How would you compare Rick Perry to George W. Bush?
August 18th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

How would you compare Rick Perry to George W. Bush?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's hard not to compare Rick Perry to the last Republican governor from Texas who made it all the way to the White House: George W. Bush.

Both men are conservative and religious... and neither is what you would call a scholar.

But as Texan author James Moore writes on CNN.com, "If Perry and bush had been born in the same family, W would have become known as "the smart one."

That's saying a lot.

Bush went to Yale - Perry to Texas A&M. He got Cs and Ds at a place Paul Begala calls "this cute remedial school we have in Texas."

Oh yeah, and both were cheerleaders at school. How weird is that? Very.

Both were in the service... Bush in the Air National Guard and Perry in the Air Force.

When Bush got out of the guard under a cloud of suspicion that he failed to fulfill his entire obligation, he went on to fail in the Texas oil business before becoming a multi-millionaire off the Texas Rangers.

Perry headed straight from the military to the family cotton farm and stayed there for seven years before entering Congress. Since being elected to that job, he hasn't made a dime in the private sector. His checks have all come from the government.

By the way, neither one of these men are cowboys, but they like to pretend... like little boys who put on cowboy hats and boots and stomp around like they're on the set of the TV show "Bonanza."

Differences? As Governor, Bush was known for reaching across the aisle, whereas Perry was the opposite.

Also, Bush pushed ideas and policies he didn't necessarily believe in but were politically expedient... Perry on the other hand believes what he's selling and has been described as looking on compromise "as a kind of terminal cancer."

Lastly - seems like there's not much love lost between the Bush and Perry camps - The Daily Beast reports that Karl Rove and his operatives appear to have launched a campaign to derail Perry's bid for the White House.

Here’s my question to you: How would you compare Rick Perry to George W. Bush?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Karen in Naples, Florida:
Howdy Jack, From a former Texan. I was telling my hubby last night that Perry is exactly like Bush, sounds like him, bobs his head like him, same ideas, same feigned religious fanaticism. All that "jobs" BS, I've been paying $4 a gallon for the last year, so naturally, the oil state should be doing good. Don't get me started on the problems with Texas. People should be VERY afraid of this man.

Marcia in West Virginia:
Brother from another mother, clone, just as goofy, swagger the same (and it doesn't help), neither is representative of Texas, liars... I could go on and on.

Ricky has executed more than 230 inmates and Bush whacked about 150. Ricky is clearly in a league by himself.

Debra on Facebook:
With Bush as president, I had one foot in Canada. If Perry wins, there goes the other foot.

Bud in Reston, Virginia:
They are both from Texas and the best thing to come out of the State of Texas is INTERSTATE 10.

Dumb and Dumber!

Mark in Voorhees, New Jersey:
Perry is apparently a Dominionist Taliban Christian, and Bush kept his religion on the down-low most of the time, except when it was politically expedient. Perry seems to not be as smart, and Bush was no Mensa member. Perry has no scintilla of self-control, and Bush could at least do what Rove told him. And based on his statements thus far, Perry is an even bigger liar, if possible.

M. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida:
Rick W. Perry and Bush are part of a sleeper cell planted by the notorious Comedy Central Team.

soundoff (249 Responses)
  1. Bob Dobolina

    I think Paul Begala said it best: "Rick Perry may be the perfect candidate for those Republicans who viewed George W. Bush as just a little too cerebral."

    August 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  2. ranch111

    Dumber and dumberer.

    August 18, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  3. Carl


    He's a politician, that to me, equals, corrupt and worthless, there isn't a one of them worth voting for.

    August 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  4. Tyler

    Come on, Jack. Let's forget about Rick Perry– he got a 2.22 GPA from Texas A&M studying Animal Science... Not exactly the kind of achiever you want running the free world. The real Texan we should be talking about is Ron Paul. He finished second in the Iowa Straw Poll and sensible people can't get enough of him, despite the media's best attempts to snub him of any attention. He may not be young with a nice haircut or have a thundering voice, but he's the only candidate right now who is true, honest, and devoted with common sense solutions to government, which is exactly what the American people need right now– regardless of the politics.

    August 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  5. Jessica from Texas

    I am from Texas and then Governor George Bush spoke at my high school graduation. He was well liked in Texas as governor. The same cannot be said for Perry. He started at Lieutenant Governor thinking strategically Bush would win the Presidency and has held court ever since. His plans to secede from the union made news but Perry didn't want Texas to be a part of the US. It seems like he at any cost wants to run a country, even if he had to make his own. Why isn't someone from the national media asking him real questions... where is the proof of his results in Texas? Why would he want to govern (rule) the US when he originally wanted to secede from it?

    August 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  6. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    Mirror, mirror on the wall- can you tell us apart? Clone number one. Must be a reason why Karl Rove does not like Rick Parry (see Colbert).

    August 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  7. E tourgeman

    Hello mr cafferty. Well Rick Perry and bush both love signing excutive orders to make everyone in the U.S. Follow their absurd policies. For example Rick Perry
    Rick Perry signed a shocking executive order forcing every sixth-grade girl to submit to a three-jab regimen of the Gardasil vaccine. He also forced state health officials to make the vaccine available “free” to girls ages 9 to 18.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  8. Jeffrey Lamborn

    Rick Perry is just a Dubya on steroids...he is more of the same rhetoric slinging streamlined candidate. To quote George Orwell he is a man "who thinks in slogans and talks in bullets." We don't need an Obama sandwich on Texas Governor toast! We need something different in this country, not politics as usual, maybe we need unusual Paulitics.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  9. Jeff - NE

    Different strains of the same brain eating amoeba.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  10. Michael,New York

    Both are as dumb as a sack of rocks, but Perry has the makiings of a dangerous evangelical crackpot. Not someone to lead this country.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  11. Ted Franklin

    Separated at birth, only one degree of separation. Texas is a whole other country;let's keep it that way.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  12. Marilyn, Canada

    Perry uses religion as a banner, Bush leaned on it.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  13. BILL, WI

    Scary 1 and Scary 2.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  14. Pete in Georgia

    Similiar in ideology but Perry has a natural easiness with people and connects with folks instantly. Perry would be a more of a "take charge" type of guy similar to Reagan, not backing down to anyone.
    One thing's for sure; he wouldn't apologize for being an American like the current elitist in power.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  15. J.D.

    Rick Perry makes George W. Bush look like Albert Einstein.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  16. Tyler

    Bush- Iraq has W.M.D.'s
    Perry- President 2012

    What a comedic joke, another Big Boss Texan as President of all Americans. All I can say is, NEVER!!! Being an Independent, President Barack O'Bama has my vote for 2012. It's disturbing, uphauling, and very sad that out of 300+ Million Americans, that the Republican Party can't find one decent person to run in 2012 for President. They are all quacks........Were better than being represented by ducks!!!!!

    Tyler Oshkosh, WI

    August 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  17. Ed Hoffman

    Completely Different, but similar thinking. Better

    August 18, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  18. jeff

    He's taller?

    August 18, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  19. Greg in Arkansas

    Rick Perry and George W. Bush are positive proof that Texas has perfected a scientific process of cloning political Cowboys since there are not enough differences between the two to even be considered twin brothers.
    We do NOT need another arrogant 'my-or-the-highway", "for-us-or-against-us" "go-it-alone" type of guy in the White House, ONE Bush TWO was enough.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  20. riley oday

    Two peas from the same pod. Brothers from different mothers. Apples and apples.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  21. Name*Ed from California

    GW is Einstein compared to Rev. Gov. Perry. But a, Box of Rocks is ten times smarter than the both of them put together.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  22. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Bush simply played the fool. Perry, on the other hand....

