NBC Reporter to Rick Perry: Are you smart enough for the White House?

posted at 6:01 pm on April 17, 2015 by Noah Rothman

It’s becoming apparent that the public would be better served if presidential candidates were interviewed not by reporters but by an algorithm that randomly generates pearls of inside-the-Beltway conventional wisdom. Presidential candidates would face the same exposure to tough questions as they do today, and struggling news networks could tighten their belts by doing away with some unnecessary operating costs.

The latest example of the phenomenon in which liberal clichés serve as a guiding philosophy comes to us courtesy of NBC News reporter Kasie Hunt. She sat down with former Texas Gov. Rick Perry ahead of what many anticipate will be his second run for the White House. In that exchange, Perry was candid about his lackluster performance on the debate stage in 2011, culminating in a painkiller-fueled episode in which the candidate stumbled over the three agencies he hoped to shutter as president. It was the “oops” heard ‘round the world, and it cemented the impression in the minds of millions that Perry lacked the intellectual faculties necessary to serve as commander-in-chief.

This was the same criticism that dogged Perry’s predecessor in Austin, a figure who nevertheless went on to occupy the Oval Office.

“Are you smart enough to be president of the United States?” she asked.

“Running for the presidency is not an IQ test,” Perry replied. “It is a test of an individual’s resolve. It’s a test of an individual’s philosophy. It’s a test of an individual’s life’s experiences. And I think Americans are really ready for a leader that will give them a great hope about the future.”

There isn’t much to love about that answer, but nor was it a stumble that should disqualify him from holding higher office. It was a rather boilerplate response to a question that didn’t really merit a thoughtful reply. The question is more reflective of the reporter’s biases than it is an honest inquiry of a man who occupied the executive mansion in one of the nation’s most populous and economically prosperous states for over a decade.

It seems, however, that Hunt’s question, and Perry’s response, had their desired effects. The Washington Post’s Philip Bump came up with no fewer than 11 ways in which he thought Perry could have answered that question more gracefully.

1. “Yes.”

2. “Yes, of course.”

3. “Yes, of course, and I’m frankly amazed you think that’s an appropriate question to ask. Do you ask it of everyone you interview?”

His fourth proposed response is perhaps most instructive. “Is that a serious question?” Bump wrote in the voice of a hypothetically irate Perry. “Are you seriously sitting there and literally insulting my intelligence?”

Of course, had he said this, I would be quoting articles of political analysis demanding that the unduly aggressive and probably misogynistic Perry retire permanently from public life. The fact that Bump appears to concede that a proper response to Hunt’s perfectly silly question would be to call it valueless indicates, however, that he can see that what inspired this inquiry was not a desire to educate voters or to learn more about Perry, but to set a trap.

Perry might have answered this question without the poise demonstrated by Marco Rubio as he steers around one media landmine after another, but it wasn’t a terrible answer. The press will, however, treat it like one. Maybe Perry 2.0 isn’t any more ready for prime time than was Perry 1.0. But if that’s the case, this question and the governor’s response to it do not make that clear.

An earlier version of this post indicated that this interview occurred recently. This exchange was recorded several months ago.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

It’s becoming apparent that the public would be better served if presidential candidates were interviewed not by reporters but by an algorithm that randomly generates pearls of inside-the-Beltway conventional wisdom. Presidential candidates would face the same exposure to tough question as they do today, and struggling news networks could tighten their belts by doing away with some unnecessary operating costs.

You mean, *Republican* presidential candidates.

Democrats don’t get anything resembling this nonsense.

Midas on April 17, 2015 at 6:02 PM

Don’t you see my smart guy glasses?!

can_con on April 17, 2015 at 6:06 PM

“Are you smart enough to be president of the United States?” she asked.

Translated from Collectivese this means, “Did you receive enough communist indoctrination from our academic institutions?”

Star Bird on April 17, 2015 at 6:07 PM

Kasie Hunt.

Too easy.

HornetSting on April 17, 2015 at 6:07 PM

“Deep Thoughts” by Noah Rothman.

