 2, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Oh, is that how it works? In that case, I demand that the words “honky” and “cracker” and “bubba” be the exclusive property of white people.

I further demand that the most insulting (and most frequently used, at least lately) anti-white slur of all is now the exclusive property of white people: “racist.”

AZCoyote on October 2, 2011 at 12:50 PM

The Washington Post tried this type of reporting with Bob McDonnell during Virginia’s governor’s race in 2009.

SouthernGent on October 2, 2011 at 12:50 PM

This is a hit piece by the Romney camp, probably with sourcing by Rove.

faraway on October 2, 2011 at 12:48 PM

That’s right. It has the fingerprints of The Establishment … er … Karl Rove all over it.

MJBrutus on October 2, 2011 at 12:50 PM

bluefox on October 2, 2011 at 12:49 PM

I don’t understand what you’re saying. I am saying that he is a rookie and as such has not learned basic lessons such as when to keep one’s mouth shut.

MJBrutus on October 2, 2011 at 12:52 PM

OK, the more I think about this….

This is a hit piece by the Romney camp, probably with sourcing by Rove.

Intended to hurt Perry. Also, intended to entangle Cain (Chris Wallace??).

faraway on October 2, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Come on. No Romney fan here, but get a grip. This is the Obamamedia. It’s what they do. They don’t need a Romneybot to encourage them. They threw around false charges of racism in the GOP long before Romney came on the scene, and they’ll be doing it long after he leaves the stage. It’s their go-to narrative.

Rational Thought on October 2, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Boy the Obamamedia knows how to spin a story. This story has now morphed from “Perry hunting camp had a rock with a bad word on it” to “Herman Cain denounces racist rock at Perry hunting camp.” See how that works? That the rock is there, is racist, and was embraced by Perry is now fact, and the news is that Cain “denounced” it as “insensitive.” Perry’s done.

Rational Thought on October 2, 2011 at 12:44 PM

I’m afraid you nailed it.
Put this incident together with Perry’s strange views on illegals/Hispanics and it’s not a pretty picture.

While Perry can explain away the presence of the rock, he can’t explain away his rather racist attitudes towards non-whites.

I’ve lived in Texas all my life and am descended from at least 5 generations of Texans, many of whom lived in the country, and I’ve never heard of such an awful name for a geographic place anywhere in the state.
Anyone getting flashbacks from the James Byrd killing that the NAACP used against GWBush?

Jenfidel on October 2, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Let’s do another Hot Air October candidate survey and see what this does to Cain’s surge.

Mark1971 on October 2, 2011 at 12:47 PM

For real. Maybe these polls should be weekly at the rate the candidates are performing.

Dongemaharu on October 2, 2011 at 12:53 PM

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