    August 18, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  23. pat in michigan

    I thought "W" was marginal at best but had competant handlers in the stable.Rick Perry however is the model for a wing nut if ever I saw one . he thinks because he has invented 21st century low wage slavery that it makes him a Godsend to America.The cocky smirk is the same as "W" and I cant wait to see his campaign "STRATEGERY"!

    August 18, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  24. Name*paul connors

    apples to apples


    August 18, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  25. Ed from Texas

    Hey, if it walks like a W and talks like a W...

    August 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  26. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Well Jack there are more similarities between the two then differences. They both have ties to big oil. They both have access to large cash donators who will gladly donate to their causes. They were both from Texas and with that comes their limited vocabulary. They both mispronounce words that even 12 year olds should be able to pronounce correctly and clearly. Unfortunately for Perry, America has not forgotten Bush and the WMD that were never there. This will hurt Perry's chances at a run for president.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  27. Mark from Voorhees, NJ

    Perry is apparently a Dominionist Taliban Christian, and Bush kept his religion on the down-low most of the time, except when it was politically expedient. Perry seems to not be as smart, and Bush was no Mensa member. Perry has no scintilla of self-control, and Bush could at least do what Rove told him. And based on his statements thus far, Perry is an even bigger liar, if possible.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  28. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    It is canny how much Perry and Bush W. are alike. Both seem to have same intelligent level which is scary. They both sound the same. Perry is a little more out on the ledge with wanting to impose his religious beliefs on others. The only difference between the two I can see is Perry is more scarier than W. Here is a man who uses the word treason which is punishable by death to describe someone. I shake in my shoes when I think of some military officer walking around with a atomic football waiting for him to squeeze the trigger. That is one trigger that needs a lot of careful thought before pulling it. It would not be the same as whipping out the gun he is known to carry and squeezing the trigger.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  29. Michelle M

    Rick 'Prayery' is all the dumb of Bush, all the ignorant of Screech Palin, all the scary religious mania of Michele- all in one horrifying, drop-your-word-ending-Gs package. He'll learn to smirk any minute now, and I will go lay in the highway. Just kill me now, Jack.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  30. Ken in Victoria BC

    Hello Jack. I am to busy to answer your question fully. However, if Ivy league education is an indicator of IQ. Mr. Bush rates much higher. I would not have a beer with these gentleman,as their thoughts are not original but the thinks of their spin doctors. In addition, they would not understand my comments,as my IQ of eighty is so much higher. I like to hang with people with at least twice my IQ. That is why I joined Jack's herd and Wolf's pack. In closing, this is a very important question for the voters.If someones brother was not the governor eight years of Mr. Bush and his side Kick- Tricky Prick would have never happened. Did Canada go to Iraq. . Sorry, must go and take another IQ test.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  31. marcia in wv

    Brother from another mother...clone...just as goofy....swagger the same (and it doesn't help)...neither is resenitive of Texas...liar....I could go on and on.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  32. Doug

    Ricky has executed 235 inmates and Bush whacked about 150. Rcky is clearly in a league by himself. Doug.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  33. Tom PA

    I would compare Rick Perry to George Bush as both presidential candidates from Texas with the same bad college grades who would rule the country the same.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  34. Kim Smith

    Perry is a clone of Bush. Please, please, please, no more far-right wackos from Texas.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  35. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Rick Perry can complete a sentence. Other than that they feed from the same trough and are almost identical a side from their outward appearance. Perry will talk about jobs he created, what he won't say is that they are at fast food places. George W Bush probably would have vetoed the bill to make it illegal to text while driving like Perry recently did. Rick Perry is the only governor who has veto such legislation. I would not consider that an enlightened position along with so many others. Perry as president is a Pandora's Box waiting to happen.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  36. Ron WPAFB

    Dumb and Dumber!

    August 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  37. bud rupert, reston, va

    They are both from Texas and the best thing to come out of the State of Texas is INTERSTATE 10.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  38. Gigi Oregon

    The really evil twin of George Bush...If you think 2000-08 was scary and want to see the finish of the USA vote for Perry and minimum wage jobs across America.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  39. Ron WPAFB

    It really doesn't matter, Jack. If the Republicans are going to block any legislation the other side puts forward based on elections and not on what's good for the country, it doesn't matter! there are bills sitting in Congress right now waiting on the House! Bills that put people to work! But the House majority spent 9 months blocking lesislation and nothing went through. You really want to see people go back to work, fire the Republicans and watch!

    August 18, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  40. Brady in Poughkeepsie

    Perry arrogantly bounces around as a hardcore conservative and its almost sad and pathetic when you come to think of it. Bush wasn't arrogant. Perry would make Bush a far better president.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:40 pm |

    Yosimite Sam to Quick Draw McGraw

    August 18, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  42. Jim in Gardendale, Alabama

    I think that Perry could be an even bigger friend to the millionaires and big corporations than even Bush was and as such, a danger to this country. He's certainly no friend of the environment and most of the jobs he claims to have created in Texas have been minimum wage jobs held by hispanics and jobs related to the oil and gas industry. He"s already gained a reputation for his king size ego and big mouth and we certainly don't need another texas cowboy who's a ultra conservative Republican in the White House again. We still haven't recovered from the last one yet.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  43. Matthew Hunt*

    Kansas city, Missouri

    How would I compare Rick perry to George W. Bush? Well that's easy! I have compared both photos of perry and bush and they both look like monkey and sound alike. Oh did I forget to mention they were both governors from Texas! I have to say a vote for Perry is another 4 years of Bush!

    August 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  44. Jimbo

    Rick Perry has to be George Bush in disguise. We don't need another Bush that's the reason we are on this mess now. I voted for Obama in 2008 and I will in 2012. I jus don't agree with Republicans policies they would rather have this country fail than President Obama succed.

    Clarksville , TN

    August 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  45. Alex McAnneny (Hyannis MA)

    They look alike, sound alike and appeal to the same constituent base, so you really can't.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  46. Brad, Portland, OR

    About the same way I'd compare cancer to a heart attack.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  47. Rick McDaniel

    Totally different people. Totally different leadership style. Perry is more conservative, but not nearly as extremist as some of the other GOP candidates. Perry knows where he wants to go, far more so, than Romney, as well.

    I consider Perry the leader, not just in the primary, but for the WH.

    August 18, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  48. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Bush tried to fight evil with evil, ie Iraq. This didn't work. My fear is that Perry would consider pushing the wrong button. Perry is a divider and even though I have no respect for Bush I would never call him a traitor, just misguided.

    August 18, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  49. George Sweeper

    Rick Perry is probably not as smart and more dangerous than Dubya. Please America don't go there!

    August 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  50. dave in nashville

    Texan Twang maybe? Or a small guy swagger? Or wearing religion on their cuffs? Nah, just good liars.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  51. Mr. D

    They are both from a foreign country-Texas.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  52. Dan K

    Comparing R.P to G.W.B? 2 birds in the same bush( Pun?)!!! Both come from Texas, both created a large negative budget sheet for the state of Texas, Both are professed Christians, Both flaunted their religion (God says no, no) during their election campaigns to gain the evangelical vote!

