Here is what the former Governor has to say on the Perry / Bush dust-up…interesting insight from the Howlin’ Mad Man himself.
Dean: Bush camp will ‘take Perry out’
By Daniel Strauss - 08/17/11 01:59 PM ET
Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean predicted that prominent political supporters of former President George W. Bush will deal a critical blow to Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) presidential campaign.
“The Bush people don’t fool around, as you know,” Dean said Tuesday night on MSNBC. “You can say a lot of things about Bush’s presidency and his failures as president, but one thing nobody should say [anything] bad about [is] his political team. They know what they’re doing, and they are ruthless, and they are going to take Perry out.”
Dean’s comments come as a number of former Bush administration operatives have criticized recent comments Perry has made. Political strategist and Bush adviser Karl Rove said comments Perry made about Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke were not “a presidential statement.”
“It’s not smart politics, either,” Rove said on Fox News. “Governor Perry is going to have to fight the impression that he’s a cowboy from Texas. This simply added to it.”
Perry came under fire by prominent Republicans for saying that Bernanke would be treated “pretty ugly” in Texas for deciding to print more money, an action the governor called “almost treasonous.”
The readiness of Rove and other former Bush administration officials to criticize Perry illustrates a longstanding rift between the camps of the two Texas politicians.