We may not have Rick Perry to kick around much longer, so I prepared the above video to show my appreciation for the 45 seconds that (perhaps) ended a candidacy.
Here's a collection of reactions from around the web...
I’ve seen a lot of debate flubs and mistakes.
But Rick Perry’s performance last night may very well go down as the. worst. debate. in modern political history.
After having a night and a morning to process what happened last night, I still can’t wrap my head around Rick Perry’s performance. Mitt Romney could not have scripted a better implosion for his rival. In one fell swoop, Rick Perry may have just cost himself any shot at the GOP nomination.
The above was written by a fetus who first became aware of politics in 2000. Listen, kid -- you're too young to recall Ford versus Carter. Neither of them knew how to debate; Carter sounded like he had marbles in his mouth and Ford sounded like he had marbles in his brain cavity. But there was a moment during the second debate -- I'm pretty sure it was the second -- when Ford declared "There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe." He wouldn't back down from the statement even when given a chance to do so. That was the moment when everyone in the country knew that our next president would have a southern accent.
Here's Mike Littwin of the Denver Post:
Rick Perry is, in fact, the Texas governor for those who think George W. Bush was too cerebral.
The e-mails flooding into our inbox during the evening were less guarded. Early on, we received this missive from a bright young conservative: “I'm watching my first GOP debate...and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”
You've been sounding that way since before that bright young conservative was born, Bill.
But no front-runner in a presidential field has ever, we imagine, had as weak a showing as Rick Perry. It was close to a disqualifying two hours for him.
"He’s like the Sarah Palin of politics."
A personal theory: The Republican leadership knows that Perry might lose in the general, so they injected a lot of cross-talk into his earpiece prompter.
(Remember bulge-gate, 2004? I started that. Well, my ladyfriend did.)
Ouch! That is gonna hurt the front runner. I think Huntsman is more likely to lead than Mitt, because he is the more cosmopolitan Mormon.
I am shocked as it was looking like a Perry/Huntsman ticket. Perry being the shocker and Huntsman appealing more to the Reagan style people.
I still think Georg Bush Jr., will always be the fumble to remember. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEbZqvMu2cQ Oh, and let's not forget President Obama who claimed to have visited 57 States. Video: Obama Claims He's Visited 57 States http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpGH02DtIws
Don't get your hopes up, the true believers still love him.
posted by Mr. Mike : 10:59 PM
It was an astounding performance. We're talking brain-freeze of epic proportions.
So far the three Republican debates have featured a cheering mob for executions, a shoutout from the audience that uninsured people should be left to die, the booing of an active-duty gay soldier, and then the flavor of the week's major meltdown, Rick Perry.
The Republicans don't just 'sound' crazy, they are crazy. Add Bachmann and Santorum to the mix and it's a lunatic asylum with a Jesus bobble head thrown in.
What a disaster! Mitt Romney must think he died and went straight to Heaven.
Normally, I'd be really happy. But then, I remember the Dems have Obama.
Choose your poison.
posted by Anonymous : 12:52 AM
Are we gonna start hearing the Perrytistas proclaim "Let Perry be Perry?"