    Bush left his administration giving tax breaks to the very wealthy and left a $3.5 trillion deficit! Job losses were hemorrhaging at the rate of 3 million @ year despite these breaks!!
    Perry wants to keep these tax breaks under the ruse that raising taxes will cause job losses and wants to cut the deficit on the backs of the dying middle class and the exploding poor class of our country!
    You see what one Texan did to our country, are you willing to chance another????

    Dan K Owens Cross roads , Alabama

    August 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  53. Tom

    Compare who? Rick W. Bush to George Perry?

    August 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  54. Tina Tx

    They are two peas in a pod and both a danger to the poor of America. Bush said go shopping after 9/11 we will have global economy. See what the markets have been doing, haven't ya? Perry will finish where Mr Bush left off. We will have the most people who do not make a good living and cannot get ahead under Perry. Be careful what you wish for. You will not like the outcome.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  55. Kathie

    Two egomaniacs incapable of listening to the opinions of another. both are narcissitic, power hungry zealots. Couldnt and still cannot tolerate even seeing a pix of bush (known in my house as "the moron"). bush's brain, Rove, is already trying to destroy this new incarnation of bush.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  56. Scott, Phoenix AZ

    the list of their differences would be shorter than the list of their similarties

    August 18, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  57. Joe

    George W. Bush was smarter and was willing to make more compromises than someone who solely desires to stir up the divisiveness between Americans. I would suggest George W. wanted to improve America, versus, Rick Perry's secessionist statements exemplify his attitude of wanting to destroy all that is both good and bad about America. He is a complete narcissistic nihilist in search of his personal glory, ... at the expense of ... the American people. I don't think George W. was intentionally willing to let the American people suffer.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    August 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  58. Curtis in Philadelphia

    Honestly Jack, and this cares me, I think Bush is smarter.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  59. Cathy

    Birds of a feather, flock together

    August 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  60. Donna, Wisconsin

    Well from what I have read so far, I think they are both rich and care only for the rich. Tho I have always thought Bush had a few loose screws and couldn't walk and chew gum much less actually speach coherently in sentences, I have to admit, W almost seems smart next to this guy. If Perry were elected President, we will lose the respect Obama got back for us in the world. This guy is an egotistical big mouth with the Republican mantra of 'No–Read my lips–No Compromise" it's my way or the highway 'cause I am the truth and the American way and I know it! SCARY!!! Worse scary than Bush and he was the Devil incarnate.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  61. Mitoosense Fort Lauderdale, Florida


    Rick W Perry and Bush are part of a sleeper cell planted by the notorious Comedy Central Team

    August 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  62. Ronda (from Canastota, NY)

    They're two peas from the same pod. Are you sure Perry isn't Bush's long-lost son, W Jr.?

    August 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  63. Karl in Flint

    You mean there is a difference? One overly religious and undereducated Texas governor is just like another. The last one dug the hole we are in. What will the next one do? Fill that hole with water, call it a pond and sell the pile dirt left next to the hole to his wealthy friends as top soil? That's all that's left for the republicans to do. They have absolutely no interest in doing anything for those of us stuck in that hole except to get rid of us.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  64. Denny from Tacoma

    George W. Bush may have been "deeply religious', but his many atrocities as President were not Christian. Rick Perry also claims to be deeply religious and I worry about how he would be able to separate Church from State; God is not always on our side.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  65. Rose TN

    Basically on IQ scores, hair cuts, and screwing up Texas.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  66. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    Perry have been Governor of Texas for 12 years versus, Bush's 2 1/2. Perry actually knows how government works versus, well you know. Perry can actually work to devlope a budget, versus, well you know. Perry can say nuclear, versus well you know. Perry can engage in dialog, versus, well you know. So I don't really see how you can compare, right now it looks like apples to oranges.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  67. AB

    Rick Perry and George W. Bush are two peas a pod. They are both incompetent leaders who verbally shoot from the hip without thinking and taking aim. Both are incapable of formulating sound policies. Texas has serious economic problems as a result of the leadership of these two men. The jobs that Perry crows about are those that pay $5 to $8 dollars an hour and offer no health or insurance benefits. The state of education in Texas is abysmal. The educational attainment of both men is equally abysmal. Both men lack the attributes needed to become a wise and strong leader.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  68. Paul, New Port Richey, Fl

    It doesn't matter how Perry compares to Bush. Bush is punching cows again. The real question is how does Perry compare to Obama? Obama will take a 'ten count' come November of 2012 would be my guess.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  69. Tony - Austin

    Perry is a true fiscal conservative and has much better Leadership and People Skills than Bush. He was a yell leader in college and knows how to work a crowd. Like Reagan we need someone to come along that will cheer us onward.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  70. Aaron

    It's simple. He is a republican from Texas. He cares more about his money, his supporters money, and gods will. Whatever he assumes that may be. I fear we will get involved in two more wars that we can NOT afford. He will get richer while the rest of us get further down the hole Bush started digging for us all.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  71. Ken in NC

    Rick Perry is George Bush on steroids. He makes Bush look like a genius.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  72. Jim, Denver CO


    They are twin son's of different mothers. Going from Bush to Perry is the same as going from Bad to Worse. Please Texas, don't do this to the rest of us again.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  73. marybeth, massachusetts

    Dumb and Dumber? (I haven't decided which is which yet.) Huey, Dewey, and Louie? Larry, Moe, and Curly? (With all due apologies to the 3 Stooges.)

    Rick Perry is King George W. II reincarnated; his long-lost "twin", his doppelgänger.

    Every time I listen to a story about Rick Perry on the news, or hear him talk, it is déjà vu (with W. Bush).

    Things weren't good under W.–he gave massive tax cuts to his wealthy cronies. He started two foreign wars and didn't fund them or pay for them. He has given us NCLB, which is turning into entire school systems and all students left behind. He started a prescription drug program and didn't fund that either. He went on a spending spree with the surplus he inherited from Clinton. His VP believes that "debts don't matter" (unless, of course, someone else is President and/or the other party took temporary control of Congress, and then it matters like nothing else matters). He didn't believe in regulation, and let Wall Street and big corporations (big banking, financial services, big pharma) get greedy, then approved TARP to bail out the very folks who stole from the middle and working class and drove the economy into a ditch.

    W. has been out of office for 2 1/2 years....I haven't forgotten, and I am surprised that so many people seem to have forgotten how much damage he did if they're latching onto Perry as a savior.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  74. calaurore9

    Perry is taller. Also, no Laura as somewhat of a rudder.

    Carol in Ma

    August 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  75. Jim


    Well, Dumb and Dumber comes to mind. Or maybe Tweedledumb and Tweedledumber. The Bush administration presided over the most devastating terror attack on American soil ever, two wars (one of which was started on mistaken intelligence), the trashing of America's reputation around the world, and the collapse of the American economy. Things might not go as well with a Perry administration.

    Reno, Nevada

    August 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  76. Jk from Minnesota

    What's the difference in them? Not much – they don't know much about economics, they both engage their mouth before they engage their brains and they think that Texas is the center of the universe. The only difference in them that I see if Gov Perry hasn't had a chance to screw up the US economy. But then again George Bush has already accomplished that task for him.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  77. Overby from Melbourne

    Well, as has been said, 'W' is obviously the smart one between the two, and it's only taken a very few days of Perry's blathering for us all to realize and agree.......he's kind of the male version of Mz Palin.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  78. Iris in L.A.

    Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum. What's to compare?

    August 18, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  79. AB

    Both George W bush and Rick Perry are two peas in a pod. Neither man is a scholar nor does he care about education. The educational attainments of both men are abysmal and the same is true of the general state of education in Texas. Both men verbally shoot from the hip with taking thoughful aim at what they are talking about. George W Bush was the worst president in the history of the United States and has left a mess for his successor, Barack Obama to clean up. Bush's legacy is one of incompetence and disgrace. Perry is merely a repeat of the Bush leadership and should not be elected POTUS.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  80. Doug San Antonio

    Dumber and Dumb!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  81. Mark, Tempe Az

    Compare? Hmm, well, I guess Perry hasn't run the U.S. economy or our world standing into the ditch yet. He may get the chance, if voters don't wise up.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  82. Ros.....Illinois

    I call them the Bobbsy Twins, can't see any difference. I have a very different view of Religon. To me it is worshiping Christ in your own private way and not standing on the corner shouting that you are a Christian. You have to act like a Christian first. You also help the needy and let the wealthy take care of themselves, not the other way, around like rhe Republicans believe. The Republican Religon scares me. It sounds like something out of Orson Wells.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  83. Dan in Aluququerque

    Jack, compared to Perry, Bush is now a centrist left-winger. I do think Bush believed in what he was doing, but Perry doesnt believe in anything but his ego, his very right-wing power and keeping religion in politics because it brings in campaign funds.. He is associated with very scary Dominionists, and very rich right-wing organizations to finance his radical ideas. He has lied and made ridiculous claims about what he has done in Texas. What has happened in Texas is mostly not due to his guidance. He preached agains stimulus funds, but lobbied the Fed for it when his "balanced budget" of a 6-billion dollar deficit was "balanced" with a government bailout, which he purports to hate. His state increased government jobs since 2008, but actually lost some private sector jobs. He preaches against government jobs and says the private sector brings all the jobs. Not so much for his state. His state is near the bottom in many undesirable statistics, including health insurance, and education. He is dangerous for America and so is Bachman.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  84. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    George Bush ran roughshod over the economy without paying the bill. Rick Perry wants to run roughshod over the poor while making them pay for the whole enchilada.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  85. Margaret from Seattle, Washington

    Seriously? Comparing Rick Perry and George W. Bush is like auditioning actors for another remake of "Dumb and Dumber". The prospect of another clueless Republican president in the White House makes me nauseous. Can we afford to let them play with whats left of the economy and the Bill of Rights? Maybe we can get Dick Cheney to take him hunting. It's not the season for it, but they like to play fast and loose with the rules in Texas.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:13 pm |

    two peas in a pod.loud mouths

    August 18, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  87. Karl in Silverton ID


    August 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  88. Susan from Idaho

    How about tweedle dumb and tweedle dumber.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  89. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Bush was venal but not insane. Perry is both.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  90. jean2009

    Both are bozos.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  91. Martin Wielgus

    This is really frightening. I don't know if anybody seriously believed that George W. Bush had a snowball's chance in hell of becoming president, not even in his own family. And Perry is no different. The American people have proven conclusively that they are on the side of stupidity and demagoguery. To hell with intelligence and political skill.

    Martinsburg, WV

    August 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  92. Gei

    Easy. They are Texan. Cowboy always wins to get President. Git R Done!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  93. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Two peas from the same pod. trouble for our country.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  94. MeowCat

    Its a Morton's Fork type of choice. Both incompetent but Perry has a less disastrous record, by far, than Bush did coming into the race. People still voted for Bush and we are where we are today in large part because of it. If a Republican gets back into office, and you see with congress, it will only get worse.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  95. bruce

    Bush was just a puppet of the illuminatie Banker faction that engineered both 9/11 and the TARP heist. Perry is a genuine fundamentalist radical fear mongering terrorist who is controlled by those who desire to enforce their way of life on everyone else. He is dangerous.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  96. Bill in New Mexico

    Dumb and Dumber.

    Although W. Bush did not have anything to be confident about, W. Bush was extremely self-confident. Perry is not so self-confident.

    Perry makes more mistakes like his statement "that printing paper for money was treason."

    Making more mistakes and lacking some self-confidence, Perry will not be elected President as W. Bush was.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  97. Stephen Charchuk

    There is no real difference except for their names........

    Yarmouth, NS Canada

    August 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  98. John B

    How about two war mongering bullies, dumb and dumber!!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  99. Mark, Oklahoma City

    What's the difference in the two Texans? Their initials are different and that's about it.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  100. Dave - Phx, Az

    George Bush allowed the rich to pillage our country during his years in office. Perry would do the same, only adding the religous into the mix.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  101. Sam Martin in PA

    What was bad, then times ten it for new fun,

    August 18, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  102. Dean from Michigan

    Other than the obvious "Made in Texas" trademarks, I don't think that there really is much comparison. Love him or hate him, former President Bush at least had some "Presidential presence" that Governor Perry seems to be lacking. I question the ability of any Presidential candidate that doesn't realize they are playing in the big leagues and that they can't simply play to particular groups. As an example, if someone is so quick to hint at "acts of treason" over printing money, can they really be trusted to represent us, as a nation, on the world stage? The same would go for anyone, hazard a guess here, that continually makes huge spoken mistakes in pubic. You don't have to know everything or always be correct, but at least have the ability and common sense to surround yourself with people that will keep you from looking foolish. These folks, after all, are trying to become the international figurehead for all of us.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  103. IKHAN from Nevada

    Both devoid of any statesmanship or qualities which define a leader from one who would like to pose as one.
    Both challenged somewhat intellectually and as visionaries. One landed us in the mess that commenced with the invasion of Iraq and stares us in the face today.
    The other liable to take us to even bigger disasters ( if that is possible) if allowed to take charge of this nation's destiny.
    The 'Free World', in fact the world would be a far better place if these two remain holed up in their ranches & leave this country alone.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  104. Darryl from Beaverton, OR

    Bush and Perry both listened to Phil Gramm. It took Bush nearly seven years as President to completely neuter our nation's financial regulatory system (big thanks to Gramm for that) and to ruin our economy. Perry is just as economically illiterate as Bush, so with our economy still unable to recover from Bush, Perry will have no problem driving us into a Depression faster than Bush drove us into a Recession.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  105. Janet

    George Bush was from New England and transplanted to Texas. Texas does not have income tax-not even on the rich. The state is doing well, it is creating jobs and I know alot of people who are moving there. Something must be right in Texas.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  106. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    Unfavorably, and I was the first person to publicly call for the impeachment of George Bush so I am not exactly prejudiced in W's favor.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  107. Sandstone.

    "I should imagine they're both as bad as each other at Golf?"

    August 18, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  108. Berta

    I do not compare both man, just because they come from Texas doesn't mean anything. I think it is sad that the American people compare this man to Bush, how about being your own personility and give him a chance to proof himself, but I guess that country is so pissed of because of the Bush Administration, if Perry would be a Zebra and still come from Texas they would compare with Bush! I do not think Bush was that bad at all, matter of fact, you did not have a circus like the Obama Administration when Bush was in office. Obama thinks he is God! I do hope we will all make it until 2012 with all the biggering and fighting what these people do who suppose to lead the country. Bring it on new GOP's! May the best win.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  109. Vera, The Keys

    We already figured out that George W. has foot in mouth disease, Jack. But at least he didn't prance around pretending to be Jimmy Swaggart.
    As for Rick "tea-vangelist" Perry, Any day now I expect him to call a press conference, fall down to his knees, throw his hands up in the air and declare "I have sinned against the country by trying to succeed from the union!".

