No Child Left to Hide Behind

It goes without saying that the left never hesitates to exploit children in order to score cheap political points, and if the rollout to the Rick Perry campaign is any indication, we’re in for a painfully long few months before a vote is even cast.

Perry already this week had to deal with the children from MSNBC clumsily trying to portray him as a racist for daring to use the ominous words black cloud, and today Perry had to deal with another child while on the stump in Portsmouth, NH. The problem here is the child is quite clearly used as a prop by this so-called mother of his, who shamefully prods the kid to ask Perry questions clearly designed to produce a gotcha moment.



The usual suspects on the left are kvelling over what a knuckle-dragging dunce Perry is purported to be while ignoring the belligerent behavior of this mother, identified as Kristen Bunce.

As Mr. Perry, wearing a white shirt and no jacket, shook hands with a mix of well-wishers and naysayers on the cafe’s patio, Kristin Bunce, 43, helped ease her 9-year-old son, Sam Beane, into Mr. Perry’s path.

Sam, wide-eyed and looking up at the governor, asked Mr. Perry a question. The governor crouched down so he was just inches from Sam’s face, and in a soft, calm voice began to answer.  

“How old do I think the earth is?” Mr. Perry said. “You know what? I don’t have any idea. I know it’s pretty old, so it goes back a long, long way. I’m not sure anybody actually knows completely and absolutely how long, how old the earth is.”

Ms. Bunce urged Sam to ask the governor about his views on evolution, and Mr. Perry began to answer her question, still talking to Sam.

“And here your mom was asking about evolution, and you know, it’s a theory that’s out there and it’s got some gas in it,” Mr. Perry continued. “In Texas, we teach both creationism and evolution in our public schools.”

He added: “I figure you’re smart enough to figure out which one is right. Thank you.”

“I asked him how old he thought the earth was,” said Sam, a rising fourth grader, recounting the exchange. “He said he didn’t know.”

Ms. Bunce expressed frustration that Mr. Perry believed in teaching creationism, a theory that is not accepted by mainstream scientists.

“Evolution, I think, is correct,” Sam said, looking up at his mother.

It’s a shame people like Bunce haven’t evolved much past adolescence.

Did it even occur to her to not use her child and maybe, you know, ask these questions herself?

You may recall earlier this week when Ryan Rhodes dared to ask Barack Obama why his vice president smeared Republicans as terrorists. Obama couldn’t even answer and non-scripted question and came off looking angry and petutant. Whether you agree with what Perry had to say to the child or not, he handled himself deftly. Bunce, meanwhile, churlishly storms off when she realizes what an idiot she looks like.