Vince on April 17, 2015 at 6:07 PM

Fist + nose = smart enuf.

Limerick on April 17, 2015 at 6:07 PM

I would have answered, “well, I’m smart enough to know there’s not a snowballs chance in hell you’re going to ask Hillary that question, so this interview is over”.

antipc on April 17, 2015 at 6:08 PM

It’s becoming apparent that the public would be better served if presidential candidates were interviewed not by reporters but by an algorithm that randomly generates pearls of inside-the-Beltway conventional wisdom.

Hopefully it wouldn’t be the same algorithm that is used to generate your articles.

Walter L. Newton on April 17, 2015 at 6:09 PM

I would have answered, “well, I’m smart enough to know there’s not a snowballs chance in hell you’re going to ask Hillary that question, so this interview is over”.

antipc on April 17, 2015 at 6:08 PM

If she were smart enough to conduct that interview she would have asked better questions.

Star Bird on April 17, 2015 at 6:10 PM

I can’t tell you how sick I am of these liberal hacks. There has to be something that we can do to change the tide of the MSM. They are beyond complicit in the destruction of this country. And screw you, Noah. That was a perfectly acceptable answer and Perry would make a fine president. Winnie the Pooh would be better than Billary or the marxist tool currently residing in the WH.

txag92 on April 17, 2015 at 6:11 PM

Is this the same interview from December, or did she ask him the same question twice?

rw on April 17, 2015 at 6:12 PM

It’s becoming apparent that the public would be better served if presidential candidates were interviewed not by reporters but by an algorithm that randomly generates pearls of inside-the-Beltway conventional wisdom.

Those aren’t pearls.

HornetSting on April 17, 2015 at 6:13 PM

“I’m sorry, I thought this was a serious interview.

Call me when you decide to have one.”

Exit stage left.

Tenwheeler on April 17, 2015 at 6:13 PM

Well we know she is a commie who loves to crap on the Constitution and truth. That is not so smart seems to some.

Thing is Perry is a dumb a$$ to get on TV with this commie thug liar, who is not a lady by any stretch.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 17, 2015 at 6:15 PM

“I’ll match my college scores with the current occupant and you tell us who’s more qualified.”

Cleombrotus on April 17, 2015 at 6:17 PM

He’s smart enough not to stage a meet and greet to kick off his campaign, or purchase Facebook and Twitter friends.

Having said that though, he does need to drop the fashion glasses, unless he does in fact have a genuine prescription, because that’s what idiots like Harf do.

Star Bird on April 17, 2015 at 6:17 PM

Thing is Perry is a dumb a$$ to get on TV with this commie thug liar, who is not a lady by any stretch.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 17, 2015 at 6:15 PM

Right on! Why would any republican show their face on that “network”?

bernzright777 on April 17, 2015 at 6:23 PM

Here is what Perry should have said;
“How do you define smart? Is it a bunch of fancy degrees from posh, eastern, liberal schools? If so, then President Obama is plenty smart, but he still has done a lousy job?”

bartbeast on April 17, 2015 at 6:23 PM

Rick Perry: “Do you see these glasses I got on?”

DarkCurrent on April 17, 2015 at 6:23 PM

I can’t tell you how sick I am of these liberal hacks. There has to be something that we can do to change the tide of the MSM. They are beyond complicit in the destruction of this country. And screw you, Noah. That was a perfectly acceptable answer and Perry would make a fine president. Winnie the Pooh would be better than Billary or the marxist tool currently residing in the WH.

txag92 on April 17, 2015 at 6:11 PM

Gig Em’

God Bless Texas!

workingclass artist on April 17, 2015 at 6:24 PM

ABOUT KASIE
Kasie Hunt is MSNBC’s Political Correspondent.
She appears regularly on “Morning Joe” and on other programs on the channel. She also writes for msnbc.com.
Hunt covered politics and Congress as a reporter for NBC News beginning in 2013. Before that, she covered Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign for the Associated Press and wrote about the 2010 midterm elections for POLITICO. Earlier in her career, she covered the writing and passage of the Affordable Care Act as a health policy reporter at National Journal.
Her first job in journalism was as an intern in the NBC News political unit.
Hunt holds a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University and a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Cambridge, where she was a member of St John’s College.