    We love you here, Jack!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  110. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    As much as I disagreed with Bush, I think that he looks more sane and stable as a person when compared to Rick Perry after everything I have seen so far!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  111. Lori - PA


    We can thank the state of the economy, in part, to a Republican Party that's unwilling to compromise. The last thing the American people need is to add an uncompromising Presidential nominee into the fray. Or should I say train wreck? We need Republicans that are willing to compromise, and who refuse to sign that ridiculous pledge of Grover Norquist's. We also need Democrats who don't completely cave to the opposition. We also need to put an end to special interest campaign contributions.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  112. Chuck

    As a Democrat, I don't care for either of them. However, I'd say that Perry scares me the most. Perry is rapidly becoming the spokesman for the far right, whose sole aim is to rid the country of President Obama. He is completely focused on this mission, and his message has a certain vigilante tone to it. I think that we as Americans are more easily won over by people like Rick Perry during the hard times. Americans want simple answers to very complex problems, and Perry tells us what we want to hear. Too bad. We may end up with Rick Perry, just as Germany ended up with Hitler. European markets portend of catastrophe waiting in the wings, for all of us. The Weimer Republic (the Obama Administration) will fall, and Rick Perry will ascend to the center stage, minus the funny mustache.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  113. Ralph Nelson

    George W. is clearly the better educated, brighter man. What Perry is calling for is exactly the opposite of what's needed. It's sad, but Perry makes you wish George W. could winj the nomination. What do we do next, buy lain clothes and spears and demand two caves and a pot for the chicken? How far backwards in history do we plan to go?

    August 18, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  114. Larry in Omaha

    Bush light. Not as bright.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  115. David

    Bush was a puppet and nearly destroyed our country, Perry is a believer, he thinks he is right, and will finish the job.

    Unfortunately, Perry appears to be the dumber of the two and his record makes Bush look both intelligent and consistant. IMHO both Perry and Bachman are Obama's best hopes, the only one better for Obama would be Palin.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  116. Thom Richer

    Just off the top of my head: Dumb and Dumber. However, more seriously, I believe Perry is much more scarier than Bush was. Both claim God hand picked them and both exploit religion to gain political position, which to me is as sinful as a Christian can be. Any person who claims a personal relationship with God or a God, is untrustworthy and full of themselves at the least. I believe Bush wanted and Perry wants to be president for their own satisfaction and ego satisfying reasons and really did not and do not have the American's welfare at heart. Just an ego trip for both. Perry's phoney Christian /religious zeal is very scary and not really valid. His "ugly" statement puts this in a true light. Just because you may believe in Christ, belong to a Christian church and spout bible phrases, does not a Christian make. If one is biased, elitist, and intolerant of others beliefs or life styles, he or she cannot claim to be Christian. I believe this is the case for Perry, Bachmann, Palin and others running on the Right. Religion is best left out of politics and using God as a crutch to gain status, is sinful.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    August 18, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  117. Carl


    He's a politician, that to me, equals, corrupt and worthless, there isn't a one of them worth voting for.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  118. Beverly - NYC

    Same Village, different idiot. Perry is all show no go. I give it two weeks until his mouth ends this campaign.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  119. Scott

    Both of them are a lot smarter and a lot more capable of runnning this country than the current occupant of the White House.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  120. Chas

    Can't you tell, Jack? Rick Perry is really George W. Bush with a black Elvis wig that he borrowed from Michelle Bachmann.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  121. LA Belle

    One and the same. Why would anyone want to have another Republican in office that would complete the derailment of this country. Sounds like Perry is not a compromiser and we have enough of those in Congress already. Let's not repeat the Bush years.
    Lafayette, LA

    August 18, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  122. Mike in Minneapolis

    I would say Bush is a small, tasteless and nutritionless apple. Perry is a small, tasteless, nutritionless and poisonous apple.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  123. barbara in nc

    From what I learned living in Texas twice, Bush would be the smart, sane one of the two (and my great-grandchildren are smarter and more sane than he is).

    Enough said?

    August 18, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  124. Mark in Houston

    I would say that they compare in the sense that both are unencumbered by having to speak the truth

    August 18, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  125. Gail, Plano TX.

    OMG, Jack. I never thought I would be saying this, but compared to Tea Party Perry, George Bush is a Prince and a scholar among men!

    August 18, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  126. Troy

    Perry has better hair and doesn't fumble over his words as much as George W. However, given some of the asinine things coming out of his mouth, it maybe wouldn't hurt if he did fumble over his words a bit more.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  127. Bob from Orlando, FL


    They resemble a very bad vaudeville team! !! They should alike and that worries me. If we add Mrs. Bachman, we'd have a cross between The Three Stooges and the Marx brothers. Seriously, the on thing that Mr. Bush and Mr. Perry have in common besides coming from Texas is that they do not know the U.S. Constitution. That is very frightening.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  128. barbara in nc

    From what I learned living in Texas twice (2001-2002 and 2004), Bush would be the smart, sane one of the two (and my great-grandchildren are smarter and more sane than he is).

    Enough said?

    August 18, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  129. Bob from Orlando, FL


    They resemble a very bad vaudeville act !! They sound alike and that worries me! If we add Mrs. Bachman, we'd have a cross between The Three Stooges and the Marx Brothers! Seriously, the only other thing these two Texans have in common is that they do not understand or care to know the U.S. Constitution. Frightening indeed!!

    August 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  130. Tom

    Dumb & dumber.
    Worse and worser.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  131. Genney,Atl

    Fraternal Twins.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  132. Joey from Columbus, Ohio

    The difference is obvious. Rick Perry has black hair, George W. Bush had blonde hair.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  133. Jessica

    George Bush: bad. Rick Perry: worse

    August 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  134. Wanda - Escondido, CA

    There's a difference?

    August 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  135. Colin, Los Angeles, CA

    Jack, when Rick Perry speaks, I close my eyes and I hear George W. Bush. We don't need another Texas oil man in the White House.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  136. Tim Stiles

    What would the difference be between skim and 1% white milk... toast.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  137. Larry

    Same box..different flake.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  138. Pylar, Columbus, GA

    Perry has slightly better hair.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  139. Floyd

    A&M, like Yale, is a member of the Association of American Universities. Hardly "rememdial," and Begala knows it. Don't promote his tea-sipping sap.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  140. Robert, Calgary Canada

    Bush and Perry?

    Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  141. Terence Riley

    Dumb and dumber.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  142. Vick, Orange Park , FL


    Quit trying to scare me!!! Bush the smart one!!!!!! OMG

    August 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  143. Andy, Plainville CT

    Tweedledumb and Tweedledumber

    August 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  144. stroze

    Well, Jack. Maybe Google will update their site. Search word "failure".

    August 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  145. Fred

    Tweetle Dumb & Tweetle Dumber

    August 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  146. J. Eby

    Josh Brolin can play either one of them.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  147. Patty - Illinois

    Both Bush and Perry can strut sitting down ...... both act in delusional ways but apparently have a strong following of non-thinking citizens who buy into whatever nonsense they spew from their mouths ..... hence their unbelievable success at the polls with or without the Supreme Courts intervention on their behalf!

