“As the two men campaigned near each other, White House aides were not above their own digs at Mr. Perry, including his threat in 2009 that Texas might leave the United States.

“‘We should be able to disagree on important issues without questioning each other’s patriotism,’ said the White House spokesman, Jay Carney. ‘We may disagree with our political opponents, but we certainly believe they are all patriots, even those who wanted to secede from the union.'”

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“Santorum said on CNN’s ‘John King, USA’ that Perry has already ‘stepped on it a couple times’ since entering the race Saturday, arguing the governor’s comments about Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke were ‘completely out of bounds.’

“‘We don’t charge people with treason because we disagree with them on public policy,’ Santorum said. ‘You don’t up the ante to that type of rhetoric. It’s out of place.'”

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“While I don’t pretend to be an expert on monetary policy, I do find persuasive the case laid out by the businessman and investor whom Bill Kristol and John cite. Other economists whom I respect share these concerns. But Perry should offer a substantive critique of Bernanke’s policies, not libel the man. What Governor Perry said is part of a broader pattern we find ourselves in these days. One side accuses the other of being terrorists or treasonous, of patterning themselves after al Qaeda or the Nazis. Whatever is driving these outbursts — whether it’s evidence of rage or shallow thinking or something else — it’s not helpful to our country.

“Governor Perry’s announcement over the weekend was skillfully orchestrated, and he looks to be a man in possession of some impressive political skills. But what the Texas governor said about the Federal Reserve chairman is the kind of blustering, unthinking comment that Perry’s critics expect of him. Why he would play to stereotype is hard to fathom.”

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“This is sick stuff. I can think of several nations Rick Perry is fit to lead, but the United States of America is not one of them. With his latest comments, perhaps Rick Perry wants to be the running mate of Vladimir Putin in the coming Russian election.

“Perry will self-destruct within 30 days. It has already begun.”

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“‘Candidates have come and gone,’ said Eric Fehrnstrom, a Romney adviser, ‘and through it all Mitt Romney has kept his focus on Barack Obama and his failures on the economy. That’s the race we’ll continue to run.’…

“‘He’ll get a chance to be heard,’ Mr. Romney said [of Perry]. ‘We’ll have a lot of debates, and we’ll see where it goes.’…

“Earlier in the race, the Romney campaign was expecting to have to take on former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, but his campaign fizzled. It is hoping for similar luck with Mr. Perry; Romney staff members suspect that Representative Michele Bachmann’s campaign, and maybe even former President George W. Bush’s supporters will help them on that front — just as Bush allies did on Tuesday with some of the sharpest critiques of Mr. Perry’s remarks on Mr. Bernanke.”

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Via Mediaite.

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