It’s Kasie with an “IE”. She’s well ‘doctrinated.

HornetSting on April 17, 2015 at 6:25 PM

what inspired this inquiry was not a desire to educate voters or to learn more about Perry, but to set a trap.

Seems Perry was savvy enough to see that too.
Hunt throws the inevitable curve-ball just waiting for Perry to swing and miss.
Perry’s dodging skills are to be commended.

lynncgb on April 17, 2015 at 6:26 PM

“That’s a Clown Question Bro” would have been more than appropriate here.

TheMadHessian on April 17, 2015 at 6:27 PM

Let’s be honest, he really isn’t.

Cruz and Paul are.

uatu1878 on April 17, 2015 at 6:27 PM

Noah almost made it past the first paragraph. Almost.

Presidential candidates would face the same exposure to tough question as they do today

SMH.

pain train on April 17, 2015 at 6:28 PM

At this point I think even the people are asking the question, what the hell? The guy was elected three times in Texas. Does that not require at least a whiff of intelligence?

ojfltx on April 17, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Hopefully it wouldn’t be the same algorithm that is used to generate your articles.

Walter L. Newton on April 17, 2015 at 6:09 PM

Ouch

DarkCurrent on April 17, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Kasie Hunt.

Too easy.

HornetSting on April 17, 2015 at 6:07 PM

Bish Farrel. Some re-assembly required.

pain train on April 17, 2015 at 6:32 PM

Ouch

DarkCurrent on April 17, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Thanks for the compliment.

Walter L. Newton on April 17, 2015 at 6:33 PM

Hmmm. This “interview” is from 2014. Why are we giving MSNBC the publicity this long after the interview?

Warner Todd Huston on April 17, 2015 at 6:33 PM

Don’t you see my smart guy glasses?!

can_con on April 17, 2015 at 6:06 PM

Damn you kids!

DarkCurrent on April 17, 2015 at 6:36 PM

Those who despise Perry will say “This is how he should have answered the question, the dumba$$”.

Those who are neutral about Perry will say “An adequate non-answer to a gotcha-now-dumba$$! question by a biased news bimbo (I repeat myself)”.

Perrynistas and other drunk Texans will say “Gig ’em, Rick, those dumba$$es!”

And all three groups will unite in their derision of the author of this article, Noah “How Can I Surreptitiously Repeat and Misspell a Progressive Talking Point Today?” Rothman.

Dolce Far Niente on April 17, 2015 at 6:37 PM

“I don’t know, Kasie. Are you pretty enough to be a newsreader?”

charlesbird on April 17, 2015 at 6:37 PM

Noah, why are you just now writing an article about an interview from December of last year? Slow news day?

cornbred on April 17, 2015 at 6:39 PM

I would have answered, “well, I’m smart enough to know there’s not a snowballs chance in hell you’re going to ask Hillary that question, so this interview is over”.

antipc on April 17, 2015 at 6:08 PM

I would have answered, “Well, I’m sure you would agree that Barack Obama has set the bar pretty low so, yes.”

pain train on April 17, 2015 at 6:41 PM

Short answer: NO and neither is Bobby Jindal who foolishly endorse him in 2012

Falz on April 17, 2015 at 6:41 PM

NBC Reporter to Hillary Clinton: Are you thin enough for the White House?

faraway on April 17, 2015 at 6:41 PM

Is this the same interview from December, or did she ask him the same question twice?

rw on April 17, 2015 at 6:12 PM

It is from December! The date is clearly shown in the banner at top of video.
Apparently it was just uploaded to YouTube 4/15 as that is Noah’s first link, via earlier HA Headlines link. Noah’s second link is to WaPo who just covered it today for some reason. Must have taken Philip Bump 4 months to come up with 11 better answers than Perry.
Pathetic. The whole lot of them.

Brat on April 17, 2015 at 6:42 PM

Thanks for the compliment.