    August 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  148. Scott

    Jack - I did not like Bush and did not vote for him in 2000 or 2004 ... but if the election for President was between Bush and Perry for President ... I would knock on every door in America rooting for Bush ... Rick Perry would be a nightmare - I will likely not sleep tonight ...

    August 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  149. Peerowski

    It's quite simple. One is a crook surrounded by idiots, the other is an idiot surrounded by crooks.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  150. Larry MacBean

    Jack – You forget that "W." got an MBA from Harvard Business School. I think that that speaks more than the Yale BA that could be attributed to family college ties.

    Larry from Pinehurst

    August 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  151. Bernie Gill

    Dumbest and Dumberest.....which if P.T. Barnum was correct means he will most likely be our next President

    August 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  152. Keith Owen

    I'd say Perry and Bush are two sides of a plugged nickle. And you know what that's worth.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  153. Dan

    W. is a well educated dummy who was wise enough to be handled by the likes of Carl Rove. Perry is just another educated idiot with a loud mouth and sociopathic tendencies.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  154. Daniel

    Daniel from London Ontario,

    Jack, I don't trust the report we hear from Rove's camp. This is a systematic effort to make Perry as different from Bush as possible. We are not going to fall for it. Perry sounds like Bush, walks like Bush and talks like bush. He even winks like bush.

    The only difference between Bush and Perry is how these two people are similar unlike any other non twin two guys

    August 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  155. Dr.BA Huculak

    tweedle dee and tweedle dum

    August 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  156. P. Greenwood

    You call a fake cowboy who pretends to be a cowboy but who has never moved a cow. "ALL HAT AND NO HORSE"

    August 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  157. Tom Vickers - Florida

    George W compared to Perry? Tweedle de dee and Twiddle de dumber.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  158. Peter Knize


    W. & Perry can star in the new horror film, "Dumb & Dumber, II."


    August 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  159. Randy in Texas

    All I know is that if you ask anyone in Texas if the are voting for Perry, they say heck yes; anything to get him the hell out of Texas

    August 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  160. Linda, Fort Lauderdale

    Women across America was diligently investigate the pros and cons, history, position, background, etc. of all the candidates. And once that information is processed, we'll vote the guy who's the best looking.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  161. Heath

    They both are big talkers but only care for the rich and them self.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  162. blake from TN

    A Bush Mini Me!

    August 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  163. DougB

    When I hear Perry speak, I hear W, which is scary enough. However, when I see Perry's face I think of Nixon, but with better hair. This is far too much for me!

    August 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  164. APT

    Hmm. George W. Bush is to Pat Robertson (700 Club) as Rick Perry is to Jim Bakker (PTL – Pass the Loot).

    August 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  165. Barbara in Sherman Oaks, CA

    Never thought I'd see the day, Jack, when I'd be saying ANYONE is less intelligent that GWB, but here you have it in Perry. Kind of like thinking that the GOP is trying to promote M. Bachmann as Sarah Palin with gray matter...does not compute, they are nit and wit, respectively...I see lots of posts here, so I'll just sum up with this: "Read my lips: NO NEW TEXANS!"

    August 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  166. Flyingwolf from Manchester, NH

    Bush tio Perry? Creepy to Creepier. Politics are turning into a Final Destination movie.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  167. BigToots

    From Fountain Colorado
    Perry & Bush = Tweedledeedum & Tweedledeedee (no offense to Lewis Carroll).
    God (if there is one) needs to polish up some thunderbolts...

    August 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  168. wayne leonard

    Heaven help us Jack. Picking from the lesser of two evils has got us to the point where George Bush is a genius.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  169. Eric Reither

    Like a quarter.. 2 different sides, but 1 coin non the less. 1 difference though, the coin has more value.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  170. Linda Marsik

    bush campared to Perry ~ Dumb and Dumber

    August 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  171. Pat in Overland Park, KS

    If Rick Perry is now the favorite, Jeb Bush suddenly looks really good. Who would have thought that was possible?

    August 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  172. hank

    Perry can pronounce 'nuclear'.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  173. JJ, Minnesota

    Bush was the worst President in American history and a complete blowhard.
    Rick Perry makes Bush seem like my favorite uncle.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  174. Mark from Pennsylvania

    I watched Governor Perry's announcement that he was running for President. It was eerily like watching a very good parody of dubya - the sort of thing Saturday Night Live used to do with the fake TV commercials, the ones where you weren't sure until halfway through if it was the real thing or a joke.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  175. Belinda

    Scary Perry makes George Bush look brilliant!

    August 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  176. Larry in Charlotte, NC

    I think a more appropriate question is "How do you not compare Rick Perry and George W. Bush?" and thank you for bring up this obvious comparison before things get out of hand again like the years 2001 to 2009.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  177. jim

    The left must be terrified of Perry. Almost a week in the spotlight, and he is the bullseye of nearly every network news anchor.
    Bring Perry to the White House! We need a tough conservative leader who isn't afraid to put his/ her foot down and make a difficult decision

    August 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  178. lynnej in nc

    Put them both in a paper bag, shake it up, and you don't know which one will fall out. If Perry gets elected, he'll surely take what Bush didn't get. Let's all be smarter than that with our vote. We don't need Bush Lite.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  179. Andrew

    There are a lot of similarities – and a lot of differences. Perhaps the most disturbing similarity is arrogance. Didn't we learn anything from having a president who, with his finger on the nuclear button, could never properly pronounce the word?

    August 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  180. Chuck from Maryland

    So far I haven't taken Perry seriously, but the parallels are uncanny. A few months ago Perry proclaimed, "Juarez is the most dangerous city in America." Perhaps I have misunderestimated him too.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  181. Bill Lavin

    Neither is qualified to be President of The United States. Let's hope that Perry never gets the chance to prove it. These Texas-sized egos could destroy us.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  182. Laurie in Texas

    That if win the Presidency gets them out of Texas!

    August 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  183. cary

    I always said electing Bush was like giving a monkey a loaded gun. You can't blame the monkey when he shoots some one. The scary part is Perry isn't eyeing Bush's old pistol he seems to like the UZi better. Forget the economy, would you want either one of these yahoos with their finger on the nuke button? We just went through 8 years of cold sweats wondering who he'd shoot next. We don't need another monkey armed to the teeth lookin' ta shoot some one. If we elect him we deserve him.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  184. jesse

    Jack, I would compare Bush & Perry this way! Like the three monkeys
    See no good
    Hear no good
    Say no good
    That's who these guys are!

    August 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  185. Jason from NYC

    Jack, when it comes to smarts, if Dubya and Perry were both baseball players, Dubya would be like Babe Ruth and Perry would be like the bat boy. A very, very bad bat boy (but with good hair).

    Jason in New York

    August 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  186. Barb from Salt Lake City

    Hi Jack, I live in the reddest of the red states, AKA Utah. I am no Republican and am not a fan of "W" either but,,,When Gov Perry speaks, I get this really nasty feeling of slime and the urge to take a shower becomes overwhelming. If this is what the GOP is going to offer up then I feel really good about Obama 2012!

    August 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  187. Elizabeth...Lisbon, Portugal

    Bush may have read books upside down, but I doubt Perry reads at all!

