Skip to comments.Rick Perry loves science. Political science.
Posted on 09/16/2011 7:32:26 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Texas Gov. Rick Perry doesnt have a reputation as the most scientifically inclined of candidates.....
But theres one kind of science that Perry is willing, even eager, to run on: political science. And that should have his opponents worried.
In...The VictoryLab, Sasha Issenberg digs deep into Perrys campaign organization, which he calls the brainiest political operation in America. After seven straight wins at the ballot box, Perrys organization is also among the most fearsome in America. And theres nothing unscientific about it. In fact, compared with Perrys organization, every other campaign in America appears in denial of the evidence.
The hero of this story is Dave Carney, Perrys campaign manager and a guy who embraced political science in order to attack the traditional campaign-industrial complex.......
...Carney invited political scientists into Perrys 2006 gubernatorial reelection bid. He allowed them to create, in effect, a laboratory for experiments testing different forms of campaigning.
That was, to say the least, an unorthodox use of both the campaigns money and the candidates time. And the candidate wasnt known for his excessive regard for academics. You dont have to have a PhD from Harvard in political science to understand our economics, Perry liked to say.
But Carney thought there was another side of Perry that the initiative could appeal to: He was cheap. And evidence can be a boon to cheapskates. When youre spending $25 million on an election and you can save 2 percent, thats a lot of money, Carney said. Youll have more money to spend on something that works.
.....Perry easily won his subsequent elections.
Thats a lesson that Governor potentially, President Perry could apply to the science of global warming, as well. If we take the science seriously,...and be able to get a head start on preparing for it.....
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
"They have gone to some great schools and they are intellectually smart, but he does not have wise people around him ... He has listened to smart people but nobody who has real wisdom," Perry said."
September 15, 2011: Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist Resigns Over Global Warming Dr. Ivar Giaever, a former professor with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the 1973 winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, abruptly announced his resignation Tuesday, Sept. 13, from the premier physics society in disgust over its officially stated policy that "global warming is occurring."
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perry is a curve ball that the media has yet to understand.
I could engrave everything that Ezra Klein knows about science on the head of a pin and still have room for the complete texts of War and Peace, Gone with the Wind, the Bible, and the Oxford English Dictionary (Unabridged Edition), including supplements.
No. I think they're just changing shifts.
I just don’t like the MSM saying anything nice about my candidate. It’s almost like they are trying to be a mush. I can’t have this!
Can I ask where the liberals came up with this nonsense about not believing in science, if you are not behind this global warming stuff????
Why does skepticism or opposition to the Al Gore agenda mean that you are “against science”?? Isn’t that a quantum leap in judgement?
Is this a “big lie” being repeated over and over, to make voters think that Republicans “oppose science” and scientific research, if they don’t swallow what Al Gore is serving up??????
I would like the liberals to explain why it is that the earth has steadily warmed since the end of the ice age. At one time, where Chicago is now was under a mile of ice. Haven’t we really seen global warming since then, and wasn’t it a good thing that the glaciers receded????????/
It's delightful to watch.
“It is of course, the global warming scam, with the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so many scientists, and has carried APS before it like a rogue wave. It is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist. Anyone who has the faintest doubt that this is so should force himself to read the ClimateGate documents, which lay it bare. (Montford’s book organizes the facts very well.) I don’t believe that any real physicist, nay scientist, can read that stuff without revulsion. I would almost make that revulsion a definition of the word scientist.”
“I want no part of it, so please accept my resignation. APS no longer represents me, but I hope we are still friends.
Harold Lewis, Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, former Chairman; Former member Defense Science Board, chmn of Technology panel; Chairman DSB study on Nuclear Winter; Former member Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards; Former member, President’s Nuclear Safety Oversight Committee; Chairman APS study on Nuclear Reactor Safety Chairman Risk Assessment Review Group; Co-founder and former Chairman of JASON; Former member USAF Scientific Advisory Board; Served in US Navy in WW II; books: Technological Risk (about, surprise, technological risk) and Why Flip a Coin (about decision making)
And I truly believe that--unlike so many liberal pundits--he knows the Source of wisdom is not located in his own mind!
“Perry continued on the intellect theme, explaining why he thinks its a problem that many of Obamas advisers come from academia.
“They have gone to some great schools and they are intellectually smart, but he does not have wise people around him ... He has listened to smart people but nobody who has real wisdom,” Perry said.”
The above is an excellent analysis on Gov. Perry’s part....and reflects what many of us have been saying for some time.
It’s ‘educated’. Education has nothing to do with intelligence. College can only make me more skilled in something, they cannot make me smarter.
You don't have to have a PhD from Harvard to understand that statement!!
Although I'd question how "smart" some of those people really are, myself, and I've never bought the claim that Obama is "smart" either.
“Can I ask where the liberals came up with this nonsense about not believing in science, if you are not behind this global warming stuff????”
It is clearly a result of illogical thinking on their part.
Their brains have gotten stuck in a rut....constantly constructing straw men.
I think they also present us with model specimens of GK Chesterton’s famous quote:
“The first effect of not believing in God, is that you lose your common sense.”
“And I truly believe that—unlike so many liberal pundits—he knows the Source of wisdom is not located in his own mind! “
I tend to agree. It must be that *miracle* of grace.
Actually, higher education CAN provide the environment for improving your IQ....IF the brain is properly engaged in the learning process...and does not simply and passively accept all information presented as correct.
“...Carney invited political scientists into Perrys 2006 gubernatorial reelection bid. He allowed them to create, in effect, a laboratory for experiments testing different forms of campaigning. “
I thought Romney was a skillful political operator but after reading that, I am pretty sure Perry will win this thing.
How many teachers are able to provide that environment? I can count on one hand how many good teachers I’ve had through 13 years of schooling.
I think they also present us with model specimens of GK Chestertons famous quote:
The first effect of not believing in God, is that you lose your common sense.
Ain’t that the truth! The left has replaced God with Government as the supreme authority. A dangerous path indeed.....
No: this is a common misconception.
In Columbus's day most educated people knew that the world was round. They also knew the size of the world and also knew that China was way too far away for Columbus to get to.
What they didn't know was that there was a whole Continent waiting to be discovered.
CERN has demonstrated that the suns magnetic field is responsible for decreased cosmic rays, which reduces cloud formation. Global warming is a result of the suns activity.
See the following article: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100102296/sun-causes-climate-change-shock/
FRiend, that's not the quote.
"When people stop believing in God, they dont believe in nothing: they believe in anything" G.K. Chesterton.
He went to describe about how such people start believing in mutually conflicting ideas, and/or change their beliefs every week - its a real tour de force. I think it's found in 'Orthodoxy'.
Actually, my quote was correct and is from one of his Fr. Brown books.
No, climate change is caused by SUVs and coal power plants.
Al Gore said so.
`Mexican standoff’: Perry doesn’t think we can return millions of Mexican cooks, while the liberals think we can actually lower the Earth’s temperature by eating less Mexican food ...
On second thought, maybe they’re both right.
CW, I went to the actual article and read the entire thing. It was really interesting to see how Rick Perry brought in political scientists who would challenge traditional politics, and it was even more interesting to see the guts Rick Perry exhibited to follow their innovative campaigning suggestions. It will be refreshing to see no more “politics as usual”.
The garbage global warming nonsense the author tried to compare with the use of innovative political changes never made it to first base though.
Thanks for the article!
If Perry was REALLY smart he’d hire Delinpole on his staff, or, if James refuses, someone who at least reads Delinpole regularly. (Like me.)