A Show of Feith?


Conservative Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin asserted in a blog post that Texas governor and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry did not write a Friday pro-Israel op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal and Israel’s Jerusalem Post. The op-ed, in which Perry cherry-picked a quote from a historian to link Texas and Israel, criticized President Obama’s pro-Israel record. “Perry almost certainly didn’t write it,” said Rubin. “We know that because his own foreign policy views are rudimentary. […] A ghostwritten piece so far above his current abilities highlights the concern.” Rubin acknowledged that “most pols have these things written for them,” but said that “until he personally could articulate his thoughts in detail, [advisers] should forgo the pretense of sophistication.” Among Perry’s top reported foreign policy contacts are former Bush officials Donald Rumsfeld and Douglas Feith. So who wrote Perry’s Op-Ed?

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And from that blog post from Jennifer Rubin at POST OPINIONS at The Washington Post:

In today’s Wall Street Journal, there is an op-ed under Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s name. It hits all the right notes on why the U.S. must support Israel at the U.N. It cites facts and figures. It is briskly written in a style reminiscent of the keenest pro-Israel conservatives. And Perry almost certainly didn’t write it.


Perry’s problem is not what he thinks or where his values lie on foreign policy. His challenge is to shed the image of a novice with a sparse understanding of the nuts and bolts of foreign policy. His campaign advisors should resist the urge to portray him as a guru, and instead take the time to educate and develop their candidate’s knowledge. And until he personally could articulate his thoughts in detail, they should forgo the pretense of sophistication.

He’s Princess Sarah in cowboy boots and a Stetson.


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18 responses to “A Show of Feith?

  1. jean-philippe

    Lousy ghost writing. It would have been so easy to sparkle keywords like “hang him” or “nuke ’em” to make the op-ed more plausible…

    • whoever wrote it didn’t even try to make it sound like gov. little ricky goodhair. just take the first couple sentences:

      The historic friendship between the United States and Israel stretches from the founding of the Jewish state in 1948 to the present day. Our nations have developed vital economic and security relationships in an alliance based on shared democratic principles, deep cultural ties and common strategic interests.

      little ricky would have said:

      Yeah, they might be a bunch’a Jews, but that’s fine. We need ’em around for the Rapture, so us Texans won’t say nuthin’ bad about ’em. In fact, I know a couple a’ Jews, and they never did nuthin’ bad to me. I bet some of them might even donate some money to my campaign, so they can’t all be bad, right? Even if they did kill Jesus.

  2. John Erickson

    His foreign policy skills are “rudimentary”, eh? Sounds like a textbook definition of “damning with faint praise”. Then again, rudimentary suggests he know a (VERY!) little. I think that’s over-stating the fact by about 50 IQ points.

    • gov little ricky goodhair doesn’t know the meaning of rudimentary. seriously, he doesn’t know what the word means. like i said–princess sarah in cowboy boots and a stetson.

  3. maggiejean

    Gov little ricky is just not very bright. What is it about Texas governors? Did Ann Richards just set the bar too high? She was remarkable and the last two are just awful.

    • what is is about texan voters for the last 20 years or so? it’s like they go out of their way to find the dumbest of the dumb to put into office. louie gohmert? joe barton? ron paul? lamar smith? pete sessions? the list goes on. do they put ads on craig’s list for morons and cold-hearted asswipes?

      • And Ron Paul is the “idea man” among that crowd. That tells you how bad things are.

        Speaking of “cold-hearted asswipes,” here’s a tweet I liked, “I refuse to believe corporations are people until Texas executes one.”

        • and ron paul hasn’t had a new idea since 1960.

          love the tweet! i would retweet it if i knew where it was. then again, it’s not like my tweets go far and wide! 😆 i am such a luddite when it comes to technology.

  4. What is it about Texas voters? Back in the old days there was ONE…John Tower. These days, you just put an R by your name and election is assured. And the money and graft. They are kind of political masonites. So the question is can King Parry rite gud? Well, we will have to watch next time he “makes his mark”.

  5. jeb

    A Texas Gov who knows nothing about foreign policy having his strings pulled by Rummy and Feith. What could possibly go wrong? I wonder if Darth Cheney’s on the phone snarling, “We’re getting the band back together.”

  6. I think a lot of American voters will look past the lack of foreign policy knowledge and vote for him anyway. It will be the same people who voted for Sarah Palin. I really hope Independents will not vote for “Jesus McBang Bang.”

  7. the saddest part is that people simply dont care if perry is an evil illiterate asshole – all that matters is that he is “tough” he is good looking, he hates the poor and is not a democrat – the rest doesnt matter – meet america today (and texas) – the same people in spirit who managed to “elect” the saviors of the german people back in 1932.

    • not so sure gov little ricky goodhair could pull it off. even in texas, he’s not very popular, and the more people know about him, the less they like him. i think romney might be the candidate.

  8. “He’s Princess Sarah in cowboy boots and a Stetson.”

    There are people who would really get off on that image.