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Rick Perry loves science. Political science.
Washington Post ^ | September 16, 2011 | Ezra Klein

Posted on 09/16/2011 7:32:26 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Texas Gov. Rick Perry doesn’t have a reputation as the most scientifically inclined of candidates.....

But there’s 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 Perry’s campaign organization, which he calls “the brainiest political operation in America.” After seven straight wins at the ballot box, Perry’s organization is also among the most fearsome in America. And there’s nothing unscientific about it. In fact, compared with Perry’s organization, every other campaign in America appears in denial of the evidence.

The hero of this story is Dave Carney, Perry’s campaign manager and a guy who embraced political science in order to attack the traditional campaign-industrial complex.......

...Carney invited political scientists into Perry’s 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 campaign’s money and the candidate’s time. And the candidate wasn’t known for his excessive regard for academics. “You don’t 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 you’re spending $25 million on an election and you can save 2 percent, that’s a lot of money,” Carney said. “You’ll have more money to spend on something that works.”

.....Perry easily won his subsequent elections.

That’s 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 ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elite; ignorance; intelligence; perry2012; smart
Aug 30, 2011........."Perry continued on the intellect theme, explaining why he thinks it’s a problem that many of Obama’s 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."

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."

1 posted on 09/16/2011 7:32:34 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: All; shield

2 posted on 09/16/2011 7:38:52 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Look out CW, the bashbots are waking up about now.


3 posted on 09/16/2011 7:41:38 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; RoosterRedux; jonrick46; deepbluesea; RockinRight; TexMom7; potlatch; ...
Perry Ping....

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4 posted on 09/16/2011 7:41:38 AM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

perry is a curve ball that the media has yet to understand.


5 posted on 09/16/2011 7:44:02 AM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

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.


6 posted on 09/16/2011 7:44:25 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: traderrob6
Look out CW, the bashbots are waking up about now.

No. I think they're just changing shifts.

7 posted on 09/16/2011 7:45:15 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

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!


8 posted on 09/16/2011 7:45:37 AM PDT by mk2000
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Whuuut? You mean intelligence isn't the same thing as wisdom . . . whodathunkit? LOL!

Liberals don't seem to understand the difference between intelligence and wisdom they think the two are the same thing. Glad to see Perry is WISE enough to know the difference.
9 posted on 09/16/2011 7:45:52 AM PDT by Sudetenland (There can be no freedom without God--What man gives, man can take away.)
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To: traderrob6

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????????/


10 posted on 09/16/2011 7:46:04 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: ken21
perry is a curve ball that the media has yet to understand.

It's delightful to watch.

11 posted on 09/16/2011 7:46:20 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Yep.


12 posted on 09/16/2011 7:48:20 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: Dilbert San Diego
The Left can't stand that religion "thingy" either -- the clinging to faith and guns stuff.

Rick Perry stumps in the Bible Belt

Rick Perry --"Gun control is hitting what you aim at"

13 posted on 09/16/2011 7:51:13 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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“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.
Hal”

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)


14 posted on 09/16/2011 7:51:39 AM PDT by ILS21R
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To: Sudetenland
"Glad to see Perry is WISE..."

And I truly believe that--unlike so many liberal pundits--he knows the Source of wisdom is not located in his own mind!

15 posted on 09/16/2011 7:53:56 AM PDT by milagro
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“Perry continued on the intellect theme, explaining why he thinks it’s a problem that many of Obama’s 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.


16 posted on 09/16/2011 7:55:07 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Perry could apply to the science of global warming, as well.

Perry's position on global warming goads the Lefties more than anything.

How dare he imply that it is a hoax? Doesn't he know what 'a consensus of scientists' means?

[Didn't a consensus of scientists a few centuries ago claim that the world was flat and one would fall off the edge if one ventured out in the ocean too far?]
17 posted on 09/16/2011 7:55:28 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: SumProVita

It’s ‘educated’. Education has nothing to do with intelligence. College can only make me more skilled in something, they cannot make me smarter.


18 posted on 09/16/2011 7:56:11 AM PDT by wastedyears (Of course you realize, this means war.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"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."

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.

19 posted on 09/16/2011 7:57:48 AM PDT by susannah59
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“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.”


20 posted on 09/16/2011 8:00:39 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: milagro

“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.

;-))))


21 posted on 09/16/2011 8:03:31 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: wastedyears

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.

;-)


22 posted on 09/16/2011 8:07:29 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“...Carney invited political scientists into Perry’s 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.


23 posted on 09/16/2011 8:11:33 AM PDT by ari-freedom (Thank you, Bob!)
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To: SumProVita

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.


24 posted on 09/16/2011 8:11:45 AM PDT by wastedyears (Of course you realize, this means war.)
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To: SumProVita

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.”


Ain’t that the truth! The left has replaced God with Government as the supreme authority. A dangerous path indeed.....


25 posted on 09/16/2011 8:13:23 AM PDT by volunbeer (Keep the dope, we'll make the change in 2012!)
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To: TomGuy
[Didn't a consensus of scientists a few centuries ago claim that the world was flat and one would fall off the edge if one ventured out in the ocean too far?]

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.

26 posted on 09/16/2011 8:20:45 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

CERN has demonstrated that the sun’s magnetic field is responsible for decreased cosmic rays, which reduces cloud formation. Global warming is a result of the sun’s activity.

See the following article: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100102296/sun-causes-climate-change-shock/


27 posted on 09/16/2011 8:24:19 AM PDT by LOC1 (Let's pick the best, not settle for a compromise.)
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To: SumProVita
“The first effect of not believing in God, is that you lose your common sense.”

FRiend, that's not the quote.

"When people stop believing in God, they don’t 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'.

28 posted on 09/16/2011 8:26:59 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: agere_contra

Actually, my quote was correct and is from one of his Fr. Brown books.

;-)


29 posted on 09/16/2011 8:31:01 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: LOC1

No, climate change is caused by SUVs and coal power plants.

Al Gore said so.

/sarc


30 posted on 09/16/2011 8:34:33 AM PDT by wastedyears (Of course you realize, this means war.)
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To: wastedyears

Nooooo!

Cow farts!


31 posted on 09/16/2011 8:43:11 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

`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.


32 posted on 09/16/2011 8:51:46 AM PDT by tumblindice (Governor Rick Perry: "No border fence")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

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!


33 posted on 09/16/2011 10:32:31 AM PDT by casinva (Maybe it's time to have some provocative language. (PERRY / CAIN 2012)
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To: LOC1

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.)


34 posted on 09/16/2011 2:37:46 PM PDT by samtheman (Palin. In your heart you know she's right.)
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