Walter L. Newton on April 17, 2015 at 6:33 PM

You’re welcome

DarkCurrent on April 17, 2015 at 6:49 PM

Real Texan answer:” Hon I am quick enough to see you ain’t got the legs to get hired on Fox News”.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 17, 2015 at 6:51 PM

“I don’t know, Kasie. Are you pretty enough to be a newsreaderwork for FOX?”

charlesbird on April 17, 2015 at 6:37 PM

bernzright777 on April 17, 2015 at 6:52 PM

Is this the same interview from December, or did she ask him the same question twice?

rw on April 17, 2015 at 6:12 PM

It’s the same one, and this is a re-run, maybe HA is trying to find out how many actually read their posts…

Or we are in the rerun season…guys, this is old and already hashed over more than once…

right2bright on April 17, 2015 at 6:53 PM

Pundits/bloggers/analysts/media types seem to find it an easy task to answer questions posed to prospective Republican candidates by the media, after the fact. Their “here would have been a more snarky/erudite/nuanced way to answer the question” retorts are amazing, given that they aren’t the ones who are or hope to be candidates.

I don’t want to know what the pundiocracy thinks is the appropriate answer to a gotcha question, just shut up and let the candidate answer the damn question and let me decide if I think it appropriate or not.

Dan_NV on April 17, 2015 at 6:58 PM

Can you fly a fighter jet, Kasie?

vityas on April 17, 2015 at 7:03 PM

Noah…Gov. Perry compared Hillary to a pig in a poke…

Bill probably felt the same way during the first week of their marriage.

workingclass artist on April 17, 2015 at 7:03 PM

Can you fly a fighter jet, Kasie?

vityas on April 17, 2015 at 7:03 PM

Neither can Perry, he was a C-130 pilot.

RickB on April 17, 2015 at 7:14 PM

it’s a legit question imho

and I think perry essentially answered no to the question

nonpartisan on April 17, 2015 at 7:16 PM

Neither can Perry, he was a C-130 pilot.

RickB on April 17, 2015 at 7:14 PM

No problem with that, is there?

bernzright777 on April 17, 2015 at 7:20 PM

and I think perry essentially answered no to the question

nonpartisan on April 17, 2015 at 7:16 PM

Nonpartisan is not smart enough to have an intelligent opinion.

malclave on April 17, 2015 at 7:23 PM

it’s a legit question imho

and I think perry essentially answered no to the question

nonpartisan on April 17, 2015 at 7:16 PM

You’re so cute. Do you think they will ask the same question of Hillary? If its a legit question?

Because managing to be the longest running governor in history of a state that creates half the jobs in the USA … is something stupid people do all the time?

Hillary, on the other hand… misspelled reset on a button she gave to the Ruskies, signifying a new era in US/Rus relations. As Sec State. What do you think the Russians were saying over that litle gaffe?

“глупая сука…”

Dolce Far Niente on April 17, 2015 at 7:25 PM

Well it is a pretty fair assumption that you don’t have to be smart to be a political reporter on NBC, you don’t even have to think of your own questions. You just get ’em emailed to you from the DNC.

warmairfan on April 17, 2015 at 7:26 PM

A disrespectful reporter isn’t a real reporter at all. She has no skill – just a bias that a huge number of other inconsiderate and petty people share. We live in cursed times, when insulting the intelligence of others isn’t just considered normal, but celebrated.

“I’m sorry, I thought this was a serious interview.

Call me when you decide to have one.”

Exit stage left.

Tenwheeler on April 17, 2015 at 6:13 PM

This would have been a far better response. But of course, hindsight is 20/20.

Nephew Sam on April 17, 2015 at 7:26 PM

Perry is damned smart. He was smart enough to change from being a corrupt, worthless democrat, to being a corrupt worthless Republican at the EXACT time Texans declared the democrat party DEAD in our great state.

Perry was smart enough to be one of the biggest amnesty whores in the country, but fool stupid people into thinking he was a “border hawk” He talked BIG about securing our border, while doing absolutely NOTHING, except allowing sanctuary cities to pop up,giving in state tuition to illegals, and so on.