    August 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  188. Alon from Berkley

    Well, I'm sure that they both know how to make some great Texas barbecue!

    August 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  189. Joel

    I happen to have been raised on a cotton farm in West Texas, dry land farm, just like Rick Perry, but it did not have the brain-damaginf effect on me it appears to have had on him. I no longer live in that place and when I go back, hardly recognize it, thanks in large part to the radical right wingers that have taken the state hostage. Even Perry was once a Democrat, but quickly switched when the winds blew from a different direction. Texas now ranks last in % people insured, last in education in many categories and most number of working poor in the Nation and this is Rick Perry's vision for the rest of America. He is a sell-out politician that will do and say absolutely anything if he thinks it might get him one more vote, even George W Bush was above that. Perry has to go hard right and woo the evangelicals since he doesn't have the name and money the Bush family had. He is a dangerous, wreckless man and will bring this Nation all the way to it's knees if elected President. We will all be praying alright, for that man to be gone!

    August 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  190. D. Marshall

    How much more can we dumb down our counrty?? Perry has a nice head of hair, a starched shirt and is an Evangelical. The end. Unfortunately, unless the people with a brain come out to vote – those may be enough attributes to win the election.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  191. fred

    just like Palin and bachmann "dumb and dumber"

    August 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  192. Tim (Arlington, TX)

    Although the Texas Governor position has no legitimate power, only granting stays of execution for death row inmates; G.W. and Perry both took advantage of our great state.
    I never thought I would see the day when another Texan, tier one College-grad, would actually be worse with words than G.W.!!
    Bush graduated from Yale (thanks to his connections, not his intelligence) and Rick Perry should have because I honestly do not think Americans are dumb enough to elect an Aggie, much less another egotistical Texan.

    Thanks so much for your blog Jack!

    Tim (Arlington, TX)

    August 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  193. Huck Hackstedt

    Dumb and Dumber?

    August 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  194. Dean Wash DC

    Jack, comparing Perry to Bush is like comparing Obama and Carter. Given two more years off this economy we will all be yearning for the good olde days of Bush. Perry's jobs jobs jobs issue is a winner.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  195. Bob in Houston

    If George Bush was our worst President ever, then Rick Perry in the Oval Office would make Bush look like FDR; the United States is not going to vote for another Governor from Texas.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  196. Ron, WA

    How would you compare Clinton, an actual Rhodes Scholar & the “first black President”, against Obama, an affirmative action baby, against each other?

    August 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  197. Floyd

    And yes, I know how to spell remedial.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  198. Ruth

    Worse and Worser

    August 18, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  199. BobbyLosAngeles

    3 words Jack,
    Dumb and Dumber!

    August 18, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  200. every1knows

    As a lifelong Texan, they both embarrass me equally. For the sake of our nation, I shudder to even think about "President Perry"!

    August 18, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  201. Ashley from Pa

    I am not carrying a torch for either guys, but I am starting to be annoyed at the fact that everyone, including the reporters on CNN, are comparing their ten gallon hats, cowboy boots, and "who is the authentic Texan" rather than who then men are as politicians. If you are going to make Rick Perry to look like a "Bush clone" then at least compare the things they have done as governors and politicians than all the other meaningless things.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  202. Nvgirl

    Isn't Rick Perry doing a Saturday Night Live version of George Bush?

    August 18, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  203. Missy Mercer

    Dumb and Dumber

    August 18, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  204. Drew

    Comparing George Bush to Rick Perry will be like comparing Hitler to Mao Zedong. Zedong killed 3 times the number of people hitler did but nobody talks about him like they do about Hitler, particularly in the western world. I think Perry will be as ruthless!!!

    August 18, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  205. Drew

    Comparing George Bush to Rick Perry will be like comparing Hitler to Mao Zedong. Zedong killed 3 times the number of people than hitler did but nobody talks about him like they do about Hitler, particularly in the western world. I think Perry will be as ruthless!!!

    August 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  206. Jim Donohue

    Jack, Opposite sides of the same coin, which happens to be a "SLUG"

    August 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  207. Bruce

    As their political idol, Ronald Reagan, once stated, "if you've seen one; you've seen them all.". Of course, he was referring to something worth saving: redwood trees.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  208. Bill Lavin

    Neither is qualified to be President of The United States. Let's hope that Perry never gets the chance to prove it. These Texas-sized egos could destroy us.

    Youngstown, OH

    August 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  209. Alon from Berkley

    Well, I'm sure that they both know how to make some killer Texas barbecue!

    August 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  210. Jim

    Personally I liked Bush but hated many of his policies. Despite the war in Iraq I at least felt that Bush was acting in the best interest of the United States.

    As far as Perry as concerned; well his secession comment says it all. His bumper sticker should read: Perry and Jane Fonda 2012.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  211. Glenn Blakeslee

    Both men are made of the same swagger and smirk, the same unfounded claims of their own success, the same upbringing of privilege and laxity, and the same arrogant belief that their leadership is ordained by God. This man scares me just as much as Bush did.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  212. Ed in texas

    We better stop making fun of him and find a way to stop him. He makes a mockery of true Texans. He bankrupt our schools and tried to turn over our toll roads to foreigners. Better quit laughing at him though, W made it in didn't he.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  213. Mark from Boston


    Comparing these two is like having a tallest midget contest with representatives from the Lollipop Guild. Bush presided over what will eventually be the catalyst for the largest transfer of wealth in human history. Now Perry wants to make the sequel.

    "Let’s call it Dumb and Dumber!"

    August 18, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  214. Jason from NYC

    Jack, neither Bush nor Perry can be accused of being mental giants. However, if forced to compare, Dubya would be more like a chess Grand Master and Perry more like a Candyland savant.

    Jason in New York

    August 18, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  215. Dean, Silver City, NM

    With their cheerleader outfits on and sitting together in the corner with their megaphones on their heads, I don't think you could tell the difference between the two dunces.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  216. Linee

    Dumb and dumber is the first thing that comes to mind. Seems like other people think the same thing. Stupid is as stupid does.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  217. Name*Jerry Biehle

    Jack, I don't know where you got most of your information about Rick Perry, but he "IS" a cowboy type person. His "common sense" is much more valuable than making an "A" in school. And by the way, Aggie Cheerleaders are a helluva lot tougher than you can imagine.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  218. Marv

    If you put them both in a Texas gunny sack, shook it up, and poured it out, a self-centered, holier-than-thou, egotistical, right-wing know-it-all, who is always right and sneers at anyone who might have the temerity to disagree with him as un-American and a hater of Christianity... would fall out first every time.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  219. Scott from Corvallis Oregon

    If Bush were Curly from the Three Stooges, then Perry is the less-liked and less successful replacement Shemp.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  220. james

    All for them are senseless to me. Same people that did not want to rise the debt cycling tried to call out the president when the country get down graded. It could have been worst if the president agree to at least pass something.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  221. Nancy Ree

    I guess I would describe them as dumb and dumber or me and little me. Both can not come close to dealing with the job not only of this country but the world. I have to mention Michell Bachman since I am from middle Minnesota. She has nothing over the boys. Again dumb. We need less fighting as we are all sick of it. It makes me feel that Obama is the best thing to come along since Clinton. The Republicans used to have some good candidates I wonder what happened to them. Where are the statesman on either side?

