Since almost the moment he announced, it seems as if presidential candidate Rick Perry has been under attack from a particular subset of his own party — the former George W. Bush team. Taking offense at Perry’s comment that in Texas, Fed Chairman Ben Bernake would be be treated “pretty ugly” and that printing more money would be “treasonous,” Ex-Bush aides, led by former Bush adviser Karl Rove, have been attacking the current Texas governor, saying among other things he doesn’t sound “presidential.”
The media keeps explaining the feud as a sign of the longstanding rivalry between Rove and Perry adviser Dave Carney, and wonder if the fighting could sink the Perry campaign.
But what if it’s all fake?
Pundits point out that Perry was a former Rove client. Just the fact that the two are no longer working together should be proof enough, they say, that the past is full of bad blood and the present may be, too.
But the former Bushies coming after Perry would likely help, not hurt the Perry campaign. After all, the biggest issue many have with Perry right now is that he is in fact the second coming of George W. Bush — Texas Governor, full of cowboy swagger, close with the religious right, prone to stumbles and misstatements on the campaign trail. Anything that pulls Perry apart from Bush and appears to create distance between the former unpopular President and the current presidential wannabee helps Perry, not hurts him.
And Karl Rove, who is heavily invested in Republican party wins this cycle via his new Super PAC American Crossroads, is more than smart enough to recognize that.
Is the big feud all an act? It wouldn’t be a surprise at all.
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