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Richard Cohen Calls Perry "Intellectually Unqualified" To Be President
Defense of Freedom Blog ^ | 8/24/11 | Jim

Posted on 08/24/2011 10:55:17 AM PDT by hermanj04

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/rick-perry-should-stop-and-think/2011/08/22/gIQAsF2NXJ_story.html?wprss=rss_opinions

Washington Post opinion columnist Richard Cohen wrote Monday, "The Republican Texas governor clings to an ice floe of diminishing credibility, emerging in just about a week’s time as intellectually unqualified to be president." He concludes his column with another similar statement, "It’s not his thinking I fear. It’s the lack of any at all."

Cohen's claim about being "intellectually unqualified" to be President would more appropriate for the current President than the candidate from Texas. It is this President who has presided over the largest decline in the workforce. (Regardless of fault, Obama's policies have done nothing to prevent the decline.) It is this President who has proposed plan after plan to fix the economy, and seen each and every plan fail. It is this President who submitted a budget to the Senate that not only failed to receive approval of a single Republican, but also failed to win approval of a single Democrat. It is this President who announces that he is cutting regulation of business while simultaneously signing bills including two of the biggest increases in business regulation. (Dodd-Frank Financial Reform and Affordable Care Act) Perhaps before examining the intellectual capabilities of Presidential candidates, Cohen should examine whether the current President is any better qualified intellectually.


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: 2012; campaign; cohen; perry
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1 posted on 08/24/2011 10:55:25 AM PDT by hermanj04
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To: hermanj04

If I’m not mistaken, this amounts to the constitutionally forbidden “religious test”.

You know, the one the leftists howl about if anybody says they won’t vote for a pro-abortion candidate.


2 posted on 08/24/2011 10:57:01 AM PDT by Westbrook
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To: hermanj04

The more the Dickie Cohens of the press corpse rag on Perry, the more his stock goes up in by book. The more the establishment weasels get wee-wee’d up the better.


3 posted on 08/24/2011 10:57:42 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Hope & Change - I'm out of hope, and change is all I have left every week | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: hermanj04

Two words to Richard Cohen:

Glass house.


4 posted on 08/24/2011 10:57:56 AM PDT by mojito
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To: hermanj04

Elistist, Leftist snob Richard Cohen said that about Rick Perry??

Shoots Perry to the top of a lot of people’s list...


5 posted on 08/24/2011 10:58:03 AM PDT by txrangerette ("...HOLD TO THE TRUTH; SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR." - Glenn Beck)
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To: hermanj04

And the guy we have now is a veritable intellectual giant, huh Dick?


6 posted on 08/24/2011 10:58:40 AM PDT by cld51860 (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: hermanj04
because that what we need more intellectuals...


7 posted on 08/24/2011 10:59:22 AM PDT by Skeez (O)
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To: hermanj04

Oops...elitist not elistist.


8 posted on 08/24/2011 10:59:25 AM PDT by txrangerette ("...HOLD TO THE TRUTH; SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR." - Glenn Beck)
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To: Skeez

*that’s*


9 posted on 08/24/2011 11:00:16 AM PDT by Skeez (O)
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To: hermanj04

Let’s see if I remember this game correctly...

Carter? Highly intelligent.
Reagan? Stupid actor.
Bush I? Dumb.
Clinton? Highly intelligent Rhodes Scholar.
Bush II? Moron.
Obama? Most intelligentest of all!
Palin? Perry? Bachmann? Any conservative? Brainless.

Heard it all before... and it’s the same old tune...


10 posted on 08/24/2011 11:00:27 AM PDT by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: hermanj04

I don’t even know who Richard Cohen is (or care). Should I?


11 posted on 08/24/2011 11:00:40 AM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: hermanj04

R E A L L Y????

After “O”, I think the guy who empties the wastebasket here is ‘qualified’!


12 posted on 08/24/2011 11:02:46 AM PDT by SMARTY (A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers.)
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To: hermanj04
I see where all that liberal intellect go us so far. If you don't have any common or business sense or values, no amount of intelligence is going to get you anywhere except teaching at a communist university teaching against American values.
13 posted on 08/24/2011 11:03:19 AM PDT by Bitsy (!)
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To: hermanj04

And the Obamacretin has more intellect?

Than what?

A t*rd?

BwHahahahah.


14 posted on 08/24/2011 11:04:29 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: hermanj04
That's like saying Orville Wright is intellectually unqualified to build and fly an airplane because he never finished high school, after Orville builds and flies the plane.
15 posted on 08/24/2011 11:05:30 AM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: hermanj04

Perry’s college grades were better than Obama’s. Prove me wrong, Dickie.


16 posted on 08/24/2011 11:05:34 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Where's he getting these ideas? He's not smart enough to be that stupid all by himself.)
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To: hermanj04

Has anyone read a Cohen article? This guy needs a mirror.