Perry was smart enough to milk the Enterprise Fund and pay off all of his cronies, making him a bigger crony socialist than Obama! How big of a crony socialist was Perry? The state legislature is now doing away with the Enterprise Fund [and a bunch of other Perry programs that helped his cronies]

Perry is damned smart. And as crooked as the day is long!

Thank God for Greg Abbott!

TopFuel425 on April 17, 2015 at 7:38 PM

OT….But kinda related since we’re talking politics and intelligence…

No really this is a story…

“Nevada sex workers at Dennis Hof’s famous Moonlite Bunny Ranch have launched a “Hookers for Hillary” Clinton website that endorses the former secretary of state’s campaign for president.

The legal brothel in Carson City, which was the subject of HBO’s “Cathouse” series, has drafted a four-point platform explaining their endorsement….”

http://weaselzippers.us/221040-moonlite-bunny-ranch-launches-hookers-for-hillary/

workingclass artist on April 17, 2015 at 7:40 PM

You can’t just take abuse like that, you look like an idiot.

Obviously he should have said something like “I don’t know; if not I can always do your job”, or “running the largest state in the country for 15 years may not take the sort of intelligence that you need to read the news from a teleprompter, but I’ve been able to get by regardless”

Also, was this MSNBC?

No Republican should ever go on that network; they hate you and no one watches it anyway.

Redstone on April 17, 2015 at 7:44 PM

Perry should have fired back: “Are you smart enough to be interviewing me?”

TarheelBen on April 17, 2015 at 7:49 PM

it’s a legit question imho

and I think perry essentially answered no to the question

nonpartisan

How so? Has she asked this question of Hillary (or will she?), or better yet, did she pose this very question to Obama?

And how did he “essentially answered no” to the question? Oh, that’s right, these types of stupid, asinine questions only get posed towards Republican candidates, not the media favored.

Nice try with your narrative, champ.

Gothguy on April 17, 2015 at 7:54 PM

Perry should have fired back: “Are you smart enough to be interviewing me?”

TarheelBen on April 17, 2015 at 7:49 PM

“Would you have asked Barack Obama that question eight years ago?”

malclave on April 17, 2015 at 7:56 PM

After 2 terms of Short Bus Barry how is that even relevant?
But if you’re dumb enough to allow yourself to be interviewed by this thing why not just debate Hillary where she’s the only one that asks the questions and Rick has to answer them all sheesh!
Any rep dumb enough to treat this scum like journalists is dumb enough to bet on last night’s game, today, and not even know how the game ended!
Rick if you look around and can’t pick out the sucker at the card table… never mind.

onomo on April 17, 2015 at 7:57 PM

Any rep dumb enough to treat this scum like journalists is dumb enough to bet on last night’s game, today, and not even know how the game ended!

Stupidity and passivity are the hallmarks of the GOPe; ie groveling to their enemies and pulling no punches against their allies ie GOP voters.

Cruz, Paul and others would not allow themselves to be disrespected like that, however the flipside is that unlike Perry they probably wouldn’t be asked that question.

Which is why Perry is not a serious candidate, and his running would do more harm then good.

Redstone on April 17, 2015 at 8:01 PM

Weed commenting on intelligence…..bwahahahaha. Rich.

CW on April 17, 2015 at 8:09 PM

Was this MSNBC? Bwahaha.

CW on April 17, 2015 at 8:11 PM

How about,”I’ll let a decade of successful governance in one of the most diverse, most populous states in the Union answer that for me.”

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on April 17, 2015 at 8:13 PM

Correct answer

“After obama, a cucumber is smart enough.

Schadenfreude on April 17, 2015 at 8:18 PM

He’s smart enough not to stage a meet and greet to kick off his campaign, or purchase Facebook and Twitter friends.

Having said that though, he does need to drop the fashion glasses, unless he does in fact have a genuine prescription, because that’s what idiots like Harf do.

Star Bird on April 17, 2015 at 6:17 PM

My guess about the glasses is this: There’s a lot of footage out there of Rick Perry, and he’s had that blue suit with a red tie look for a looong time. The glasses keep liberal groups from splicing up a video that looks gaffe-y and making it go viral, claiming all the stuff in the video was said last week in context X, when it was actually said five years ago in context Y.

