Wait--Did Rick Perry Threaten to Beat Up Ben Bernanke?!

Texas Gov Rick Perry is presently on a blitz to become the GOP presidential nominee, and he's already making all sorts of false claims about his experience with jobs (here's our latest on that) and saying various wild Rick Perry things. But here's one of his more startling offhanded comments, made last night while campaigning in Iowa. Talking about the Federal Reserve, he said, "I don't know what y'all would do to him in Iowa, but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in history is almost treasonous in my opinion." 

As ThinkProgress points out, treason is a capital offense. But what about a veiled threat to administer a beatdown to a federal employee? Did Rick Perry just threaten to beat up Ben Bernanke?

Well, maybe not--Adam Serwer speculates:

Perhaps he means he'd charge Bernanke with murder, execute him following a conviction based on faulty evidence, and then try to cover it up after the fact?

Ha/ugh. Essentially, though, Serwer is spot-on in noting that if Bernanke printed more money, it would help the economy, but would also in turn help Obama. Perry and the rest of the GOP have proven they would sacrifice the economy and the country in order to defeat the President in 2012 (make no mistake, this is a revenge election and a blood war). But Serwer says it better: "For a certain active segment of the party, excommunicating one's political opponents from any claim to the country, preferably through intimations of vigilante violence, is the kind of culture war campaigning that strokes their conservative id to the point of rapturous climax."

So, what will Bachmann retort? Watch video here, via ThinkProgress:




AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at August 16, 2011, 3:32am

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