17 posted on 08/24/2011 11:05:40 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: hermanj04

Tedious meme...our guys are always stupid, theirs are Nobel

geniuses.

It’s time for a new playbook from them. Let’s compare college

transcripts....oh, wait.

Repeal Executive Order Sealing Obama’s Records

http://www.thepostemail.com/2011/01/20/repeal-executive-order-sealing-obamas-records/


18 posted on 08/24/2011 11:06:01 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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To: hermanj04

Does Richard Cohen know what the intellectual qualifications for any political office are? A more meaningful standard would be the intellectual qualifications for voting.


19 posted on 08/24/2011 11:06:16 AM PDT by RedEyeJack
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To: hermanj04
Hey DICK, are you talking about the guy that's so stupid, he knows how to fly one of these?


20 posted on 08/24/2011 11:07:26 AM PDT by houeto
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To: Westbrook

And Cohen is intellectually unqualified to have a column.


21 posted on 08/24/2011 11:08:17 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: KansasGirl

FYI...about a decade ago, Cohen was accused of sexually harassing his admin asst..the charges were fairly graphic, and as it turned out other young girls who had worked for Cohen also came forward. Back then....remember..Bill Clinton was still fresh in everyone’s memory...sexual harassment wasn’t the automatic career killer that it is today. The WaPo kicked in BIG $$$$ to settle the lawsuits.but kept Cohen on the paper..he’s a sleazy putz...


22 posted on 08/24/2011 11:08:24 AM PDT by ken5050 (Should Christie RUN in 2012? NO!!! But he should WALK three miles every day!)
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To: hermanj04

Richard Cohen Calls Perry “Intellectually Unqualified” To Be President

______________________________________________

Well, Dick. I know a good way to test the measure of being “Intellectually Unqualified”.

Lets see them ol’ college transcripts. Let’s start with Hussein’s.


23 posted on 08/24/2011 11:10:10 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (The views and opinions expressed in this post are true and correct. Deal with it.)
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To: pgyanke

You know, if personal duels had not been outlawed, there would be a lot less of this crap!


24 posted on 08/24/2011 11:10:51 AM PDT by houeto
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To: cld51860
And the guy we have now is a veritable intellectual giant, huh Dick

No it's a dem so intelligence doesn't apply in their book.

25 posted on 08/24/2011 11:11:21 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Rabid democRATS and 0bama the dictator own it all now.)
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To: hermanj04

He did not go to an MSM-approved University. (Egads! Texas A & M , and not Harvard!) The groupthink from all the Ivy League graduates in our government is why we are in the mess we’re in now.


26 posted on 08/24/2011 11:11:37 AM PDT by GeorgeTex (Obama-Four M President (Mendacious Manchurian Muslim Marxist))
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To: hermanj04
Requires a lotta chutzpah for Cohen to make that claim given the current occupant of the position.

Meanwhile, Obama has none of the requisite experience, intellect, or temperament to run a successful small business.

27 posted on 08/24/2011 11:11:37 AM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: hermanj04
The idea of a staff writer for the Washington Post setting himself up to judge of the intellectual qualifications of others, is surely the stuff for good satire.

William Flax

28 posted on 08/24/2011 11:12:46 AM PDT by Ohioan
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To: hermanj04

Just remember the liberal media template:

All Republicans (other than sell-outs like McCain) are either evil or stupid. If you rise to the level of Reagan or Bush, they label you as both.

Right now the libs are just trying to figure out which label looks more believable on Perry. Nothing to see here.


29 posted on 08/24/2011 11:13:01 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: Paine in the Neck
Perry’s college grades were better than Obama’s. Prove me wrong, Dickie.

Perry’s college grades were better than Obama’s. Prove me wrong, Dickie.

Perry’s college grades were better than Obama’s. Prove me wrong, Dickie.

Perry’s college grades were better than Obama’s. Prove me wrong, Dickie.

Perry’s college grades were better than Obama’s. Prove me wrong, Dickie.

Bears daily repeating.

30 posted on 08/24/2011 11:13:24 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Rabid democRATS and 0bama the dictator own it all now.)
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To: hermanj04

From a guy that no doubt voted for the intellectual Obama, that’s really rich.


31 posted on 08/24/2011 11:14:17 AM PDT by Enten (How's that hopey changey thing working out for you?)
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To: hermanj04

Perry scares thesepompus scumbags to their empty core.


32 posted on 08/24/2011 11:15:20 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: Paine in the Neck

I wish Perry would say that. Just say it flat out to some newsbabe/boy.

“My college grades are a lot better than Obama’s.”

And watch him/her sit there,mouth open, for a couple of beats.

thus forcing him/her/it to say “But the President hasn’t released his grades.”

and Perry could say, “No! Really?”

Bwahahahahahaaa!