Sekhmet on April 17, 2015 at 8:18 PM

it’s a legit question imho

and I think perry essentially answered no to the question

nonpartisan on April 17, 2015 at 7:16 PM

Petty and small-minded.

Nephew Sam on April 17, 2015 at 8:20 PM

Noah…Gov. Perry compared Hillary to a pig in a poke…

Bill probably felt the same way during the first week of their marriage.

workingclass artist on April 17, 2015 at 7:03 PM

UmmMmmm….

Bill probably felt the same way during the first week of their marriage…. while he was poking said pig…..

there, fixed it for ya…..

colonelkurtz on April 17, 2015 at 8:22 PM

How so? Has she asked this question of Hillary (or will she?), or better yet, did she pose this very question to Obama?

Gothguy on April 17, 2015 at 7:54 PM

I think Hillary’s bona fides (Yale law) speaks for herself.

Obama’s superior intellect is pretty self-evident to all except the most partisan pubs.

nonpartisan on April 17, 2015 at 8:28 PM

I think Hillary’s bona fides (Yale law) speaks for herself.

Obama’s superior intellect is pretty self-evident to all except the most partisan pubs.

nonpartisan on April 17, 2015 at 8:28 PM

GUFFAWWWWWWWW…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA..GAWD!…STOPPpp….YUR KILLIN ME!!!…HAHAHAHA….Oh my sides!!!! hahahahahahahha aahhhaha, NO More!! hehehhahah… HAHAHAHAHAHAHha…. “superior” oh! haha…ahahahahahah Oh Jez!…….”intellect”..HAHAHAHAHAHahahahahahahahahahahahahah
57 states!! HAHAHAHAHAHA…CORPS-man..HAHAHAHAHAHa…
Good One, Partisan!!

colonelkurtz on April 17, 2015 at 8:39 PM

Perry should have said, “Based on his track record, I’m a whole lot smarter than the current President. I’ll show you my college transcripts, since we haven’t seen his yet.”

Looking forward to a LSM journalist asking Marie Harf or Jen Psaki if they’re smart enough to work in the White House, but I’m not holding my breath.

Steve Z on April 17, 2015 at 8:51 PM

colonelkurtz on April 17, 2015 at 8:39 PM

Colonel, pajama boy has repeatedly been asked to give examples of Obama and Hillary’s body of work…writings, thoughts, legal opinions, actual accomplishments other than graduation from Shithead Academys. He never has the will or ability to use evidence in his arguments. He claims to have went to Harvard law hisself. So either he is lying or Example number 10 of a quality education.

arnold ziffel on April 17, 2015 at 8:56 PM

You know, it’s bad enough to be 4+ months late to the party on a story, but it’s even worse when it’s already been written about on your own site!

I think Noah is still hoping that things will turn around for Romney before election night is over and that Mitt will be sworn in in 2013.

Chris of Rights on April 17, 2015 at 9:10 PM

Heh. A comment from the original article:

Wait, I thought it was Noah’s job to make sure we’re up-to-date on the goings-ons at MSNBC.

mankai on December 11, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Well, Noah finally got around to it.

Chris of Rights on April 17, 2015 at 9:15 PM

No problem with that, is there?
bernzright777 on April 17, 2015 at 7:20 PM

Nope. Fighter pilots haul ass and herky pilots haul asses and trash. ;)

AH_C on April 17, 2015 at 9:24 PM

Obama’s superior intellect is pretty self-evident to all except the most partisan pubs.

nonpartisan on April 17, 2015 at 8:28 PM

The way he handled the Arab Spring? Brilliant.

Libya? Genius.

The way he gave us a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq? Awesomeness on the hoof.

GrumpyOldFart on April 17, 2015 at 10:13 PM

“Are you smart enough to be president of the United States?”