    August 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  222. roger from phoenix

    Jack I no their half brothers they gotta be. Th

    August 18, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  223. Matthew In Atlanta

    Perry, Shmerry! The lame Republican line up reminds me of the lame line-up the Democrats concocted trying to defeat GW. This result will be the same. Better the President you know than the crack-pot you don't.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  224. Bill from Texas

    GW was smart enough to know that attemping to abolish Social Security and Medicare is a loser.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  225. Sherman - Fort Worth, TX

    The big difference between George W. Bush and Slick,I mean Rick, Perry, is that at least George W. was likable person. I met both face to face; and got opposing first impressions. George W. Bush came across as a genuinely nice person who cared about the people of Texas. Rick Perry ,on the other hand, behaved like a megalomaniac narcissist who cares only about his wealthy campaign donors. Perry is a fake of biblical proportions. He has personally dismantled one of the best public education systems in the country. If people would listen to what he says and stop being so enamored with his hair, they would see Perry for the charlatan he really is.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  226. JorJam

    George W Bush was the original and we all know how bad that was. Rick Perry is a really cheap knock-off. Whatever George could do – Rick Perry can do 5 times worse. No Thanks! Didn't want the original, certainly do not want the cheap knock-off. Way too scary!!!!!!!!

    August 18, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  227. JonrDc

    Perry is an under-educated version of Bush, only further right leaning. His Domionist followers believe Christians should rule the world, should kill homosexuals and women who have abortions. This is a social nightmare the US needs not suffer under. Hopefully Texas and the Bible Belt realize his ideals are very wrong. He doesnt believe in evolution, calling it a fairy tale. As opposed to a talking bush and a man swallowed by a whale.....ugh he is soooo 50's scary its not even funny.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  228. Mark

    Jack, are you kidding me? We had a Texan in office for eight years prior to the current administration. We are still dealing with that mess from a person who's only objective was to get all the money he could so he could continue his drinking spree since leaving office. Perry, is the exact same thing this country had during the Bush administration. Please if you really want to see double dip recessions, market swings, the jobless rate reach an all time high, Unemployment in the double digit level . Vote for another Texan!!!!

    August 18, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  229. DL

    I am a native Texan and NEVER been more embarrassed. Rick Perry is a doofus joke who is only out for himself and the media attention. The statement Jack read were perfect! W at least had his heart in the right place. Rick (Goodhair) as referred to by Texans only thinks how a move will be good for him or his cronies.

    He is destroying Texas higher education and public education. He has no more created jobs than I have. We are sitting on over a billion dollars in reserves according to him and is willing to sit by letting education, police service, etc. go down the tube.

    Simply "he is smoke and mirrors". I have faith that U.S. citizens will see through this soon and shut him down. I have never voted for him, but am willing to have him back in Texas just to save our nation.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  230. Topher

    Titanic and Hindenburg.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  231. Tim VA Beach

    Elmer Fudd vs. Wilie Coyote – Clueless!

    August 18, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  232. Jason from NYC

    Jack, I look at Dubya as being someone who could press his own clothes and Perry as someone who could push the button.

    Jason in New York

    August 18, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  233. Frank Hinterberger

    Six of one idiot, half-dozen of another. They are both reckless and self-important, covering up their own insecurities with bombast that the average American Republican eats up as pablum, in order to salve ills that the rich boys on that side of the fence won't fix because it hurts the change in their bulging pockets.

    -Frank H.
    Studio City, CA

    August 18, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  234. Aggie 86

    Jack check your facts. Texas A & M is a world class University. They only accept students in the top 10% of their class, have Nobel Prize winners, and by the way, they have more more Medal of Honor winners than any other institution of higher learning except for some of the military academies.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  235. Steve Levitt

    Jack– if it walks like an idiot and it talks like an idiot, it ain't a duck!

    Steve from Raleigh

    August 18, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  236. Nick

    This is easy; don’t you think we suffered enough with two unpaid for wars, spending trillions of dollars and no jobs, gas at nearly $4 a gallon at the end of his term, and economic crisis the like of which we haven’t seen since the Great Depression, and the list goes on and on. Perry will just take government money and complain that it was given to him, rid working people of health insurance, pay us as little as possible, and then convince the masses that we are better off than with George W. The only real comparison to George W we could make would be to imagine George W. as a tea party obstructionist along with his other failed policies.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  237. Joseph Leff

    Jack, you're right. Perry does make W. look smarter by comparison. I especially like the way thye both make nuclear into "nucular." In comparison to both, Michelle Bachmann is a genius.

    Joe in Delray Beach, Florida

    August 18, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  238. Leah

    Dumb and Dumber- with Perry being the latter. They are exactly the same kind of stupid, Bush just currently has more experience selling us out for the interests of corporations. If we give Perry a chance, we can only expect worse. The only difference would be that Perry would run out of ideas shortly after wrecking things, then ask us all to pray for a better economy.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  239. Yvonne kerrville, texas

    Bush tried with No Child Left Behind. Perry not only bullied the child but stole their lunch money.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  240. Stephen Cornelius

    I wouldn't compare Rick Perry to George W Bush. Sadly as W became president comparing them would be glamorizing Rick, something he in no way deserves.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  241. kevin

    They could both care less about the poor man Jack. So I could care less about them. I say, "Jack Cafferty for President". Go Jack.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  242. J Snow

    Not to defend Perry's intelligence, but it should be noted that Paul Begala went to a rival Texas school and his opinion on the matter of the only other Tier-1 research university in Texas, Texas A&M, might be a bit skewed. You might ask Roland Martin if he agrees with Mr. Begala's assessment.

    Perry however does have all the swagger and spine that Bush did not and might actually be able to get something done other than starting two wars if he is elected president.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  243. Al

    They both mirror the typical Texas Republican leadership: arrogance on top of ignorance and what does that say about the Texans who supported them.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  244. Beverly

    Rick Perry is scary! George W. Bush was not the best President, but he wasn't radical, uncompromising and hot headed.
    I think the American people have already seen his 'MO', he doesn't have a chance as the Republican nominee.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  245. Joe Seefried


    Ever see dumb and dumber?

    August 18, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  246. Craig from Gary In

    They both are the dumbest elected officials i have ever seen.. We can't afford to have another nit wit in the office.America is at a crossroad do we want to go foward or do we want to slip into this bottomless pit where the greed of corparations continue to prostitute their republican puppets to do thier bidding an the rest of the world passes us by.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  247. Jason from NYC

    Jack, comparing the two is an exercise in futility. Bush is like all hat and no cattle with lots of cash. Perry is like all hat and no cattle, but with good hair.

    Jason in New York City

    August 18, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  248. Nancy Fl

    I believe it's more important what the people of Texas think of Perry. How Perry and Bush compare is of no concern to me. So far I've heard things have been going pretty well in Texas.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  249. Dovie, Ky

    "Life is like a box of chocolates...." You need morons to appeal to the morons with voting power. It's all good to the corporations who fill their pockets and laugh. No one wants someone who is interested for the well being of society, afterall that would mean corporate America would have to give back a little. Look at what we have now. We have a lazy and worthless bunch of representitives who refuse to compromise. Corporations run this country. Wake up and smell the coffee beans. It's all about the selfish motivations of those in power, and our current economical situation proves that. Intelligence in our government? Where is it? It is not going to be found in a wanna be cowboy, afterall a real cowboy has common sense and is smart enough to get out of a burning building.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:45 pm |