33 posted on 08/24/2011 11:15:33 AM PDT by squarebarb
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To: hermanj04
Since the Left first set about to hijack control of our educational establishments and to intentionally substitute ideology for knowledge, they have claimed a monopoly on intellectualism.

Such claims are a product of both deception and conceit. No conservative politician, or indeed, any conservative intellectual will ever meet the Left's standard for wisdom, which consists entirely of agreeing with them.

34 posted on 08/24/2011 11:17:20 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: hermanj04

Perry is many things, but stupid is not one of them.


35 posted on 08/24/2011 11:19:25 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: hermanj04
If Perry is the nominee, the left will have a GREAT time with Perry's Texas A&M grades.

All they have to do is dust off the old Bush is a partying frat boy president material, replace 'Bush' with 'Perry' and let the fun begin.

My guess is that Algore may have had a better GPA and college record than Perry and that would be saying something.

36 posted on 08/24/2011 11:22:35 AM PDT by GBA
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To: squarebarb
and Perry could say, “No! Really?”

Followed by: "They must be really bad, huh?"

37 posted on 08/24/2011 11:23:47 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: hermanj04

Tactic number one in the Democrat playbook:

The Democrat is a brainiac.
The Republican is stupid.

Variant number one:
The Democrat has “gravitas”.
The Republican lacks “gravitas”.


38 posted on 08/24/2011 11:28:01 AM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: andy58-in-nh
The Left has no standard for wisdom. The Left--except for a few demagogues & scoundrels who are pushing the buttons of their neurotic followers--is caught up in a compulsive war on reality. They, as a group, represent the absolute antithesis of wisdom. They are the courtiers, fawning over the Emperor's New Clothes. The mob looting the fruits of better men's labor. The automatons chanting in unison at a Bolshevik, Nazi or Obamanist rally.

To understand how far these people are from having genuine intellectual strength, consider: "Liberals" Or "Mipips" [Marxist Influenced Pseudo Intellectual Poseurs.} Anyone on our side who has ever debated the ilk, knows how inadequate they are in the realm of logic or reason.

William Flax

39 posted on 08/24/2011 11:28:57 AM PDT by Ohioan
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To: KansasGirl
I don’t even know who Richard Cohen is (or care). Should I?

This is a jewish man slobbering all over a muslim man who is antisemitic. And he proposes to judge the intelligence of others.

40 posted on 08/24/2011 11:29:06 AM PDT by oldbrowser (They're socialists don't call them liberals)
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To: hermanj04

.....and our beloved Kenyan corpseman is intellectually qualified?


41 posted on 08/24/2011 11:30:09 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: houeto
You know, if personal duels had not been outlawed, there would be a lot less of this crap!

I have often had the same thought... If we still had them, it might bring honor back into the public service arena. As it is now, I doubt most pundits or elected officials can spell the word, much less understand what it means.

42 posted on 08/24/2011 11:32:57 AM PDT by LaRueLaDue
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To: hermanj04

See, that’s always been my problem with people on this side using that criticism against Palin. I don’t agree with Cohen that Perry (or pretty much anybody in the field, absolutely including Palin) is intellectually unqualified to be president. But neither do I look at most of them and see prodigiously towering intellects...or at least, they’re not flaunting them. Certainly not the guys at the top of the polls. I don’t know how you draw the line between the intellectually qualified and unqualified that leaves them on the “qualified” side and Palin on the other. I really don’t.


43 posted on 08/24/2011 11:43:58 AM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: Keith in Iowa

If Little Dickie doesn’t think Perry is intellectually qualified, what does he have to say about the Kenyan?

Wait, Wait , Don’t tell me.


44 posted on 08/24/2011 11:46:07 AM PDT by Venturer
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“Intellectually Unqualified”

####

Oh, let’s cut to the chase, Cohen.

In other words, too Christian and to a lesser extent, too conservative, to actually be “smart”.

Right Dick?.....weed.


45 posted on 08/24/2011 11:47:20 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: hermanj04
Hey Dick!... Rick's a genius compared to your boy!


46 posted on 08/24/2011 11:55:20 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: hermanj04
I believe Dickie might have a point about Perry. I am confident that Obama can name the 57 states and Perry would fall shy of that total.
47 posted on 08/24/2011 11:55:48 AM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Maxine, I'll see you there. I'm not changing my ways.)
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To: hermanj04

Guess I’ll take the stupid conservative over the brilliant liberal any day. I’m speachless when considering all the brilliant accomplishments of BO’s term in office.


48 posted on 08/24/2011 12:04:58 PM PDT by myrabach
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To: hermanj04
"The Republican Texas governor clings to an ice floe of diminishing credibility."

That's not Perry, stupid. That's a polar bear.

49 posted on 08/24/2011 12:07:56 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: hermanj04

Perry’s “Intellectually Unqualified” to understand the greatness of socialism.


50 posted on 08/24/2011 12:13:37 PM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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