“Well, I’d love to compare college transcripts with the current occupant of the White House to ascertain whose grades are superior and whose IQ is higher, but he’s gone to great pains to keep them hidden from public view. BTW, did you ask Obama this question and did you attempt to research how smart he really was, especially when he refused to make his grades public?”.

No? Why?

AppraisHer on April 17, 2015 at 10:59 PM

Perry had his chance in 2012. It was his to lose and he lost it. Every conservative was ready to rally behind him to block Romney and he had and that EPIC FAIL during the debates. Plus, he WASN’T smart enough to know how to answer this question correctly.

rexbatt on April 17, 2015 at 11:12 PM

The republican candidates have to push back when asked these types of silly gotcha questions, or else Jeb will be the party’s nominee. If the push back is unified and continual, the silly questions will stop. Try it.

steveracer on April 17, 2015 at 11:59 PM

“Yes, but you don’t appear smart enough to speak in public.”

Interview over.

Jaibones on April 18, 2015 at 12:40 AM

Yes he is, but the simple fact that he subjects himself to the likes of those NBC “C” average journalist majors makes one wonder.

rplat on April 18, 2015 at 3:12 AM

Democrats don’t get anything resembling this nonsense.

Of course they do. The flip side of this sort of question is the idiotic ‘how did you get so awesome’ crap every Dem has to struggle with.

Seriously, though: wouldn’t you give your left nut if he could have smiled, paused a beat, and answered, “are you smart enough to be a reporter?”

Dirty Creature on April 18, 2015 at 8:05 AM

The goal is to marginalize every Conservative alternative to the permanent bipartisan fusion party.

And Noah Rothman is helping.

Remember this.

Look at the awful Noah Rothman here:
http://5a6bc1b3c56095958fec-7ee135f8f884ae779941243e196fb916.r94.cf3.rackcdn.com/1935-Noah-Rothman-On-Fox-News-Watch-Tackles-IRS.jpg

chuckh on April 18, 2015 at 8:08 AM

He should have said.. “Are you related to Britt McHenry?”

malkinmania on April 18, 2015 at 8:53 AM

“Running for the presidency is not an IQ test,” Perry replied. “It is a test of an individual’s resolve. It’s a test of an individual’s philosophy. It’s a test of an individual’s life’s experiences. And I think Americans are really ready for a leader that will give them a great hope about the future.”

Going back and reading this again, it strikes me as very similar to something I have said here at HA more than once:

Without principles and ethics, competence turns into a bug rather than a feature. If someone is corrupt and/or has no love for this country, the fact that he’s really good at being a corrupt America-hater doesn’t improve matters.

GrumpyOldFart on April 18, 2015 at 9:03 AM

Of course he’s smart he even got glasses to prove it

wearyexclusive on April 18, 2015 at 9:48 AM

He should have pimp slapped her as he left the room.

/s

Mycroft on April 18, 2015 at 11:17 AM

Your question is condescending,insulting, and you are an ignorant slut.

redware on April 18, 2015 at 2:49 PM

Is Noah Rothman smart enough to be a blogger?

Nutstuyu on April 18, 2015 at 4:07 PM

Of course he’s smart he even got glasses to prove it
wearyexclusive on April 18, 2015 at 9:48 AM

Do Marie Harf and him share the same pair?

Nutstuyu on April 18, 2015 at 4:08 PM

It’s the same one, and this is a re-run, maybe HA is trying to find out how many actually read their posts…
Or we are in the rerun season…guys, this is old and already hashed over more than once…
right2bright on April 17, 2015 at 6:53 PM</blockquote

But maybe it hadn't been Rothmanized yet.

Nutstuyu on April 18, 2015 at 4:10 PM

Weed commenting on intelligence…..bwahahahaha. Rich.

CW on April 17, 2015 at 8:09 PM

Heh. CW commenting on intelligence.…..bwahahahaha. LMAO!

DarkCurrent on April 18, 2015 at 5:43 PM

Perry should have fired back: “Are you smart enough to be interviewing me?”

TarheelBen on April 17, 2015 at 7:49 PM

He should have, but he wasn’t smart enough.

DarkCurrent on April 18, 2015 at 5:44 PM